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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

Internet | A draft letter leaked earlier this week has revealed the desire of a manga-scanlation group to partner with a major publisher, and touched a nerve with members of its online community. In the muddled draft, one of the owners of Manga Helpers suggests Viz Media could somehow benefit by teaming with the website, which posts fan-translated scans of Japanese comics. (MangaHelpers recently received cease-and-desist letters from Japanese publisher Kodansha.)

Reaction to the leaked letter was quick and largely negative, causing another Manga Helpers founder to post an “explanation on current events”: “The goal behind presenting that document to a company was so that we can promote the fans — not their work. We wanted to create a bridge between publisher and fan (scanlator – translator – artist) to help everyone work together and not only make online distribution legitimate, but to increase the amount of released manga by promoting the talented translators, editors and artists we have at MH.”

Simon Jones notes that financial concerns may be at the core of Manga Helpers’ proposition: “They are worried about having to pull more content at the request of Japanese companies giving increasing scrutiny to the scanlation scene, and in the process lose a great deal of their user community and the advertising profits from it.  Shueisha and Shogakkukan are larger manga publishers than Kodansha by volume, and through Viz, Manga Helpers hopes to secure their remaining content.” Brad Rice, meanwhile, suggests it’s probably not a good idea for a site that hosts illegal scans to attract attention to itself. [Manga Helpers]

Business | Sonny Bunch suggests that Disney should have passed up Marvel, whose major properties are tied up in film and theme-park licensing agreements, and instead purchased an “indie” publisher, such as Dark Horse. [The Washington Times]

Publishing | Radical Publishing has signed a bookstore-distribution deal with Random House. [ICv2.com]

Publishing | Kodansha’s Kiss magazine has announced that Tomoko Ninomiya’s popular romantic comedy Nodame Cantabile will end with the Oct. 10 issue. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Kirk Warren considers the rise and fall of CrossGen. [The Weekly Crisis]

Sales charts | David Small’s memoir Stitches is again the top hardcover on The New York Times Graphic Book Best Seller List. Watchmen reclaims the No. 1 paperback slot, joined in that category by newcomers Bone, Vol. 1 (No. 8), and The Surrogates (No. 9). Bleach, Vol. 28, again leads the manga chart. [The New York Times]

Conventions | Deb Aoki offers programming highlights from Day One of the New York Anime Festival, which starts today at the Javits Center in New York City. [About.com]

Pop culture | Alan Cumming, who’s been cast as Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, says things are looking up for the troubled musical production. [Hero Complex]

Webcomics | Columbia University’s student newspaper spotlights the ACT-I-VATE webcomic collective. [Columbia Spectator]

Retailing | Creator Kody Chamberlain shares the results of questions he sent to three retailers about how creators and publishers can better promote their work to stores. [In No Particular Order]

Retailing | Despite what the headline says, this isn’t a profile of a bird or a plane but of the 21-year-old Atlas Comics in Norridge, Illinois. [Pioneer Local]

Retailing | Rick Berg, manager of the Graham Crackers Comics location in DeKalb, Illinois, also receives a brief profile. [DeKalb Scene]

Creators | Awakening writer Nick Tapalansky gives a pair of interviews about his zombie comic series. [4thletter!, Girls Entertainment Network]

Creators | Brian Heater continues his three-part interview with Jason Lutes. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

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