Licensing | U.K. media-licensing company Entertainment Rights, which owns The Lone Ranger, Casper, Gumby, Little Lulu and numerous other properties, has cut one-third of its employees, and is reportedly scrambling to find an investor or a new owner.
The company, which acquired its U.S. competitor Classic Media in 2007, denied speculation last fall of a looming bankruptcy. In December, it received a loan that’s expected to carry it through next month. [ICv2.com]
Comic strips | The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has dropped Bill Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead as of today. Eric Reynolds asks for readers to write or call the newspaper to ask for its return to the comics page. [FLOG!]
Milestones | Jan. 10 marks the 80th anniversary of Tintin’s first appearance, which sends writer Matthew Paris on a tongue-in-cheek investigation of the eternal teen-ager’s sexual orientation. I knew the first anniversary was paper, and the 10th was tin, but I never would’ve guessed the 80th was outing. [Times Online]
Best of ’08 | Publishers Weekly‘s Comics Week releases its third annual Critics’ Poll, topped by Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button. Manga Editor Kai-Ming Cha also names her Top 10 manga of the year. [Publishers Weekly]
Pop culture | Hugh Hefner, aspiring comic-book artist. [Hero Complex]
Art and design | John Straun picks his best comic-book covers of the year. [Super Punch]
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