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Flight Explorer, Vol. 1

Flight Explorer, Vol. 1

Publishing | Retailer Christopher Butcher catches word that Flight Explorer, the younger-readers spinoff of the long-running Flight anthology, is without a publishing home. Although the first volume, published in March 2008 by Villard, reportedly sold through its 20,000-copy first printing, editor Kazu Kibuishi tweeted last week that “the project remains orphaned.” Butcher provides commentary on his blog. [Comics212]

Legal | Google and groups representing publishers and authors on Friday filed a revised settlement they hope will resolve a dispute over the Internet giant’s controversial plans to make millions of out-of-print books available online.

The original agreement, created to resolve a 2005 lawsuit, was opposed by parties ranging from DC Comics to the U.S. Justice Department to the governments of France and Germany, who argued that its terms could violate copyright law. The revisions address the handling of orphan works, restrict the Google database to books published in the United States, Britain, Canada or Australia, and allow other companies to license the digital catalog.

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin is expected this week to set a date for a “fairness hearing” in which arguments about the settlements will be presented by b0th sides. [The New York Times]

Dragon Ball, Vol. 3

Dragon Ball, Vol. 3

Publishing | More details have emerged on plans by Japanese publishing giant Shueisha to sell manga on mobile phones in 28 countries, including the United States, beginning in spring 2010. ICv2.com reports that Shueisha, co-owner of Viz Media, will launch the digital initiative with 20 to 30 titles, including Dragon Ball. [ICv2.com]

Publishing | A writer at Sankaku Complex examines the declining sales in Japan of manga magazines and tankobon, and declares that the country’s manga industry is in “dire straits.” [Sankaku Complex]

Internet | This morning Time.com launched Techland, a free-standing website devoted to “geek culture,” with coverage ranging from science-fiction movies and video games to gadgets and comic books. [Techland]

Female Force: Princess Diana

Female Force: Princess Diana

Publishing | Darren G. Davis, publisher of Bluewater Productions, responds to recent criticism in the U.K. of the company’s Female Force: Princess Diana biographical comic. [Hero Complex]

Publishing | James Hudnall takes a broad look at shifts in comics distribution channels, from the newsstand to the direct market to “the digital age.” [Big Hollywood]

Retailing | Here’s an odd article that’s part profile of newly opened comics store, part attempt at a snapshot of the marketplace. The assessment of the industry is a bit … rosy. [The Boston Globe]

Sales charts | R. Crumb’s The Book of Genesis Illustrated remains the No. 1 hardcover on The New York Times’ graphic books bestseller list as the eighth volume of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight debuts as the top manga and Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth climbs to the top paperback slot. [The New York Times]

Events | Matthew Brady covers an appearance on Friday in Chicago by Dean Haspiel and Tim Hall for a screening of The Act-I-Vate Experience, a short documentary about the comics collective. [Warren Peace Sings the Blues]

Comics | Tim Macavoy counts down the Top 10 gay superheroes (though he ends up with more than 10). [Queer Sighted]

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In the article about the Princess Diana comic book, Darren G. Davis said: “This is a book about female empowerment.”

Well, maybe that is what he is saying, but nobody believes that.

Geoff Boucher wrote in the article: “Davis seemed genuinely hurt by the suggestion that his company was trying to make a lurid fast buck with the book,…”

The purpose of a business is to make a fast buck. Many fast bucks. Trading on the celebrity of dead people is indeed lurid. If Davis is being hurt by that description, I’d suggest he grow a thicker skin.

You may want to put a NSFW tag on the Sankaku Complex link.

Oh, and the actual content of hte link is fine, but the site and ads/banners it has featuers a lot of NSFW content. The manga topic was perfectly fine.

@Alan Coil: true, but there’s plenty of blame to go around. One of the critics actually used the argument that “‘comic’ means ‘funny'”; she was either trolling or legitimately very stupid.

Thad, considering the Tabloid that printed the complaint, I’d go with the latter… :-(

Thad —

No argument on that point. Stupid is as stupid does.

>>Sankaku complax

I lose a bit of my soul everytime i click on that pedotrash pseudo-news site.

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