Sales charts | The American Booksellers Association has released its list of the top-selling graphic novels in indie bookstores for the eight weeks ending May 27. At first glance, it looks like it’s mostly literary graphic novels (Habibi, Are You My Mother?) with a healthy sprinkling of The Walking Dead. [Bookselling This Week, via The Beat]
Creators | Grant Morrison discusses the second issue of Batman Incorporated, which features Batman’s lover and Robin’s mom, Talia al Ghul. [USA Today]
Comics history | Could comics history have been radically different if Jerry Siegel had a different last name? Larry Tye, the author of the new Superman a biography, talks to Fresh Air about the origins of the Man of Steel and how he changed over the years: “The editors in New York over time started to exercise their editorial control. They saw this as both a character and a business. They would go down to the level of dictating just what his forelocks looked like. They could be too curly. His arms should be shorter and less ‘ape-like.’ And Joe should get rid of his hero’s ‘nice fat bottom.’ His editor told him that he worried that that made Superman look too ‘la-dee-dah.’ And they were really concerned about the image of the character.” [NPR]
Yokaiden creator Nina Matsumoto and veteran Simpsons comics writer Ian Boothby have a treat for us today: My Deadbeat Dad, a short story about a girl who pays weekend visits to her dad… in Hell. It’s amazingly economical; in just a handful of pages, Matsumoto and Boothby introduce the characters, establish a fairly complicated premise, and bring in a couple of twists; even small details turn out to be important.
Both creators are in their element here; Matsumoto won the 2009 Eisner award for best short story for one of her Treehouse of Horror tales, and she and Boothby previously teamed up to create the Simpsons Death Note parody in Treehouse of Horror #14. This short comic is labeled “dbdpitch,” so we can only hope that they have plans to develop this into a longer comic. With this team and this premise, it certainly has potential.