Legal | A blog comment by publisher Denis Kitchen has led to another victory for the heirs of Jerry Siegel in their lengthy legal battle with Warner Bros. and DC Comics over the rights to Superman. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Siegels co-own the rights to Action Comics #4, pages 3-6 of Superman #1, and the first two weeks worth of Superman comic strips. The same judge decided in March that the Siegels own half of Action Comics #1 and, therefore, half the rights to Superman. [Blog@Newsarama]
Publishing | Tokyopop has announced it will serialize several of its original series online for free. Titles include Psy-Comm, Undertown, Kat & Mouse, Pantheon High and Gyakushu. [press release]
Publishing | So when exactly is Marvel’s 70th anniversary? [The Comichron]
Conventions | New York Comic Con will have its own pavilion Sept. 13 at the Brooklyn Book Festival, which will feature such comics-industry guests as Denny O’Neil, Phil Jimenez and Tom DeFalco. [MediumAtLarge]
Crime | A graphic artist in Bangor, Maine, accused of killing a young woman apparently had dreams of working for Top Cow Productions. [Bangor Daily News]
Creators | Dave Gibbons discusses digital art and technology: “One of the things you have to be able to do, as a comic strip artist, is to draw things repeatedly from a variety of angles, so you need references, and you find the best picture you can. Nowadays you can go on the internet and find several million pictures of New York City, you can use Google Street View, you can use Google Earth and have a three-dimensional model of New York … to me, there’s an enhanced richness with comics, because artists can get their hands on reference and give it that texture that relates to reality.” [Guardian]
Creators | Rich Johnston talks with Antony Johnston about Wasteland, Prodigal Son: Wolverine, music and more. [Bleeding Cool]
Creators | Sean Collins chats with Junko Mizuno about her contribution to Marvel’s Strange Tales MAX miniseries: “I’m sorry, but I’ve never read Marvel comics! As I grew up, I mainly read Japanese comics for girls, but not the romantic ones. I always preferred comics with fantasy, adventure and action. They might have something in common with Marvel comics. I enjoyed reading the long character bios [for Marvel’s characters] before I started working for the anthology, though. It was very surprising for me to learn that the universe is so complicated and elaborate.” [Marvel.com]
Creators | Deb Aoki interviews NaRae Lee, artist of the graphic-novel adaptation of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride. [About.com]
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