Awards | Steven Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune has won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. This is Breen’s second Pulitzer; his first came in 1998 while at the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. The other two finalists were Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press and Matt Wuerker of Politico. [The Associated Press, The Pulitzer Prizes]
Conventions | Stumptown Comics Fest announced the recipients of the 2009 Trophy Awards, led by Templar, Arizona, creator Spike with wins in three categories: Outstanding Art, Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Webcomic. Also, Matt Maxwell posts his report from last weekend’s convention. [Stumptown Comics Fest]
Publishing | The New York Times marks the 25th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by talking with co-creator Peter Laird about the black-and-white comic that became a multimedia juggernaut. “We were looking to do comic books successfully enough that we did not have to work at Pizza Hut,” Laird says of the comic he created with Kevin Eastman.
A 25th-anniversary celebration kicks off this week in New York City, and then continues in a nationwide tour. [City Room]
Merchandising | Marvel Entertainment is partnering with Walgreens for a massive direct-to-retail merchandising program that will bring products featuring the company’s superheroes to more than 6,000 drugstores. Marvel characters will grace everything from toys and posters to automotive accessories and pet products to novelty candy and snow globes at Walgreens beginning next spring. [Brandweek]
Legal | If you thought the legal wranglings involving the Watchmen movie were finished, think again. Attorneys for Warner Bros. and producer Larry Gordon will meet May 13 in a confidential, nonbinding mediation to try to figure out who’s to blame for the chain-of-title dispute with 20th Century Fox. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Creators | Marco Werman speaks with Adrian Tomine about Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s autobiographical A Drifting Life. [The World]
Creators | Writer Jamie S. Rich talks about his work as an editor, and his latest collaboration with Joëlle Jones, You Have Killed Me. Now I have that Morrissey song stuck in my head. [TFAW.com]
Creators | Brian Heater wraps up his three-part interview with Molly Crabapple. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Creators | Peter Bagge is profiled by his neighborhood newspaper. [Ballard News-Tribune]
Comics | After initially being disappointed by Batman: Hush six years ago — has it been that long, really? — Lou Anders gives the Jeph Loeb-Jim Lee storyline another chance: “How good was it? Loeb might be my favorite Batman writer now.” [Tor.com]
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