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Comics A.M. | ‘Guardians’ clings to September bookstore chart

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Comics A.M. | ‘Guardians’ clings to September bookstore chart

Graphic novels | Although BookScan’s September list of the bestselling graphic novels in bookstores is populated largely by old stalwarts — The Walking Dead, Attack on Titan, Saga, WatchmenGuardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1, the only Marvel title on the chart, clung to the Top 20 in its second month of release (although it slipped from No. 4. to No. 20). Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds, meanwhile, climbed in its third month to No. 6. One new manga debuted at No. 12: Noragami, about a homeless god who does odd jobs as he tries to build up his reputation; the anime is already out, which probably gave it a boost. [ICv2]

Publishing | A television reporter pays a visit to the Last Gasp offices to talk about the Kickstarter recently launched by the longtime publisher of underground comics (and other quirky books). It’s worth a look just to see the owner’s amazing collection of oddities. [NBC Bay Area]

Creators | Lynda Weinman talks to two of her college classmates, Matt Groening and Lynda Barry, about their work, their college years, their friendship, and their influences on one another. [The Santa Barbara Independent]

Creators | in an audio interview, Rep. John Lewis and co-writer Andrew Aydin discuss March, Lewis’ graphic memoir. [WUNC]

Creators | Blake Hennon covers Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy in Hell” panel at Long Beach Comic Con. [Hero Complex]

Comics | MariNaomi has some advice on writing characters of color, and Yumi Sakugawa, Keith Knight, Whit Taylor, Elisha Lim and a host of others chime in with their own suggestions in comics form. [Midnight Breakfast]

Comics | Jason Rodriguez talks about editing Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750, an anthology of short comics, many written by historians and illustrated by comics artists. The stories focus on individual stories and everyday life, and this is the first of a planned three-volume series. The book will debut this weekend at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE). [Comics DC]

Education | Josh Elder, founder of the nonprofit Reading With Pictures, explains how the comics in the Reading With Pictures: Comics that Make Kids Smarter anthology align with the Common Core. [The Huffington Post]

Conventions | Rich Shivener has a look ahead at New York Comic Con, which expands this year to a week of special events. He talks to ReedPOP Global Vice President Lance Fensterman about the con’s new harassment policy, changes to badge technology, and the different ways publishers are presenting themselves this year. [Publishers Weekly]

Conventions | At the other end of the scale, Lawn Con is moving to larger digs this year. The Youngstown, Ohio, comics and pop culture event has finally outgrown its original venue, the front yard of organizer Chris Yambar, and is moving to a larger grassy space, the park at the B&O railroad station. What prompted the move? “Somebody stepped on a rose bush,” Yambar said. [The Vindicator]

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