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Friends of Lulu

Organizations | Friends of Lulu, the comics advocacy group whose struggles have come to light in recent months, is in danger of losing its tax-exempt status as a charitable organization. Johanna Draper Carlson reports the 16-year-old group appears on the Internal Revenue Service’s “List of Organizations at Risk of Automatic Revocation of Tax-Exempt Status,” which includes organizations “for which the IRS does not have a record of a required annual filing for 2007 and 2008, and whose 2009 return, due on or after May 17 and before October 15, 2010, has not yet been received.” [Comics Worth Reading]

Publishing | One year ago today, Disney announced its intent to acquire Marvel Entertainment. James Hunt looks back at the purchase and its effects: “A year on, the content of Marvel’s books has seen no significant shift. It’s true that the year-long ‘Dark Reign’ meta-arc has recently given way to a more upbeat, optimistic ‘Heroic Age’ meta-arc, where heroes are heroes and villains are villains, but mature readers comics such as Punishermax, Deadpoolmax and, yes, the sequel to Kick-Ass are all still coming out. If Miramax could aim its product at adults from within Disney’s backyard, so, it seems, can Marvel.” [Den of Geek]

Crowds at Fan Expo Canada

Conventions | Organizers of Fan Expo Canada are being criticized for their handling of larger-than-expected crowds at this year’s event, held over the weekend in Toronto. Frustrations over long lines were amplified when, on Saturday afternoon, door sales were closed for three hours and even weekend ticket holders were temporarily locked out. “We took last year’s problems, we solved them extremely well to the point where it hurt us in a different area,” said Aman Gupta, president and CEO of Hobby Star Marketing, which operates Fan Expo. “We need to find that happy medium.” Related: BlogTO looks at Toronto’s nerd cred. [The Toronto Star]

Conventions | Abu Dhabi’s National Exhibition Centre will play host in March 2011 to what’s being touted as the first comic convention in the Middle East. [The Jerusalem Post]

Legal | The Walt Disney Co., DC Comics and Sanrio have sued Chicago Moonwalks Inc., claiming the company is infringing on their copyrights and trademarks with inflatable “bounce houses” that feature Batman, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel and Hello Kitty. [Daily Herald]

Tamara Drewe

Creators | Nicholas Wroe profiles Tamara Drewe creator Posy Simmonds. [Guardian]

Comics | Barbara Spindel marks the introduction of gay teen Kevin Keller in this week’s Veronica #202. “There has not been that much backlash,” says veteran Archie Comics artist Dan Parent. “I was prepared, but really it’s been overwhelmingly positive. Anyone under 25 thinks it’s a non-issue. Even friends of mine who are very conservative, I wasn’t sure what their take would be, but they’re at least saying, ‘I understand it. It’s 2010, it’s a different world.’ ” [The Daily Beast]

Comics | Douglas Wolk briefly traces the history of DC Comics’ war titles. [Techland]

Comics | Multiversity Comics contributors count down their top “indie” titles. [Multiversity Comics]

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Got to laugh at the bouncy castle thing, understandable to a degree but come on.

I really haven’t noticed the ‘Heroic Age’ having a significant change on the quality of the books and to be honest the tonal shift is refreshing after all the doom and gloom. Shadowland also seems unaffected.

IRS are scum and should leave FOL alone.

Guys – Sorry for the confusion about the Multiversity article. This article series is a response to IGN’s recent lists, in which they include ANYONE not Marvel, DC or Vertigo (yes, including Icon) as “Indie.” We agree entirely that this is not true indie, but it’s a response to IGN’s series.

As much as I would love to have some sweet Peter Bagge or Jim Woodring action in here, it just didn’t happen because of the nature of the article. Thanks for reading though!

Organization and planning have never been a strong part of Fan Expo Canada.

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