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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]
Last week I wrote a piece on CBR on movie screenwriters seeing comics as a home for screenplays that never got a shot at becoming a movie, and one of the subjects was Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. News coming out of Europe shows that the director’s done more than just talked about it, he’s done it.
/Film has the scoop that French publisher Le Lombard has released the first graphic novel in the series, titled Noe. This 72 page book is on sale for €15.95 and I can already feel Aronofsky fans in America and the UK looking for a place to buy it. No English-language release has been scheduled, but that doesn’t mean it won’t soon. After initially passing on the movie, Paramount has since greenlit this project for a movie — similiar to how Aronofsky brought The Fountain to Vertigo before getting a second chance to film it.
The graphic novel Noe is co-written by Ari Handel and illustrated by Nico Henrichon, best known for his OGN Pride of Baghdad with Brian K. Vaughn. Click through for a first look at pages from the book.