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Comics A.M. | Amazon’s long fight against online sales tax



Retailing | As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act, Jacob Weisberg looks at how Amazon and Congress have managed to delay online sales taxes for more than a decade, giving online retailers a significant advantage over brick-and-mortar stores. Amazon, which has long fought any attempts to collect sales tax through lobbying, campaign contributions and threats to move to warehouse jobs, now supports the legislation, with Weisberg contending the retail giant “has played out the clock longer than it dared hope and would now like to be able to build warehouses everywhere without doing state-by-state battle over its ‘physical presence.'” The bill seems likely to pass the Senate, but its fate in the House is far less certain. []

Publishing | DC Comics has put together a guide to its graphic novel backlist, which will be available both in print and digitally. [Publishers Weekly]

Conventions | Michael Sangiacomo provides a view of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo from the other side of the table, as an Artists Alley exhibitor and a participant in a trivia quiz, competing against Mark Waid. [The Cleveland Plain Dealer]

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

Creators | I.N.J. Culbard describes how he adapted H.P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward into a graphic novel. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Antony Johnston discusses adapting Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider novels into comics. [The Beat]

Creators | Bill Baker talks to David Sandoval about his Kickstarter project Tribulations of Abaddon, a story about a demon who escapes from Hell and attacks a Sumerian city. [The Morton Report]

Comics | “Gangnam Style” rapper Psy will get the Bluewater bio-comic treatment. [Reuters]

Manga | The classic series Neon Genesis Evangelion will end its run after two more chapters, according to manga-ka Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. The manga began in 1994, and volume 13 was released late last year. [Anime News Network]

Retailing | The Capitol Hill area of Seattle will get its own comics shop at last when Phoenix Comics & Games opens on Saturday. [Capitol Hill Seattle Blog]

Reviews | David Ulin reviews Rutu Modan’s new graphic novel The Property. [Los Angeles Times]



Charles Dexter Ward.

Amazon can keep lobbying to keep sales tax off the internet forever as far as I’m concerned. Anything that keeps cash out of irresponsible government hands is one of the highest forms of public service.

I don’t know how much lobbying Amazon can do nowadays. Most people now have to pay sales tax from Amazon state by state. We do here in Arizona.

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