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Comics A.M. | Weak April for graphic novels in bookstores

The Walking Dead Compendium, Vol. 2

The Walking Dead Compendium, Vol. 2

Graphic novels | April was a slow month for new graphic novel releases, so the BookScan Top 20 had plenty of room for some backlist titles. The Walking Dead dominated, of course, but the 10th volume of Sailor Moon was there for a second month and actually moved up a notch. And the first volume of Saga came in at No. 12, perhaps because people were curious as to what all the fuss is about. [ICv2]

Editorial cartoons | Nick Anderson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle, has responded to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s criticism of Jack Ohman’s cartoon with a cartoon of his own. [Comic Riffs]

Conventions | Jeff Smith, Brian Wood, Sean Murphy and Raina Telgemeier are the headline guests at the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland on May 19. [Foster’s Daily Democrat]

"Killjoys" art by Becky Cloonan

“Killjoys” art by Becky Cloonan

Creators | Co-writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon discuss their new miniseries The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, which will be previewed Saturday as part of Dark Horse’s Free Comic Book Day offering. [USA Today]

Creators | Lunch Lady creator Jarrett Krosoczka discusses his difficult childhood, the TED Talk he gave that has inspired so many teachers, and why he has declared Friday, May 3, School Lunch Superhero Day. [The Boston Globe]

Creators | Alex Ross talks about the art he is doing for the game Watch_Dogs, which is set in Chicago, and the connections between comics and games. [Forbes]

Paul Pope

Paul Pope

Creators | Shelf Awareness asked Paul Pope a couple of questions, and he answered with a comic. [Shelf Awareness]

Creators | Kelly Yates, who draws Doctor Who comics for IDW Publishing, has come up with some of his own comics on the side. [Yes! Weekly]

Criticism | Ken Parille argues that America’s greatest comic book critic is… Fredric Wertham? He takes a wry look at Wertham’s methodology and then mines his work for topics other critics could find useful. [The Comics Journal]

Comics | Professional wrestler Rob Van Dam has signed with Hound Comics to publish a graphic novel, RVD’s Twisted Perception – Soldiers of Karma. [Wrestle Zone]



Ohh, looks like The Walking Dead is graphic novel now too. Last time time I read it, it came out monthly like a normal comic book run. But hey if you people think it gives it any kind of sophistication, if you call a comic book graphic novel then go ahead. Or are you just simply ashamed of your hobby? I cannot bring myself to say I read a graphic novel. People would just give me the “eh?” look, beauce it’s still a comic book., no matter how I try to disguise it.

You’re reading a bit too much into it, fearitself. These are the collections of The Walking Dead, which in bookstore channels fall under the umbrella of graphic novels.

I dunno, what expresses more shame in a hobby, using a term like “graphic novel”? or getting on someone’s case for using “graphic novel” because that person might believe your hobby is childish?

fearitself, you’re either (1) ignoring common industry usage of the term “graphic novel” and (2) beating a very dead horse or (3) you saw the headline, didn’t read the article, and though “graphic novel” was being used instead of “comic book” to refer to single issues.

I’m curious–if you’re unhappy calling a multi-issue bound collection a “graphic novel,” what’s your preferred term for a collection of single issues? I like “collected edition” but it’s meaningless to a casual consumer.

Rollo Tomassi

May 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

Heh. To me it’s like somebody saying “I like listening to music” then a snob offering up the rebuttal, “Oh, I don’t listen to music, I only listen to albums.”


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