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Comics A.M. | Graphic novel sales jump 38% over January 2012

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Publishing | Comics sales were up 22 percent in the direct market over January 2012, and graphic novels increased by nearly 38 percent. This good news is tempered a bit by the fact there were five Wednesdays in this January (or 25 percent more Wednesdays, if you want to look at it that way), but that fifth week is usually a quiet one for new releases, so I think we can call this a win. The retail news and analysis site ICv2 credits Marvel NOW! and a strong backlist for the boost. [ICv2]

Publishing | Dark Horse’s video-game art book The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia last week was the No. 1 book in the United States, according to Nielsen BookScan — not merely in the graphic novel category, but in any category. The initial print run was 400,000 copies. (Comic Book Resources interviewed the book’s editor Patrick Thorpe last month.) [ICv2]

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SDCC ’12 | Bongo, Coldplay team for Mylo Xyloto comic

Rock band Coldplay and Bongo Comics have teamed up to tell the story of Mylo Xyloto, the title character from their fifth studio album that was released last October. While the six-issue series doesn’t officially come out until next February, Bongo will have the first issue available at Comic-Con International this week with a variant cover.

The story of Mylo Xyloto was conceived and written by Coldplay alongside Academy Award-nominated writer and director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie). The band posted on their website:

3 years ago we had an idea with our friend mark osborne about a character called mylo xyloto (“xylo” as in xylophone, “to” as in toe). gradually mylo’s story and universe came together and this ended up providing the backdrop for the album and tour. now we’re proud to announce that early next year the story’s going to come out as a 6-part comic. and to kick things off mark’s going to be holding a panel at comic con in san diego this week. so if you’re there you can ask him ‘who’s major minus?’ and ‘what the hell’s the hypnofeed all about?’ we hope you like it. it was fun making it.

Check out the cover after the jump.

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