Obama Advisor Writes Health Care Comic

President Obama's economic advisor Jonathan Gruber, an MIT-trained economist, is writing a comic supporting Obama's health care plan entitled Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How it Works. The book comes out from Hill & Wang this September. More information is available here.

L'Association Strike Ends, Jobs Returned

French comics publisher L'Association has settled its strike. L'Association's remaining employees went on strike during the Angouleme Comics Festival earlier this year, demanding the rehiring of their co-workers or a full explanation of the layoffs. L'Association has rehired the employees in contention and the publisher returns to work.

Marvel Says No To Jury In Kirby Case

Marvel Comics is trying to discourage a jury trial in favor of a judge in their copyright case with Jack Kirby's heirs. It is believed that a jury would be more sympathetic to the Kirby family's attempts to regain rights to the characters Jack Kirby created.

Sgt. Rock Salutes Army Maintenance In Special Comic

For the 700th issue of PS, the Army's Preventative Maintenance magazine, longtime Sergeant Rock illustrator Joe Kubert has created a special 8-page Sergeant Rock comic. Comics legend Will Eisner was the original illustrator of PS when it was started 60 years ago. Pages from the comic and more details are available here.

Craig Yoe Curates Comics Exhibit at Museum of Sex

Prominent comics historian Craig Yoe is curating a new exhibit at the Museum of Sex in New York City entitled “Comics Stripped.” The exhibit covers the history of sex in comics. Yoe is the writer and researcher behind Secret Identity, the groundbreaking collection of Superman creator Joe Shuster's secret BDSM comics art. More details are available here.

This Week @ The Beat

This week PWCW editor Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat covered the creation of Diamond's new digital comics division with an exclusive interview, the surprising – and heartening bestselling graphic novels of 2010, the depressing near-win of Essex County, the December DC month-to-month comics sales numbers, discussed a rare new interview with Wizard mastermind Gareb Shamus, and Torsten Adair discusses keeping your comics store alive in this brave new world.

This Week @ Good Comics For Kids

This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids covered the 2011 cybil award winners, the DC Super Pets, a preview of The Muppet Show: Muppet Mash, Gene Yang at college and the 2/2 & 2/9 roundup of good comics for kids and a review of Maoh Juvenile Remix.