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Webcomic Beacon Newscast: Comic News & Discussion for October 21st, 2012

Ben Carver (Animation Aficionados) and John Lotshaw (Accidental Centaurs) join us in this week’s webcomic and comic news discussion. We mostly talk about Paypal saying it’s users can no longer use Class Action Lawsuits against them, a library not flagging for 18+ material for minors, social media and free speech; and more! Thom Revor heads the show this week; and thanks to all of our news team: Thom Revor, Dean Esmay, Marie Tary, Jason Strawsburg, and Eric Kimball.

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Top Stories

Paypal changes user agreement to prevent class action lawsuits
Original Source: Bright Side of News
Additionally: Blog Critics

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Obituaries

Marcus Swayze Dies at 99
Original Source: The New Star

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Buzz

Playboy playmate is a webcomic creator
Found via: NBC News
Original Source: Penny Arcade Report

Inman Interview
Original Source: Smart Planet

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Business

Penny Arcade joins the Humble Ebook Bundle
Original Source: Penny Arcade

Shuster family loses superman court case
Found via: Daily Cartoonist
Original Source: Washington Post
Additionally: Justice League movie is announced the next day

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Tech

The Problem of Ad Hijacking
Original Source: Paid Content

More on Social media’s free speech quandary
Original Source: GiGaOM

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Legal

Library refuses to restrict access to Yaoi
Original Source: Robot 6

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People

Steven King launches webcomic
Original Source: Comicbook.com

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Tidbits

Google’s webcomic
Found via: Webcomic Overlook
Original Source: Google
Additionally: CNN

Oni Press launches webcomic
Original Source: Comic Book Resources

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Comments

Another great Newcast!
I just want to comment on the yaoi/library story- my local branch uses self check out. You just walk up to a machine- scan your card and your books and it prints you a receipt. You can also reserve and order books through it. There is no ilbrarian involved. Its been a long time but I am not sure if library cards carry information like your birth date.
I do find it odd that the an explicit comic was not as least flagged as mature material. But than again are romance books rated as such, cause those can get pretty uhh graphic in their descriptions? Sounds like reader beware…

The closest library to me used to have a young adults section, where all the 18+ books and comics were kept, though there was nothing keeping you from going in there and reading them, or taking them out, running them through the self check-out system and bring them home to read.
I’ve frequented that section since I was twelve, until they removed it, put the 18+ books with all the others, and filled the section with poetry instead…

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