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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

Legal | In what some have already dubbed “the next Christopher Handley case,” Wikipedia co-founder Lawrence Sanger has reported Wikimedia Commons to the FBI for “knowingly distributing child pornography” in violation of Section 1466A of the U.S. PROTECT Act. Sanger, who left Wikipedia in 2002 and four years later launched the rival Citizendium, specifically points to entries on pedophilia and lolicon.

Manga collector Christopher Handley was sentenced in February under the same federal statute for possessing “obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and mailing obscene material.” [The Register, Icarus Publishing, Geekosystem]

Business | This profile of Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger suggests there’s already friction between Marvel’s Isaac Perlmutter and Disney’s consumer productions division: “Hollywood, familiar with Mr. Perlmutter’s penchant for ruling his roost, has started to whisper: Will he turn into Mr. Iger’s version of Harvey Weinstein, the hard-charging Miramax co-founder who caused Mr. Eisner so many headaches after Disney acquired the little studio?” [The New York Times]


Conventions | Gil Roth and Frank Santoro post brief reports from the MoCCA Festival, while the New York Daily News runs down the best comics from the show. [MoCCA Festival]

Awards | More commentary on this year’s Eisner nominees from David Welsh, Chris Allen and Alan David Doane, and David Harper and Walter Richardson. [2010 Eisner nominations]

Awards | Nominations are being accepted for the 2010 Eagle Awards. [The Eagle Awards]

Retailing | Kendall Swafford thinks comics retailers could learn a lot from the Apple stores: “With Apple stores, less is more. Clean, uncluttered, simple. Most comic book stores I visit are … very full. And then some. I realize we’re all aware of our cost per square foot, and we want to make every square inch count, but most comic stores have too much stuff. Maybe we’re afraid we’ll miss a sale, or we over-ordered (again) or we’re slow in marking down merchandise that’s been around too long, but whatever the reason, too many stores try to cram too much stuff into every nook and cranny of their stores, and it’s overwhelming. Once humans reach that level of visual over-stimulation, our brains only see a sea of stuff.” [ICv2.com]

Publishing | Matt Blind checks in on manga publisher Kodansha’s U.S. division and finds. [Rocket Bomber]


Publishing | IDW Publishing has launched a website for its Library of American Comics. [The Library of American Comics]

Publishing | Heidi MacDonald interviews Sparkplug Comics Books founder Dylan Williams. [The Beat]

Creators | Mark Waid discusses Irredeemable, 52 and BOOM! Studios. [Multiversity Comics]

Creators | Jeffery Klaehn talks with Ty Templeton. [POP]

Creators | Writers Anthony Del Col and Connor McCreery discuss their new IDW Publishing series Kill Shakespeare. [MONDOmagazine]


Creators | Vertigo spotlights artists Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon, who illustrate The Unwritten #12. [Graphic Content]

Manga | Yonago Airport in Sakaiminato, Japan, will receive the nickname “Yonago Kitaro Airport” after the character created by Sakaiminato native and manga artist Shigeru Mizuki. [The Mainichi Daily News]

Manhwa | Katherine Dacey names 10 must-read Korean comics. [The Manga Critic]

Pop culture | How Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle influenced Marvel’s Mighty Thor. [Los Angeles Times]