Legal | A new study claim the shutdown two months ago of file-trading site The Pirate Bay by Swedish authorities “significantly, if temporarily, disrupted” the illegal trafficking of digital files worldwide. The emphasis is on temporarily. The white paper, released by anti-piracy company DtecNet, found the closing forced traffic to flood other BitTorrent trackers, “causing temporary secondary outages” for several days.
The study finds that BitTorrent traffic is soon expected to return to levels seen before the shutdown, with relatively new website OpenBitTorrent emerging as the successor to The Pirate Bay. [The Live Feed]
Sales charts | R. Crumb’s much-publicized adaptation of The Book of Genesis debuts at No. 8 on USA Today’s bestseller list. Meanwhile, the 46th volume of Masashi Kishimoto’s popular shonen series Naruto inches up three spaces to No. 136. [USA Today]
Publishing | The UK’s Daily Mail laps up a preview of Bluewater’s Female Force: Princess Diana. [Mail Online]
Webcomics | Erin Polgreen spotlights five female artists who make a living creating webcomics: Kate Beaton, Danielle Corsetto, Lucy Knisley, Erika Moen and Spike Trotman. “Of all the creative fields you can go into, webcomics is totally neutral about gender,” Moen says. “It’s your work, speaking for itself, on the Internet. People read my work because they follow my life. It’s a very level playing ground.” [Campus Progress]
Manga | Deb Aoki lists 15 essential manga by Osamu Tezuka. [About.com]
Crime | Greg Bartholomew, owner of All American Comics in Warren, Ohio, helped police capture a man suspected in a string of car break-ins and thefts. [WYTV.com]
Creators | World-renowned author Salman Rushdie revealed on CBS’ Late Late Show that he “might have a go” at writing a graphic novel. Rushdie’s publisher is Random House, whose Del Rey and Pantheon divisions release graphic novels. [ICv2.com]
Creators | With an income of $35 million, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz slipped from No. 2 to No. 6 on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the top-earning dead celebrities. [Forbes]
Creators | Your R. Crumb profile of the day. [Los Angeles Times]
Creators | Bestselling author Joe Hill discusses his IDW Publishing horror series Locke & Key. [TFAW]
Creators | The San Jose State University newspaper spotlights alumnus and SLG Publisher Dan Vado and his new comic (with artist Drew Rausch) Winchester. [Spartan Daily]
Creators | Writer David Gallaher talks about his award-winning horror serial High Moon: “Like television, I have to make sure readers are tuning in every week. With a graphic novel, the expectation is different. The entire story is there for you in one piece. … I do expect the reader to keep up — and hope that they’ll continue to be engaged. And, one of the ways I like to do that is by ending every week’s ‘episode’ with a cliffhanger that leaves the reader wanting more.” [News Herald]
Fandom | Ryan Jent provides 10 reasons you should read comic books, though I’m not entirely convinced by them. [Creative Loafing]
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