Progress In Prageeth Ekneligoda Case Focuses On Missing Documents
Any progress at all in the case of the missing, presumed dead journalist and cartoonist follow a Sri Lankan election in which he wrote editorials against those in power is sort of a miracle. All respect to the Ekneligoda's wife Sandya for everything uncovered to date. As the article makes clear, there is still a long, long way to go to making human rights charges stick.
Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding
By Tom Spurgeon
* I'm still trying to figure out the comics/illustration category on Kickstarter and the general drift of on-line charity sites in general. Here's one that I hadn't seen before. Columbus-based publisher Ken Eppstein is looking for a loan. I'm on board for this one. He's my local, ethical small press publisher.
* creators Kurt Busiek and Erik Larsen are having something of a sprawling Twitter argument about what might be needed in terms of narrative/concept tweaks to give a Fantastic Four comic the best chance to find an audience. I think that's a hard task; I think Marvel provided the Lee/Kirby team with some fine creators over the last ten years of their serial run. I think a lot of superhero comics would be improved by crawling out of their own asses a bit, tell exciting adventure stories without making them commentary on "the brand" of the title, but that's just me.
* finally: I believe the creators here and in almost every case like this: it's not exactly comics, but be warned there are people who hover around at all levels of creative endeavor that will take money from you that you almost certainly deserve. Be careful out there.