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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

Apple

Digital comics | Following more than two years of complaints, Apple has given developers the guidelines it uses to determine which programs can be sold through its App Store, and relaxed some restrictions on content and tools. The company recently was criticized for forcing the creators of a comic adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses to remove nonsexual nudity from some panels — Apple later changed its stance — and for initially rejecting an app from Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore because his animated political satire contained “content that ridicules public figures.” Alan Gardner notes that the revised guidelines specifically exempt “professional political satirists and humorists” from a clause prohibiting defamatory or offensive material. [The Associated Press]

Comic strips | After 60 years with United Feature Syndicate, Peanuts will move in February to Universal Uclick. The news isn’t totally unexpected, as Iconix Brand Group partnered with the heirs of Charles M. Schulz in April to buy the rights to the comic strip from United’s parent company E.W. Scripps. The $175 million deal was for the entire United Media Licensing division, which includes Dilbert. [Comic Riffs]

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Video games | Warner Bros. has hired video-game industry veterans Martin Carrier and Reid Schneider to head WB Games Montreal, a new studio established in March to focus largely on developing titles based on DC Comics characters. [Gamasutra]

Conventions | Citing time constraints and a lack of sponsors, organizers of Scotland’s Hi-Ex announced they have postponed the next installment of the comic convention, initially scheduled for March 2011 in Inverness, until 2012. The event has attracted about 600 attendees for each of the past three years. [BBC News, The Press and Journal]

Digital comics | Adam Ostrow profiles digital-comics distributor Graphic.ly, whose number of app downloads has grown about 275 percent per month since January. [Mashable]

Organizations | The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is looking for a full-time, salaried development manager, as well as several for several volunteer positions. [CBLDF]

Afrodisiac

Comics | Heeb counts down the best comics of the Jewish year 5770 — among them, Rafael Grampa’s Mesmo Delivery, Jim Rugg’s Afrodisiac, and Vanessa Davis’ Make Me a Woman. [Heeb.com]

Creators | John Romita Jr. talks briefly about collaborating with Mark Millar on Wolverine and Kick-Ass, and with Brian Michael Bendis on Avengers: “I get to work with Mark, and with Brian, I’ve worked with Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller. I’ve had blessed luck when it comes to working with writers.” [Den of Geek]

Creators | Francis Manapul discusses his comics work and his new role as co-host of the television series Beast Legends, which debuted this week in the United States on Syfy. [Pop Culture Zoo]

Creators | David Harper looks at Kody Chamberlain’s creative process for his new crime miniseries Sweets. [Multiversity Comics]

Reviews | Dorian Wright on the first two volumes of Smurfs from Papercutz. [Postmodernbarney.com]

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The move by Apple is definitely an improvement. They looked pretty silly when they were blocking Fiore.

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