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Comics A.M. | Spider-Man resumes tonight, One Piece creator makes $24M

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Broadway | The Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark canceled both Wednesday performances to test new safety measures following the Monday-night fall that left a stuntman hospitalized with broken ribs and internal bleeding. The cancellation of the sold-out evening show was announced just three hours before showtime at the Foxwoods Theatre. Tonight’s performance is expected to go on as planned.

Producers and creators met privately on Tuesday with the entire company to address safety concerns about the $65-million musical, the most expensive and technically complex in Broadway history. Although accidents in theater productions aren’t uncommon, it’s unusual for there to be four injuries before a show has officially opened. MTV offers some context. [The New York Times, The Associated Press]

Eiichiro Oda

Creators | According to calculations by Weekly Bunshun magazine, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda makes about $24 million a year. Nearly $15.5 million of that comes just from sales of the insanely popular pirate manga. Oda turns 36 years old on Jan. 1. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Michael Kavanagh reports on declining profits at Scottish media company DC Thomson, publisher of The Beano and The Dandy. [Financial Times]

Retailing | Robert Wilonsky uses the announcement of ComicsPRO‘s February annual meeting in Dallas as a chance to take the temperature of direct-market retailers and the trade organization. [Dallas Observer]

Publishing | The mainstream media pick up on the Marvel’s decision to bump off a member of the Fantastic Four in the January issue. []

Paul Cornell

Digital piracy | Writer Paul Cornell wades into the often-heated piracy discussion: “I think, and have had many conversations to support this view, that a large majority of creators in all media loathe illegal downloading. But few of them are willing to say anything in public. Reasons range from a desire to be seen to be cutting edge, to a fear of alienating one’s audience, to fear of a denial of service attack on one’s website. I’ve been on a lot of panels where, asked that question, everyone answers an entirely different one, about how ‘e-books are the future’. I feel that the one thing we can do, as creators, to affect illegal downloaders is to make it clear that we withold our approval. You can’t be an enthusiastic and beloved fan of a great writer and at the same time steal their stuff.” []

Blogosphere | Tom Spurgeon continues his series of holiday interviews with a discussion with critic, writer and artist Matt Seneca. [The Comics Reporter]

Best of the year | Douglas Wolk selects the 10 best comics of 2010. [Techland]

Superboy #1

Best of the year | Dave Ferraro names to the 10 best superhero comics of the year. [Comics and More]

Best of the year | January Magazine names Joshua Hale Fialkov and Noel Tuazon’s Tumor among the best crime fiction of 2010. [January Magazine]

Gift guides | Brian Truitt, John Geddes and David Colton choose “essential 2010 graphic novels for comics gift-giving.” [USA Today]

Music | There’s a Michigan punk band named Cain Marko, after Marvel’s Juggernaut. “Juggernaut is just kind of a great character with an interesting past and kind of a tortured soul,” guitarist Jeremy Verwys says. “He’s just going to run through walls, and that’s what we kind of feel like … be uncompromising.” [The Grand Rapids Press]



“I feel that the one thing we can do, as creators, to affect illegal downloaders is to make it clear that we withold our approval.”

With respect to Cornell — who I AM an enthusiastic fan of, and whose books I buy eagerly –, there are three things that, as we have seen time and again, have NO substantial impact on illegal downloads, and finger-wagging is one of them. (The other two are lawsuits and DRM.)

You don’t have to condone piracy to acknowledge that it’s never going to go away. Cornell’s right that you can reduce it, but he’s wrong about how — the only way to reduce piracy is to provide a more attractive option. iTunes, Hulu, and so on.

No, Paul is saying that creators have to make it clear that they are not happy to have their work stolen. He doesn’t say it will make it stop, but it is a first step for many.

If you want to participate in the theft, up to you, but at least you should be aware that the creator is not happy in your compliance.

I agree with Terence and Mr. Cornell. Finger wagging may not reduce piracy, but its better then condoning piracy by not saying anything about it.

Right on mr. Cornell! Because bitching at downloaders like Lars Ulrich &dr.dre did is what stopped music piracy Bwahahahaha MORON. wanna cut down on piracy? How about not selling comics for 399 during the worst economic crisis since the great depression? And dont forget to chastize those thieves who read GN’s at the library or their freinds comics!

Wow, Ninjazilla, at no time in your post did you either represent Cornell’s position accurately, or say anything that was even remotely accurate.

Personally I would much rather hold an actual comic in my hands then any digital format. While I’ think that Cornell is right in saying creators should make their displeasure known, I also feel that a more effective tool is to reduce the price of the books, both paper and digital. I also think in the case of digital, the publishers need to get together and come up with an accepted universal format across all major platforms, (i.e. mp3 & itunes for music)

Theft? Nothing is being stolen. It’s being copied in way that is unauthorized.

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