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

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

Legal | DC Comics has sued a Florida man, accusing him of violating the company’s trademarks and copyrights by creating and selling unauthorized resin figurine kits based on characters from the 1960s Batman TV series.

John Stacks, owner of Johnny’s Resin, claims he has agreements with the actors represented by his figurines. DC Comics, which filed the lawsuit on July 9, says that it repeatedly warned Stacks about the violations. The company seeks, among other things, the destruction of all unauthorized products, packaging and molds, three times Stacks’ profits from selling the figurines, and statutory damages ranging from $750 to $30,000 for each infringement.

Stacks has shut down his website, leaving only the message, “THIS SITE IS CLOSED AND NO LONGER PRODUCES ANY RESIN KITS OR ANY OTHER ITEMS!” [Tampa Bay Online, lawsuit]

Retailing | Bookstore sales fell 3 percent in May to $1.1 billion. [Publishers Weekly]

Awards | The nominees have been announced for the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, which will be presented during Comic-Con International. []

Conventions | Kai-Ming Cha files a report on the first Asian American Comicon, held Saturday in New York City. [PW Comics Week]

Events | Here’s video of Saturday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly restored home in Cleveland where Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman. [Meeks Mixed Media]

Events | Jim McLauchlin has photos from The Hero Initiative/Meltdown Comics farewell party for 100 Bullets, held Saturday in Los Angeles. [The Hero Initiative]

Comics | John Jackson Miller examines how graphic-novel pricing has changed over the past six years. [The Comichron]

Manga | Japan’s Kyoto Seika University will offer a graduate course for cartoonists and cartoon researchers beginning next year. [Japan Today]

Comics | DC’s Blackest Night miniseries, which debuts today, gets some mainstream-media attention — with a spoiler or two. “Death is pretty horrific, and the metaphor of the entire series is rooted in that,” says writer Geoff Johns. “This is a very personal story for me.” [New York Daily News]

Comics | Speaking of DC, the serialization of the Superman strip from Wednesday Comics continues on USA Today’s website. [USA Today]

Creators | Christopher Irving profiles cartoonist Jules Feiffer. [Graphic NYC]

Creators | Warren Ellis posts “the bones of the talk” he gave about comics last month at Dundee University: “When done right, comics are a cognitive whetstone, providing two or three or more different but entangled streams of information in a single panel. Processing what you’re being shown, along with what’s being said, along with what you’re being told, in conjunction with the shifting multiple velocities of imaginary time, and the action of the space between panels that Scott McCloud defines as closure. … Comics require a little more of your brain than other visual media. They should just hand them out to being to stave off Alzheimer’s.” [Warren Ellis]

Creators | Jimmy Palmiotti discusses The Last Resort, his new series from IDW Publishing. [Cinematical]

Process | Artist Paolo Rivera even dons a Spider-Man mask when posing for reference shots. That’s dedication to the craft. [The Self-Absorbing Man]

Blogosphere | Happy fifth “blogoversary” to both Joe McCulloch and Tom Bondurant. [Jog the Blog, Comics Ate My Brain]

Humor | Shannon Cronin’s five steps for becoming a successful comic-book writer. [Shannon Cronin]