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Comics A.M. | Frank Doyle, Steve Skeates receive Bill Finger Award

Bill Finger, by Jerry Robinson

Awards | Frank Doyle, who wrote thousands of Archie Comics scripts, and Steve Skeates, who wrote for both Marvel and DC Comics, will be honored with this year’s Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. Both were chosen by a unanimous vote of a committee headed by Mark Evanier. The awards will be presented July 13 during the Eisner Awards ceremony at Comic-Con International in San Diego. [Comic-Con International]

Legal | The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman’s war with Funnyjunk has heated up the Internets over the past few days, but Andrew Orlowski questions why Inman didn’t simply send FunnyJunk a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act when he realized his comics were being posted without permission. “Without the DMCA, Inman found himself in a knife fight armed with just a stick of celery,” Orlwoski said, and he blames his failure to use it on “nerd web culture.” “Inman didn’t use the ammunition available to him at all — he simply decided to play the victim. Whether he did so through naivety, ignorance or cynicism, it is impossible to say.” [The Register]

Trinity

Creators | Jonathan Fetter-Vorm talks about the personal connection that led him to write Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb: Both of his grandparents worked at the Hanford Site in Washington State — his grandfather as a welder, his grandmother doing administrative work — but neither realized what was being built there until the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. [DNAInfo New York]

Creators | Writer J.D. Arnold (BB Wolf and the Three LPs) discusses his new graphic novel The Rabid, in which the rabies virus mutates into a new form that turns the victims into “virtual zombies”: “I wanted to write a story that, on the surface, feels like a zombie story. But at its heart this is an end-of-the-world survival tale. Without giving too much away, you’ll see that more people die from starvation, rioting, and the general chaos that ensues, than from zombie ‘animal attacks.’” [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

Hoax Hunters #2

Creators | Co-writers Steve Seeley and Michael Moreci explain the premise of their upcoming Image Comics series Hoax Hunters. [USA Today]

Creators | Nathalie Atkinson talks to Italian creator Gabriella Giandelli about her music-inspired graphic novels. [The National Post]

Graphic novels | Calvin Reid writes about the biggest graphic novel — literally — at BookExpo America: Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin’s Anomaly. [Publishers Weekly Comics World]

Awards | The International Publishers Association has awarded South African cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) its Freedom to Publish prize, which recognizes contributions to “the defence and promotion of freedom to publish anywhere in the world.” Despite being sued by South African president Jacob Zuma over one of his cartoons, Zapiro isn’t slowing down: “[W]hen I wake up in the morning and I’m listening to the radio and reading the paper, there are so many things that still make me want to blow my fuse. They get my creative juices going.” [The Daily Cartoonist]

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I like the Reg but it seems like any time it gets on the subject of copyright, climate science, or net neutrality, its writers’ heads launch right up their asses. Matt Asay may be their LEAST obnoxious copyright writer, and that’s saying something.

Anyway, Inman DID send a takedown request. He sent it a year ago. Funnyjunk complied and he figured that was the end of it.

Funnyjunk lawyered up and tried to extort him. The fundraiser/bear sex drawing was retaliation for that, not an attempt to get more pics taken down. (Although it appears to have succeeded at that, too!)

Of course, if Orlowski bothered to spend ten damn seconds googling the phrase “funnyjunk hosting”, he would have found out that the site servers are in Amsterdam, and so DMCA compliance may not be a priority for them. But, you know, wouldn’t want to let even a cursory amount of research get in the way of a good celery metaphor.

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