Manga | Kentaro Miura’s action-fantasy manga Berserk has 35 million copies in print — 27 million in Japan, and 8 million overseas — Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine announced today. Miura returned to the series this week after a 10-month hiatus. The manga, which centers on a pair of mercenaries in a medieval Europe-inspired fantasy world, debuted in 1989; 37 volumes have been released to date. Dark Horse holds the license to Berserk in North America. [Anime News Network]
Crime | Russell Brandom and Colin Lecher describe a fascinating case in which comics figured in two types of crimes, money laundering and theft of evidence. Along the way, they explain the importance of grading, how slabbing works, and why it’s pointless to steal a really valuable comic that’s already known to collectors. [The Verge]
Publishing | Thomas Ragon, directeur de collection at the French publisher Dargaud, talks about his job, which includes selecting which works to publish, seeing them through the editorial process, and publicizing them at the other end. [Comics and Cola]
Creators | The Vancouver, Washington, newspaper a nice piece on local residents Ariel Cohn and Aron Nels Steinke, who won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers for their book The Zoo Box. Both are teachers, and they worked on the book in their spare time. Cohn said they deliberately made the book a little scary, even though it’s for youngsters: “Children like to be scared and like a little bit of spookiness. I know with my son, I don’t want to hide the world from him. It’s okay to experience emotions like being afraid of something, being sad. Everything just can’t be happy, jolly all the time.” [The Columbian]
Creators | I spoke with writer Bill Willingham about the end of Fables. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | Andy Oliver profiles Lucy Bellwood, creator of Baggywrinkles, a comic about real life on tall ships. [Broken Frontier]
Creators | Zainab Akhtar interviews Kris Mukai, creator of Commuter and Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness, about the creative and business sides of her work. [The A.V. Club]
Creators | Ari Shapiro interviews Korean cartoonist Huh Youngman, who has been drawing cartoons about Korean life for more than 50 years. [NPR]
Creators | A coroner in Bermuda has determined that cartoonist Peter Woolcock died of natural causes. Woolcock, who was 88, died in December 2014 in what was initially thought to be a traffic accident. The coroner stated that “Mr Woolcock fell from the sidewalk onto a passing car, likely due to a pre-existing medical condition he was suffering from at the time and, as such, the Coroner has ruled his death was by natural causes.” [The Royal Gazette]
Comics | Nathanael Arnold rounds up five comics-format or comics-themed cookbooks. [Culture Cheat Sheet]
Conventions | The lineup for the Gen Con panel on “Writing Women Friendly Comics” was initially all male — admittedly, males who do indeed write “women-friendly” comics, but still … Gen Con’s Mark Tassin explained that organizers had reached out to a number of women creators, but they were all too busy, which is actually kind of a good thing. In the end, thanks to the article, some women reached out to Gen Con and the panel will now include female representation. [The Mary Sue]
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