Manga | Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball has been officially removed from Wicomico County schools in Maryland following a committee review of the popular series. The announcement was made Thursday by Superintendent John Fredericksen, slightly more than a week after a parent's complaint about depictions of nudity and sexual situations in the first volume triggered the school board to pull the manga from library shelves.
The committee also is reviewing the all-ages Dragon Ball Z; Dragon Ball is rated for teens. Both titles are published in North America by Viz Media. The Wicomico County Public Library announced last week that it is conducting an "internal reconsideration" of Dragon Ball, pulling the series from circulation while it decides where the manga should be shelved.
Publishing | Random House imprint David Fickling Books will publish three collections of comics from its canceled U.K. comics anthology The DFC. The books -- Mezolith by Adam Brockbank and Ben Haggarty; Good Dog, Bad Dog by Dave Shelton; and Spider Moon by Kate Brown -- will be released in March, April and May 2010. [Booktrade, via Forbidden Planet International]
Publishing | More on the prominence of Chinese comics at the Frankfurt Book Fair. [Telegraph]
Crime | A teenager in Ayer, Massachusetts, has been arrested in connection with a string of V for Vendetta-inspired episodes that alarmed area residents. The unidentified 18-year-old reportedly is one of five teens who donned Guy Fawkes masks as a joke. Police and neighbors aren't laughing, though.
On Sept. 30 and Oct. 4 police received reports of Guy Fawkes peering into the window of a house, entering a supermarket and standing along a tree line. Authorities eventually identified one of the teens -- the 18-year-old suspect -- who will be charged with disorderly conduct. Fascists! [Sentinel and Enterprise]
Crime | The owner of a recycling center in Taipei, Taiwan, unknowingly bought a refrigerator containing an underwear-clad decaying body, wine bottles and a few comics. (There's probably an otaku joke in there somewhere.) The four men from whom the refrigerator was purchased claim they have no idea who the body got in the fridge. [AFP]
Creators | R. Crumb is getting all kinds of attention this week for The Book of Genesis Illustrated, including this profile: "If people of faith say what I've done is blasphemous or profane, I'd shrug my shoulders and say, 'I just illustrated what is there.' I'm not ridiculing it, just illustrating the exact words that are there. I restrained myself. I really didn't want to make visual jokes about it. I hope people see it for what it is." [USA Today]
Creators | This is an interesting, if brief, spotlight on Nigar Nazar, the first and perhaps "only woman cartoonist of Pakistan and very likely the entire Muslim world." [Denver Post]
Creators | Robot 6 contributor Sean T. Collins talks with Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai about his story for Marvel's Strange Tales miniseries. [Marvel.com]
Creators | Alex Robinson answers seven questions about A Kidnapped Santa Claus, Too Cool to Be Forgotten, Box Office Poison and more. [The Vault]
Creators | Artist Steve Ellis chats about High Moon and digital distribution. [Crave Online]
Creators | Novelist Holly Black discusses the Good Neighbors trilogy, her graphic-novel collaboration with Ted Naifeh. [Graphic Novel Reporter]
Music | Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos talks about his love of comics. [A.V. Club]
Art and design | Ben Morse spotlights five of his favorite comic-book logos. I'm not keen on the ones for Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters and The Incredible Hulk, but I've always loved Jim Steranko's X-Men design. [The Cool Kids Table]
Comics | Esther Inglis-Arkell chronicles the top five dinosaur fights in comics. [io9.com]
Humor | "Area Man Has Far Greater Knowledge of Marvel Universe Than Own Family Tree." [The Onion]