Digital comics | Technology columnist Andy Ihnatko spotlights LongBox Digital, the much-anticipated “iTunes for comics,” and claims he’s “pretty sure” the company is entering into a “formal alliance” with Apple: “Comic-industry cluelessness and their inability to unite towards a common, mutual good are the two main reasons why we haven’t seen anything like LongBox before. But they probably haven’t been as serious a roadblock as the simple lack of any portable device that’s perfectly-suited to reading digital comics. This is a form of storytelling that needs a tablet. A big, page-sized color screen with lots of resolution and a touch interface for turning pages and navigating from panel to panel. Apple is rumored to be making one of those things. And they’re also rumored to be speaking with a great many high-profile print publishers about bringing their content to this new device.” LongBox CEO Rantz Hoseley wouldn’t confirm Ihnatko’s Apple assertion. [Chicago Sun-Times]
Business | Nickelodeon has purchased the global rights to the 25-year-old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise from The Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment for a reported $60 million. [Variety, press release]
Publishing | Dark Horse’s Aaron Colter, Fantagraphics’ Eric Reynolds and Top Shelf’s Brett Warnock tackle questions about digital piracy. [Graphic Novel Reporter]
Publishing | Deb Aoki interviews Garrett Boast, publisher of ShojoBerry, the planned shojo manga magazine. [About.com]
Publishing | Your “Asterix turns 50″ story of the day. [Time]
Publishing | John Jackson Miller crunches the direct-market sales figures for September, and spotlights bestsellers from Septembers past. [The Comichron]
Retailing | Tony Grove, owner of Kingdom Comics in Keizer, Oregon, has had to cash in an IRA and refinance the mortgage on his house to maintain his store, which he uses for community outreach. [Statesman Journal]
Creators | Emmanuel Guibert discusses The Photographer. [Graphic Novel Reporter]
Creators | Brendan Wright chats with Steve Lieber about Periscope Studio, his new series Underground, Whiteout, and more. [The Wright Opinion]
Creators | Berkeley Breathed will be interviewed from 11 a.m. to noon Pacific today on KPCC 89.3 FM. [KPCC]
Creators | Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon discuss their collaborations on The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation and the new Vlad the Impaler. [Graphic Novel Reporter]
Creators | Abby Denson talks about her new graphic novel Dolltopia. [Rutland Herald]
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