Graphic novels | Two newspapers look at efforts by the Brooklyn Public Library to restrict access to Herge’s 1931 volume Tintin in the Congo because of complaints about its offensive portrayal of Africans. Although the headline in the Daily News says the book is “banned,” it was actually removed from the public area in 2007; patrons can view it by appointment.
According to The New York Times, Tintin in the Congo is the only challenged book that New York City libraries have removed from shelves. The Borders retail chain moved the work from the children’s sections of its U.S. and U.K. stores in 2007. [The New York Times, Daily News]
Retailing | Barnes & Noble’s second-quarter profits fell 27 percent, but still beat expectations. [The Associated Press]
Retailing | San Francisco’s Manga Cafe Mika is closing after just a year in business. “It was the wrong business,” co-owner Bruce Nakahida told Deb Aoki. “We misread the anime and manga business in the U.S. — it’s completely different (than it is in Japan).” [About.com]
Sales charts | This week’s installment of The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List finds David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp and Darwyn Cooke’s Parker: The Hunter leading the hardcover category, and the 10th volume of The Walking Dead dethroning Watchmen on the paperback chart. The seventh volume of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight again tops the manga list. [The New York Times]
Publishing | Ryan J. Prado profiles Bluewater Productions President Darren G. Davis. [Just Out]
Creators | Stan Lee talks about Time Jumper, his new project with Disney. [BBC News]
Art | Todd Klein wraps up his five-part study of Captain America logos, and includes commentary from letterer-designer Rian Hughes about his work on Captain America: Reborn. [Todd’s Blog]
Comics | Sean Kleefeld spotlights some of the DC Comics minicomics that were packaged with the 1980s Super Powers Collection toyline. [Kleefeld on Comics]
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