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Comics A.M.| New motion in Superman legal feud; a case for optimism

Superman

Legal | In a motion for summary judgment filed Monday in the long-running legal battle for the rights to Superman, attorneys for Warner Bros. are revisiting their 2009 argument that the estate of Joe Shuster has no grounds to reclaim the artist’s share of the copyright to the Man of Steel. They point to a 1992 agreement in which the estate relinquished all claims in exchange for “more than $600,000 and other benefits,” which included DC Comics paying Shuster’s remaining debts follow his death earlier that year, and providing his sister Jean Seavy with a $25,000 annual pension. Daniel Best has the documents, while Jeff Trexler provides context, noting that the new filing “filing wasn’t a Perry Mason-esque unveiling of surprising new facts. Rather, it was a routine motion for summary judgment.” A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20. [20th Century Danny Boy, The Beat]

Diamond Comic Distributors

Publishing | Surveying the landscape of the comics market, John Jackson Miller makes a case for optimism, pointing to increases in digital and print sales, and the health of comics in relation to the rest of the magazine business: “I do try very hard to avoid being Pangloss or Pollyana; for years when I was the editor of Comics Retailer in the 1990s, the rap on me from publishers was that I was overly downbeat (when I really felt like I was just reporting what was going on). I’ve tried hard not to overreact in the opposite direction, and to take a skeptical eye to both the apparent upticks and downdrafts. There are shifts that appear less than positive, and one can easily imagine ways to construct a similar case for pessimism. Comics unit sales still continue to decline on most titles as their issue numbers increase; periodicals’ aggregate improvements have still generally come from the offering of an ever larger number of titles and the constant replacement of gray series with new ones, rather than increases within most series. The single greatest factor influencing comics sales volume is still the number of comics shops, and there are still too many markets under-served (though Diamond announced at San Diego a new push to help open new stores).” [The Comichron]

Comic-Con International

Conventions | David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con International, talks with ICV2 about attendance for this year’s event — he guesses somewhere between 126,000 and 130,000 — perennial complaints that the convention is no longer about comics, and the uncertainty about the location of WonderCon 2013. On a related note, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System reports 192,597 took the trolley to Comic-Con, a nearly 4-percent increase from last year. [ICV2.com, NBC San Diego]

Conventions | Organizers of last month’s inaugural Denver Comic-Con, which drew an impressive 27,700 attendees — by way of comparison, the first New York Comic Con brought in 32,000 — are already planning next year’s event, which will be headlined by Stan Lee. [Denver Post]

Conventions | Amarillo, Texas, will play host to its first comic convention on Saturday, Ama-Con. [Amarillo Globe-News]

Comics | The editorial board of the Plain Dealer lends its support for Cleveland as the location for a proposed Comic Book Hall of Fame: “Cleveland already has the obvious location: the Superman house in Glenville. A Comic Book Hall of Fame would be a fine pop culture complement to the city that already has the shrine to rock ‘n’ roll.” [Plain Dealer]

Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1

Creators | Ahead of the release of The Dark Knight Rises, the East Aurora, New York, newspaper talks with local artist Graham Nolan, who created Bane with writers Chuck Dixon and Doug Moench. At Comic Book Resources, Dixon also discusses the supervillain. [East Aurora Advertiser]

Legal | Dateline NBC will air another report on Friday about Michael George, the former retailer and convention organizer convicted of the 1990 murder of his first wife in their Clinton Township, Michigan, comic store. The TV newsmagazine filmed George’s second trial last year. He’s serving life in prison with no possibility of parole. [Daily American]

Retailing | The writer of a newspaper consumer-protection column informs a demanding and opinionated comics fan that a store does have the right to ban him for his frequent complaints about its “ludicrous and stingy” discount policy. “Indeed, it’s hard to comprehend why anyone would keep returning to the same store if they found its policies stupid and its staff unhelpful,” the columnist writes. “The customer isn’t always right just because he or she thinks so.” [The Spectator]

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4 Comments

Simon DelMonte

July 19, 2012 at 7:54 am

“The customer is always right” is the bane of salespeople and front desks the world over. Good that someone is standing up for the rights of the put-upon, hard working employee.

GuyWhoMakesComments

July 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

I don’t know. I went to a shop that had a ludicrous and stingy discount policy – but it was the only shop within 40 miles

I ordered many of my comics online as a result – but there are still those titles that you are unsure of, and need to lay eyes on in a shop before deciding to buy

Just because the customer was a jerk does not mean that the shop is not stingy and selfish

I don’t know. I went to a shop that had a ludicrous and stingy discount policy

Go look up how little money these shops keep from that cover price and then come back here before ignorance again compels you to call them “ludicrous and stingy.”

GuyWhoMakesComments

July 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

Do you know anything about retail?? The average business makes something like 5% profit – that is it. I realize you are just another ignoramus on the Internet with an uninformed opinion

And here’s another fact for your ignorant brain. The shop I went to had a chain of shops in central FL. They bragged openly about how they got the steepest discount of any shop from Diamond because of the bulk they were able to buy – something close to 45-50%. The bragged about how they were such a big customer that they had direct contacts at Marvel. They gave their subscription customers what amounted to about a 10% discount – which barely covers sales tax

Good luck guy

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