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Publishing | Marvel reportedly has issued a round of Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices to Google in an effort targeting Blogger sites that serve as clearinghouses for links to pirated comics. (Blogger was purchased by Google in 2003.) One such blog, Comics Invasion, already has been shut down. [Bleeding Cool]

Passings | Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad passed away Saturday of natural causes. He was 86.  The winner of three Pulitzers, an achievement matched by just two other cartoonists in the post-World War II era, Conrad worked for the Los Angeles Times for nearly 30 years, and earned a place on President Nixon’s infamous “enemies list.” [Los Angeles Times, Comic Riffs]

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Video: Colleen Doran on copyright, creator’s rights

As a part of their Creators Across America series, the Copyright Alliance has posted the above video interview with A Distant Soil creator Colleen Doran. The artist discusses her early career and the importance of knowing her rights as a creator, among other topics. Patrick Ross, who conducted the interview, says she is “successful and accomplished, and a hoot.”

Slash Print | An iPad roundup, naturally, plus more

Echo on the iPad -- that was quick!

Echo on the iPad -- that was quick!

Tablets | Hey, guess what? Apple’s making headlines with a new product. On the heels of yesterday’s iPad announcement, Comic Book Resources and Newsarama both reach out to members of the comics industry to get their thoughts on the new device, from traditional publishers to digital comics companies. Rich Johnston has a collection of reactions from Twitter. Meanwhile, we heard from Dark Horse directly:

“We, like all publishers, are excited about this new format, and all of the possibilities which come along with it. We have already experienced great success with our existing iTunes program, and are excited to see just how this new interface will fit into our company’s overall digital strategy,” said Neil Hankerson, executive vice president of Dark Horse Comics.

Other links of note …

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Colleen Doran, other celebrities contribute doodles for charity

Colleen Doran's doodle

Colleen Doran's doodle

May is Neurofibromatosis Awareness month, and long list of celebrities, including A Distant Soil creator Colleen Doran, have contributed “doodles” for an auction that benefits Neurofibromatosis Inc. The auctions started yesterday on eBay and run through May 17; you can find the complete list here.


NYCC | Gone To Amerikay artwork

Gone to Amerikay

Gone to Amerikay

Last Friday Vertigo announced Gone To Amerikay, a new original graphic novel written by Derek McCulloch (Stagger Lee) with art by Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil, Orbiter, Sandman). Although the project is still in the early stages, Doran sent over some of her early artwork for the project.

“Derek is writing one of the best scripts I have ever read in my life,” Doran said. “We spent the day on Thursday in NYC taking reference photos and running about doing research, but I can’t really talk about it very much. DC is keeping it all very close, I think. The book will be out sometime next year. I guess it’s setting us up to say how good the story is, because people are going to expect the moon, but I have the feeling Derek can deliver the moon.”

The one up top was shown at the Vertigo panel at the New York Comic Con; check out additional artwork that wasn’t shown after the jump …

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