Webcomics | On Friday First Second Books will debut Zahra’s Paradise, a web serial -- "real-time historical fiction" -- that explores social, political and human-rights issues in Iran. The comic, written by Amir and illustrated by Khalil, will be updated Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will appear simultaneously in English, Farsi, Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch. The strip will be collected in printed form next year.
Last month First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, launched Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson, a webcomic by Editorial Director Mark Siegel. It, too, will be published in a print collection. [Arts Beat]
Copyright | Helen McCarthy, co-author of The Anime Encyclopedia and author of The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, expresses her frustration with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and her outrage with her work being used online without permission: "I’m as angry as anyone would be if a slice of their paycheck had just been removed without so much as a by-your-leave – and that’s exactly what has happened. A slice of my income comes from royalties – payments from the ongoing sales of my books. Making my work available free reduces my income. My publisher, co-author and I should decide if giving The Anime Encyclopedia away free is OK, not some unknown person hiding behind an Internet alias." [Helen McCarthy's Blog, via Anime News Network]
Passings | Donald Welsh, the magazine entrepreneur whose Welsh Publishing Group was acquired in 1994 by Marvel, drowned on Feb. 6 in Tortola, the British Virgin Islands. He was 66. The company, one of several founded by Welsh, specialized in children's periodicals such as Duck Tales Magazine, Simpsons Illustrated Magazine and Teenage Ninja Turtles Magazine. [The New York Times]
Awards | Co-Founder Brad Mackay discusses the Doug Wright Awards, the cartoonist for which they're named, and Canadian comics creators. [Torontoist]
Business | Before the Disney acquisition, Harvard owned more than $45 million worth of Marvel stock. [FlyByBlog]
Comics | Alex Boney wades into the recent controversy involving Captain America #602. [TCJ.com]
Creators | Mark Millar discusses Kick-Ass, collaboration and creator ownership: "It took almost a year before we got paid [...] And you're thinking, 'Geez, I hope this is going to go alright...' because you've got no wages for a while. But then the first issue outsold Spider-Man immediately, which was great, then we did five printings. It took a while, but the money eventually came in, and we made more out of it than Civil War, and that was the biggest payday anyone at Marvel's had in years, you know?
"Marvel probably shat themselves, because people will start to realise, what's to stop their creators from doing creator-owned stuff, own the movie and completely owning the comics?" [Den of Geek]
Craft | Todd Klein continues his study of the logos of DC's classic romance comics. [Todd's Blog]
Crime | Police in St. Clair County, Michigan, are searching for a man who, while wearing a Venom mask, robbed a store. "Dark Reign," indeed. [The Times Herald]