Comics | A “very fine”-rated copy of Action Comics #1 sold at auction Monday for $1 million, breaking the previous record price for a comic book. The names of the buyer and seller weren’t released.
The previous record for the most expensive comic was held by another copy of Action #1, which sold last year for $317,000. About 100 copies of the issue are known to exist, and only two are graded “very fine” or higher. John Jackson Miller provides analysis. [Times Online, Hero Complex]
Business | Sean Kleefeld gets details from Wowio CEO Brian Altounian about his efforts to secure financing for the e-book publisher. Altounian, who purchased the struggling company in July from Platinum Studios, will retain a majority interest. [Kleefeld on Comics]
Awards | The manga nominees have been announced for Japan Expo, the Japanese pop-culture convention held each year in Paris. The winners will be announced at the event in July. [The Comics Reporter]
Creators | Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik discuss their new book The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade: The 11 1/2 Anniversary Edition, which details the history of the webcomic. [Splash Page]
Creators | David Harper continues his multi-part interview with writer Jason Aaron, this time focusing on Scalped and Punisher MAX: “Scalped has been really gratifying because I was completely unknown when it started and [artist R.M.] Guera was unknown in the States. The deck was kind of stacked against us, but we’ve been able to find an audience. It’s not a 150,000 strong audience, but we’ve found a solid audience who don’t just seem to like the book but a lot of people who really seem to love the book and get into it. They talk about it online and spread the word and hand their trades out to friends and all that kind of stuff. That’s been incredibly gratifying and what’s kept us alive. It keeps our audience growing…trades continue to sell really well. It’s been really gratifying.” [Multiversity Comics]
Creators | Writer Brian Wood talks about his Vertigo Viking series Northlanders as it reaches its 25th issue. [Comics Alliance]
Creators | Brian Heater presents the third installment of his interview with Afrodisiac and Street Angel cartoonist Jim Rugg. [The Daily Cross Hatch]