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Legal | A federal judge has dismissed a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed in April 2007 against Marvel, Sony Pictures and other companies by Ghost Rider co-creator Gary Friedrich, who claimed the film and merchandising rights to the character had reverted to him in 2001. [Comics Commentary, via Bleeding Cool]

Passings | Cartoonist Tony DiPreta, best known for his work on the Joe Palooka and Rex Morgan M.D. comic strips, passed away on June 3 of of respiratory and cardiac arrest. He was 88.  [Connecticut Post]

Passings | Francis Metcalfe, the manga blogger who wrote under the name Tiamat’s Disciple, passed away last week after a long fight with cancer. [Tiamat's Manga Reviews]

Creators | Reporter Howard Altman talks to Steve Bissette, Tom Yeates and Nat Gertler to trace the life and career of ThunderCats writer and Timespirits creator Stephen Perry. [Tampa Tribune]

Publishing | The Hollywood Reporter names Ira Rubenstein, executive vice president of Marvel's global digital media group, among its Digital Power 50 for 2010: "... Rubenstein is looking to complement, not cannibalize. He’s especially protective of comic book stores, which can take advantage of a Marvel Online Resource Center that helps retail outlets build websites for themselves, as well as an app that helps fans locate their local shop. 'The stories provide an experience you just can’t capture virtually,' he said." [Hollywood Rewired]

Retailing | Rich Johnston gathers retailer reactions to Marvel's announcement that it will release Invincible Iron Man Annual #1 simultaneously in print and on the iPad. [Bleeding Cool]

Conventions | Tom Spurgeon talks at length with Christopher Butcher, director of the Toronto Comics Art Festival. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Martyn Pedler chats with Joe Kubert about his new graphic novel Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965, and his approach to war comics in general: "I try to be as honest as I can. Bob Kanigher and I used to discuss this at great length. He’d been in the army, as I had been. Neither one of us was in combat or anything like that, but we knew a lot of people who were. It ain’t fun. It ain’t fun at all. What we wanted to do was to portray that the people involved in these situations weren’t there because they enjoyed it, but because they were called upon to serve. As a matter of fact, we started finishing each Sgt. Rock story with a bullet and the words 'Make War No More'." [Bookslut]

Creators | Chris Reilly interviews Derf. [GutterGeek]

Comics | National Public Radio spotlights Fulcrum Publishing's Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. [NPR]

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