Here they are per my site http://www.comicgeek.ca links excluded (some are pretty darn long).

Thanks to Tim of www.thecomicreader.com for the link to this news article, The Marketing of Violence, "Nearly a half-century ago, a Senate subcommittee spent months investigating a possible connection between juvenile delinquency and the mass media. Lawmakers focused on the allegedly deleterious effects of comic books, specially those featuring crime and horror stories with illustrations of gruesome violence. Child-development experts and many parents contended that such comic books with names such as "With Knife in Hand" and "Heartless" were major contributors to youth violence." Written by Karen MacPherson (assume no relation to comic reviwer Don MacPherson?)

Dark Horse has a 5 page Preview of Josh Whedon's Fray online for for your perusal.

Warren Ellis' Ordering Comics online is up for viewing: http://www.orderingcomics.com

As per the Tallahassee Democrat article Editorial: Miles of smiles, "Even in a famously friendly town like ours, Tim Simpkins knew the value of a smile. And he knew how to make other people smile, too. Mr. Simpkins, a longtime fixture in local running circles, was widely known throughout the community for dressing up as Superman and other comic-book super heroes when he ran. Only 46, he died Monday after
battling cancer for the past several months." He sounds like quite the character.

As per an article in Variety, here are the Latest Hollywood script deals, "Hans Rodionoff will be paid mid-six figures by Artisan Entertainment (news - external web site) and Marvel Comics to pen ``Man Thing,'' an original spin on the comic that centers on a mindless swamp creature who feeds off the fears of others. Rodionoff wrote ``Skulls 2'' for Universal, and is currently developing a pitch with the Farrelly brothers. Other Marvel properties currently in development as features for Artisan include ``Iron Fist,'' to star Ray Park. Artisan and Marvel have an overall deal that calls for the companies to develop, produce and distribute programming worldwide, based on 15 mutually agreed-upon Marvel properties, including the ever-popular Captain America and Thor. "

As per the China Times, Japanese Cartoonist to Donate Royalties on Chinese Edition Comic. "He said that it was not his intention that sales of the book should actually benefit from the controversy surrounding it. The comic book quotes various Taiwan figures, including tycoon and chairman of the Chi Mei Group Hsu Wen-lung, who also serves as a senior adviser to President Chen Shui-bian, as saying that Taiwan women voluntarily served as sex slaves in Japanese military brothels during World War II. Hsu later apologized for his remarks, which by that time had caused a national uproar. Kobayashi said that the Chinese edition of his book has sold 90,000 copies and is especially popular with those of the "grandpa" generation -- older Taiwanese who lived under Japanese colonial rule prior to 1945 -- as well as the younger generation, adding that the book actually serves as a bond connecting the grandparent and grandchildren generations. "

BBC News article, Behold the Cartoonist laureate. "Everyone's heard of the poet laureate. But now London has its first cartoonist laureate. Don't expect any respectful rhyming couplets."

An article in the UK Sunday Times, Why the clergy should still keep faith in celibacy, "Jack Chick is an American fundamentalist who produces comic books that illustrate in lurid detail the depravities of the "Roman Catholic institution"."

Has Asterix done Roman? The Guardian Unlimited does a review on the latest Asterix the Gaul comic, Asterix and the Actress. "Behind the scenes, he has been involved in a law suit against the publishers over the rights to the backlist; he lost in 1994. And yet, every five years or so, Asterix undergoes a short-lived resurrection. Asterix and the Actress, the much-awaited new volume, is the first since 1996. The accompanying hype has been enormous: 300 million copies will be printed worldwide and all the old Asterix episodes are being reissued."

An interesting article about Japanese Manga in the Guardian Unlimited's Life section titled: Last of the Action Heroes, "They look like comics, and visiting Westerners often mistakenly refer to them as such. But these are not comics: to millions of Japanese readers, they are portals to a parallel universe. The literal translation of manga is 'irresponsible writing'. If you want to know what's really going on in the minds of Japanese people, this is the
place to look. At home, manga artists are treated like rock stars. They are wealthy and celebrated and teenagers dream of emulating them, because they've beaten the system, made a mockery of the endless hours of homework and graft that shape most people's weeks. It is estimated that 10 per cent of all books and magazines published in Japan are
mangas."

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