Comic-Con | Registration opened this morning at 6 PST for Comic-Con International following technical problems on Nov. 1 that forced organizers to shut down sales after only a handful of badges were purchased. Registration is for daily passes and four-day memberships without Preview Night. Those with the Wednesday preview sold out on the final day of this year’s convention (more could be released later, depending on returns and cancellations). Prices have increased slightly, from $100 to $105 for four-day memberships and from $35 to $37 for single-day passes ($20 for Sunday). Comic-Con International will be held July 20-24 in San Diego. [Comic-Con International]
Legal | Sankaku Complex wades into Tokyo’s resurrected “anti-loli” legislation, and finds the revised bill has been expanded to target manga, anime and video games that “‘improperly glorify or emphasise’ illegal sexual acts, such as rape, groping, BDSM, voyeurism, exhibitionism, etc., by extension including underage sexual activity as well.” The previous version focused on the depictions of “fictional youths,” a controversial term that’s been dropped from the legislation. [Sankaku Complex]
Creators | Don MacPherson attempts to find out why Paul Levitz is credited on the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series as the creator of the DC Comics character Huntress, and why artists Joe Staton and Bob Layton were not. He doesn’t get very far. [Eye on Comics]
Publishing | “When Killing Spider-Man is Your Best Idea, You’re Out of Ideas.” I just like the headline. [Dinosaurs in F-14s]
Conventions | Kelly House reports on Sunday’s Portland (Oregon) Comic Book Show. [The Oregonian]
Creators | Michael Cavna writes about the recent visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan by six cartoonist: Jeff Keane, Rick Kirkman, Mike Luckovich, Stephan Pastis, Tom Richmond and Garry Trudeau. [The Washington Post]
Creators | Writer Greg Pak discusses the Silver Surfer miniseries and Marvel’s Chaos War. [Cosmic Book News]
Creators | Crime author Denise Mina talks briefly about her work, including the graphic novel A Sickness in the Family. [Publishers Weekly]
Pop culture | Steve Murray (aka Chip Zdarsky) takes on the troubled $60-million Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: “The villainous Green Goblin looks like a child’s drawing of a Double Dragon video game villain if the child only had a green pencil crayon. Carnage, another Spider-Man villain, looks like a snowboarding jack o’ lantern covered in unerotic candle wax. And of course there’s the brand new villain, Swiss Miss, who looks like Magneto if he cross-dressed and then walked into a silverware store. To be fair, there are only thousands of Spider-Man comics one can look at for character ideas, so I guess it just made sense to start from scratch.” [National Post]
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