Comics A.M. | 'Attack on Titan' invades bookstore chart

Publishing | ICv2 has Nielsen BookScan's Top 20 graphic novels for September, which reveals an interesting month for bookstore sales. First of all, there are five volumes of Attack on Titan on the list, which means 25 percent of September's list comes from one series -- and that series is not The Walking Dead. It sort of looks like the old days, with nine volumes of manga on the chart. What's more, the non-manga side is dominated by older titles: Watchmen, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Killing Joke, Fun Home... and a Garfield book. Once again, no Marvel releases -- and no new DC Comics books -- charted. [ICv2]

Conventions | ICv2 explains the significance of the partnership between Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo and Diamond Comic Distributors, and the article gives some background on the Expo, which started in 2011 and has grown quickly into a solid regional event. [ICv2]

Editorial cartoons | Another local editorial cartooning gig is gone, as Henry Payne stops drawing cartoons for The Detroit News, although he will continue to write for the editorial page and draw cartoons on national and international issues for United Feature Syndicate. [Deadline Detroit]

Creators | Alex Dueben talks to Jeff Smith about his series RASL, which is now complete and being published in a new color edition. [Suicide Girls]

Creators | Shondiin Silversmith profiles artist Jonathan Nelson, who has created a mostly wordless comic about modern life in the Navajo Nation with a sheep, named Jonesy, as the protagonist. [Navajo Times]

Creators | Forrest Helvie talks to Dark Horse editor Jim Gibbons and Mice Templar co-creators Bryan J.L. Glass and Victor Santos about their new series, Furious, which debuts in the December issue of Dark Horse Presents. [Sequart]

Creators | Rob Wood, who is publishing 36 Lessons in Self-Destruction, a collected edition of his Depressed Punx comics, just in time for the Locust Moon Comics Festival, talks about his upbringing in a family of artists and his struggles with alcoholism, mental illness, and homelessness, all of which are reflected in his comics. [Philadelphia City Paper]

Comics | Mega Man X is coming to Archie Comics, as a backup in the regular Mega Man series. Writer Ian Flynn and executive director of editorial Paul Kaminski talk about the new stories and tease the possibility of a standalone Mega Man X comic—and maybe more comics based on Capcomm properties. [IGN]

Comics | Sarah Dunn talks to Damon Keen, the co-editor of the New Zealand comics anthology Faction; you can download a free digital copy at the Faction website. [Nelson Mail]

Events | Artists in Fairbanks, Alaska, are prepping for 24 Hour Comics Day. [Daily News-Miner]

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