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Comics A.M. | Final ‘Naruto’ sells 874,000 copies in its first week

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Comics A.M. | Final ‘Naruto’ sells 874,000 copies in its first week

Manga | The 72nd and final volume of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto, released in Japan on Feb. 4, topped the weekly sales charts, with 874,120  volumes sold in its first week. [Crunchyroll]

Conventions | With 10 fan conventions coming to Indianapolis this year, David Lindquist takes a look at the business of comics-themed entertainment, with interviews with Wizard World CEO John Macaluso and Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture author Rob Salkowitz. [Indianapolis Star]


Creators | Frank Young looks at John Stanley’s little-known comics from the 1950s, the era during which he was working on Little Lulu: “In his non-Lulu 1950s comics, Stanley tests untried concepts, characters and theories. The best of this material presages Stanley’s auteur comics of the 1960s, Thirteen Going on Eighteen and Melvin Monster. It shows that Stanley had the first inklings of his finest ideas while Truman was in the White House — comedic notions Lulu couldn’t accommodate.” [The Comics Journal]

Creators | The husband-and-wife team of Shayna Pond and Rob Vollmar talk about working together on their webcomic Howling at the Gates. [The Oklahoman]


Digital comics | Todd Allen, author of Economics of Digital Comics, discusses the state of the digital comics market and suggests some things to watch for in the future. [Publishers Weekly]

History | Frank McNally looks at The Leprecaun, an Irish satirical magazine that “formed the cartoonist wing of the nationalist movement” in the early days of Ireland’s movement toward independence. [The Irish Times]

Conventions | Matthias Wivel wraps up his coverage of the Angouleme International Comics Festival. [The Comics Journal]

Conventions | The Amazing Arizona Comic Con comes to Phoenix this weekend, with a guest list that includes Steve McNiven, Rob Liefeld and Todd McFarlane. [The Arizona Republic]

Retailing | Students from the nearby South Dakota State University talk about shopping at Uncanny Comics, a new store in Brookings, South Dakota. [The Collegian]