Legal | A Stockholm judge has refused to order a Swedish Internet provider to end service to a website that a movie-industry lobbying group claims is The Pirate Bay’s new torrent tracker.
Operators of the controversial filesharing site announced just two weeks ago that they were closing the tracker for good, as advances in peer-to-peer technology had made it obsolete. But the Motion Picture Association was quick to accuse The Pirate Bay of trying to pull a fast one by simply moving the tracker to OpenBitTorrent, and sued ISP Portlane to try to force the company to shut down the site. [TorrentFreak, Threat Level]
Awards | Submissions are open for the 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. [Comic-Con]
Comics | Citing budgetary constraints, the British defense ministry has canceled plans to send comics to troops, forcing the Comic Book Alliance to search for other partners at the last minute. [Politics.co.uk]
Publishing | Tokyopop CEO Stu Levy mentioned Wednesday during a web conference that the publisher is considering using fan translators for titles placed on hiatus due to low sales, and is discussing the possibility with the partners of a scanlation website. [Anime News Network]
Publishing | McClelland & Stewart has acquired the rights to National Post cartoonist Steve Murray’s (aka Chip Zdarsky) graphic novel on the history of Canada, tentatively titled The True North: Graphic Tales of Canada. The book is scheduled for release in spring 2011. [Quill & Quire, National Post]
Comics | Reviewers for The Coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia, select the best books and comics of the year, including Daredevil, Pluto and Power Girl. [The Coast]
Comics | Ron Richards combs through Wizard‘s celebration of the decade in comics, and begins tallying a list of 10 things the magazine left out. [iFanboy]
Comics | The Oni Press blog has begun serializing the illustrated prose story Them What Ails Ya: A Christmas Yarn, by The Sixth Gun collaborators Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt. [Oni Press]
Comics | Avery Dame looks at the tradition of holiday-themed special issues: “As to the actual content of these comics, there’s not much variety, with lots of emphasis on educational themes and the kindness of strangers saving the day. Most holiday issues are an excuse to cash in on the season’s cachet, dress characters up in ridiculous costumes, or remind readers that, by the way, superheroes can be religious too.” [Crimson White]
Sales charts | R. Crumb’s The Book of Genesis Illustrated moves to the No. 1 spot in its third month on BookScan’s list of graphic novels sold in bookstores. [ICv2.com]
Creators | Veteran artist Norm Breyfogle talks at length about style, design, his lengthy creative partnership with writer Alan Grant and, naturally, Batman. [Graphic Novel Reporter]
Creators | Writer Kurt Busiek lists all of the Marvel characters he has created/co-created. [Busiek.com]
Creators | Kabuki creator David Mack talks about his influences, process, early career and working on children’s books. [Salt Lake City Weekly]
Creators | A new biography of the late American novelist Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr. Ripley) delves into the period in the 1940s when she wrote for comic books for such publishers as Nedor/Standard/Pines, Fawcett and Western. [The New York Times]
Creators | Kirk Warren considers the comics career of writer J. Michael Straczynski. [The Weekly Crisis]
Creators | Cartoonist Von Allen discusses his graphic novel The Road to God Knows …, which is inspired by his own childhood experiences coping with his mother’s schizophrenia. [City on a Hill Press]
Fandom | Chris Michael visits the heart of otaku culture, Tokyo’s Akihabara district, and encounters “the Beyoncé hobo.” [The Guardian]
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