Publishing | With the release today in Japan of the 60th volume of One Piece, 200 million copies of Eiichiro Oda’s hit comedy-adventure will have been published. What’s more, this volume’s 3.4 million copies will break the record set by the previous volume. As of late August, One Piece had sold 20 million copies in 2010 alone — four times that of Naruto, the second-highest selling manga. On a related note, a 35-year-old Japanese man was arrested for copyright violation for allegedly distributing four manga, including the 59th volume of One Piece, online. [Japanator, The Mainichi Daily News]
Crime | Six people accused in the July robbery of a 77-year-old New York comics collector who died of a heart attack hours later could be charged with murder if police can link the crime to his death. [Democrat and Chronicle]
Conventions | Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus announced he has acquired the two-year-old NOLA Comic-Con, which will become part of the Jan. 29-30 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con. [press release]
Publishing | The first volume of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim ended its four-month reign as the top graphic novel in bookstores, dethroned by the 49th volume of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto. Scott Pilgrim maintains a steely grip on the BookScan chart, though, claiming six of the Top 10 spots. [ICv2.com]
Retailing | Mike Sagert, convention organizer and former owner of Dream Days in Syracuse, N.Y., is profiled in article that includes quotes from Kurt Busiek and Tom Peyer. [The Daily Orange]
Creators | Brian Heater kicks off a four-part interview with Jaime Hernandez. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Creators | Douglas Wolk talks with Sarah Glidden, creator of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less: “A lot of the cartoonists whose work I love tend to find interesting ways to represent their thoughts. I love how Gabrielle Bell blurs the line between “real life” and imagination. Sometimes you read her work and wonder whether this or that situation actually happened to her, or whether it was a dream or fantasy. But in the end, does it really matter? It was part of her experience of the world. Then there’s Kevin Huizenga, who uses form in comics to pick apart the way the mind works in a more universal way, how our thoughts fold back on themselves. Or what rumination would look like if you could diagram it. It’s not that I think my work is similar, but reading comics like that has shown me how perception can be something worth investigating with comics.” [Techland]
Creators | Marc Librescu continues his three-part conversation with Bizarro cartoonist Dan Piraro. [TCJ.com]
Creators | Mike Russell chats with Berkeley Breathed about Bloom County, the IDW collections, Charles Schulz, and reclusive Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson: “The boy has gone to ground. We exchanged a large number of letters many years ago, where he’d penned brilliant, hilarious, deeply cruel cartoons of me or Opus at both our expenses. But now? Only quiet. I’ve got a very solid report that he was seen working at a Six Flags doing caricatures for 5 bucks. I’m serious. They said he looked really happy, albeit completely insane. I put out a bowl of milk for him on the porch on warm summer nights.” [AICN.com]
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