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Retailing | Comic stores in Florida are feeling the effects of the recession as customers cut back on purchases and sell their prized collections. "Nine months ago we were getting three to five collections a week, three months ago we were getting three to four collections a day and now we are seeing six to seven collections a day," says Joel Kilmer, owner of Big Dog Comics. [TCPalm]

Creators | New Jersey's Jewish Standard marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Will Elder with a cover story examining how the MAD cartoonist helped to bring "a Yiddish sensibility" to American culture in the 1950s: "American kids didn’t know it but Will and [Harvey] Kurtzman were hitting them over the head with Jewish humor. This was the way they thought about the world, and America’s youth, ready to question established values and mores, ate it up." [The Jewish Standard]

Legal | Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, provides a little commentary on recent analysis of the Christopher Handley and Dwight Whorley cases. [The Comics Reporter]

Conventions | This weekend, it's the eighth annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Conventions | Coverage of last weekend's Toronto Comic Arts Festival keeps coming and coming: Deb Aoki talks with festival co-founder Christopher Butcher, and transcribes Adrian Tomine's interview at Harbourfront Centre with Yoshihiro Tatsumi. (Same Hat! Same Hat! posts photos and a video clip from the event.) Drawn and Quarterly has a great TCAF Flickr photo gallery. And VepoStudios has put together a short documentary about the festival. Sequential has a roundup of more links. [Toronto Comic Arts Festival]

Publishing | Readers of British tabloid the Daily Mirror will receive in their Saturday newspaper a free 16-page issue of Simpsons Comics. It's part of a U.K. marketing push that includes television and online advertising. [Licensing.biz]

Publishing | Mainstream publishing house Hill and Wang is expanding its graphic-novel line with three non-fiction titles this fall: The Vietnam War, by Dwight Jon Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant; Trotsky, by Rick Geary; and Che, by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon. [ICv2.com]

Publishing | Viz Media announced that this fall it will serialize the latest chapters of Eiichiro Oda's insanely popular pirate manga One Piece in Shonen Jump magazine. Viz's collected volumes lag significantly behind those in Japan: Viz released Vol. 21 in North America in June, while Vol. 53 was published in Japan in March. [Anime News Network]

Retailing | Direct-market trade organization ComicsPRO has named Calum Johnston, owner of Strange Adventures in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to its board of directors, and appointed Gary Dills, co-owner of The Laughing Ogre chain, as vice president. They replace outgoing board member and vice president Chris Powell. [ComicsPRO]

Creators | Cartoonist J. Bone talks briefly about drawing comics for DC's all-ages line. [Living Between Wednesdays]

Creators | Filmmaker Kevin Smith discusses his newly announced Green Hornet comic for Dynamite Entertainment. [Splash Page]

Comics | Speaking of Smith: Matt Blind questions the title of his next Batman miniseries The Widening Gyre. [Rocket Bomber]

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