Sales charts | Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen continues to have its way with bookstores as it holds the top spot on BookScan’s graphic-novel list for the seventh month in a row. The hardcover edition was No. 3 for the second consecutive month.
The 33rd volume of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto checked in at No. 2 on BookScan’s Top 20 for January (six other volumes also appear on the list). Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Joker was No. 4.
Creators | Writer Brian Michael Bendis discusses, at some length, his run on Ultimate Spider-Man: “Doing my initial Spider-Man research, in going back and reading everything, [I found] for a sad sack this guy was getting laid left and right. This guy had more girlfriends than I ever had in high school. Betty Brant was hitting on him. MJ, Gwen. There were girls everywhere. There is an element of Peter that sees himself a certain way. But the reality is that he’s doing much better than he thinks. That’s always been there. It was only accentuated during the [John] Romita years where everyone looked real good. Everyone started looking very attractive and romance comic-y. And my goal overall was to hit the spirit of the Romita years. That’s when I thought the rules of Spider-Man really kicked in.” [Bookslut, via Dirk Deppey]
Creators | Writer Dale Lazarov talks about his new work Manly, collaborating with artist Amy Colburn, and deciding against using dialogue: “At first, I struggled with writing non-cheesy porn dialogue, then realized that translation would be a problem, as most of the serious publishers for gay erotic comics are in Japan and Germany. It made sense to transform this limitation into a creative choice and a selling point; the lack of text makes the work more suggestive and involving for the reader, and the books are distributed absolutely everywhere.” [Windy City Times]
Conventions | Tom Spurgeon compiles a list of 10 things he’d do if he were attending this weekend’s New York Comic Con. [The Comics Reporter]
Events | Steven Padnick has photos from Tuesday night’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe release party at Jim Hanley’s Universe in New York City. [The Roar of Comics]
Blogosphere | In other Scott Pilgrim-related news, blogger Rachelle Goguen is having a contest in which you could win Scott Pilgrim: Full-Colour Odds & Ends 2008, a compilation of short stories. [Living Between Wednesdays]
Fandom | BBC presenter Jonathan Ross has donated a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 for an auction to benefit Comic Relief. [Telegraph]