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Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1

Sales charts | Although Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World performed poorly at the box office, it continues to boost sales of the Bryan Lee O’Malley series on which it’s based. The six volumes claimed the top six spots on BookScan’s list of graphic novels sold in bookstores in August, followed at No. 7 by the latest volume of The Walking Dead, whose television adaptation debuts on Halloween on AMC. [ICv2.com]

Legal | The owners of BATS BBQ in Rock Hill, South Carolina, are digging in for a legal battle after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from DC Comics, which objects to their attempts to trademark the restaurant’s logo. [The Herald]

Publishing | Mark Millar discusses CLiNT Magazine, his new monthly venture with Titan Magazines that debuts today in the United Kingdom. [Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser]

Publishing | Calvin Reid spotlights Lerner Publishing Group’s four-year-old comics division. [Publishers Weekly]

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Conventions | Mike Rhode interviews Jeff Alexander, executive director of the Small Press Expo, which will be held Sept. 11-12 in Bethesda, Maryland. [Washington City Paper]

Creators | David Itzkoff looks at the unsettled state of affairs of prolific writer Harvey Pekar who, when he passed away in July, had numerous projects in the pipeline. [The New York Times]

Creators | Longtime Archie Comics cartoonist Dan Parent talks about the introduction of gay teen Kevin Keller in this week’s Veronica #202: “”I see Kevin as the red-blooded American boy who just happens to be gay. I’m not really trying to make a social statement – if anything, just that Riverdale is a diverse and welcoming town.” [Bay Area Reporter]

She Died in Terrebonne

Creators | Kevin Church and T.J. Kirsch, creators of the webcomic She Died in Terrebonne, chat about their collaboration on the crime mystery. [Avoid the Future]

Creators | Anne Ishii talks with Johnny Ryan about Detroit Metal City, the manga series by Kiminori Wakasugi. [TCJ.com]

Creators | Brian Heater wraps up his four-part interview with Dan Goldman. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Comics | Douglas Wolk considers the difficulties of writing a long-running superhero serial like Fantastic Four, and looks back at the many series debuts of Wolverine. [Techland]

Comics | Bully hilariously highlights many of the countless — well, 59 or so — shell corporations used by Martin Goodman to publish Marvel comics. Or should that be “Marvel” comics? [Comics Oughta Be Fun!]

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I hate to say it, but after looking at the BATS BBQ logo, maybe they do need to make a couple of MINOR changes to it.

It’s clearly a symbol of a Bat, but I don’t see the problem. I’ve seen tons of “Super” taco with the Superman symbol, but this looks to be a bit more reasonable.

looks more like the 1960′s Batman logo than anything, unless they franchise, I don’t see a problem with this.

but that deal for .39 for soft drinks, iced tea and lemonaid (meal included) I’m down for that.

The link to “the many series debuts of Wolverine” goes to a completely different website entirely. Should be this one: http://techland.com/2010/09/01/a-brief-history-of-wolverine-1s/

Sorry, but I don’t for a moment believe Dan Parent’s claim. How could the introduction of a gay character not be a social statement? It’s a stunt, plain and simple.
Archie has been trying anything they can of late to get noticed, and I think it may backfire for them, putting off people who like Archie because it’s familiar, wholesome, and safe.
It’s not meant to depict American teenage life as it really is, so there’s no point in courting controversy.

That might be the first and last time we see Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser linked in Robot 6!!!

no self respecting southern “BBQ” joint has mexican food on their menu.

I’m sure the producers who lost money hand over fist are happy to know they boosted O’Malley issue sales.

spardyman – that’s one of the most ignorant things I’ve read on this website. Congrats!

So… is there only going to be one gay teen in Riverdale? Because that could get quite lonely for him, and I don’t really see them introducing a gay scene in the comics.

@madmike

So any character whose sexuality is anything other than heterosexual is a threat to Archie’s safe and wholesome image?

Sir Manley Johnson

September 4, 2010 at 11:28 am

hey “spardyman” not a bigot at all!
There’s a legal precedent for BATS being allowed to trademark there logo. In the 1980′s Harvey Comics sued the production company of Columbia Pictures Casper comics http://fernandinaghosttours.talkspot.com/uploads/34059/Casper-Friendly-Ghost-Friends.jpg
Harvey lost, in part, as it was claimed that there are “limited ways to draw a figure of a cartoon ghost.”. As weak as I think that argument is a similar one could be made about bats.

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