Broadway | Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the retooled $75 million Broadway musical, took in $1.7 million for the week ending this past Sunday, which is above the $1.2 million the producers have indicated they need to reach to stay viable. The amount made it the No. 3 musical for the week, after Wicked and The Lion King. [Associated Press]
Legal | Robert Corn-Revere, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s general counsel, discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. EMA, which sought to ban the sale of violent video games to minors. He notes that the court drew upon the history of comic book censorship in reaching its conclusion to reject the ban: “Citing the amicus brief filed by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, it noted the crusade against comics led by Dr. Frederic Wertham and observed that it was inconsistent with our constitutional traditions. The Court traced the history of censorship that targeted various media directed toward the young and held that restricting depictions of violence could not be justified under established principles of First Amendment law.” [CBLDF]
Legal | Toronto comics retailer Chris Butcher comments on the CBLDF’s efforts to help a U.S. man facing criminal charges in Canada for possession and importation of child pornography because of comics that were found on his computer: “If you are a fan of any manga or anime, if you are a fan of comics, if you have even one comics page, anime clip, or ‘dirty’ picture on your computer, tablet, or phone, this is about you. This is about you being pulled aside, searched, your electronics confiscated to be sent away for weeks and months, all because you’ve got scans of Naruto on your desktop. This isn’t about ‘child porn’ or any variation thereof, this is about legally equating a description of a thing–written or drawn–with the real thing.” In related news, the Bonfire Agency has created ads for the CBLDF focused on this issue. [Comics212]
Webcomics | Greg Rucka and Rich Burchett have set up a site for their webcomic Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether, which was announced in April. The strip begins July 11 [Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether]
Creators | Public Radio International recently interviewed Shigeru Mizuki, creator of Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, the story of a doomed battalion in World War II that was recently published here by Drawn + Quarterly. [PRI’s The World, via The Manga Critic]
Criticism | Kristy Valenti analyzes Kate Beaton’s “voice” in Hark! A Vagrant. [comiXology]
History | Douglas Wolk traces how comics moved from being primarily aimed at kids to a more adult-oriented medium [Huffington Post]
Manga | Johanna Draper Carlson chronicles the history of josei manga (manga written for adult women) in the U.S. Sadly, it is mainly a story of good starts and poor follow-through. [Comics Worth Reading]
Comics | Robot 6 contributor Matt Seneca discusses the hardcover collection of Thor Godstorm, modern superhero comics and the art of Steve Rude. [Death to the Universe]
Reviews | Comic writer and soda blogger Neil Kleid yields to the taste of Dunkin’ Donut’s Captain America Cherry Coolata: “’Terrible’ would be spinning it politely. ‘Undrinkable’ hit the target more accurately, for after the fourth attempt and a rush of pounding drums to my cranium married with tense, shaking utensils I once called ‘fingers’ forced the expulsion of the remainder of the cup into the nearest trash receptacle.” [SodaBlog]
Business | Dean Haspiel and Seth Kushner join fellow Brooklyn entrepreneurs in a discussion of the secrets to success for small businesses. [Inc.]
Digital | Aspen Comics, which recently inked digital distribution deals with comiXology and iVerse, completes the triumvirate by signing with Graphic.ly as well. [CBR]
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