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Comics A.M. | ‘Attack on Titan’ passes 30M in sales in Japan

Attack on Titan, Vol. 1

Attack on Titan, Vol. 1

Manga | The 13 volumes to date of Hajime Isayama’s dystopian fantasy Attack on Titan have sold a combined 30.37 million copies in Japan, making the manga only the third series to do so since market research firm Oricon began tracking the numbers in 2009 (the first two were, of course, mega-hits One Piece and Naruto). [Anime News Network]

Digital comics | John Casteele considers the acquisition of comiXology from Amazon’s point of view: “It’s easy to see how the ComiXology purchase is going to benefit Amazon. Access to the ComiXology platform not only provides the company with additional revenues from the growing digital comics market and to the comic series that had the highest-selling single issue in 2013 (The Walking Dead, which also had five of the top 10 best-selling graphic novels for the year). It could also provide synergy with Jet City Comics and the Kindle, giving both access to the ComiXology publishing platform. Amazon could also use its Kindle platform to further refine the ComiXology’s ‘Comics’ app, which is already available for the Kindle Fire but might enjoy more direct integration in the future.” [Business Insider]

March: Book One

March: Book One

Graphic novels | Rep. John Lewis’s memoir of the Civil Rights movement, March, co-written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, makes a non-comics list of recommended summer reading from Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine. [The Huffington Post]

Comics | We wrote a little while ago about the comic that portrays Gujarat (India) chief minister Narendra Modi as a heroic figure, rescuing a boy from drowning and serving tea to soldiers going off to war. Now his story is fodder for two other comics as well, and readers seem to appreciate the Horatio Alger aspect of his life story: “People want to know about Narendra’s journey as to how he became chief minister of a prosperous state from a tea vendor,” said one comics vendor. His sports prowess also seems to be a draw. [Times of India]

Ms. Marvel #1

Ms. Marvel #1

Creators | Ms. Marvel is selling well, and writer G. Willow Wilson thinks it’s because so many readers can identify with Kamala Khan: “Kamala, because of the way that we present her, is not just a character who would appeal to other Pakistani-Americans. Just the other day, someone came up to me whose parents were Polish immigrants, and this person identified with Kamala. To me, Kamala’s appeal is really about the American experience in the 21st century. It’s not limited to one particular group. So many people are of mixed heritage, everyone is from somewhere else. And she is really a character from that generation.” [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | The headline says it all: “Small-town Nebraska native becomes big-time comic book writer.” That’s Van Jensen, originally from the “micropolis” of Lewellen and currently writing Green Lantern and The Flash, a gig so successful he just quit his day job. [Omaha World-Herald]

Comic strips | Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed collaborated with sixth-graders at the Santa Barbara Middle School, where his child is a student, to create an Opus surfboard. The students applied a spattered-paint base coat to the board, then Breathed added a painting of his character Opus on top. The surfboard will be auctioned off at a school fund-raiser. [Noozhawk]

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