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Naruto, Vol. 40

Naruto, Vol. 40

Sales charts | The 20-year-old collection of Watchmen maintains its hold on bookstores, hovering at No. 10 on USA Today’s bestseller list for the second week in a row, and sitting atop BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels chart for the eighth month in a row.

Meanwhile, there’s a flood of Naruto on the USA Today list as Viz Media releases a second wave of Masashi Kishimoto’s hit manga just as the first wave subsides. Vol. 38 debuts at No. 120, Vol. 40 at No. 126 and Vol. 39 at No. 131, just as first-wave volumes 37 and 36 slip to Nos. 141 and 150, respectively.

On the BookScan chart, Naruto holds slots 2 through 5, 9 and 11. [USA Today,]

Creators | Image Comics creators Paul Azaceta, Ivan Brandon, Joe Kelly and Michael Avon Oeming will appear Sunday on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice to help contestants create and costume a superhero. [, TransWorldNews]

Creators | John Porcellino talks about King-Cat Comics and Stories, Thoreau at Walden, and the genius of Hank Williams. [The Walrus]

Creators | Paul Maybury discusses his ACT-I-VATE webcomic Party Bear. [Dick Hyacinth]

Publishing | Warren Ellis updates us on the status of Planetary#27. Sort of: “As fas as I know, John’s still working on the art.” [Warren Ellis]

Conventions | A guide to Saturday’s STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo. [Decider Austin]

Blogosphere | A new, high-concept comics blog has launched. Dateline: Silver Age is dedicated to the often-bizarre newspaper headlines that appeared in comics from 1956 to 1971 or so. [Dateline: Silver Age]

Retailers | NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate loves local shops Golden Apple Comics and Meltdown Comics & Collectibles. [NBC Los Angeles]

Arts and crafts | How to make a comic-book gift tag. [Crafting A Green World]

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Naruto, Vol. 33

Naruto, Vol. 33

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.

Elsewhere, Watchmen slipped 13 places to No. 48 in its 29th week on USA Today’s bestseller list. [, USA Today]

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]

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