Libraries | A middle school library in New Brunswick, Canada, has been asked to remove Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim’s Dungeon series for review after the mother of a 12-year-old student complained about the depictions of sex and violence in one of the volumes. The CTV News reporter goes for the easy gasp by showing the scenes in question to a variety of parents, all of whom agree they don’t think the book belongs in a school library, and in this case the mom has a good point: The book received good reviews but is definitely not for kids. [CTV News]
Publishing | John Jackson Miller has been looking at the fine print in old comics — the statement of ownership, which spells out in exact numbers just how many copies were printed, how many were sold, etc. One of the highlights is Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, which sold more than 1 million copies, making it the top seller of the 1960s. “It’s meaningful, I think, that the best-seller of the 1960s should come from Barks, whose work was originally uncredited and who was known originally to fans as ‘the Good Duck Artist,'” Miller concludes. “Fandom in the 1960s was bringing attention to a lot of people who had previously been unheralded, and Barks is a great example. He changed comics — and now comics were changing.” [The Comichron]
Publishing | David Brothers challenges Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley’s assertion that “we do not do ‘crossover’ events,” calling the comments “a blatant lie, an untruth, a falsehood, the sort of thing your mother would and should swat your lips for.” [4thletter!]
Publishing | Speaking at the annual ComicsPro meeting in Dallas, DC Comics’ Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne described fantasy author China Miéville’s pitch for Dial H as “the best proposal I had seen since Neil’s proposal for Sandman.” [Nerdage]
Editorial cartoons | Ted Rall has written an open letter to the editors of The New York Times, protesting their new on-spec submission process for their Sunday Review section as well as their paltry fees, and 58 cartoonists have signed it so far. [The Daily Cartoonist]
Creators | Rob Clough interviews Matthew Thurber, creator of 1-800-MICE and Ambergris. [The Comics Journal]
Creators | Mark Long, the co-writer of the new graphic novel The Silence of Our Friends, reminisces about the Texas prison rodeos of his youth, which make an appearance in the book. [Speakeasy]
Manga | Shaenon Garrity writes about Fuyumi Soryo’s Mars: “This may well be the only teen manga where characters discuss Dali and Egon Schiele. They stick up for one another. Beneath all their interactions is the quiet, powerful thrill of discovering someone who gets you—the thrill of falling in love.” [Anime News Network]
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