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Metro

Metro

Legal | Joseph Mayton and Marwa Rakha have more on an Egyptian court’s official banning over the weekend of Metro — considered that country’s first adult graphic novel — and the $900 fines handed down to author Magdy al Shafee and publisher Mohammed al Sharqawi for infringing public decency. “The novel deals with politically sensitive issues and what may have sparked government interest is the limited sexual content of the book,” Mayton writes. “For many, it comes as no surprise that the government is using this as a scapegoat to keep the politics from reaching a wider audience.” [Bikya Masr, Ground Report]

Comics | The A.V. Club’s panel of reviewers assembles its list of the 25 best comics of the decade, including Achewood, All-Star Superman, Criminal and Tales Designed to Thrizzle. No manga, though. [The A.V. Club]

Comics | Tom Spurgeon, meanwhile, gathers some responses to his preliminary list of the best superhero comics of the decade. [The Comics Reporter]

Bottomless Belly Button

Bottomless Belly Button

Comics | Marc-Oliver Frisch posts a lengthy Q&A with influential journalist George Gene Gustines, who covers comics for The New York Times: “Comic books, graphic novels, whatever you want to call it, they get a lot more respect than they used to. I think that’s a result of all these comic-book properties being turned into movies, TV shows, cartoons, video games, etc. It’s also because there’s been incredible work being done: Fun Home, which I mentioned before, Bottomless Belly Button, Asterios Polyp, the list goes on. It’s a great time to be a fan and to be covering the medium.” [Comiks Debris]

Publishing | Ron Perazza, vice president of creative services for DC Comics, discusses the publisher’s two-year-old Zuda webcomics initiative: “With Zuda, one of the first things we decided to do was get away from the ‘standard size’ comic book page and go with a horizontal format that better fits the computer monitor. It was a relatively small decision that had enormous impact in how we tell stories and how people on site read them. There’s nothing like clicking that ‘full screen’ button and seeing the entire page all at once on your monitor.” [2theadvocate.com]

Not Simple

Not Simple

Publishing | David Welsh lists six manga-related developments for which he’s grateful. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Deb Aoki has begun filing reports from her recent appearance at Comitia 90 in Tokyo with a group of contributors to the Journeys anthology that included Queenie Chan, Becky Cloonan and Svetlana Chmakova. [About.com, About.com]

Creators | Farel Dalrymple discusses his childhood, Pop Gun War and his current project, “a post-apocalyptic, science fiction, fantasy, super-hero, secret agent coming-of-age epic” called The Wrenchies. [Viceland Today]

Creators | Author Kevin Baker discusses Luna Park, his new Vertigo graphic novel with Danijel Zezelj. [Underwire]

Northlanders #21

Northlanders #21

Creators | Brian Wood shares notes from the current “Plague Widow” storyline of his Vertigo series Northlanders. [Northlanders]

Creators | Michael Cho talks about inspiration, motivation and technique. [Design Inspiration]

Creators | Here’s another brief piece about David Small and his celebrated memoir Stitches. [San Antonio Current]

Creators | Two profiles of cartoonist Jay Fosgitt, whose comic Dead Duck arrives in stores this week. [The Ann Arbor Chronicle, AnnArbor.com]

Comics | Ben Morse highlights some of the best covers for comics set to come out in February. [The Cool Kids Table]

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