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Legal | The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today on a California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The statute, which was struck down in February 2009 by a federal appeals court, is opposed by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, among other organizations. [CNET]

Awards | The Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards will move next year from Toronto Comicon to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. The seventh annual awards will be presented on June 18, 2011. [Joe Shuster Awards]

Conventions | Exhibitor tables have gone on sale for MoCCA Festival 2011, set for April 9-10 at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. [MoCCA Festival]

Conventions | The student newspaper at California State University Long Beach reports on last weekend's Long Beach Comic Con. [Daily 49er]

Retailing | Peter Hartlaub profiles James Sime, owner of Isotope comic book lounge in San Francisco: "Nobody made a comic store for women. They just didn't exist. I think women love comics just as much as men do, maybe even more. And there's so many great comics out there for everybody that I had to try. Isn't San Francisco the city that's all about just trying new things?" [San Francisco Chronicle]

Creators | Scott Snyder talks about American Vampire, Detective Comics and pitching Marvel and Vertigo: "Getting to pitch to Marvel was really fun, but much more limited, doing a Human Torch story or any other that was already conceived. Going to Vertigo, I mean, they’ve played such a huge part in my collection of books. Everything from Swamp Thing to Sandman to 100 Bullets … over the years it’s been one after the other. I was really, really intimidated going in there, and then I met Mark, the editor, at a pizza parlor near the DC office. I think he expected me to pitch something much more quiet or memoir-ish or literary in the conventional sense, and I just came [out] with [American Vampire]. I had actually started thinking about writing to Image or whoever and saying 'Hey, I’m a writer,' so when this [opportunity] came along I knew that this was it, so I just came out with, 'This is what I want to do and here’s the outline.' And Mark really liked it!" [Playback]

Creators | Christos Gage discusses Marvel's Avengers Academy. [iFanboy]

Creators | Cartoonist Phil Yeh answers questions about his process, tools and more. [David-Wasting-Paper]

Creators | Multiplex creator Gordon McAlpin chats about the webcomic's first print collection, his audience, and where he gets his ideas: "Some of the characters in the strip are basically walking movie clichés, too. Or they are when they first appear, anyway. But it's a comic strip about movies. Having seemingly stereotypical characters (like Whitey, the rich white kid who acts ghetto) is just another way to make fun of movies. Of course, you have to eventually either deepen them or subvert the cliché somehow -- but not right away, because where's the fun in that?" [Chicago Now]

Craft | Ten lessons for better coloring. [Brian McLachlan, via Drawn]

Blogosphere | Robot 6 contributor Sean T. Collins has moved his personal blog. [Attentiondeficitdisorderly]

Comics | David Harper counts down the Top 10 moments from Invincible. [Multiversity Comics]

Comics | The secret origin of Dr. Occult. [Big Shiny Robot]

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