Manga | Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has knocked longtime bestseller One Piece from the top of Japan’s manga charts. Market research firm Oricon reports that Attack on Titan, which has 13 volumes in print, sold 8,342,268 copies in the first half of the year, making it the bestselling series in Japan. One Piece, which has long held that title, sold 4,936,855 copies of 73 volumes, but it did top the charts for single-volume sales, with 2,825,339 copies sold of the latest volume. The numbers cover the period from mid-November to mid-May. [Anime News Network]
Publishing | DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee talks about his history with Batman in advance of DC’s 75th-anniversary celebration for the character. [Asbury Park Press]
Creators | Tom Spurgeon interviews Noah Van Sciver, whose second book with Fantagraphics, Saint Cole, was announced last week. His first book is The Hypo, a fascinating look at Abraham Lincoln as a young man. [The Comics Reporter]
Creators | Prolific writer Charles Soule continues his conversation with Hero Complex, this time focusing on his Marvel work with Inhuman, She-Hulk and Thunderbolts. [Hero Complex]
Creators | Actor David Henrie, best known for his role on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, discusses his upcoming BOOM! Studios miniseries Cloaks. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Creators | Brian Buccellato talks about his comics/film Kickstarter project, Sons of the Devil. [13th Dimension]
Awards | Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints was a fiction honor winner in the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. [Horn Book]
Events | Heidi MacDonald talks to Brien McDonald, the manager of BookCon, the consumer portion of this year’s Book Expo America. BEA is run by ReedPOP, organizers of New York Comic Con and Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, and BookCon is the company’s attempt to create a comic con-style event for readers of all types of books. [The Beat]
Conventions | Hartford Comic Con was expected to draw 8,000 people over the weekend, and reporter Savannah Mul dropped by to chat with cosplayers and a comics creator. [Hartford Courant]
Retailing | Kalispell, Montana, will soon have its own comic shop when Joe Knowles opens up Kalispell Comics. The store will carry new comics and back issues from Knowles’ collection, as well as Magic cards and other gaming supplies. [Daily Inter Lake]
Comics | Gigwise looks back at some of the best comic-book cameos by music stars, from Childish Gambino in The Li’l Depressed Boy to Bruce Springsteen in Transformers. [Gigwise]
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