Publishing | Chart-watcher John Jackson Miller wades into the grim direct-market sales figures for August, and notes that they mirror the state of the market in 2000: “Like 2010, 2000 was a year with a successful super-hero movie release — the first X-Men film. In that year, however, it had little impact on the market partially due to the cash-poor position of retailers at the time — and we might expect retailers were in the same position this year. […] In 2000, by contrast, the reason wasn’t the general economy, but rather the seven-year industry recession that preceded it. Another similar element: price increases. From 1999 to 2000, Marvel went from benchmarks of $1.99 and $2.50 to $2.50 and $2.99. Other titles increased as well; $2.95 first became the industry’s median price in late 1999. The 2000 jumps are one of the more drastic previous increases by percentage — eclipsed, of course, by the current $2.99-to-$3.99 move.” [The Comichron]
Legal | India’s Delhi High Court has refused to hear a complaint by Archie Comics challenging the use of the name “Archies” by Mumbai-based Purple Creations. The court said it had no jurisdiction in the matter because Archie doesn’t have an office in India. [Deccan Herald]
Publishing | Jeff Smith’s Cartoon Books is moving its bookstore distribution from Diamond Book Distributors to Publishers Group West, effective Oct. 1. [ICv2.com]
Publishing | Sarah E. Needleman spotlights Dark Horse President Mike Richardson. [The Wall Street Journal]
Retailing | Comics Cubed is set to open today in Kokomo, Indiana, thanks in part to a $15,000 loan from the city designed to encourage businesses to locate downtown. [Kokomo Perspective]
Organizations | Valerie D’Orazio has announced that as of Jan. 1 she’ll no longer be president of Friends of Lulu, the troubled comics-advocacy group that’s in danger of losing its tax-exempt status. She was elected president in September 2007. [Occasional Superheroine]
Conventions | Heidi MacDonald reports on last weekend’s Small Press Expo, which drew slightly more than 2,000 paid attendees, up 18 percent from 2009 and 30 percent from 2008. [Publishers Weekly]
Comics | The Yale Law School library’s exhibit “Superheroes in Court! Lawyers, Law and Comic Books,” which runs through December, showcases comics ranging from Action Comics #359 (“The Case of the People vs. Superman”) to Wolff & Byrd: Counselors of the Macabre, as well as documents like the 1955 report to the U.S. Senate called “Comic Books and Juvenile Delinquency.” [The New York Times]
Comics | Jesse Schedeen counts down the 10 most dangerous places in comics, from Marvel’s Eastern Europe to DC’s Middle East to Bludhaven. [IGN.com]
Comics | Eight superheroes that turned evil but got better. [Topless Robot]
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