Sunday Settings, Simpsons, Seven Fishes and Nancy Silberkleit

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There have been problems between the residents of Adderley Green in Stoke-On-Trent in the UK, about a proposed school being built in their village. The local council intend to built on a greenfield site called "Springfield" but residents deny that the school is suitable for the area, and even that the name Springfield has been invented by the developers. So what's to be done? Everyone sit around and put forward their issues, debating the topic like serious adults. Don't be silly, this is England. There's only one thing to do and that's to dress up as Simpsons characters and picket the site. Bound to work.

Roger Sabin is loving current graphic novels in the Guardian.

With graphic novels a staple topic for talks at all the summer book fairs, and earning nearly £10m in 2008 according to The Bookseller, mainstream acceptance has arrived. Now maybe retailers can stop acting like they're embarrassed selling them and display them like periodicals, with their often fabulous covers facing outward. Graphic novels are "graphic", after all.

The Washington Post now thinks that movies are destroying comics.

When the movie came out in May, Marvel Comics' Wolverine title nabbed the No. 3 and No. 5 spots on the monthly single-issue comics best-seller lists, according to Diamond Comics Distributors. It sold 170,399 issues. But by June, the title's sales had dropped 62 percent, and there were fewer copies traded than the 86,000 sold in the month before the movie's release.

Jon Goldwater and Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEOs of Archie Comics get profiled by, after keeping the company in the family.

"One of the things that we've maintained for 70 years, and Nancy and I are always going to maintain, is the integrity of the characters," says Goldwater.

The Miami Herald reports that in the comic market right now, there are more sellers than buyers, keeping back issue prices low.

Tate Ottati, of Tate's Comics in Lauderhill, says he has recently experienced a surge of people trying to sell their comic books, graphic novels, manga and action figures. Unfortunately, Ottati says, most patrons don't get much — or anything at all — for their worn books and used figurines. "They expect to get awesome prices for junk," he says.

The Cleveland Museum Of Art to screen P Craig Russell's Night Music, with a Q&A from Russell and DVDs on sale.

"Craig's really well-respected in the industry," said Harold, 44, a free-lance videographer in Ravenna. "He's an artist's artist."

The Sudbury Star talks about the current splurge of comics-to-movies and interviews Marv Wolfman.

Decades ago, two other genres so dominated the industry they eventually went extinct: The western and the musical. Kevin Feige recognizes the potential danger of overexposure.

The Star Tribune reviews 32 Tales by Adrian Tomine, George Sprott by Seth and Cecil And Jordan In New York by Gabrielle Bell. And likes them.

Loneliness, sorrow and sadness never looked this good. In the hands of the comic-book world's top cartoonists, doomed relationships and daily doldrums are a sight to behold

Feast Of Seven Fishes, a collection of comic strips and Italia recipes is being turned into a movie by its author thanks to American tax dollars!

Filmmakers can get a 27 percent credit 31 percent if 10 or more West Virginians are hired as cast and crew on a minimum of $25,000 spent in the state making a movie.

Who says taxes have to be taxing?

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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