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Comics A.M. | Settlement may loom in ‘Comic Con’ dispute

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Comics A.M. | Settlement may loom in ‘Comic Con’ dispute

Legal | Representatives of Comic-Con International and Salt Lake Comic Con are scheduled to meet Nov. 24 with a federal judge to discuss a possible resolution of their dispute over the term “Comic Con.” Comic-Con International sued the Utah event in 2014, insisting organizers were attempting to “confuse and deceive” fans and exhibitors with their use of the term “Comic Con.” The producers of Salt Lake Comic Con have called the lawsuit “frivolous,” arguing that Comic-Con International’s trademarks are invalid. Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Bryan Brandenberg, who met this week with Comic-Con International organizers, said he’s confident a settlement would be “greats news for our fans,” but he declined to say whether the Utah event would keep its name. [KSL.com]

Webcomics | When The Oatmeal cartoonist Matthew Inman discovered The Huffington Post had hotlinked one of his comics — not only using it without permission but also using his website as the source, which means he was paying for the bandwidth — he did exactly what you would expect: He trolled them. Because he was hosting the image, he swapped out the comic for a note that said “Dear Huffington Post, please don’t hotlink my images. It costs me money to host these. Here’s my monthly bill,” plus an image of his Amazon dashboard — and then he threw in a few body parts for good measure. “My general take on this is as follows: if you want to repurpose someone’s work, just ask permission first. And never hotlink. That’s how you get drawings of butts and pee-pees on your website,” he said. This isn’t Inman’s first rodeo: A few years ago he won an epic internet battle with a site that reposted his work without permission and then threatened to sue him when he posted about it at The Oatmeal. [The Guardian]

Comics | New posters on the Cairo, Egypt, subway target sexual harassment by using comics that tell stories, rather than lectures to get their point across. In one comic, by creator Ahmed Nady, a woman tries to choose what outfit to wear, second-guessing herself on each one as she thinks about the comments she will get; another shows a woman being harassed on a minibus, with the caption “This woman can be an influential person in your life. Sexual harassment doesn’t harm her alone, it harms us all.” The comics are sponsored by the organization Imprint. [The Guardian]

Creators | Eleanor Beardsley interviews Riad Sattouf, whose graphic memoir The Arab of the Future has been getting a lot of attention lately. [NPR]

Creators | Christopher Butcher writes about his experiences with Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto, including hosting two interview panels, at New York Comic Con. [Comics212]

Publishing | Jeremy Lott writes a short history of Milestone Media. [Indianapolis Recorder]

Publishing | In a podcast discussion, Tom Spurgeon, Chris Mautner and Joe McCulloch talk about Eros Comix. [Comic Books Are Burning in Hell]

Advice | Noah Van Sciver offers advice to would-be creators, which largely boils down to: Make comics. There are no shortcuts. And he’s very clear that he means make comics, as opposed to filling pages with character designs. He also includes an actual conversation with an actual aspiring creator. It’s not only a good read, his advice applies to lots of other fields as well. [Noah Van Sciver]

Comics | Ape Entertainment is publishing Sesame Street comics in print and digital format. The plan is to release three new titles and re-release one older title as single issues and then compile them into a collected edition. Ape originally signed with Sesame Street in 2012. [Digital Book World]

Collecting | “The problem with the Internet is not that it educates customers,” says retailer Marcus King. “The problem is that it makes customers think they’re educated.” The result is that people who have seen somewhere that a particular comic is valuable think that their particular copy will fetch top dollar, even if it’s in poor condition or a reproduction. [ICv2]

Retailing | Substitute teacher April Loughridge is the owner of the newly opened Ichigo Comics in Farmington, New Mexico, which carries anime and manga as well as superhero comics. [Farmington Daily Times]

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