There's no safe level of alcohol consumption, according to a study released Aug. 23 in the medial journal The Lancet. The study showed that alcohol consumption has been tied to approximately 2.8 million deaths each year, and one in 10 deaths of people between the ages of 15 and 49, making it a key risk factor for people in that age group. One of the authors, Robyn Burton of King's College London, told Bloomberg that "the conclusions of the study are clear and unambiguous: Alcohol is a colossal global health issue." Bloomberg noted that another study published earlier this year in The Lancet showed limited alcohol consumption reduced the risk of heart attacks, but increased the risk of other conditions and ailments that can lead to premature death.
Goliath has beaten David in the comic con wars, The Hollywood Reporterreports. San Diego Comic-Con has been in a long-running legal battle with the Salt Lake Comic Con over trademark infringement—namely, for its use of the term "comic con" in its name. Last winter, a jury concluded that Salt Lake Comic Con was guilty of infringement, but had not done so willfully, and Salt Lake wound up paying $20,000 in corrective advertising. Salt Lake appealed to U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Battaglia to call for a new trial. Instead, Battaglia issued a series of orders that likely sent a chill down the spines of the organizers of hundreds of comic cons around the country. He ordered Salt Lake to pay $4 million in attorneys' fees and additional costs. He has also prohibited Salt Lake from using "comic con" in its branding, rebranding—including "formerly known as comic con"—or web presence. Salt Lake's festival, now called "FanX Salt Lake," is set to run Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 6-8.
In related news, the Boise Comic Arts Festival, itself a former comic con, gets underway Saturday, Aug. 25. The two-day event will feature guests like Marvel and Dark Horse Comics writer Daniel Way, artist and cat enthusiast Benjamin Dewey, Sugar Town comics artist Hazel Newlevant, Terry Blas of You Say Latino and many, many more. There will also be art contests, local artists like Adam Rosenlund (a Boise Weekly contributing artist) and numerous folks from Swell Artist Collective, local comic book shops, fan convention representatives, cosplay and photo galleries.