Comics A.M. | Archie's Silberkleit files sexual harassment suit

Legal | Archie Comics Co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit is in court again, this time claiming sexual harassment by former friend Sam Levitin, who was her liaison to Archie after her legal feud with the company and C0-CEO Jon Goldwater was settled last year. Levitin has responded that Silberkleit "lacks functional communication skills and has an unstable temperament" and has a "venomous and destructive effect" at the company. Levitin asked the court in December to remove Silberkleit as a trustee of the company, and she responded in April with the allegation of sexual harassment against both Levitin and Archie Comics. An outside firm hired by Archie determined that her claims were "unfounded," and the publisher is not a party in the latest lawsuit. [New York Daily News]

Legal | Jeff Trexler takes an in-depth look at the copyright battle between Marvel and Jack Kirby's children. [The Comics Journal]

Conventions | In 2010, 550 people came to Tampa Bay Comic Con; this weekend, organizers expect more than 20,000. The increase comes in part because the con, like others, is bringing in movie and TV personalities along with the comics folk. [Tampa Bay Times]

Digital comics | U.K. publisher Jonathan Cape has inked an agreement with the digital comics service Sequential to distribute its graphic novels digitally. [The Bookseller]

Publishing | John Freeman discusses the demise of Mark Millar's Clint magazine, and concludes that while it's hard to make a go of it on newsstands, that sector is still strong in the United Kingdom. [Down the Tubes]

Retailing | With the Amazon/Overstock price war (which has settled down to price matching) as a backdrop, Rob Salkowitz offers some advice to proprietors of comics shops on how to avoid "showrooming," the practice of customers coming to their shop to look at the stock but then actually buying it from an online retailer. [ICv2]

Creators | British cartoonist Sarah McIntyre (Vern N Lettuce) talks about drawing with pencils, her work process, and the images that fascinate her. [Tiny Pencil]

Comic strips | John Glynn talks about the worst submissions he's seen in his time at the Universal/Go Comics syndicate, and he invites readers to send in their own terrible comics ideas. [Laugh Tracks]

Awards | The government of the Netherlands is discontinuing its Martin Toonder prize, which was given each year to a cartoonist who had made an outstanding contribution to the Dutch comics industry. First awarded in 2009, the prize fell victim to government spending cuts. [Forbidden Planet]

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