Legal | The case of Christopher Handley, an Iowa man who faces up to 20 years in prison for possessing manga the U.S. government calls obscene, goes to trial on Feb. 2. The government asserts that parts of Handley’s collection constitute child pornography. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is serving as special consultant in Handley’s defense. [ICv2.com]
Legal | Rodney Perkins examines the “alter ego claims” in Siegel v. Time Warner that will be addressed in a Feb. 3 bench trial. At issue is whether the heirs of Jerry Siegel are entitled to an accounting of profits made by Warner Bros. Entertainment as the exclusive TV and movie licensee of Superman. [Film Esq.]
Sales charts | After falling 10 places last week, Watchmen regains its place at No. 29 on USA Today’s list of the Top 150 books. The 33rd volume of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto inched up three spot to No. 140.
Meanwhile, Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw leaps atop the chart at No. 1. Previous volumes are at No. 34 and No. 40. [USA Today]
Retailers | Greensboro, N.C.’s Yes! Weekly highlights the region’s best comic-book stores. [Yes! Weekly]
Publishing | Obama-mania continues as IDW Publishing’s Presidential Material: Barack Obama goes back for a fourth printing, complete with new cover and a transcript of the inaugural address. [Chris Ryall]
Art | The Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan will play host to Comics, Heroes and American Visual Culture, an exhibit of original drawings and paintings from comics creators from Milton Caniff and George Herriman to C.C. Beck and Alex Ross. [The Flint Journal]
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