I'm filling in for Kevin on our daily roundup of news items, so my apologies for the lateness and any dip in quality in today's edition. --JK
Conventions | The 36th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival starts today in France, running through Jan. 31. NBM's Terry Nantier is on the ground and blogging from it, while Bart Beaty has kicked off his usual thorough coverage at the Comics Reporter. [Angoulême International Comics Festival]
Legal | An Australian man has pleaded guilty to downloading "graphic cartoon porn images" featuring child characters from The Simpsons, The Powerpuff Girls and The Incredibles. Kurt James Milner, 28, was sentenced to 12 months in jail, but it was "wholly suspended" for five years.
"The 28-year-old is now a registered sex offender and will have to report to police after pleading guilty in Ipswich District Court to having the bizarre images on his computer," the Queensland Times reports. [Queensland Times]
Legal | A Japanese man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of murder and attempted murder following a homicidal rampage in the Akihabara district of Tokyo back in June of 2008.
Tomohiro Kato, 27, said he is "certainly the one who committed the crime" in the popular tourist area known for its electronic, computer, anime and manga shops. [Xinhuanet]
Publishing | Blogger David Uzumeri lists several creative team changes, many of which went unannounced, that occurred in DC and Marvel comic books during January. [Funnybook Babylon]
Comics | Rich Johnston offers a guide to the London references in Batman and Robin #7. [Bleeding Cool]
Business | Quad Graphics has acquired World Color Press, the Canadian printer once known as Quebecor that prints the majority of comics in North America. [ICv2]
Creators | Sean T. Collins talks to Chip Kidd about about designing the cover to the upcoming hardcover collection of the recent Strange Tales miniseries. [Marvel.com]
Creators | The New York Press profiles Garbage Pail Kids artist Mark Newgarden, who recently helped create a mural for Bill’s Bar & Burger in New York. [New York Press]
Digital comics | Hope Larson's Salamander Dreams is now available for the Kindle. [Amazon]