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Tuesday News: Marvel gets rights to Star Wars; Zola buys Bookish;...

“‘It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever,’ he said. ‘For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond . . . In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.'” Rolling Stone Magazine

“Zola promotes itself as a bookseller, recommendation engine and social networking site in one. It recently received a $5.1 million round of funding from private investors, and has offered its customers noteworthy exclusives, including the e-book version of Joan Didion’s “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.”” New York Times

“Enigma is Qiu’s eighth Inspector Chen novel. The books are set in his hometown of Shanghai, but few people here have ever read them. Because the plot of Enigma focuses so closely on corruption inside the Communist Party, Qiu says Chinese censors would never have accepted it.” NPR

“Non-standard English is linguistically the equal of the standard version – in fact, dialects tend to be more sophisticated grammatically than standard (as in the plural “youse” of many non-standard dialects where standard has just one confusing form). Yet standard continues – even now – to be prized as the “correct” form, and any deviation is considered to be wrong, lazy, corrupt or ignorant.” The Guardian

“In a statement, Macmillan CEO John Sargent calls Schwalbe “one of the great talents in publishing,” and that Cookstr will provide Macmillan cookbook authors with “a platform to reach recipe fans directly, and will give them new ways to grow their audience.”” Publishers Weekly

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  1. Brian
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 09:40:48

    With Disney now owning Star Wars it’s not surprising that Marvel, another Disney company, is getting the rights. I’m sure Dark Horse saw it coming, but still it’s gotta be a big blow after having the license for over 20 years and being quite successful with it.

  2. AlexaB
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 10:00:05

    I’m curious why you found Dark Horse’s reaction interesting? To many, the writing was on the wall the minute the ink dried on the Lucasfilm/Disney deal. Disney – owner of Marvel – is infamous for its emphasis on synergy and the company likes vertical integration even more than most. Dark Horse probably knew it would lose the license as soon as their contract ran out.

    It is, however, a slightly cautionary tale about building your business on licensed IP that belongs to someone else else.

    What is interesting – at least to me – is that Dark Horse announced that digital purchases of Star Wars comics will remain accessible to the buyer on Dark Horse’s retail cloud, but no new digital purchases of material published under the license will be available once the license ends. Which would be – sorta – like stores having to return all printed comics once the license ends and not allowed to sell them. Also, Dark Horse announced that if Disney wishes to reprint the Dark Horse comics, they must purchase the files from Dark Horse – even though the copyright already rests with Disney/Lucasfilm.

  3. Anonymous Linguist
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 12:36:38

    Gah, that Ritchie article. Please don’t go there for information about linguistics. Go to the Language Log blog. Language Log is excellent.

    It is a standard tenet of linguistics that non-standard varieties of language are perfectly valid: yes. This has nothing — absolutely nothing — to do with Chomsky, and it makes no sense whatsoever to try to claim it does.

  4. Robin/Janet
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 13:04:44

    What surprised me about the Dark Horse announcement was the way it (IMO) was so obviously waving the middle finger at Disney — sort of like ‘what dumbasses you are to cut us out when we’re doing so well for you’ and then that final ‘the force is still with us’ line (aka as long as we’re licensed to do this, we’re OWNING it and the profit it’s making us).

  5. AlexaB
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 21:41:09

    Thanks for explaining, Robin/Janet! I missed that.

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