Business | In a surprise announcement, Kevin Tsujihara was announced Monday to succeed Barry Meyer as CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, the parent company of DC Entertainment. The 48-year-old Tsujihara, who has been with Warner Bros. since 1994, was named in 2005 as president of the Home Entertainment Group, overseeing the company’s home video, digital distribution, video games, anti-piracy and emerging technology operations. He was chosen as CEO over Bruce Rosenbaum, president of Warner Bros. Television, and Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros. Pictures (under which DC Entertainment is placed in the corporate structure). [The Hollywood Reporter]
Comic strips | It’s time for another college-paper comics controversy! The editors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badger-Herald decided that Vincent Cheng’s comic about a clueless Facebooker trying to juice his list with some music by black artists was in poor taste and refused to run it. As is often the case in these controversies, the comic’s greater sin is simply not being funny, and the very first commenter suggests some fixes that not only would have made it a better comic but probably would have avoided the controversy as well. [The Daily Cartoonist]
Creators | Matt Fraction, who grew up in “hurricane country” in North Carolina as well as in New York, talks about getting the inspiration for his latest Hawkeye comic while watching coverage of Hurricane Sandy: “There was all this devastation, but also all this inspiration – nurses keeping babies’ hearts beating with their bare hands, cops waist-deep in water helping people out of their homes.” Fraction will donate his share of the royalties from the comic to the Red Cross Sandy Relief Fund. [New York Daily News]
Digital comics | Word comes from the American Library Association midwinter meeting that library e-book provider Overdrive is negotiating rights to distribute manga digitally, working directly with the Japanese publishers. [Good E-Reader.com]
Digital comics | Sean Kleefeld has some thoughts on Monday’s announcement that comiXology will open an office in Paris and begin publishing comics in languages other than English. [Kleefeld on Comics]
Awards | As the deadline approaches for Hugo Awards nominations, Joe Gordon offers some suggestions for possible nominations in the comics category. [Forbidden Planet]
Comics | Tugboat Press is bringing its Papercutter anthology, which has featured the works of Jim Rugg, Sarah Oleksyk, and Julia Wertz, among others, to an end. [Stumptown Trade Review]
Creators | Wilfred Santiago, creator of 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, discusses his new graphic novel, also a sports-themed biography: Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade. [Comics Alliance]
Creators | Marc Sobel interviews Ed Piskor about Wizzywig, The Hip Hop Family Tree, his introduction to underground comics as a youth, and going through “cartooning boot camp” with Harvey Pekar, among other things. [The Comics Journal]
Retailing | The local Patch profiles the Norwood branch of New England Comics, a Boston-area chain with eight locations that publishes its own comic The Tick. [Patch.com]
Comics | Philip Nel talks about some of the allusions he is turning up as he annotates the second volume of Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby. [Nine Kinds of Pie]
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