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Comics A.M. | For Superman’s 75th, a look back at rights battle

Action Comics #1

Action Comics #1

Comics | To mark the 75th anniversary of Superman, and the premiere this week of Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel, Edward Helmore of The Telegraph recounts the long and bitter legal feud between DC Comics and the families of creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster over the rights to to the multibillion-dollar property, a battle from which the publisher has seemingly emerged victorious. [The Telegraph]

Comics | The New York Post’s Reed Tucker has some ideas on how to “fix” comics, starting with cutting the cover price to increase sales. [Parallel Worlds]

Comics | With an exhibit of original art from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts opening in a local gallery last week, a local comic convention in the works, and a thriving comics retail scene all year round, South Florida could just be the next comics hotspot. [WLRN]

Comics | Novia D. Rulistia has a fascinating article about the homegrown comics scene in Indonesia, where U.S. comics and manga have long dominated the market. The creators there face the same struggles as creators everywhere, including figuring out how to make it pay, finding a good online model, and getting good print distribution. The article also includes a brief look at the history of Indonesian comics from the 1930s to the present. [Jakarta Post]

Crater XV

Crater XV

Creators | Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon, who are not related, talk about their new graphic novels Heck and Crater XV, and their digital anthology Double Barrel. Kevin said he was thinking about the serial format from the get-go: “With Far Arden, I already had that structure in place, with about 30 pages per chapter. It’s the pulp influence, I think. I really like the idea of ending each chapter on a cliffhanger. That’s partly why we both felt comfortable jumping into Double Barrel, because we both knew we had these natural breaking points.” [Hero Complex]

Creators | Isma’il Kushkush profiles Khalid Albaih, a Sudanese political cartoonist who lives in Qatar and whose cartoons have caught the zeitgeist of the Arab Spring and its aftermath throughout the region. [The New York Times]

Process | Neill Cameron painted a pirate fighting a dinosaur on the window of the Watestone’s in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, England, and he recorded the process step by step. [Neill's blog]

Retailing | The local paper profiles Charlie Harris, owner of Charlie’s Comic Books in Tucson, Arizona. and a man of strong opinions. [Arizona Daily Star]

Retailing | And with Man of Steel just around the corner, Ken Denney interviews Greg and Kelly Gowens, the owners of Quest Comics Shop in Carrollton, Georgia. [Times-Georgian]

Collecting | Collecting comics can teach kids the most important lesson of all: Collect what you love. [The Kansas City Star]

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