Comics A.M. | DMCA used to retaliate against comics blogger

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Comics A.M. | DMCA used to retaliate against comics blogger

Legal | Comics reviewer and journalist Don MacPherson was notified by his web-hosting service of a complaint accusing him of violating the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act. According to MacPherson, the complaint was filed by Scott Courrier, owner of Geeks Galore Computer Center in Marmora, Ontario, who lost a copyright-infringement lawsuit in 2009 after using one of cartoonist Rich Koslowski’s 3 Geeks images without permission. MacPherson wrote about the original judgment; he also posted a follow-up noting Koslowski hadn’t been paid and that the computer center was still using his artwork about a year later. In his complaint to the web-hosting service, Courrier accuses MacPherson of infringing on his copyright by “using my personal name and business information in a negative way without consent.” MacPherson’s hosting company briefly took down his site, but has since restored it, saying it won’t pull it down again unless ordered to do so by a court. MacPherson also followed up with Koslowski, who said the computer center is still using his artwork and hasn’t paid him the court-ordered monetary award from his case. [Eye on Comics]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon offers an update on S. Clay Wilson after the cartoonist underwent surgery in March due to complications from an accumulation of spinal fluid on the brain. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen discuss the end of their recent OMAC run. “We were the Merchant Ivory comic book — the critics love us but no one’s going to see us,” Giffen said. [USA Today]

Creators | Dave Dorman talks about his late friends Moebius and Ralph McQuarrie, his current work on Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics, and his eBay auction for The Dave Dorman Experience, a private studio tour and demo for six people. [Previews]

Design | Inc. talks to several design experts about Oni Press’ new logo. [Inc.]

Digital | As he announced he’d do at WonderCon, Daredevil and Irredeemable writer Mark Waid has turned his namesake website into a “full-blown” digital comics process blog: “In the weeks to come, I’ll regularly update you with Everything I Know. I’ll explain why I originally got the bug to go digital several years ago and what about it appeals to me. I’ll introduce you to some of the webcomics creators I learned (and am still learning) from. You’ll read interviews with and guest columns by other artists and writers as we talk about what works, what doesn’t, and what ought to if we could just figure out how to implement it. Most of all, with glass-house transparency, I’ll show you my first baby steps in this new medium, and I’ll happily disclose what I’ve learned (and am still learning) about how to get the best out of it.” []

Technology | Roman Loyola reviews the augmented reality functionality contained in the first issue of Avengers vs. X-Men. [Macworld]

Awards | The Sixth Gun, ’68, Cullen Bunn and Riley Rossmo are among the winners of the 2011 Ghastly Awards, which recognize horror comics. [Ghastly Awards]

Comics? | Sean Kleefeld asks, “Are Viewmaster Reels Comics?” [Kleefeld on Comics]