Comics A.M. | Witness testifies in George case, publishers rebuke Apple

Legal | Michael Renaud, the only witness who can place retailer Michael George at his comic store around the time his first wife Barbara George was killed, testified Monday that a meeting with detectives shortly after the 1990 murder detailed in a recently published book did take place, despite its lack of mention in police files. Defense attorney Carl Marlinga questioned during the evidentiary hearing whether Renaud, who admitted to smoking marijuana, has a reliable memory of events. [Detroit Free Press]

Digital piracy | Four publishing groups in Japan, including the Digital Comic Association, is demanding that Apple stop selling pirated works of Japanese authors in its App Store. Apple says that it removes pirated material upon notification by the copyright holder. [The Wall Street Journal]

Publishing | Although a bill to further restrict the sale in metropolitan Tokyo of manga and anime depicting "extreme" sex won't be voted on until Wednesday, some creators say the legislation has already had a chilling effect. For instance, one boys love artist contends her publisher is refusing to release works set in schools or featuring school uniforms. [Sankaku Complex]

Publishing | Comics veteran Mike Grell has been named editor-in-chief of Ardden Entertainment, replacing J.M. DeMatteis, who resigned in October. [ICv2.com]

Pop culture | More than two years after a man stabbed seven people in Tokyo's Akihabara district, the popular otaku destination has reopened its streets to pedestrian traffic. [CNNGo]

Copyright | Dylan Horrocks cautions the publishing world not to follow the the same precarious path as the music and movie industries: "This shift from public good to private ownership has encouraged the repeated extension of copyright terms, and the erosion of such communal rights as fair use and public domain. And now, as we try to work out how to adapt to the new challenges of digital reproduction, the property metaphor is only making things worse. The music and film industries are waging war on their customers (and all too often their artists as well) in the name of protecting their property at all costs. Will the book world make the same mistake? Or can we find another way of looking at copyright? Maybe a metaphor that better reflects an author’s relationship to their work and their readers?" [Booknotes]

Creators | Jeff Lemire talks about his post-apocalyptic Vertigo series Sweet Tooth, and writing DC's Superboy. [Publishers Weekly, Underwire]

Creators | Ariel Schrag interviews Gabrielle Bell. [AfterEllen]

Creators | Artist Freddie E. Williams II discusses technology and working digitally. [TCJ.com]

Creators | John Seven spotlights Jason Little, creator of Shutterbug Follies and its sequel Motel Art Improvement Service. [Publishers Weekly]

Comics | Douglas Wolk looks at 10 comics we're still waiting for. [Techland]

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