Publishing | Marvel’s Secret Invasion miniseries dominated Diamond’s list of Top 10 comics sold last year in the direct market, claiming eight spots. DC Comics ruled the graphic-novel chart, led by Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke and Joker. Sales of graphic novels reportedly grew by 5 percent in 2008. [USA Today]
Politics | Marvel isn’t the only publisher with Inauguration fever. Dark Horse is sending President-elect Barack Obama 30 collections of Conan the Barbarian in a delivery orchestrated by film agent Ari Emanuel and his brother Rahm Emanuel, the new White House chief of staff. It’s been widely reported that Obama is a fan of Conan and Spider-Man comics. [The New York Times]
Books | Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid illustrated books have planted their flags on the bestseller lists, and sparked a reading craze among young children. The New York Times looks at the appeal of hapless protagonist Greg Heffley, and profiles the author. [The New York Times]
Creators | Writer Harvey Pekar premieres his opera Leave Me Alone! on Jan. 31 at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. “I don’t see myself as an opera guy,” he says, “although I’ve got a range of interests that might surprise some people.” [The Chronicle-Telegram]
Creators | Stan Lee tells that story about the birth of the Marvel Universe for the hundredth time, and talks a little about his relationship with the publisher, post-lawsuit, and the bankruptcy of Stan Lee Media. [Financial Times]
Year in review | The creators at Standard Attrition, including Jason Aaron, Brian Azzarello, Jock, G. Willow Wilson and Brian Wood, take a personal look back and a look ahead. [Standard Attrition]
Fandom | Where, oh where, have all the young collectors gone? [The Christian Science Monitor]
Pop culture | Video-game publisher Eidos is looking to give Lara Croft a makeover to, among other things, help the character appeal more to women. [Times Online]
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