Legal | A Colombian coffee-growers group has decided it won’t sue Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Peters over a Mother Goose and Grimm strip that jokingly linked Colombian coffee to the country’s crime syndicates. The association apparently has accepted Peters’ apology, and has invited the cartoonist to visit Colombia. [Colombia Reports]
Legal | A planned Tuesday court conference between attorneys for Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox has been canceled, fueling further speculation that a settlement is near in the Watchmen movie lawsuit. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Publishing | DC Thomson, the Dundee, Scotland-based publisher of The Beano, The Dandy, Commando and several newspapers and magazines, actually posted higher profits for the year that ended in March 2008 compared with the year before. [The Herald]
Publishing | Cartoonist Tim Hamilton, creator of the webcomic The Adventures of the Floating Elephant, has announced Hill and Wang will release his graphic-novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451, with a foreword by Bradbury. [ACT-I-VATE blog]
Creators | In the first part of a two-part interview, Grant Morrison talks at length about his tenure on Batman, and how writing that title and All-Star Superman has affected him: “All Star Superman was a very classically-composed story which drew its inspiration from folk tales and fables and it taught me a new kind of simplicity and clarity which has made my recent work much better and more focused, I think. Batman is rooted in a fierce, trashy pulp tradition and has taught me most about the magical intersection where preparation meets spontaneity and improvisation.” [PW Comics Week]
The year in review | Blogger David Welsh surveys manga publishing-house staff about their favorite books of 2008. [The Comics Reporter]
The year in review | Contributors to Digital Strips consider the best webcomics, and most important story, of 2008. [Digital Strips]
The year ahead | Blogger Alan David Doane rounds up a group of creators, commentators and the like to discuss what comics they’re looking forward to this year. [The ADD Blog]
Creators | A Distant Soil creator Colleen Doran has launched a new website, and has moved her blog. [A Distant Soil]
Art and design | Letterer Todd Klein begins a multi-part study of the logos of Marvel’s Fantastic Four. [Todd’s Blog]
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