Libraries | There is, of course, follow-up on the decision by the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to remove the anthology Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an Unpleasant Age from middle-school libraries. Local CBS affiliate KELO reports on the reactions of parents and highlights some of the better-known challenged and banned books.
As we noted yesterday, teachers will still have access to the 2007 collection of stories about life as a teen-ager (by such contributors as Gabrielle Bell, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and Dash Shaw). That’s because, in the words of School Board President Kent Alberty, “There is value in the book. One of the subjects addressed is bullying, something the district is very interested in making sure is handled appropriately, and the book does address that.” [KELOLAND.com]
Publishing | Japan’s NHK television network reports that publishing giant Shueisha, a co-owner of Viz Media, plans to develop plans to sell manga via mobile phones in the United States beginning in spring 2010. [Anime News Network]
Publishing | Leyla Aker, a senior editorial manager at Viz Media, talks about the company’s SigIKKI imprint. [Japanator]
Business | Peter Lauria draws a dotted line between Disney’s not-yet-finalized purchase of Marvel (as well as the poor performance of A Christmas Carol) and the ongoing restructuring of Walt Disney Studios. [New York Post]
Passings | George Gene Gustines pens an obituary for Comic-Con co-founder Shel Dorf, while Mark Evanier addresses the estrangement between Dorf and event organizers. [The New York Times, News From Me]
Events | The Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C., on Friday kicks off a monthlong retrospective called “Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, Father of Anime,” featuring a discussion by manga scholar Frederik Schodt, film screenings and performances. The event’s website also has downloadable essays by Schodt, Helen McCarthy and others. [Freer and Sackler Galleries]
Events | Todd Allen attended Saturday’s discussion at the Chicago Humanities Festival by Jules Ffeifer, Matt Groening, Lynda Barry and Chris Ware: “The level of pessimism at this panel was a bit depressing. Nobody was really suggesting alternate venues. I think it was Barry that compared comics to having a baby and wanting the baby to make money and pay the rent. Ware went a step further, saying ‘it’s a problem to make a living’ and ‘do it for yourself, don’t expect to make a living’.” [Indignant Eclectica]
Retailing | This preview of a local signing by creators Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming and David Mack transforms into a very nice profile of Jermaine Exum, owner of Acme Comics in Greensboro, North Carolina. [News & Record]
Retailing | Georgetown University’s news magazine provides a brief overview of Washington, D.C., comic stores. [The Georgetown Voice]
Creators | Author Kevin Baker and artist artist Danijel Zezelj discuss their Vertigo graphic novel Luna Park. [USA Today]
Creators | Cartoonist Art Baltazar is interviewed in advance of his appearance tonight at the University of Central Oklahoma. [UCO360]
Comics | Shaenon K. Garrity re-examines Scott McCloud’s Zot!, and the nature of superheroes. [comiXology]
Internet | Time.com is shuttering its pop culture/sometimes-comics blog Nerd World and replacing in on Monday with Techland. [Nerd World]
Internet | Now that it’s official, congratulations to Kiel Phegley on his well-deserved promotion to news editor of Comic Book Resources. [The Cool Kids Table]
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