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Comics A.M. | May sales shatter records; Spiegelman joins Occupy Comics

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Publishing | May was a huge month for comics sales in the direct market, and John Jackson Miller quantifies just how huge: It was the biggest month for dollar sales in the “Diamond Exclusive Era” (i.e. since 2003): “Diamond’s Top 300 comics had orders totaling $25.72 million, an increase of 44% over last May and the highest total since Diamond became the sole distributor in 1997. It beats the total of $25.37 million set in December 2008.” [The Comics Chronicles]

Comics | Art Spiegelman is contributing a prescient New Yorker cover from 2001 to the Occupy Comics anthology; other creators who are contributing work include Alan Moore, Jimmy Palmiotti and Dean Haspiel. [Underwire]

History | Joe Sergi takes a look at the comics burnings of 1948, a series of disturbing events in which children, no doubt goaded on by well-meaning adults, collected comics door to door and then burned them in a public bonfire. [CBLDF]

History | Sean Kleefeld looks at how Marvel Comics got its name. [Kleefeld on Comics]


Creators | Brian Wood talks to Brian Truitt about The Massive, his new series about a group of environmentalists roaming the seas searching for their companion ship in the aftermath of environmental apocalypse. “‘For a hard-core dedicated environmentalist of the direct-action kind, this is what they’ve devoted their life to. And they’ve fundamentally failed,’ Wood explains. ‘What do you do when you so closely identify with a cause, and now that’s passed you? How do you redefine yourself? That’s the human side, the personal side, of the story.'” [USA Today]

Creators | Matt Kindt, who takes over writing Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. with Issue 10, discusses his plans for a new backstory, more witty repartee and more “alone time” with the Creature Commandos. [USA Today]


Creators | Bryan Young talks to incoming Superman writer Scott Lobdell about his plans for the series: “Let me say that there will be tweaking aplenty — but I think it is going to be in terms of tone and attitude and not in history or continuity. We have no plans to reveal Lois is Superman’s daughter from an alternate future or that Perry White is actually an amnesic Jonathon Kent who has been in witness protection. But yes, you’ll see from the very first issue — in fact, even in the Annual and the Zero issue before it — a Superman that is going to feel very of the moment.” [Big Shiny Robot]

Creators | Tim Decker, who writes illustrated books for children about adult topics, talks about his picture books, his new graphic novel The Punk Ethic, and his writing process: “I’m not a linear writer. I imagine a scene and start typing until I’ve squeezed everything into it. That causes me to think of another scene, which I then write. Once I have a pile of scenes, I can see how they relate to one another, then write scenes to sew it together. It’s a messy, organic process that requires brutal editing.” [Chasing Ray]

Creators | Writer Jamie Rich (Spell Checkers, Bobby Pins and Mary Janes) is taking commissions — writing commissions. [Confessions of a Pop Fan]


Comics | Spandex creator Martin Eden talks a little about his favorite gay and lesbian comics characters, from Maggie Chascarillo and Renee Montoya to Northstar and Eden’s own Prowler. [Flavorwire]

Reviews | Bill Kartalopoulos turns a critical eye on three recent compilations of work by Rory Hayes, Daniel Clowes and George Herriman. [Imprint]

Webcomics | Shaenon Garrity writes short, witty reviews of a selection of webcomics suggested by readers. [The Comics Journal]

Commentary | Steve Morris rounds up reactions to Guillem March’s anatomically improbable Catwoman cover, which combines the infamous “brokeback pose” with a pneumatic Power Girl look. [The Beat]