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Comics A.M. | ‘Infinity’ #1 is this year’s third ‘million-dollar book’

Skottie Young's variant for "Infinity" #1

Skottie Young’s variant for “Infinity” #1

Publishing | ICv2 continues its look at August’s direct market numbers, declaring Marvel’s Infinity #1 a million-dollar book, the third this year to top $1 million in sales, thanks to its $4.99 cover price and estimated orders of 205,000 (DC Comics’ Justice League of America #1 and Superman Unchained #1 are the other two). However, it’s also important to note that Infinity #1 was offered to retailers at a deep discount (up to 70 percent). [ICv2]

Digital comics | Jeff DiBartolomeo explains why he left his job at HBO (he was one of the developers of their HBO Go app) to become chief technical officer at comiXology: “What’s interesting to me is seeing this market, which is one I’m not vary familiar with, and seeing the potential. It’s proving to be useful to have me come [to Comixology] with a different set of eyes, at a different angle.” [TechHive]

Comics | We link to a lot of stories about India here at Comics A.M., but here’s a more comprehensive look at the indie-comics scene there: Ryan Holmberg talks to Kailash Iyer, co-founder of the anthology Comix.India [The Comics Journal]

Paolo Rivera

Paolo Rivera

Creators | Paolo Rivera, who attended Mainland High School in Daytona, Florida, is profiled by that city’s newspaper ahead of the opening of the art exhibit “Rated G for Graphic.” [The Daytona Beach News-Journal]

Creators | Brian Truitt briefly spotlights novelist and comics writer Joe Hill. [USA Today]

Creators | Steven Heller talks to Peter Kuper about his travels and his comics. [Print]

Creators | Ethan Van Sciver talks about his work on DC Comics’ Green Lantern and The Flash. [Comicosity]

Creators | Marvel artist Clay Mann, who has been drawing Gambit but will soon move to Hulk, gives a brief interview to his local newspaper. [The Daytona Beach News-Journal]

Headlocked

Headlocked

Creators | Headlocked creator Mike Kingston decided to create his wrestling comic because he was frustrated with the quality of the others out there: “You can tell in a lot of previous licensed wrestling comics that the creators were just assigned the book by a publisher that wanted to cash in when wrestling was hot. Wrestling is a very polarizing thing and I think when wrestling products are created by people that don’t have a real passion for it, you can feel that when you’re experiencing it.” [Miami Herald]

Awards | It’s a bit early to start talking about the comics of the year, but Michael Cavna has a few nominees: the comics that won both Harvey and the Eisner awards. [Comic Riffs]

Manga | Aiko Komai takes a field trip to the new manga museum in Niigata, Japan, where visitors can try their hand at voice acting or change the expressions of manga characters on a giant screen. The museum also celebrates the prominent manga creators from the area, including Leiji Matsumoto (Space Battleship Yamato) [The Star]

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