Legal | A Tunisian court last week convicted Nessma TV President Nebil Karoui of “disturbing public order” and “threatening public morals” by broadcasting the animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, which features a scene that briefly shows an image of God. The Oct. 7 airing resulted in an attempted arson attack on the network’s offices and the arrest of some 50 protesters. Karoui was fined $1,600 by the five-judge panel; two members of his staff were fined $800 each. Prosecutors and attorneys representing Islamist groups pushed for Karoui to be sentenced to up to five years in prison. Others argued for the death penalty. [The Washington Post]
Business | Target will stop selling Amazon’s Kindle devices in its stores over a dispute regarding “showrooming,” where consumers check out a product at Target stores and then go home to buy it on Amazon for a cheaper price. Around Christmas, Amazon’s Price Check app gave shoppers a 5 percent discount on any item scanned at a retail store. “What we aren’t willing to do is let online-only retailers use our brick-and-mortar stores as a showroom for their products and undercut our prices,” Target executives wrote in a letter to vendors. Target will continue to carry Apple’s iPad, Barnes & Noble’s Nook and the Aluratek Libre. [The New York Times]
Comics | Dark Horse announced a new Star Wars comic May 4, a.k.a. Star Wars Day. The Lost Tribe of the Sith will be written by John Jackson Miller and drawn by Andrea Mutti, and spins out of the Fate of the Jedi novel series. [USA Today]
Comics | Chris Cummins runs down the five best and five worst comics in the Free Comic Book Day offerings. [Topless Robot]
Creators | Writer Christopher Irving and photographer Seth Kushner discuss their book Leaping Tall Buildings, a mix of interviews, essays and Kushner’s strikingly styled photos of veteran comics creators. “The artists and writers have been my heroes … So I wanted to photograph them as I would any celebrity or rock star, but to do so in a way which would represent or recall their work,” Kushner says. The pair is also responsible for the Graphic NYC blog. [Wired.com]
Creators | Archie Comics artist Dan Parent chats about Kevin Keller, and the Archie and Valerie storyline. [Sequential Tart]
Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks to The Jam creator Bernie Mireault about his latest project To Get Her. [The Comics Reporter]
Creators | Director Danny Boyd discusses expanding on his 1988 cult film Chillers with a new graphic novel. [Sunday Gazette-Mail]
Graphic novels | University of Oklahoma professor Jeremy Short discusses how he uses graphic novel textbooks in his business courses; students learn more, and they are cheaper than standard textbooks. “I’ve yet to meet a student that can recite a line from a textbook,” he says. “But I’m amazed at some of the minutia and facts that students remember from the graphic novels.” [Tulsa World]
Retailers | Russ Burlingame contrasts Free Comic Book Day at two comics shops; one simply went along with it, while the other made it into an event. [ComicBook.com]
Retailers | The Escondido paper profiles local retailer Mike Marte, a heavy metal fan whose life was changed by a trip to Comic-Con. The store is next to his family’s doughnut shop, and his wife helped finance it with money she earned as a surrogate mother. [Escondido]
Commentary | John Kane looks back at the ’80s DC Comics maxiseries Outcasts. [The Savage Critics]
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