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Comics A.M. | ‘Pop artist’ accused of stealing art; CBG goes digital

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Copyright | After running a feature about “New York Multimedia Pop Artist” Chad Love-Lieberman, nephew of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the website Campus Socialite retracted its story upon finding out that Love-Lieberman “is a fraud, taking other people’s art from the web, touting it as his own, and worst of all – selling it for profit.”

Ursula Vernon, creator of the webcomic Digger, noted that one of the pieces in the article was actually hers. “Mad props to the staff at the Campus Socialite, who got back to me in under ten minutes and promised to pull everything and edit the article — they were just as outraged as you’d expect them to me. I’ve actually granted them permission to use the art with appropriate credit if it’ll help illustrate the issue (pun intended),” she posted on her LiveJournal. The domain for Love-Lieberman’s site, art4love.com, isn’t working, but the site is still up. Artist Deirdre Reynolds has a list going on DeviantArt of all the pieces on art4love that artists have identified as their own. Gary Tyrell, meanwhile, has reached out to both Love-Lieberman and his uncle for comment. [Campus Socialite]

Digital | Comics Buyer’s Guide has gone digital; issues of the long-running industry publication are now available on iVerse’s Comics+ application. Johanna Draper Carlson notes that only two CBG-related publications are currently available — the July 2011 issue and 1000 Comic Books You Must Read by Tony Isabella. [press release, Comics Worth Reading]


Creators | Editor Bob Schreck discusses this year’s Liberty Annual, which benefits the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. [MTV Geek]

Publishing | Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson discusses Comic-Con International, digital comics and much more: “You know, there seems to be an ongoing tendency to render the entire digital conversation in black and white, as print versus digital, but I think most people are getting pretty used to having their entertainment in a variety of formats at this point. I know people who stream movies and TV online, but also buy DVDs and watch shows on their televisions. People listen to music on their iPods when they’re out and put on a CD or a vinyl record at home. Now books, magazines and comics come in different formats, and if you want those things in different formats, I don’t see how that’s anything other than great. You can’t lug all your books or comics around when you’re traveling or commuting, but you can do exactly that with an iPad.” [Bleeding Cool]

Comics | Tucker Stone gives his first impressions of DC Comics’ “New 52,” based entirely on the promotional materials. [comiXology]

Manga | Jason Thompson takes a look at a classic manga that comes back into season every four years: Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President. [Anime News Network]

Review | Karen Green reflects on Kathryn and Stuart Immonen’s Moving Pictures, a book she would not have thought to read had she not been an Eisner Awards judge. [comiXology]

Conventions | Kevin Czap reports on last weekend’s Philadelphia Alternative Comic Con. [Comix Cube]