Legal | A Marvel Entertainment shareholder last week sued to block Disney’s announced $4-billion purchase of the company. Christine Vlatos claims Marvel’s board of directors failed to conduct an appropriate sales process, and that the proposed transaction “does not appear to adequately value Marvel’s shares.” However, one expert says plaintiffs rarely win this kind of lawsuit. Meanwhile, Shareholders Foundation Inc. is trolling for Marvel investors to become party to a class-action lawsuit.
In related news, papers filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveal the agreement with Disney includes a hefty termination fee: Although Marvel has agreed not to pursue other offers, if it were to stop the merger to pursue a “superior deal,” it would have to pay Disney $140 million. [Bloomberg]
Licensing | The Disney-Marvel deal apparently has some in the gaming industry concerned about the future of Marvel superhero-themed slot machines. [Gaming Supermarket]
Legal | Speaking of class-action lawsuits, Rich Johnston finds signs that one may be brewing over Diamond Comic Distributors’ new Olive Branch distribution center in Mississippi. [Bleeding Cool]
Publishing | Japanese publisher East Press reportedly has sold 45,000 copies of its adaptation of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf since the manga’s release last November. “It is a famous book, but there are few who have read it,” said East Press Editor Kōsuke Maruo. “I think it is [studying] material for knowing Hitler, a man synonymous with ‘devil,’ and what sort of thinking created that level of tragedy.” [Anime News Network]
Publishing | Malini Goyal profiles Teshkeel Comics CEO Naif Al-Mutawa, creator and publisher of The 99. [Forbes India]
Retailing | Retailer Christopher Butcher wonders, “What happens when Direct Market retailers can’t trust Diamond to keep them stocked?” [Comics212]
Retailing | House of Heroes in Florence, Alabama, caters to its working customers by being open from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on most days. [Times Daily]
Sales charts | Patricia Biggs’ shape-shifting protagonist Mercy Thompson makes the leap to comics, and The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List, as Homecoming debuts at No. 1 in the hardcover category. Marjane Satrapi’s The Complete Persepolis premieres at the top of the paperback section, while the seventh volume of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight leads the manga chart once again. [The New York Times]
Creators | Eric Konigsberg profiles David Small, whose memoir Stitches receives wide release this week. [The New York Times]
Creators | Matt Fraction talks about his background, and moving full-time into comics. [Los Angeles Times]
Creators | Joshua Dysart briefly discusses his Vertigo series Unknown Soldier: “What we’re going for is a more meta-education about the world in general, just getting people interested in pursuing the details of these conflicts that happen in the continent of Africa or in Southeast Asia. Since the details [of the conflict in the current Unknown Soldier comic] are no longer pertinent, I hope the reader takes a larger look at the issue of child soldiers, which I think will be the social justice issue of the future, a larger look at how we integrate with the world, and how we ignore conflicts that are happening all around us. So, if it does anything, other than entertain as a comic book, I hope it does those things.” [The Huffington Post]
Creators | Ben Caldwell corrects a few apparent misconceptions about his Wonder Woman strip in DC’s Wednesday Comics. [Purge Theory]
Comics | To mark the start of the school year, Katie Zenke compiles a list of 10 “fictional schools with character,” including Xavier’s Insitute for Higher Learning and PS238‘s Excelsior, the School for Metaprodigy Children. [Examiner.com]
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