Sadly, we began this week on a sombre note with the loss of Margot Kidder at age 69. Best known for her role as Lois Lane in Superman: The Movie and its sequels, Kidder also starred in numerous movies and television programmes such as The Amityville Horror (1979) and R L Stine’s The Haunting Hour for which she won a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award. In addition to her work as an actress Kidder was outspoken about mental illness and a political and environmental activist.
This was followed with the passing of Becky Beaton, sister to cartoonist Kate Beaton.
Kate has previously shared her family’s and Becky’s struggles with cancer through a number of short comics posted on her twitter account and has spoken openly about the difficulties they have faced over the last 2.5 years. The family have requested, via their digital memorial, that any donations be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society.
Moving on to more irritating news, Variant Edition Comics & Culture has been subject to further attacks from the Comicsgate brigade. The following update was posted on their social media accounts and while thankfully they were spared any physical violence, Danica was the victim of aggression from a man claiming to be a part of their demographic.
The man in question has been banned from the store and reported to the authorities along with his twitter handle and youtube channel for which he recorded this display.
In hiring news both Kickstarter and Lion Forge have seen promotions and added new members to their teams as Camilla Zhang joins Kickstarter as Comics Outreach Lead. Read the official statement and an interview with Camilla and Carol Burrell Joins Lion Forge as CubHouse Executive Editor and Andrea Colvin is promoted to their Editor-in-Chief. Read the official announcement.
- The good folk at Off Panel (SKTCHD) wrote up their thoughts on “The Death of the Floppy” on their Patreon
- WWAC held an impromptu twitter chat regarding planners in response to our managing editor’s “Bitch, Plan It” brainwave (Kelly Sue, you’re welcome)
- Wizard World Philadelphia confirmed that no one was bitten on their show floor after rumours that a fan bit Sebastian Stan surfaced on the internet