Digital piracy | Although some have credited, or blamed, Rich Johnston for bringing pirate website HTMLcomics.com to the attention of publishers, Harlan Ellison has stepped forward to gleefully suggest he may have had something to do with its exposure: “Several months ago, if you recall, we were advised of an internet pirate who was posting — along with about 30,000 other pages — DC, Marvel, Archie, Dark Horse, and on and on — my stories from HARLAN ELLISON’S DREAM CORRIDOR. When we advised him to cease and desist, he essentially told me to go fuck myself, and urged me to sue him. Just like every one of them, all the way back to my AOL suit, he told me he couldn’t be found, he was impregnable, I could go fuck myself. … I warned him. … I asked four members of The Flying Blue Monkey Squad to help me. They found him in one day, unsnarled all his shunting devices, tracked his footprint back to his main server, we got his name, his location in Tampa, Florida, and sent that data on to, well, friends of friends.”
Conventions | As three cities make bids for Comic-Con International, Michael Reicher considers whether the the pop-culture event is really worth all the fuss: “Comic-Con attendees might drive in from Hollywood, eat at a burger joint and party at a bar, whereas doctors from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons might fly in from Chicago, stay at the Hilton and eat at the White House in Anaheim — and spend three times the amount as Comic-Con devotees, industry leaders say.” [Orange County Local News Network]
Business | Five months after the company’s purchase by Disney, Marvel merchandise has begun appearing at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. For now Disney is selling the merchandise only at its D Street store at the Downtown Disney District outside the theme park. [The Orange County Register]
Business | Not comics, but distantly related: Upper Deck, the collectible-card company that produced trading-card games based on Marvel and DC Comics properties, has eliminated 119 employees. Last summer the company was dealt a financial blow when it lost its license with Major League Baseball to rival Topps. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]
Libraries | The editorial board of the Rosemount, Minnesota, newspaper throws its support behind a local school district’s decision to keep Jeff Smith’s Bone series on library shelves: “There is nothing wrong with a parent objecting to her child reading these books. Each parent has different standards for his or her child. But there are better solutions than removing the book from in front of all students. We believe many students can get something positive out of these books, and we’re glad they’ll still have the opportunity.” [Rosemount Town Pages]
Awards | Suvudu continues its rundown of Eisner Award nominees with a look at the contenders for best limited series or story arc. [Suvudu.com]
Creators | The National Post keeps chugging along with those Q&As with creators attending this weekend’s Toronto Comics Art Festival: Dustin Harbin; Erika Moen; Nick Marinkovich; Joey Weiser; Jordyn Bochon; Jim Woodring; Maryanna Hardy; Jeff Ellis and the Cloudscape Comics Collective; David Huyck; Joy Ang; Jim Zubkavich; and Nick Thornborrow. [Toronto Comics Art Festival]
Creators | Vanessa Farquharson profiles Jeff Lemire. [National Post]
Creators | Michel Fiffe talks at length with artist Juan Bobillo. [The Beat]
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