Legal | The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday during oral arguments on a California law that would forbid the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. Justices Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor raised free-speech objections to the statute, with Ginsberg asking: “If you are supposing a category of violent materials dangerous to children, then how do you cut it off at video games? What about films? What about comic books?” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Samuel A. Alito Jr. indicated their belief that the state can restrict the access of minor to video games, while Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Elena Kagan probed the issues without showing their cards. It will probably be several months before the court hands down a decision. [Los Angeles Times, PC World]
Crime | A man charged with orchestrating the July theft of the expensive comics collection of an elderly Rochester, N.Y., man who was beaten and later died has been arrested by FBI agents for allegedly selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise on eBay. [The Daily News]
Crime | Police in Stamford, Conn., charged Spider-Man and Captain America with assault and Poison Ivy with breach of peace following a weekend brawl in a parking garage. [The Associated Press]
Publishing | Gerry Alanguilan takes issue with a recent article about the decline of the Philippine comics industry: “There is a NEW Philippine comic book industry, and it has been around since 1993. It’s nothing like the old komiks industry. It’s comic books are nothing like the old comic books. These are comics you don’t see at sidewalks or rent at your local sari sari store. They are no longer produced in the millions like the old days, but the question is: DO THEY HAVE TO BE? Do they have to be published in the hundreds of thousands for people to be happy and believe Philippine comics is alive? Do they HAVE to be in sidewalks? The answer to that question is NO. The days of the hundreds of thousands of comics in a week is GONE. It’s never coming back.” [Komikero, via Journalista]
Publishing | PW Comics Week looks at Papercutz, NBM Publishing’s growing imprint for children’s graphic novels. [Publishers Weekly]
Business | Diamond Book Distributors has hired Luke Magerko as executive director for business development. [ICv2.com]
Conventions | Matthew Murray reports on last weekend’s London MCM Expo. [The Beat]
Creators | Grant Morrison discusses Batman Inc., Zen billionaires and superheroes: “Superheroes have always been about becoming whatever we’ve needed them to be at any given time. Lately, we’ve made them like Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s The Ultimates, weaponized supersoldiers working for the military-industrial complex, which then grew into Iron Man, who is a superhero celebrity, an everyone-is-a-star kind of thing. But give it another five years and it could be cosmic seekers again, because of the new drugs coming onto the market. Or it could be something else entirely. They’ll take the form of whatever our dreams or ideals happen to be.” [Underwire]
Creators | Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North chats briefly about Machine of Death, the anthology that prevented Glenn Beck’s latest book from debuting at No. 1 on the Amazon sales charts. [Eye Weekly]
Creators | Johanna Draper Carlson talks to Alex de Campi about digital comics and her serialized comic Valentine: “We want everything now, thank you, and in convenient digital form and not for some rip-off price, so give it to us, or we’ll steal it. … I have no bricks and mortar retailing network I must be careful not to piss off (so the epub versions can be cheaper than the print version, and released day and date), nor any convoluted and delicate relationships with foreign publishers. So I am going to do things the way I and everyone I know wants them: simultaneously, cheaply, and conveniently.” [Publishers Weekly]
Internet | Players of FarmVille, the popular and apparently highly addictive online game, who purchased “SuperFVMan” and “SuperFVWoman” for their avatars soon found that they were no longer available. Kinsey Jamison wonders whether DC Comics’ legal team may have intervened. [Games.com]
Comics | Ten insane facts comics taught us about American history. [io9.com]
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