Legal | Leo Cendrowicz examines the issues surrounding the upcoming trial, set to begin Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium, over whether to ban Herge’s Tintin in the Congo for its racist portrayals of native Africans. The legal battle was launched three years ago by Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, a Congolese man living in Belgium, who wants the book removed from the country’s bookstores, or at least sold with warning labels as it is in Britain. “It shows the Africans as childish imbeciles,” Mbutu Mondondo says. “It suggests blacks have not evolved.” [Time.com]
Conventions | Amid Amidi reports that Comic-Con International has raised the price of additional-exhibitor badges from $75 to $200: “As anybody who has ever exhibited at Comic-Con can tell you, artists typically don’t earn truckloads of money at the event, and when all the costs of booth rental, travel, and lodging are factored in, the obscene $200 exhibitor badge essentially guarantees that an independent artist will leave the convention empty-handed.” [Cartoon Brew]
Publishing | IDW Publishing is selling the “mammoth” hardcover Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition directly to consumers for pick-up in July at Comic-Con International or for home delivery after the convention. [Hero Complex, press release]
Fandom | A handful of sources are reporting on the death of Lewis “Alan” Coil, a frequent commenter on Robot 6 and other comic websites. Coil apparently passed away April 30 from a heart attack. He was 55. [Tony Isabella message board, Peter David, Comics Should Be Good, The Beat]
Publishing | Dark Horse has promoted Micha Hershman to vice president of marketing. Hershman joined the publisher in November 2009 as senior director of marketing from Borders Group, where he was category director for the pop-culture section. Dark Horse veteran Anita Nelson, the company’s current vice president of sales, marketing and licensing, will assume the new mantle of vice president of business affairs. She’ll continue to oversee the sales and licensing divisions, and will be responsible for new business opportunities. [Dark Horse]
Publishing | Digital Webbing Presents, the anthology published from 2001 to 2007 by Digital Webbing, will return as DWP 2.0, which will “[take] advantage of current technology to publish as first-run digital content on mobile devices like iPhones and iPads, as well as online. Options for printed editions/collections are being discussed as well.” [Digital Webbing]
Events | “Heroes, Freaks and Super-Rabbis: The Jewish Dimension of Comic Art,” a major new exhibit at Berlin’s Jewish Museum, looks at the Jewish heritages of 45 of the most successful, or at least influential, creators from the Golden Age of comics. “The point of the exhibition isn’t to say comics are a Jewish speciality,” says curator Anne Helene Hoog. “Rather, it looks at the question why so many Jews became comic artists, and what issues preoccupied them.” The exhibit continues through Aug. 8. [AFP]
Retailing | Mark Millar is looking for nominees for the “World’s Greatest Comic Store,” with the winner to be featured in the July issue of Wizard, which he’s guest-editing. Deadline is May 14. [Millarworld]
Creators | Christopher Irving profiles Gene Colan, spanning the long career of the 83-year-old artist. Of particular interest are his memories of his complicated relationship with “mercurial” editor Robert Kanigher, having to fight to be able to draw Tomb of Dracula and, of course, Jim Shooter’s rise to editor-in-chief of Marvel: “I knew the trouble was heading my way with Shooter.” [Graphic NYC]
Creators | Mike Allred chats about I, Zombie, his new Vertigo series with writer Chris Roberson. [Comic Vine]
Creators | Chris Roberson discusses I, Zombie and the world of Fables. [iFanboy]
Creators | Collaborators Brian Wood and Rebekah Isaacs briefly talk about their Wildstorm series DV8: Gods and Monsters. [Comic Vine]
Creators | Tom Spurgeon interviews Glen Brunswick, writer of Jersey Gods, The Gray Area and Killing Girl: “The marketplace always dictates what kind of book you plan on doing. You still have to sell your idea to the publisher. The publisher is looking to do books that the marketplace will readily embrace. Very few artists, in any field, can sell product on the basis of their name recognition alone. At the same time you need to find areas of compromise between stories that move you and what the marketplace dictates. It’s tough writing something that you don’t believe in even if you think the market really wants that kind of book. You need to be moved within the confines of what you think may sell — because selling is what you’re are going to wind up doing through the many stages of creation, production and marketing of your project. It really never ends. Even if you’re only pitching the idea to an acquaintance at a dinner party — you’re still selling your initial idea — so you better love it — at least a little bit.” [The Comics Reporter]
Creators | Martyn Pedler spotlights Dylan Horrocks. [Bookslut]
Creators | Collaborators Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt chat briefly about their new Oni Press series The Sixth Gun. [Indie Pulp]
Creators | Jim Rugg talks about Afrodisiac, Street Angel and digital comics. [Multiversity Comics]
Creators | The National Post continues its series of Q&As with creators attending this weekend’s Toronto Comics Art Festival: Evan Munday; Stuart and Kathryn Immonen; Jordan Bursach; Jason Loo; Jason Turner; Zack Giallongo; Spike; Jamie Q; Le Studio coopératif Premières Lignes; Jim Rugg; Lizz Lunney; Tugboat Press; Noel Tuazon; Troy Little; and Willow Dawson.
Comics | Black Panther tops Ranker’s list of the 20 richest superhero-comics characters. Sure, why not? [Ranker]
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