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Ireland celebrates classic video games with new stamps

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Paying tribute to classic video-game icons, Ireland’s state-run postal service today released four stamps featuring Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man and Space Invaders.

Taito Corp.’s Space Invaders and Namco’s Pac-Man — debuting in 1978 and 1980, respectively, making  them the oldest of the quartet — are represented by screenshots, while Nintendo’s Mario and Sega’s Sonic themselves are showcased on their stamps.

The stamps are issued by An Post and designed Dublin’s Zinc Design Consultants.

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Comics A.M. | Judge lifts order blocking Hastings sale

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Hastings

Retailing | A federal judge has lifted a temporary restraining order blocking the $21.4 million sale of retail chain Hastings Entertainment to Joel Weinshanker, president and sole shareholder of Wizkids parent National Entertainment Collectibles Association. Two Hastings shareholders had sued to stop the sale, insisting the price paid for the retailer is too low; however, U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson found, in part, that they failed to prove they would be irreparably harmed if the sale were completed before they could have their day in court (Texas law permits dissenting stockholders to seek monetary damages after a merger). Hastings, which operates 149 stores that sell books, comics, video games and more, has called a special shareholder meeting for July 15, during which the sale is expected to be approved. [Amarillo Globe-News, ICv2.com]

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Comics A.M. | Book Expo America’s comic con makeover

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BookCon

Conventions | Vulture examines efforts by ReedPOP, producer of New York Comic Con and C2E2, to take a comic con-style approach to Book Expo America with BookCon, billed as “the event where storytelling and pop culture collide.” On Saturday, the final day of the country’s largest publishing trade show, the public is invited (for a $30 admission fee) to interact with authors and publishers, get autographs, attend film panels and even catch a sneak peek at an upcoming release. “You can see the Comic Con logic: Draw in rabid fans across genres and media any way you can,” Vulture’s Boris Kachka writes. “What publishers would like to know is whether they will come for the books — and eventually buy them.” [Vulture]

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