Broadway | The fall that seriously injured an actor Monday night in the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was the result of human error, the Actors' Equity Association said. Christopher Tierney, the 31-year-old aerialist who doubles for Spider-Man and two villains, remains in serious but stable condition after the cable to his safety harnesses snapped, sending him tumbling as far as 30 feet into the orchestra pit. As we reported on Tuesday, today's matinee has been canceled while the show enacts additional safety measures. However, tonight's performance will go on as scheduled.
Amid criticism from Broadway actors and calls for the plug to be pulled on the $65-million production -- Tierney is the fourth Spider-Man performer to be injured -- director Julie Taymor issued a statement, calling the accident "heartbreaking": "I am so thankful that Chris is going to be alright and is in great spirits. Nothing is more important than the safety of our Spider-Man family and we'll continue to do everything in our power to protect the cast and crew." Meanwhile, the New York Post -- home to theater columnist Michael Riedel, who's gleefully chronicled the musical's many setbacks -- quotes one unnamed investor as saying, "We should cut our losses and just get out," while another worries about potential lawsuits. The Daily Beast provides a timeline of the delay-plagued production, while Mark Evanier offers commentary. [Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark]
Digital piracy | Mike Masnick casts a critical eye over the evidence presented by the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to obtain a warrant for the domain seizures for several hip-hop blogs and the torrent search engine Torrent-Finder. Curiously -- and, Masnick argues misleadingly -- part of the support for the Torrent-Finder seizure is a TorrentFreak article about Underground co-creator Steve Lieber's embrace of 4Chan. [Techdirt]
Publishing | Red 5 Comics has announced a line of "digital-first" comics whose titles will debut on digital platforms before being collected in print. The first title, Michael Mayne and Tyler Fluharty's Bonnie Lass: The Legend, premieres today on comiXology and iVerse. [press release]
Publishing | Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson talks with Kids Can Press editors Karen Li and Tara Walker about the publisher's graphic-novel line. [Publishers Weekly]
Retailing | Andrew Farago reports that 21-year-old San Francisco retailer Al's Comics needs immediate help in the form of sales and outside investment to get through a rough patch. [The Comics Reporter]
Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks at length with Karl Stevens. [The Comics Reporter]
Manga | While everyone else is busy with their best of 2010 lists, Deb Aoki looks toward the new year with a rundown of the 25 most-anticipated manga of 2011. [About.com]