Legal | A federal judge has ordered Warner Bros. and the heirs of Jerry Siegel to make another attempt at mediated settlement in their prolonged dispute over Superman. The parties will file a joint report on Sept. 18 outlining their efforts. [Jeff Trexler]
Crime | Authorities in Colorado say two brothers at the head of a massive methamphetamine ring were planning to use classic comic books to launder money. Police seized comics worth at least $500,000 when they arrested the suspects. [The Denver Post, The Associated Press]
Publishing | As Tokyopop gears up for its new online initiative, and King City finds new life this week at Image, Don MacPherson checks in with Brandon Graham and three other casualties of the manga publisher’s 2008 implosion: Ross Campbell’s The Abandoned, Eric Wight’s My Dead Girlfriend and Becky Cloonan’s East Coast Rising. [Eye on Comics]
Publishing | Eva Volin talks with editor Traci Todd about Viz Media’s Viz Kids imprint. [Good Comics for Kids]
Publishing | Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort takes issue with the term “filler” being used to describe an issue or storyline: “This seems like a strange sentiment to be so prevalent at the same time that many of the same people are crying out ‘enough!’ when it comes to event books — it’s like there’s no way to win. But more importantly, I think that ‘Filler’ has become the new “decompressed storytelling” — the new buzzword term that gets thrown at any book the reader in question doesn’t like, regardless of how well it actually describes the book.” [Marvel.com]
Conventions | The Birmingham Mail previews October’s British International Comic Show, which is expected to attract 4,000 attendees to the city. Guests include Charlie Adlard, Mark Buckingham, Howard Chaykin, Paul Cornell, Alan Davis, Andy Diggle, Ian Edginton, Gary Erskine, Garry Leach, David Lloyd, Sean Phillips and Bryan Talbot. [Birmingham Mail]
Creators | Dash Shaw talks with Hope Larson about her experience working with editors in the book industry: “When I submitted the Gray Horses script — beginning with Salamander Dream, I’ve always worked from scripts, even for short comics — I all but begged for editorial feedback. I’d always considered myself a bit of a writer, but doing it professionally was new. I’d barely written fiction since high school, and I knew I was probably doing a ton of things wrong. I wanted someone to tell me what those things were so I could fix them before the book was drawn and winging off to the presses. I never got any feedback for Gray Horses. Oni Press was in an, um, transitional place at the time, and my book slipped through the cracks. I sent the script to a few friends, but they weren’t much help, either. That was when I realized that if I wanted a real editor, I’d better jump to a book publisher.” [Comics Comics]
Creators | Deb Aoki interviews artist Junko Mizuno. [About.com]
Creators | Suvudu.com has provided the transcript to Monday’s live chat with X-Men: Misfits co-writers Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman. [About.com]
Creators | Jeff Lemire chats briefly about his Vertigo graphic novel The Nobody. [Metro]
Creators | Brian Heater wraps up his three-part interview with Bryan Talbot. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Creators | Matt Fraction talks about working on the script for the Iron Man 2 video game:. [Gamasutra]
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