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Awards | Speed Bump creator Dave Coverly received the National Cartoonists Society's top honor, the Reuben Award For Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, during a ceremony held Saturday evening in Los Angeles. Other winners included Mark Tatulli's Lio for Newspaper Comic Strips, Michael Ramirez for Editorial Cartoons, and Cyril Pedrosa's Three Shadows for Comic Books. Tom Richmond, who blogged about the entire weekend, has the complete list of winners. [National Cartoonists Society]

Legal | Manga scholar and blogger Matt Thorn reveals his correspondence with Christopher Handley's attorney, who last summer sought Thorn's expertise in the manga-obscenity case. Thorn also posts an email exchange from this weekend with Handley's mother Beverly, who explains the circumstances of her son's guilty plea and expresses her dissatisfaction with his legal counsel. [Matt Thorn]

Legal | Japanese publisher Futabasha has lost one intellectual-property case in China involving Yoshito Usui's Crayon Shin-chan, and stands to lose a second. [Anime News Network]

Sales charts | At last, The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List gets a little interesting. Oh, Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto still leads the manga category, and holds half the spots, but at least Watchmen and The Dark Tower: Treachery of been ousted from the No. 1 positions in the hardcover and paperback categories. In their place are Y: The Last Man -- Deluxe Edition, Vol. 2, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Vol. 4, respectively. [ArtsBeat]

Pop culture | Belgium prepares for the opening next month of the Herge Museum, dedicated to the creator of Tintin. [Reuters, BBC News]

Publishing | In Germany, where readers can't get enough of Donald Duck, Disney comics sell an average of 250,000 copies a week. “Donald is so popular because almost everyone can identify with him,” says the president of the fan group D.O.N.A.L.D. “He has strengths and weaknesses, he lacks polish but is also very cultured and well-read.” [The Wall Street Journal]

Retailing | Sean Kleefeld talks with ComicsPRO President Joe Field about the direct market and its future. [Kleefeld on Comics]

Conventions | Tom Spurgeon rolls out his 100 tips for attending the July 23-26 Comic-Con International. Note that only Sunday memberships are left, and even they are at 93 percent as of this morning. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Joe Kubert recalls World War II, Korea and his work on DC's war comics. [Splash Page]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks with Jim Ottaviani about G.T. Labs and T-Minus: The Race to the Moon. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Craig Yoe appeared on Fox News over the weekend to discuss Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster. [Fox News]

Creators | NPR's Eleanor Beardsley spotlights Emmanuel Guibert and Alan's War. [KUAR]

Creators | Julia Keller profiles Neil Gaiman: "If the choice is between doing something I've already done or doing something I've never done before that seems fun -- and that I might make a mess of -- I'll pick the thing I don't know how to do. It keeps me fresh. And it also means I'll get egg on my face. But I don't mind getting egg on my face. It means I never get bitter." [Chicago Tribune]

Creators | George Gene Gustines chats with Saturday Night Live regulars Seth Meyers and Bill Hader about writing Spider-Man: The Short Halloween one-shot for Marvel. [The New York Times]

Hollywood calling | Zac Bertschy rattles off "Five Things Comic Book Movies Need to Stop Doing." Aw, poor Stan Lee. [Topless Robot]

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