Comics Crisis: Doujinshi Nation

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Wow! All hell has broken loose in comic book-land! Last week’s surfeit of Aquarian-born comics creators created a busy circuit of birthday parties, and if I had a dime for every time the name “Gary Friedrich” came up, his legal fees would be paid.

IP Wars are breaking out everywhere.Why here, why now? As always, follow the money. The most visible and lucrative segment of comics industry has, since the great distribution collapse of the ’90s, been primarily in the IP business. Entire comics companies have sprung up just to create movie storyboards masquerading as comics. Big media corporations outfit swanky offices just for the purpose of developing existing IP. It’s become a cottage industry. No wonder then, that controlling and profiting from IP has become THE major preoccupation of the comics industry from the CEO selling movies to the colorist selling prints.

PREVIEW: Image Expo Schedule and Exclusives

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If you’re going to be in the Bay area tomorrow through Sunday, you might think about dropping by the Oakland Convention Center for the Image Comics Expo. This is a combination 20th birthday party for Image Comics and a sorta/kinda replacement for Wonder Con, which has moved to Anaheim this year while the Moscone Center in San Francisco is undergoing a remodeling.

WB turns to BLEACH to get the Akira out

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Although their attempt to remake Akira as a movie about white people went down in flames, WB has not given up on manga source material—now they are planning a movie based on BLEACH, the hugely popular manga and anime by Tite Kubo. Will this be another, heh heh, whitewash? Probably—because Hollywood fears Asians as leads—but at least Masi Oka (from Heroes) is on board as a producer. Others involved are producer/potential director Peter Segal (GET SMART, THE LONGEST YARD), screenwriter Dan Mazeau (WRATH OF THE TITANS), and Oka and Michael Ewing of Callahan Filmworks. Viz Productions’ Jason Hoffs and Branon Coluccio are also in the production mix.

DC's website getting an overhaul; old message boards go bye-bye

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The internet is NOT forever. DC’s website is undergoing a huge overhaul in a few weeks, according to The Source, with a new design, and new, exclusive content, and the old forums are going to be erased.

Tonight to do, NYC: Tamaki, Hanawalt, Davis at Society of Illustrators

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Tonight, Jillian Tamaki, Lisa Hanawalt, and Eleanor Davis will be showing and discussing their work. Since their work is mostly amazing, that should be interesting. Davis is making a rare appeance in NYC—that’s her cover for the Study Group anthology above.

Simpsons fashion hits the runway

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You don’t get to 500 episodes without some…comfy lounge wear.

Michael George loses another legal round

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Looks like convicted comic book store killer Michael George is running out of legal options:

Kibbles 'n' Bits, 2/23/12

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Oh man! With so many of the great characters of the 20th century coming into the public domain, this is going to be one wild ride—and being a copyright lawyer was never more lucrative