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Legal | A Michigan man will serve at least 27 years in prison for the April 2008 shooting of retailer David Pirkola during a robbery of Apparitions Comics and Books in Kentwood, Michigan. Jevon Sawyer, 20, was sentenced on Thursday to two years for using a firearm during a crime and between 25 and 50 years for an assault while attempt to rob while armed. He faced life in prison.

On April 25, 2008, Sawyer demanded at gunpoint for Pirkola to give him money from the cash register. Pirkola refused, and after a struggle Sawyer shot him. The 58-year-old retailer spent weeks in the hospital, and still hasn't fully recovered from his injuries.

Sawyer was convicted in December. His accomplices, James Muriel-Neal Thompson and James Thompson, were sentenced earlier in 2009. [Grand Rapids Press]

Business | Platinum Studios has received a $5 million equity line of credit from Dutchess Capital, which the company apparently may use "to facilitate its business model." [press release]

Best of the decade | The Telegraph names Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis among the 2o best books of the decade. [Telegraph]

Best of the year | The Library Journal selects the eight best graphic novels of 2009. Among them: Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert and others; and Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli. [Library Journal]

Publishing | Dark Horse Managing Editor Scott Allie discusses the publisher's horror line, the recent "Buffygate," and his own titles. [iFanboy]

Creators | Writer Fred Van Lente talks about Action Philosophers, his Marvel work and the future of Incredible Hercules. [The Popmedia Primecast]

Blogosphere | Deb Aoki rounds up tips for better reviewing. [About.com]

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