Publishing | David Harper gathers reactions from a handful of Zuda creators to the closing of the website and the continuation of select titles through comiXology and the PlayStation Network. Chris Bolton, Sean Kleefeld, Crash Landen and Rich Lovatt have commentary. “From my vantage point,” Kleefeld writes, “the split between DC and Zuda (emotionally and philosophically) was about the same as can be seen between newspaper cartoonists and webcomic creators. There were these old school print guys who, for the life of them, could not wrap their head around free digital comic distribution.” [Zuda Comics]
Publishing | At Anime Expo in Los Angeles, Digital Manga Publishing announced it has acquired 10 new licenses. In addition, Wedding Peach artist Nao Yazawa will create a new series specifically for DMP’s eManga website. [Anime News Network]
Publishing | Chris Eckert picks at DC Comics’ multitude of cover banners: “Banners are approaching the abused status that colons suffered during the dark period of Countdown Presents: The Challengers of the Beyond: The Search for Ray Palmer: Wildstorm though I pray DC finds help before they hit that low.” [Funnybook Babylon]
History | Ken Quattro unearths Will Eisner’s testimony from a 1939 lawsuit brought by DC Comics against Victor Fox involving a Superman clone named Wonder Man. It’s a fascinating read. [The Comics Detective, via The Beat]
Libraries | The Toronto Public Library’s Word Out! 2010 summer reading list for teens features Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe, Tory Woollcott’s Mirror Mind, Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, Vol. 1, Hope Larson’s Mercury, Kathryn Immonen and David Lafuente’s Patsy Walker: Hellcat, Olivier Ka’s Why I Killed Peter, Inio Asano’s What a Wonderful World, and Nagaru Tanigawa’s The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumia, Vol. 1. [Toronto Public Library, via Kathryn Immonen]
Creators | Reyhan Harmanci spotlights Mark Bode, son of the late underground cartoonist Vaughn Bode. [The New York Times]
Creators | Tucker Stone continues his lengthy profile of artist Cliff Chiang. [comiXology]
Creators | Writer Ian Brill discusses BOOM! Studios’ new Darkwing Duck series. [4thletter!]
Comics | Eric Diaz counts down “the 10 lamest superhero costume changes ever.” [Ranker]
Music | U.K. band Marvel decides it’s time for a name change. [BBC News]
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