Publishing | Disney’s Studio Fountain and Soda Store in Hollywood will carry the BOOM! Kids line of licensed Muppets and Disney/Pixar comics. They will be the only comics sold in the store. [BOOM! Kids]
Legal | A 28-year-old man in Wheaton, Ill., was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to felony theft for using a bogus check in 2007 to buy a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #2 from Graham Crackers Comics in Naperville. As part of his plea, Scott K. Meherg was ordered to pay $980.99 in restitution toward the comic, which was never recovered. [Naperville Sun]
Legal | In other Spider-Man-related crime news, a New York man suspected of stealing $78,000 worth of farm equipment reportedly told employees of the business that his name was Peter Parker before dropping his pants to reveal a blue-and-red leotard. Apparently, “Brand New Day” hasn’t gone as well as we were led to believe. [WNYT.com]
Sales charts | The top of The New York Times’ Graphic Books Best Seller List looks just like last week’s edition, with The Dark Tower: Treachery, Watchmen and Naruto leading their respective categories. Star Trek: Countdown continues to perform well for IDW as it inches up to No. 2 in paperbacks. [ArtsBeat]
Publishing | Belgium, which produced some 4,000 new titles last year, is suffering from a lack of good writers. “Most Belgians who want a career in comics aspire to be illustrators, not wordsmiths,” writes Daniel Michaels. “At the country’s many comic fairs, it’s the artists around whom thousands swarm for autographs.” [Wall Street Journal]
Comics | Sticking with Belgium, the world’s biggest Tintin page has been unveiled in Brussels. Printed on a series of thermo-welded sheets, the sequence from The Adventures of Tintin: Destination Moon covers 735 square yards. [New Zealand Herald]
Conventions | The National Post wraps up it marathon preview of this weekend’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival with interviews with creators Evan Munday, Ross Campbell, Rina Piccolo, Jim Zubkavich, Diana Tamblyn, Jason Turner, Joe Bluhm, Dustin Harbin, Michael J. Hind, Jason Thompson, Zen Rankin, Frank Cammuso, Eric Wight, Valerie Sury, Ramon Perez, Howard Chackowicz and Chip Zdarsky. [Toronto Comic Arts Festival]
Education | The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, is using a 12-page comic called Bravo Zulu to help attract minorities and applicants from areas that don’t typically send students to the college. The initial print run of 100,000 copies will be distributed during outreach programs across the country. [The Associated Press]
Libraries | The Somerville Public Library is turning Free Comic Book Day into Comic Book Month as it distributes comics and hosts programs throught May. More than 500 comics have been donated by 11 publishers. [Star-Ledger]
Awards | Suvudu’s “Eisner Shakedown” continues with a look at the nominees for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Japan. [Suvudu]
Creators | Pádraig Ó Méalóid finishes his three-part interview with Alan Moore. [Forbidden Planet International]
Creators | In a video interview, Neil Gaiman talks about Coraline, writing, the collaboration process and, in passing, his interest in writing the screenplay to Thor or Doctor Strange. [Times Online]
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