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Education | Ohio State University’s cartoon library has been renamed the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum in recognition of a $7-million donation from the Elizabeth Ireland Graves Foundation to help renovate its new space. Billy Ireland was a cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch from 1898 until his death in 1935.
The $21-million renovation of historic Sullivant Hall, expected to be completed in 2013, will house the cartoon library and museum and the university’s dance department. The library contains the world’s largest collection of cartoon art. [The Columbus Dispatch]
Publishing | Speculation has begun as to whether another manga publisher has closed. [The Manga Critic]
Publishing | Word of this leaked out earlier this week, but now Yen Press has officially announced it will publish a manga adaptation of the first volume from Lisi Harrison’s bestselling young-adult series girls The Clique. The manga, illustrated by Yishan Li, will be released in July 2010. [press release]
Sales charts | David Small’s Stitches: A Memoir debuts as the No. 1 hardcover on The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List. Chris Onstad’s second Achewood collection bows at No. 3. [The New York Times]
Conventions | The Tulsa Comic & Anime Expo will be held this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Guests include Tommy Castillo, Ben Dunn, Sterling Gates, Jeremy Haun, Josh Howard, Michael Lark and Whilce Portacio. [Word Balloons]
Conventions | The Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo has relaunched its website, which now includes information about its April 2010 show. [SPACE]
Creators | Steve Niles talks about adapting the 30 Days of Night sequel, Dark Days, for film. [ShockTillYouDrop.com]
Comics | The story behind Miss Martian’s secret identity. [The Cool Kids Table]
Comics | A religion-themed comic book has been turned into some kind of hip-hop stage production. [Sun-Sentinel]