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Comics A.M. | IDW Limited launches; Swedish libraries grapple with Tintin

IDW Limited

Publishing | IDW Publishing CEO Ted Adams discusses the company’s new IDW Limited program, which will produce small print runs of deluxe editions that will be marketed direct to the consumer. How small? The print run for the Blue Label edition of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 1 Deluxe Limited Edition will be 10 copies. “The only fair thing to do is to give the fans direct access on a first come first served basis,” he said. “We’re putting an incredible emphasis on quality, and that directly affects the quantity of books IDW Limited can produce. We’re designing new covers, building custom cases and paying the artists to do hand drawn sketch work to go with these books. The reality is that that’s all very expensive and unfortunately it makes it difficult for us to offer this line at the deep discount needed for traditional retail distribution.” [ICv2]

Libraries | Following the firestorm sparked last month when a youth library in Stockholm briefly removed Tintin comics because of their racial caricatures of Africans and Arabs, a survey finds that 10 percent of Swedish libraries have removed or restricted Herge’s books due to “racist content.” [The Local]

Batman #13

Creators | Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo discuss the return of The Joker in Batman #13. And he’s just as demented as ever, Snyder says: “The Joker is coming and saying, ‘Remember all these awesome times we had together,’ which are obviously not awesome at all for Batman, but in the Joker’s mind are these incredibly loving and terrific encounters over the years.” [USA Today]

Conventions | Two Las Vegas publications wrap up last weekend’s MorrisonCon and Las Vegas Comic Expo. [Las Vegas City Life, Las Vegas Weekly]

Conventions | Gary Tyrell looks forward to getting a lot of exercise next week at New York Comic Con, because the ongoing construction at the Javits Center will once again split the show, and indy comics and webcomics aren’t clustered together like they are at some other shows, so the distances a dedicated fan will have to cover are vast. [Fleen]

Madefire

Digital comics | Liam Sharp, chief creative officer for the digital comics publisher Madefire, discusses his business model and how he managed to attract big-name creators like Dave Gibbons and Bill Seinkiewicz to his startup company. [The Outhousers]

Creators | Frank Cammuso learned this week that he will no longer have his job as the editorial cartoonist at the Syracuse Post-Standard come Jan. 31; the following day the paper shifts to a three-day-a-week schedule. Fortunately, he is prepared: “Unfortunately for political cartoonists the writing has been on the wall for a while. I have been writing and drawing graphic novels for the last ten years. Right now it takes up about two thirds of my work time. I have been in the making the transition for the last few years. This was actually the kick in the pants I needed to make the jump.” Cammuso is the creator of the Knights of the Lunch Table series. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Creators | Writer Josh Williamson talks about reviving Captain Midnight, who had his last heyday in the 1930s and 1940s and will return in Dark Horse Presents in November. [iFanboy]

Publishing | Dark Horse has promoted Brendan Wright from assistant editor to associate editor. [Dark Horse]

Events | Tom Spurgeon talks to Robert Loss, who will be running the Mix Symposium at the Columbus (Ohio) College of Art and Design. [The Comics Reporter]

Reviews | Andy Lewis posts an early review of Marvel: The Untold Story, which is due out next week. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Roquefort Raider

October 4, 2012 at 7:53 am

According to the articles linked to, the idiot who wanted to ban Tintin also thinks that depiciting a Turk smoking a water pipe or showing an Arab on a flying carpet is objectionable.

While we’re at it, let’s also ban images of Americans drinking a Coke, Frenchmen with a baguette under their arm or Italians wearing a mustache. Such stereotypes could scar children for life! For life!!!

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