Retailing | Troubles continue for Borders Group as the retailer filed notice Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Executive Vice President Thomas D. Carney and Chief Information Officer D. Scott Laverty have resigned. Just last week Borders, the country’s second-largest bookstore chain, announced it’s delaying payments to some publishers as it attempts to restructure its credit lines. [GalleyCat]
Libraries | Four of the top five young-adult titles checked out from the New York Public Library in 2010 were manga: Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto, Tite Kubo’s Bleach, Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, and Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Z. Jennifer Holm’s graphic novel Babymouse and Jeff Kinney’s comics-prose hybrid Diary of a Wimpy Kid were the top two children’s titles. [NYPL Wire]
Christmas is over, but for those who can’t get enough — or for those who hate the holiday so much that they wish it would be devoured by the ultimate horror — the Penny Arcade guys have a treat for you. The Last Christmas is an animated storybook for the iPad, based on a comic that first appeared in 2004. Basically, it’s a reverse twist on The Night Before Christmas in which Cthulhu arrives and eats everything in sight. It looks like a children’s book, but the horror/cuteness combination is really aimed at adults: In the iPad version, which is lightly animated, tiny skaters fall from the ice after Cthulhu pops up in the middle of it, and lights twinkle on a tree as he devours it (and the screaming hordes run in horror). The app is only a few pages long, and it’s free; the last page is a pitch for donations to Child’s Play, the charity established by Penny Arcade creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, which sends toys, games, and books to children in hospitals worldwide.
Publishing | It’s probably little surprise that Eiichiro Oda’s adventure-comedy One Piece was the bestselling series in Japan 2009, moving a whopping 14.7 million copies. It’s followed in the Top 5 by Naruto, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist and Gintama. [Anime News Network]
Webcomics | Child’s Play, the game-industry charity founded in 2003 by Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, has raised more than $1 million since launching this year’s drive on Nov. 6. “This is Child’s Play’s seventh year, and this is the fastest we have ever gotten to the million dollar mark,” Krahulik wrote on the website. “Considering everything that’s going on, that’s just astounding.” [Penny Arcade]
Awards | Makoto Yukimura’s historical-action series Vinland Saga has been announced as the grand-prize winner in the manga category at the 13th Japanese Media Arts Festival, which isn’t actually held until February. Yukimura, best known in the United States for his science-fiction drama Planetes, debuted the 11th-century Viking epic in 2005. Vinland Saga hasn’t been licensed in North America. [Anime Vice]