Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes
Sales charts | It will surprise no one that Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, was the top-selling graphic novel in bookstores in 2008. That’s according to Nielsen’s BookScan, which tracks sell-through information.
The rest of the Top 20 is dominated by manga; Naruto alone holds nine spots (it’s worth noting that the first volume of Masashi Kishimoto’s series, released in North America nearly six years ago, was No. 15). The success of Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight helped to lift the special edition of Batman: The Killing Joke to No. 5, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns to No. 13. [ICv2.com]
Creators | Writer Neil Kleid talks about his webcomic Action, Ohio, editorial interference, and the difference between Shadowline and Zuda: “I’ve made no secret about the fact that ACTION began as a Marvel proposal, and as such some of the characters are my reinterpretation of classic Silver Age Marvel characters. When the strip first ran at Zuda, there was a to-do about the fact that I showed some kids in a hospital that looked a bit like the original X-Men. The editors basically asked me to change the characters, explaining that a webcomic on a DC Comics site could not depict Marvel characters. Paul and I altered the offending panels but it kind of irked me (especially as no one even said boo at the obvious Peter Parker homage!) and I kind of like that Jim and Kris tend to let us push the envelope where possible.” [The Webcomic Overlook]
Creators | Akiko and Miki Falls creator Mark Crilley knows the secret to attracting young readers: “My stories are always attempting to be entertaining at every turn, never demanding (that) you plod through long pages before getting to the good stuff. I always want it to be good stuff. I want kids to enjoy themselves from the first page to the last, especially reluctant readers.” [The Kalamazoo Gazette]
Conventions | Tom Spurgeon chats with New York Comic-Con’s Lance Fensterman. [The Comics Reporter]