Comics | Calling Tintin a “Catholic hero,” the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano took strong exception to the decision by U.K. publisher Egmont to sell the controversial Tintin in the Congo with a protective band around it — or, as the paper says, “wrapped up like a pornographic magazine and consigned to the adults-only section” of bookstores because of its portrayal of racial stereotypes. If you’re going to do that, the editorial argues, why not ban Boy Scouts, which were founded by notorious eugenicist Anthony Baden-Powell? “But then, he was English,” the paper snidely concludes. [Agence France-Presse]
Digital | ComiXology confirmed Tuesday that the Comics by Comixology app will be available for Amazon’s Kindle Fire when it goes on sale next week. ComiXology CEO David Steinberger said the company is prepared for the smaller screen size the Fire has, compared to the iPad: “Ah, well we’re lucky there, because our Guided View reading technology was designed first for a very small device — the iPhone — long before tablets became the norm. A great comics reading experience is one of the core reasons we’re so successful, and it translates great to all devices, from small to large. The Comics by comiXology reading experience is the same on all platforms, so it’s going to be very familiar to our fans. You can toggle in and out of Guided View with a simple double-tap. The Fire has a great screen, and for those pages that have lettering a little too hard to read, Guided View is a fun way to get in there and see the details.” [Chicago Sun Times]
Publishing | ICv2 has a lengthy interview with Seiji Horibuchi, the founder and CEO of Viz Media, the largest manga publisher in the U.S. Horibuchi reflects on the boom in manga sales in the early 2000s, the recent slide in sales, and the pressure on manga publishers to move to digital format. [ICv2]
Creators | VICE interviews R. Crumb about his drawing for a New Yorker cover, showing two people of ambiguous gender and a confused marriage-license clerk. The New Yorker paid Crumb for the drawing but decided not to run it on the cover. [VICE]
Creators | Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and artist Scott Hepburn talk about their Dark Horse series Orchid. [The Blog From Another World]
Creators | King Features editor Brendan Burford and creator Norm Feuti have been blogging about bringing Feuti’s comic Gil from webcomic to newspaper syndication. Their most recent discussion involves bringing a difficult character into conformity with the boundaries of the comics page. [The Road to Syndication]
Comics | Burlesque performer Roxi D’Lite talks about her appearances in Eric Powell’s The Goon comics: “Eric Powell first contacted me a few years back on as part of his research for an earlier issue of The Goon. I had never heard of The Goon or Eric Powell so my first thought before seeing his work was that he was some amateur living in his parent’s basement drawing funny pictures of naked ladies but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I asked around and everybody’s was like, ‘What!? The Eric Powell?’ I learned he is a multiple award-winning artist and a titan in the comic industry, but even without knowing that his work speaks for itself. It was an honor being contacted by him and he has become one of my favorite artists. We hit it off and he invited me to perform at The Goon’s 10-year anniversary party in Nashville and we’ve been friends ever since.” [Metromix Detroit]
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