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Comics A.M. | Just one comic broke 100,000 copies in January

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Comics sales | ICv2 crunches the January numbers and calculates that just one comic, Batman #27, sold more than 100,000 copies in January, something that hasn’t happened since August 2011; this follows a weak December in which only three comics broke the 100,000 mark. The retail news and analysis site also lists the top 300 comics and graphic novels for the month. [ICv2]

Creators | Batman writer Scott Snyder talks about his plans for Batman #28, writing the Riddler, working with artist Greg Capullo on the action sequences, and getting ready for Batman’s 75th anniversary. [Hero Complex]

Creators | Eugenia Williamson profiles Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, whose work as artists on the Adventure Time comics has brought them an unexpected measure of fame. [The Boston Globe]


Creators | Michael Cavna interviews writer Joshua Hale Fialkov about the superhero comic he’s writing for Dark Horse, Skyman, which features a guest appearance by President Obama and some interesting (if unintentional) parallels with the Edward Snowden affair. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Louisiana State University alum J.G. Jones, in town for Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, talks about how he broke into the business and what it’s like being an artist for series such as Wanted and Final Crisis. [The Daily Reveille]

Digital comics | Justin Stroman rounds up the legal online manga sites you probably didn’t even know existed. [Manga Bookshelf]


Manga | Japanese manga fans vote for their favorite creators; not surprisingly, Osamu Tezuka tops the list. [RocketNews 24]

Comics culture | Genevieve LeBlanc reports on Capital Geek Girls, an Ottawa organization that runs a Facebook group and blogzine for women who like comics and other nerdy things and sponsors Ladies Nights at a local comic shop. [Nerd Reactor]

Comics | The Australian government has created a digital graphic novel specifically designed to discourage Afghan people from seeking asylum in their country. It’s part of a graphic campaign on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website that also includes warnings that people who arrive in Australia by boat without a visa will be turned away; the comic depicts the miserable experiences asylum-seekers can expect in Australian detention centers. [The Guardian]