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Organizations | Friends of Lulu President Valerie D’Orazio details the circumstances surrounding the recent and rapid decline of the 16-year-old group — questions about tax status, missing financial documents, an apparently absent board of directors — and states that, “If by September 2010 nobody steps forward and shows interest in helping run this organization, I will start taking steps to officially dissolve it as a non-profit.” [Occasional Superheroine]
Comic-Con | Two hours before Comic-Con International ended on Sunday, organizers sold out of all 15,000 Preview Night passes for the 2011 convention. (For comparison, the Preview Night memberships for this year’s event didn’t disappear until October.) These are the limited number of four-day memberships that include access to the Wednesday-night preview; regular four-day memberships presumably will go on sale in August. Collider has more details. [North County Times]
Retailing | Heidi MacDonald confirms rumors that well-regarded Brooklyn retailer Rocketship, the setting for numerous signings, release parties and art shows, has closed after five years. “We’ve come to the end of a five-year lease, and are deciding what to do now,” said co-owner Alex Cox. “Five years went by fast, and my partner and I are suddenly making some large life decisions about what comes next. We love the shop, and as fun as it is, we have to figure out what makes sense for us on a practical level.” [The Beat]
Pop culture | KRCW-Santa Monica (89.9 FM) will rebroadcast the 1991 radio production of American Splendor, starring Dan Castellaneta, from 7:30 to 8 p.m. PST today. This broadcast will appear on air and via KCRW.com live stream only, and will not be available on demand or via podcast. [KCRW.com]
Legal | The Wall Street Journal’s Tomomichi Amano looks at efforts by a newly formed coalition of Japanese and American manga publishers to crack down on U.S.-based scanlation websites. “People might say it’s like whack-a-mole,” says Vertical Inc.’s Ioannis Mentzas, “but we think even making one (legal) case will greatly change the situation.” [Japan Real Time]