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Legal | The saga of Hi Score Girl continues this week, with the Osaka Prefectural Police charging creator Rensuke Oshihiri and 15 employees of publisher Square Enix with copyright infringement. Game publisher SNK Playmore originally filed criminal charges against Square Enix over the summer, claiming that Hi Score Girl, a comedy about gamers, used its characters without permission. Square Enix has recalled the published volumes of the series and halted serialization in its Monthly Big Gangan magazine. [Anime News Network]
Passings | Political cartoonist and collector Art Wood, a founding member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, died Nov. 4 at age 87. He donated more than 40,000 pieces of original cartoon art to the Library of Congress for its bicentennial, and the library published a book, Cartoon America, based on the collection. [The Daily Cartoonist]
Legal | Signe Wilkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, has been named in a defamation lawsuit filed against the newspapers by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and his wife Lise Rapaport. The judge and his wife accuse the two papers of running a smear campaign against them, and the suit specifically mentions a Wilkinson cartoon satirizing their marital and work relationship (it’s complicated). Blogger Alan Gardner adds that he hasn’t been able to find a case in which a cartoonist was successfully sued for defamation, although in this case the newspapers’ reporting is part of the issue as well. [Philadelphia, The Daily Cartoonist]
Ahead of the launch of its website on Tuesday, Fried Comics has provided ROBOT 6 with the exclusive first look at Ben Templesmith’s cover for Deadskins!, an upcoming digital-first serialized graphic novel characterized by the publisher as a “zombie Western comedy.”
Created and written by Clay Adams and Alexandre O. Philippe, director of the acclaimed documentary The People Vs. George Lucas and the upcoming Doc of the Dead, and illustrated by Leila Del Duca, Deadskins! follows “a Harvard-educated dandy and his blind drunk companion,” who are all that stand between the West and “a zombie Indian apocalypse”: “This is the true story of Custer’s Last Stand … whatever they taught you in school is bullshit.” It will feature a second cover by Afro Samurai writer/artist Takashi Okazaki.
Fried Comics will debut two digital-first series next week, with a third to be announced in 2014. Free content will be available each weekday, providing visitors with a look at the process from initial sketch to finished comics page. Full issues will be available for download for 99 cents per issue; print editions will be available “in the near future.” Continue Reading »