Legal | Composer Jack Urbont is suing rapper Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan and Sony Music Entertainment for illegally sampling the theme to the Iron Man animated series from the 1960s. The theme was used on two tracks from the 2000 album Supreme Clientele. Killah, who sometimes goes by the alias Tony Starks, had a song in the 2008 film and appeared in a deleted scene on the DVD. [Rolling Stone]
Digital | In Maps & Legends co-creator Michael Jasper shares a breakdown by percentage of where their sales are coming from, noting almost half of their sales are through Barnes & Noble’s Nookbook Store. [Michael Jasper, via The Beat]
Digital | The Globe and Mail looks at how electronic publishing is changing the way authors tell stories: “The Next Day is a graphic novel about people who have attempted suicide. Once it is posted online in September, you’ll be able to click your way through it according to your own preferences about how it should unfold.” [The Globe and Mail]
Publishing | Multiversity Comics talks to Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson about some of the company’s recent successes, the diversity of the company’s lineup, and same-day digital releases: “I’m on record as saying the print market is different from the digital market, and I personally think it’s unfair to penalize people who want to buy digital comics in the vain hope that it will drive more people to comic book shops. The people who want print comics are going to buy print comics. There is another audience that has no interest in hoarding boxes of comics, that is more satisfied having this stuff on their iPad or their laptop or their phone. I don’t see how that audience is any less valuable than the print audience. From a creative perspective, a publishing perspective — we’re in the business of telling stories. If people want to read those stories in a format other than print, we can either stick our heads in the sand and pretend it’s a fad, or we can acknowledge that this is the 21st century and adapt to the demands of the changing times.” [Multiversity Comics]
Publishing | The Al-Masry Al-Youm looks at Egypt’s growing publishing industry, highlighting Division Books, a graphic novel publisher founded earlier this year by Marwan Imam and Mohamed Reda. Imam says that Egypt is “hungry” for a comic book market. Division’s first graphic novel comes out this month. [Al-Masry Al-Youm]
Conventions | In addition to being available online, tickets for October’s New York Comic Con are now available from several New York and surrounding area comics retailers. [Medium at Large]
Conventions | The Monitor profiles Omnicon, a convention held in McAllen, Texas. [The Monitor]
Events | Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, will speak on the significance of graphic novel adaptations of classic literature at the Steinbeck Festival on Aug. 4-7 in Salinas and Monterey, Calif. [The Sacramento Bee]
Reviews | Colin Smith looks at the roles of women and minorities in the latest issues of Fear Itself and Flashpoint. [Too Busy Thinking About My Comics]
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