Comics A.M. | DC’s 52 variants add up to million-dollar comic

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Comics A.M. | DC’s 52 variants add up to million-dollar comic

Publishing | DC’s 52-variant-cover gimmick with Justice League of America #1 seems to have paid off, as ICv2 estimates Diamond Comic Distributors sold more than 300,000 copies to comics shops last month. That adds up to more than $1 million in retail sales, a rare height last passed by in January by The Amazing Spider-Man #700. ICv2 also posts the Top 300 comics and graphic novels for February. [ICv2]

Kickstarter | Gary Tyrrell talks to Holly Rowland, who with husband Jeffrey has launched a business called Make That Thing to help comics creators fulfill their Kickstarter pledges. The Rowlands are also the team behind the webcomics merchandise retailer TopatoCo. [Fleen]

Publishing | Calvin Reid moderated a panel on publishing graphic novels in the Kickstarter era at South by Southwest, featuring Karl Stevens (The Lodger) and Josh Frankel (Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland). [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Palestinian cartoonist Mohammed Saba’aneh, who was arrested by Israeli authorities on Feb. 16, is still behind bars and may face indefinite detention; Aaron Schachter interviews Israeli cartoonist Uri Fink about the case. [The World]

Creators | Rick Parker discusses his process as he illustrates an upcoming Papercutz graphic novel parody The Farting Dead. [Maine Public Broadcasting Network]

Comics | Superman expert Glen Weldon explains why Orson Scott Card is the wrong guy to write a Superman story: “The fact that a guy who has dedicated himself to hate and discrimation would be handed the keys to the character just shows that DC Comics doesn’t understand who the character is for.” Weldon also discusses Superman stories that take on real-world issues. [Salon]

Piracy | Alex Hoffman observes that the easiest manga to find online is the bootleg stuff, and he has some thoughts about how publishers might make their wares more easily discoverable by the casual reader. [Manga Widget]

Retailing | Several things caught my eye about this interview with Paul Forrester, graphic designer for the London comics shop A Place in Space: He refers to “the big three,” rather than the big two, comics publishers; the shop does much of its business online (apparently selling print comics, not digital); and he sees the customer base as a roughly 50/50 split between men and women. [SW Londoner]

Retailing | The local paper profiles Steve’s Comic Relief, “the longest-running comics store in Bucks County [Pennsylvania],” and founder Steve Gursky, who owned seven stores during the comics boom of the early 1990s. []

People | ComiXology CEO David Steinberger shares how he spends his Sundays. [The New York Times]