Legal | The big news over the weekend was that a federal judge ruled in the latest chapter of the prolonged Neil Gaiman/Todd McFarlane legal battle that the characters Dark Ages Spawn, Domina and Tiffany are simply derivatives of their earlier creations Medieval Spawn and Angela. Therefore, Gaiman has a right to a share of profits from the properties.
Maggie Thompson, who has been covering every twist and turn of the case from the beginning, offers her take on the ruling. Meanwhile, John Jackson Miller revisits sales estimates of the Spawn issues written by Gaiman, Alan Moore, Dave Sim and Frank Miller. [MaggieThompson.com, The Comichron]
Publishing | Calvin Reid looks at the importance of Comic-Con International for smaller publishers looking to sign licensing deals. “It’s the biggest show of all for us, and part of coming to San Diego is meeting with producers,” said Top Shelf Publisher Chris Staros. “Meeting someone once at Comic-Con is the equivalent of 10 meetings in L.A. We’ve had about a dozen meetings this year and they can all lead to stuff.” [Publishers Weekly]
Publishing | Tom Spurgeon mulls six industry stories “that seem almost certain to flower before the winter holidays.” [The Comics Reporter]
Publishing | Dave Elliott, the former editor-in-chief of Radical Publishing who last year sued the company, is now the editor of Benaroya Publishing. The new publisher will release titles through Image Comics beginning in May 2011. [ICv2.com]
Creators | Neal Adams and Andy Diggle have signed with William Morris Endeavor. [Heat Vision]
Creators | Douglas Wolk chats briefly with Paul Cornell about Action Comics and his upcoming miniseries Knight and Squire. [Techland]
Auctions | A copy of Batman #1 is expected to sell for $40,000 on Thursday. [Fairbanks Daily News-Miner]