Legal | Sentencing has been delayed until Feb. 11 for Christopher Handley, the 39-year-old man who in May pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and of mailing obscene matter. Sentencing originally was scheduled for Monday, but was moved at the request of the defense attorney.
The Handley case began in May 2006, when customs agents reportedly intercepted a mail package from Japan addressed to Handley containing what they deemed obscene material, "including books containing visual representations of the sexual abuse of children, specifically Japanese manga drawings of minor females being sexually abused by adult males and animals." Agents from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service obtained a warrant to search Handley's Glenwood, Iowa, home, where they seized "additional obscene drawings of the sexual abuse of children." Handley was indicted in May 2007 under a federal law that prohibits the possession any visual depiction -- including cartoons -- of "a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct that is obscene."
Handley faces up to 15 years in prison, a maximum fine of $500,000 and three years of supervised release. [ICv2.com]
Legal | Two men who met while in federal prison in Oxford, Wisconsin, have been charged with operating a Ponzi scheme that bilked about 100 investors out of $4 million. Federal authorities say the two Illinois men, Christopher Andersen and Daniel Parrilli, operated a fraudulent business called Sundown Entertainment that bought and sold film and comic-book rights for enormous profits. [Chicago Tribune]
Awards | The winners of the 2009 SPACE Prize have been announced by the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo. [SPACE Prize]
Publishing | Geek Monthly, a science fiction/fantasy/pop culture magazine established in 2006, has shut down. [FishbowlNY]
Publishing | Marvel Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski reveals that the publisher's editorial division hired 144 new freelancers in 2009, and breaks down the number by category. [Chesterfest]
Publishing | Bloggers Christopher Butcher and Johanna Draper Carlson take issue with Bluewater Productions' back-end payment deal (creators are paid when, and if, a comic turns a profit). [Comics212, Comics Worth Reading]
Comics | The alternative weekly in Boise, Idaho, spotlights the city's appearance in Captain America #602. [Boise Weekly]