Things of Interest on the Internet Tonight

I feel kind of weird having caused Tokyopop to have to do damage control all over the net. That certainly wasn’t my intention. (If I stop to think about it too hard, I’ll get writer’s block.) It’ll be interesting to see which of the cancelled titles eventually come out when, but so long as we get the promised continuation of Aria with book 5 in March, it’s all been worth it. (Although I wonder how it’s going to be on sale in March when it wasn’t offered in either the January or February Previews? Probably some other retailer communication I don’t know about.)

Comic Foundry 5

I’ll miss Comic Foundry, but the cover to issue 5 made me giggle, due to its completely juvenile tagline.

David Brothers will be posting daily on superhero comics and race for Black History Month. Right now, he’s asking for input on what you’d like to see talked about. I expect he’ll have some great insights to come.

Ka-Blam Digital Printing has announced that they will offer their print-on-demand customers direct market distribution to comic shops though a new service called ComicsMonkey. The discount to retailers, 35%, is lower than standard, which may make this a tough sell. (What incentive does a comic shop owner have to order a lesser-known title when they make more money on a better-known one?) Publishers who sell through the site will receive 40 cents on a $3.99 cover price comic (although that is subject to change), a low profit but one without risks or costs.

Yay! Leverage got renewed for a second season of 15 more episodes.

The owners of the New York Comic Con, held this upcoming weekend, have announced that this is their last winter show. Next year, they’re moving to October permanently. (Never mind that that the Baltimore Comic-Con and SPX already take place in that timeframe.) More importantly, they’re expanding — and challenging Wizard’s ailing conventions — with an April show in downtown Chicago in 2010.

Thank you, Mad Magazine. Without you, there’d be no Weird Al Yankovic. It was Mad that pushed the case that eventually declared that song parodies were legal. Here’s the story.

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