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Comics A.M. | Banned Egyptian GN to be published in English

Metro

Graphic novels | Metro, the graphic novel by Egyptian cartoonist Magdy El Shafee that was banned in 2009 under Hosni Mubarak’s regime, will be published in English next year by Metropolitan, a division of Macmillan. El Shafee who, along with his publisher Mohammed al Sharqawi was convicted of disturbing public morals, has appealed to Egypt’s new Ministry of Culture to have the ban lifted. “I’m waiting to hear if the minister of culture will allow it to be published again,” El Shafee says. “They will have to consult with the courts. I’m hoping there may be some kind of apology.” [CNN.com]

Legal | In an article that’s heavy on background and light on new information, Matthew Beloni reports that the attorney representing the heirs of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster has asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to determine exactly what elements from the Man of Steel’s mythology his clients can reclaim as a result of the 2008 court ruling. [THR, Esq.]

Retailing | Barnes & Noble stock fell 16 cents following a report that bookstore chain, the largest in the United States, will likely end its months-long search for a buyer. Although the auction isn’t over, initial interest from at least seven potential buyers is said to have waned following the first round of bidding. [Bloomberg]

Archaia

Publishing | Archaia Entertainment, which recently secured new financing, has appointed Allan Grafman, former publisher president of Archie Comics Entertainment, to its board, and hired Mike Kennedy as publisher and John Cummins as executive vice president for business and legal affairs. [press release]

Business | The recently launched Wizard World Inc. has named Michael Mathews, former CEO of interclick, inc., as chairman of the board. [press release]

Retailing | DC Comics will reportedly expand its co-op advertising program for retailers to include banners on websites and blogs that aren’t aimed at comics readers. [Bleeding Cool]

Conventions | Heidi MacDonald provides an overview of last weekend’s second annual Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, while Brigid Alverson rounds up convention news about comics for kids and teens. [Publishers Weekly]

Super Dinosaur

Creators | Robert Kirkman talks about his newest projects, Super Dinosaur and The Infinite, and his Skybound imprint. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Terry Moore chats briefly about Strangers in Paradise, Echo, and the comics industry: “When I got in (the comic book industry in) 1993, it had no resemblance to the way it is now — none. Nothing about the business was the same: the fans, the way it works, what kind of comics came out, how they came out, how big and how much money was in the business. Now, I feel like we’re watching the death of an industry in terms of evolution, like we’re switching from being one way to a new way, you know? When you do that, you have to burn the bird and get the phoenix out of it. So I feel like we’re transitioning from the Industrial Age to the Space Age. It’s like everybody is lamenting the loss of the railroad, but hey man, now we have airplanes.” [Arizona Daily Wildcat]

Creators | Matt Adams spotlights Paul Cornell, focusing primarily for his work on DC’s Action Comics. [Herts Advertiser]

Creators | Michael Cavna profiles Sarah Glidden, creator of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less. [The Washington Post]

Creators | Mike Rhode talks with cartoonists Shawn Belschwender and Mike Shapiro. [Washington City Paper]

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3 Comments

I agree with Mr. Moore but in an industry tied heavily to nostalgia forgetting old models will always be difficult.

Really curious about Metro!

Martin Costello

March 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Great news about Metro.

Grafman was not publisher of Archie Comics, he was President of Archie Comics Entertainment from 2003-2005, during which time he was responsible the following, according to his linkedin profile:

* Develop media exploitation opportunities for the comic characters.
* Movie deals with Paramount and Miramax
* 40 + consumer retail licensing deals

Remember all those movie, cartoons, and sweet Archie merch from 2003 to 2005?

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