Legal | DC Comics has filed a trademark lawsuit against clothing manufacturer Mad Engine, claiming one of its T-shirt designs infringes on the iconic Superman shield (it replaces the signature “S” with “Dad”). The shirt was sold through Target, which isn’t part of the suit. DC sent a cease-and-desist letter to Mad Engine on June 1, but, the publisher claims, the clothing company didn’t respond until June 19 “in an effort to allow the Infringing T-Shirt to remain available for sale through Father’s Day.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
Retailing | David Harper asked 25 comics retailers how they feel about their business (spoiler: mostly optimistic), what their customer base is like, how they determine which comics to order (some really interesting comments here), and their thoughts on the industry as a whole. With the caveat that it’s a small group, it’s fascinating stuff. [Sktchd]
Publishing | Evan Phail looks at the small Vermont publisher Jewish Lights, which has two successful graphic novels in its line: Steve Sheinkin’s kid-friendly series The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey and Stan Mack’s The Story of the Jews: A 4,000-Year Adventure. [Publishers Weekly]
Publishing | Adam Sorice looks at Marvel’s newly announced titles and finds a paucity of female creators — just 10 women out of 116 creators announced so far. [The Mary Sue]
Creators | Writer Ales Kot talks about the end of Zero, moving to Los Angeles and his two new series, Wolf and Material. A strong critic of the culture of comics publishing, Kot is including short stories by a young creators of color in future issues of Wolf. [Vulture]
Comics | Five creators recommend some starter comics for those new to the medium. [The A.V. Club]
Comics | Publisher Nat Gertler talks about one of his bestselling products: Blank Comics. Who buys them? “Some folks like using them to get artists to draw “sketch covers” without having to get a special expensive comic for that. Some folks use it for their own art projects. But my biggest sales are to folks who use them with kids — at schools, at camps, or a lot of comic shops that either give presentations at schools or bring kids into the shop. Give a kid one of these, and it very quickly turns into a non-blank comic.” [GeekDad]
Awards | Cartoonist Pamarthy Shankar has won the Grand Prix World Press Cartoon award for his drawing of Nelson Mandela. [Economic Times]
Conventions | Reporter Stephanie Ogilvie is going to her first comic convention, Wizard World Comic Con in Richmond, Virginia, and she details how much it’s going to cost her. [The Roanoke Times]
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