Comics A.M. | Tintin hearing delayed, copyright ruling ignored

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Comics A.M. | <i>Tintin</i> hearing delayed, copyright ruling ignored

Legal | A Belgian court has postponed until next week a hearing in the months-long trial over whether to ban Tintin in the Congo because of 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. An anti-racism group joined Mondondo in seeking the ban. Wednesday’s scheduled hearing was postponed after one of the plaintiffs withdrew from the case; however, the article doesn’t say which one. [Expatica]

Legal | Cartoonist Rich Koslowski discovers that winning a copyright-infringement lawsuit against a company that used his artwork without permission didn’t end the matter. More than a year later, Ontario-based Geeks Galore Computer Center still hasn’t complied with the judge’s order, and continues to use Koslowski’s art in signage and advertising. [Eye on Comics]

Publishing | Andy Runton’s new full-color hardcover Owly & Wormy: Friends All Aflutter! will be released in March by Simon & Schuster, under a license from Top Shelf. [Top Shelf, via The Beat]

Publishing | Jason Woods picks apart Marvel’s new “Architects” initiative promoting the contributions of such creators as Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman: “Don’t think for a second people in the industry don’t already know the score. Do you think other writers needed an official announcement from on high that Bendis was a big dog? Or that Brubaker (who has won a boatload of Eisners in recent years) is a key cog in the wheel? People in the industry understand who is who. And if they’re being honest with themselves, they know where they sit in the pantheon. But that doesn’t mean they like being formally reminded of it by their employer.” [iFanboy]

Retailing | Lincoln, Nebraska, retailer Comic World will close on Dec. 23 after 18 years in business. [Lincoln Journal Star]

Creators | Roger Stern is profiled in advance of his appearance on Sunday at the Indianapolis Comic Book and Toy Convention. [Indianapolis Star]

Comics | Kenton Smith recommends a handful of graphic novels as holiday gifts. [SEE]