Diamond to Distribute Tokyopop in U.K.
Diamond Book Distributors
, the American comics distribution giant, has been given the exclusive rights to distribute manga publisher Tokyopop’s books in the UK and Ireland. Previously, Tokyopop distribution that market was taken care of by PanMacmillan.

Harvey Awards Tickets On Sale
Entrance to the 2009 Harvey Awards comes free with two day entrance to Baltimore Comic Con, but it is also available for $15 to non-attendees. The pre-award banquet dinner, however, requires a $100 ticket to the event, and these tickets are now on sale. Included in the price are entrance to the awards, dinner, a full cocktail hour and a deluxe gift bag. The event takes place on Saturday, October 10, with cocktails at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8:30 p.m. More details are available on the Harvey Awards website.

ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens List Nominations
October is the last month in which to nominate contenders for the American Library Association’s 2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, so if those who are interested are urged to nominate books here. The only people barred from nominating are a book’s creators and publisher.

Viper Talent Contest Winner
Viper Comics
, home of such books as The Middleman and How to be a Serial Killer, sponsored a talent search contest as part of their San Diego Comic Con festivities. Unusually for a comic book talent contest, it had competitions for both comic writers and artists. The winners were to be offered the chance to create a serialized webcomic together, hosted on the Viper site. Chad L., the winner of the writing division, has bowed out of the project for personal reasons. This has left the runner up, PWCW’s own Kate Fitzsimons, to take his place as writer on this project alongside winning artist Andy Turmon. Depending on popularity, the comic may have a print edition.

Wizard Exec Starts GeekChicDaily Site
Gareb Shamus—chairman of the Wizard Entertainment Group, which includes Wizard Magazine, Toyfare and the Wizard World comics conventions—has started a new website and online newsletter entitled GeekChicDaily. A pop culture site aimed at the geek audience, GeekChicDaily covers games, comics, toys, television and movies, much like Wizard Magazine and Toyfare. Scott Gramling is the Editor-in-Chief of both GeekChicDaily and Wizard. Oddly, despite the commonalities, Wizard rates only the most passing of mentions on the new site. Robot 6 speculates that GeekChicDaily might be Wizard’s replacement.

The Yes Men, Migdal Comic Book Release Party
The stars of the new political comedy film The Yes Men Fix the World and Rebecca Migdal, the artist of Judgement Day, the associated comic, will appear at MoCCA on October 7 from 5-6 p.m. to celebrate the release of Judgement Day and sign comics. MoCCA is located at 594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY, between Houston and Prince streets.

This Week @ The Beat
This week Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat, hosted by Publishers Weekly, had a roundup of Small Press Expo writeups as well as a comic by Noah Van Sciver on the subject, the latest evidence of an upcoming Apple tablet device, Paul Pope’s 1-page Dune comic, Lea Hernandez’s 24 hour comic, an obituary of the late comics artist Rusty Haller, the August DC Comics month-to-month sales numbers, and a link to historic photos of comic creators the Hernandez brothers up on Facebook.

This Week @ Good Comics For Kids
This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids has reviews of Ameratsu: Return of the Sun and Beowulf: Monster Slayer, reviews of A Family Secret and The Search, the 9/30 listing of comics suitable for all ages and a Comics Treasury themed links-roundup from Brigid Alverson.