Finger Gets Credit

DC Entertainment has announced that Batman co-creator Bill Finger will receive some form of credit for co-creating the character with Bob Kane on both the television show Gotham and the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The form of acknowledgement hasn’t been announced, nor has an indication that the credit will carry through to future Batman releases.
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Brother Guy Promoted

Brother Guy Consolmagno, who has been a long-time fan, attending numerous conventions, and giving a major talk at this year’s Worldcon, has been appointed Director of the Vatican Observatory by Pope Francis.

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Obituary: Jason Jensen

Chicago area fan Jason Jensen (b.1973) died on September 14. Jensen, known as “Jazz” by his friends, was active in running Anime Central and building it into the convention it is today. He was also active in other Chicago cons, both as an attendee and volunteer, working in the Windycon Con Suite for multiple years.

Variety Comics Closes

Variety Comics, the longest continuously operating comic store in Chicago, has announced that it will close on October 31 after 41 years in business. Everything in the store will be on sale during its last weeks.

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Larry Smith GoFundMe

Following his accident on the drive home from DragonCon, Larry Smith, who is now out of the hospital, has been informed that insurance will not cover the full replacement of his van and the payment of his lost stock is still unknown. For this reason, A GoFundMe campaign has been created (with Larry and Sally’s permission) to try to raise the funds they believe will be necessary to cover their expenses.

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Ackerman Award Winners

Charles Lee Jackson II and Spider Robinson have been named the recipients of the 2015 Forrest Ackerman Award by members of LASFS. The Forry Award is presented for lifetime achievement in science fiction fandom.

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Georgian SF Club Creates Magazine

A relatively new science fiction club in Tbilisi, Georgia has published the first issue of his club magazine, Fantasti, with a focus on Ray Bradbury. The issue includes 8 stories, including 6 which are published in Georgian for the first time. The club has about 500 members and its second issue will focus on H.P. Lovecraft.
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Arizona Reading Series

Lee Whiteside has announced the creation of the AZSF Reading Series, to begin on September 22 at the Sip Coffee and Beer House in Scottsdale, AZ. The inaugural event will feature authors Melinda Snodgrass, Jane Lindskold, and Victor Milan.
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Strange Horizons Fund Drive

On-line zine Strange Horizons has announced its 2015 Fund Drive. They hope to raise $18,000 to help pay for the costs of running the magazine. Everyone who donates will be entered into a raffle to receive on of several prizes. Strange Horizons is a 501(c)3 organization, which means that donations are tax-deductable. This year, Strange Horizons has also set up a Patreon page.
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Obituary: William Crolley

Minneapolis fan William Crowley (b.1955) died on September 9. Crolley was a long-term volunteer at CONvergence and MarsCon in Minneapolis.