Comics A.M. | San Diego & Salt Lake cons to meet about lawsuit

Legal | A conference has been scheduled for Oct. 27 in San Diego to discuss a possible settlement in the trademark dispute between Comic-Con International and Salt Lake Comic Con regarding the latter's use of "Comic Con." Comic-Con International filed lawsuit last month, claiming Salt Lake organizers are attempting to “confuse and deceive” fans and exhibitors with their use of the term. Salt Lake Comic Con formally responded on Monday, denying those accusations and asking a federal court to find Comic-Con International's trademarks invalid. [The Salt Lake Tribune]

Banned Books Week | Reporter Sydney Gillette gets the local angle on Banned Books Week, talking with a local comics retailer and a librarian. While Missoula, Montana, has very few book challenges, the most recent one at the public library involved a graphic novel, The Furry Trap, by Josh Simmons. Neither the public libraries nor the schools in the area have ever removed a book in response to a challenge. [Montana Kaimin]

Creators | At the site of the library-themed webcomic Unshelved, Gene Ambaum interviews Gene Luen Yang, creator of The Shadow Hero. You'll also get to see what may be the first Shadow Hero cosplayer. [Unshelved]

Creators | Writer Justin Jordan talks about his new comic Deep State, debuting in November from BOOM! Studios. [13th Dimension]

Comics | Paul Gravett looks at the French comic Barbarella, which was the inspiration for the Jane Fonda movie. (Kelly Sue DeConnick talked with CBR this week about adapting the book for English-language readers.) [Paul Gravett]

Publishing | Henry Chamberlain interviews Bill Kartalopoulos, editor of the Best American Comics series. [Comics Grinder]

Libraries | Asia Morris interviews librarian, comics enthusiast and zinester Ziba Perez Zehdar, who discusses the place of graphic novels in her library and what her plans are for Long Beach Comic Con. [Long Beach Post]

Retailing | The owners of Chemshaw 13 Donutz & Comics, in Crown Point, Indiana, have an interesting take on running a comic shop: Knowing that a lot of people have never set foot in one before, they combine it with a coffee shop. Come for the muffins, stay for the comics? It's also located in a historic building in downtown Crown Point. [NWI Times]

Retailing | Meanwhile, The Comic Book and Record Shop in Elkin, North Carolina, seems to have a nostalgia focus, offering Golden and Silver Age comics and vinyl records. [Elkin Tribune]

Conventions | The first Creative Women's Conference will be held Saturday in Denton, Texas; it's organized by David Doub of Dusk Comics, who had been thinking of starting up a show for a while: "Then it dawned on me that there is a segment in the creative field that at best gets only a ‘women of comics’ panel. I wanted to help with a positive message and educate aspiring creators on [what steps to take to enter the industry as a creator]." He also wanted to provide a haven from harassment and "fake geek girl" accusations. [Denton Record-Chronicle]

Conventions | Hey, did you know those movie superheroes started out in comic books? That's the angle reporter Jonathan Van Dyke takes in his article on Long Beach Comic Con, and given the much larger audience for movies, it may be an effective one. He also gives a pretty good rundown of what to expect at the con, for those planning to go. [The Grunion Gazette]

Conventions | There's no ambiguity about the Claremont Packing House Comics and Collectibles show, which has a definite focus on local vendors and bargain comics; one outfit is selling them by the pound. [Daily Bulletin]

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