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Magnetic Press, the independent publisher launched late last year by two comics veterans, former Archaia publisher Mike Kennedy and former BOOM! Studios executive Wes Harris, has announced its third book: a hardcover collection of comics, illustrated stories and art set in Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands universe. The book, titled Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands Omnibus, will debut in July.
Dorman is best known for his Star Wars art, and he won an Eisner Award for his artwork on Aliens: Tribes, a graphic novel based on the Alien movies. His work has appeared on the cover of Heavy Metal, and he has done cover art, trading cards and toy design for a host of publishers.
Wasted Lands, on the other hand, is Dorman’s creator-owned work, a high-adventure story with Western and steampunk influences. It’s set in an industrial megalopolis linked to a forbidding outback by a vast rail system; here’s his description of the story from the official website:
Legal | Comics reviewer and journalist Don MacPherson was notified by his web-hosting service of a complaint accusing him of violating the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act. According to MacPherson, the complaint was filed by Scott Courrier, owner of Geeks Galore Computer Center in Marmora, Ontario, who lost a copyright-infringement lawsuit in 2009 after using one of cartoonist Rich Koslowski’s 3 Geeks images without permission. MacPherson wrote about the original judgment; he also posted a follow-up noting Koslowski hadn’t been paid and that the computer center was still using his artwork about a year later. In his complaint to the web-hosting service, Courrier accuses MacPherson of infringing on his copyright by “using my personal name and business information in a negative way without consent.” MacPherson’s hosting company briefly took down his site, but has since restored it, saying it won’t pull it down again unless ordered to do so by a court. MacPherson also followed up with Koslowski, who said the computer center is still using his artwork and hasn’t paid him the court-ordered monetary award from his case. [Eye on Comics]
Publishing | Number-crunching the direct-market charts, John Jackson Miller determines that sales of comics ranking in Diamond’s Top 300 increased by more than 3 million copies in 2011, bringing the total to 72.13 million. Dollar sales, too, rose by nearly $3 million, even as the average price of comic dropped by about a dime, from $3.58 to $3.49. [The Comichron]
Creators | Artist Fiona Staples has responded to Dave Dorman’s objection to her cover for Saga #1, which shows a woman breastfeeding an infant: “I find it a little hard to fathom why anyone would object to a depiction of breastfeeding, even if it were on a kids’ comic, which it isn’t. I have yet to hear a line of reasoning that makes sense to me. That said, anyone who wants to be grossed out by our comic is of course free to do so. I’m just going to fixate on the part where a master painter called me a ‘gifted artist.'” [ComicsAlliance]