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Comics A.M. | Square Enix fires back in manga copyright feud

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Comics A.M. | Square Enix fires back in manga copyright feud

Legal | The Japanese publisher Square Enix has filed a counterclaim against SNK Playmore, asking Osaka District Court to rule that its manga Hi Score Girl doesn’t infringe on copyrights held by the video game company. Earlier this year, SNK brought criminal copyright violation charges against Square Enix after learning Hi Score Girl contains more than 100 unauthorized images of characters from SNK Playmore games. The manga has been put on hold because of the dispute. [Anime News Network]

Conventions | Who’s buying, and how much are they spending, at conventions? Rob Salkowitz mines the numbers from a recent Eventbrite poll of convention-goers to get some answers: Most people spend between $100 and $500 per person; cosplayers actually spend a bit more than average; and women shell out more money at conventions, while men spend more online. [ICv2]

Conventions | New York Comic Con starts Thursday, and Michael Calia has a quick preview for those who are just tuning in. [The Wall Street Journal]

Creators | Singaporean cartoonist Heng Kim Song says his controversial cartoon about the Indian space program was intended as a compliment, not a slam. The cartoon, which ran in The New York Times, prompted enough complaints that the newspaper issued an apology. The Straits Times also digs up a 2011 profile of Song. [The Straits Times]

Comics | With the debut this week of The Best American Comics 2014, Michael Cavna briefly interviews new series editor Bill Kartalopoulos, and  goes in depth with guest editor Scott McCloud about the thinking behind the book, in terms of both choices and format. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Scott Snyder continues his interview tour in support of Wytches, which debuts today from Image Comics. [USA Today, MTV]

Creators | Longtime Flash writer Mark Waid reviews the pilot of the new CW television series for Playboy. [Playboy.com]

Creators | Art Spiegelman discusses his multimedia show Wordless!, which comes to Berkeley, California, on Saturday. [SF Weekly]

Creators | Michael Kingston talks about his comic Headlocked, the story of a theater student’s quest to become a professional wrestler, which he is funding on Kickstarter. [Albany Times Union]

Events | The Martin Luther King Jr. Library at San Jose State University will host the 2014 Latino Comics Expo this weekend, and librarian Kathryn Blackmer Reyes talks about the show and the collection of Latino comics she has acquired for the library. [SJSU Today]

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