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Publishing | HarperCollins imprint Fourth Estate has paid a "decent five-figure sum" for the U.K. and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series. The first three volumes likely will be released in January or February 2010, with the remaining three to follow in April when Oni Press publishes the final book. [The Bookseller]

Retailing | Investigators say overloaded electrical circuits caused the fire Thursday night that damaged a historic building in Renton, Washington, that houses The Comic Den. Store owner Howard Wheatley he plans to relocate temporarily in a nearby vacant building. [Renton Reporter]

Awards | Today is the deadline for industry professionals to vote for the 2009 Eisner Awards. [Eisner Awards]

Sales charts | Del Rey's adaptation of Jim Butcher's first Dresden Files novel knocks Marvel's The Dark Tower: Treachery from atop the hardcover section of The New York Times' Graphic Books Best Seller List. Watchmen remains at No. 1 in the paperback category, while the 27th volume of Tite Kubo's Bleach leads  the manga division. [ArtsBeat]

Retailing | Gerald von Stoddard and Antoine Malaab have opened Coast City Comics in Portland, Maine. [Portland Press Herald]

Conventions | Brian Heater posts a photo-filled report from Saturday's Big Apple Con in New York City. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Publishing | Alex Hoffman examines the decision by Digital Manga Publishing to pre-sell some of its yaoi titles: "Presales initially seem like the company may be weak, but in actuality, I am convinced that DMP is doing something very unique that also happens to be a strong business move. Yaoi is microniche, and by using a prepay web-a-thon, DMP can do something with the information they garner with their presales -- what fans want, and what they’re willing to pay for." [Manga Widget]

Publishing | DC Comics Art Director Mark Chiarello talks about the company's upcoming Wednesday Comics miniseries: "Somebody the other day said, ‘What a brilliant idea. How'd you come up with it?' I said, I stole it from the 1930s." [The Gazette]

Publishing | Novelist Tom Piccirilli has announced he's joining authors Charlie Huston and Gregg Hurwitz for Marvel's The Punisher: Frank Castle MAX #75, an anthology issue that will feature four stories. [The Cold Spot, via BSC Radar Screen]

Publishing | Executive Editor Dan DiDio and co-writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray discuss DC's Power Girl. [Captain Comics]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon chats with Dale Lazarov, writer of Sticky and Manly. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | The Springfield, Illinois, newspaper profiles local resident Chris Ward, who wrote Political Power: Barack Obama for Bluewater Productions. I like the photo. [The State Register-Journal]

Pop culture | DC Comics briefly gets dragged into this ill-conceived article -- "baby dykes," really? -- about "the younger generation's complete acceptance of malleable sexuality." Oh, those British newspapers. [London Evening Standard]

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