Peanuts licensing business may be for sale

E&P reports that E.W. Scripps, the parent company of comic strip syndicate United Media, is considering spinning off their licensing business, United Media Licensing, which handles Peanuts, Dilbert, and other comic strip giants. Although these brands continue to be recognized worldwide, Scripps licensing revenues fell 15% in 4Q 2009, to $26.4 million. Scripps President and […]

SPX announces dates, new Executive Committee

Via PR, the Small Press Expo has announced its 2010 dates for September 11-12 in Bethesda, MD. Jeff Alexander and Warren Bernard are taking over as Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director, respectively. The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, will be […]

ACTION #1: The $1 Million Comic Book

As you probably saw splashed all over the news yesterday, a collectible comic has broken the $1 million barrier, as a 8.0 graded copy of ACTION #1, the first appearance of Superman, as sold by an unknown owner to an unknown buyer. As told here, the sale was brokered by Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo […]

More on Montana v Geppi

Last week, we reported on some legal troubles for Diamond Distribution owner Steve Geppi, including what appeared to be a $500 million lawsuit filed by the heirs of Archie artist Bob Montana. After looking at the court documents, the actual amount of the suit is only $500,000. (We’ve corrected the original story.) The case involves […]

To Do 2/27: CCS at Silent Barn

This Saturday the Center for Cartoon Studies is presenting a one-day Comics 101 workshop at the Silent Barn University in Queens. Details in the jump; the attendees include Pat Barrett, Garry-Paul Bonesteel, Jon Chad, Lena Chandhok, Robyn Chapman, Aaron Cockle, Ken Dahl, Jon Fine, Sean Ford, Colleen Frakes, Beth Hetland, Nomi Kane, Morgan Pielli, Betsey […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits — 2-23-10

A: We’ve arrived! Q: What did you think when Jeopardy featured a “Graphic Novels” category and Tim Hamilton was a clue? § More arrival! The LA Times has added a Graphic Novel category to its book prizes. The nominees for 2009 are: “Luba” by Gilbert Hernandez “GoGo Monster” by Taiyo Matsumoto “Asterios Polyp” by David […]