Saturday, October 8, 2011
• Jury deliberations in the Michael George murder trial began Thursday afternoon, continued Friday and will continue Tuesday (following the Columbus Day holiday Monday), with the jury asking for all exhibits in the case for review. A statement by the prosecution during closing arguments suggesting that George’s current wife, Renee, who in 1990 was an employee in the comics shop owned by Michael and Barbara George, was an accomplice in the murder, was challenged by the defense late Thursday. George’s defense attorney Carl Marlinga argued that the statements inserted a “new theory” into the case after both sides had rested, with the defense not putting either Michael or Renee George on the stand to testify. Marlinga had kept Renee George out of the courtroom during the trial in case she was called on to testify, but later declined to have her do so, relying on Michael’s statements to the police at the time of the murder that he was not having an affair with Renee. Judge Chrzanowksi said that the prosecution’s statements would be allowed to stand and that she would instruct the jury that those statements, presented during closing arguments, were not evidence. Marlinga told The Macomb Daily that those statements could be used if an appeal is filed in the case. (Brent Frankenhoff)
• Good news! Peter David’s daughter, Shana, and her husband, raised the funding they were seeking to restore the 5 Points Theatre in Jacksonville, Fla. (Brent Frankenhoff)
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
Captain Everything’s first line in comics was, “Can I give you a hand up, son?” He said it in Cerebus #56 (Nov 83). (And wouldn’t you like to spend some time with the Captain? “I’ll have a burger with Everything.”)
Today’s Panel Quiz
Whose first line in comics was “B-but Miss Beem, this dumb toga won’t stay up!”?
Lars Jansson (1926), cartoonist
Harvey Pekar (1939), comics writer
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now
Steven Grant (1953), comics writer
John Tighe (1962), comics artist
85 yrs Oct 8, 1926 Artist and cartoonist Lars Jansson is born. The brother of Tove Jansson, he writes and draws the Moomin comic strip after she gives it up.
Every Wednesday and Saturday. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.
Oct 8 Indiana: Kokomo. Kokomo-Con 2011.
Oct 8-9 New Jersey: Cherry Hill. Garden State Comic Con.
Oct 13-16 New York: New York. New York Comic Con.
Oct 15 Minnesota: St. Paul. MCBA Fall-Con.
Oct 15 Virginia: Salem. Roanoke Valley Comicon.
Do you have a show coming up? Let us know! You can e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Show Calendars, Comics Buyer’s Guide, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. If you have a creator appearance scheduled, let us know by e-mail email@example.com.
Question of the Week
What’s the longest-delayed comic book on your wish list?
The best answer received to this week’s question (in our opinion) will receive one of the glossy wraparound covers from CBG #1000 that we just found in the archives while researching our 40th anniversary. So, c’mon, tell us your thoughts, make us smile, and you could hold a piece of CBG history in your hand! Send us your answer in the “Leave a Reply” area below.
• It’s a day filled with adventure films on Turner Classic Movies. After chapters two and three of Zorro’s Fighting Legion at 11 and 11:30 a.m. ET, 1960’s Tarzan the Magnificent begins at noon. That’s followed at 1:30 by 1973’s Golden Voyage of Sinbad and at 3:30 by 1952’s Prisoner of Zenda. The original Ocean’s Eleven (1960) airs at 5:30. Don’t forget to set the timer on your recording device for 12:15 a.m. E.T. to catch 1947’s Sinbad the Sailor.