Publishing | French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will release a special double-size issue on Jan. 6 commemorating the one-year anniversary of the jihadist attack on its Paris office by that left 12 people dead. One million copies will be produced of the issue, which will feature drawings by the cartoonists killed in the massacre, as well as illustrations by current staff members. A special “survivors issue” released after the attack sold 7.5 million copies worldwide. [The Guardian]
Conventions | The first day of Winter Comiket drew 150,000 attendees, down from last year’s first-day count of 180,000. Traffic was up the second day, however, with 170,000 people coming through the doors. [Anime News Network]
Graphic novels | The Book That Hitler Didn’t Want You to Read, out this month, is a comic about the time Adolf Hitler sued Alan Cranston — who, before he was a senator, was a journalist — for copyright infringement. In 1939, Cranston produced a tabloid-format version of Mein Kampf that focused on the racist and violent passages that the American publisher had edited out of the English-language edition. It sold a respectable half-million copies, but Hitler sued him for copyright violation and won. The graphic novel was produced by the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and is the first in a series of comics about how Americans reacted to the Holocaust and other genocides. [The New York Times]
Best of the year | Kate Dacey posts her picks for the best — and worst — manga of the year. [MangaBlog]
Best of the year | Rich Barrett’s list of the 25 best comics of 2015 includes a lot more variety than some of the other lists we’ve seen. [Mental Floss]
Year in review | Sean Kleefeld looks back at the year in webcomics. [FreakSugar]
Creators | Scott McCloud talks about storytelling in the comics medium on the Smart Talk podcast. [WITF]
Comics | Feel like taking a walk on the sordid side? K. Thor Jenson is here for you with a roundup of 11 tales of plagiarism, credit-grabbing, sexual harassment and just plain mismanagement within the comics industry. [Geek.com]
Graphic novels | Michael Dooley continues his series on books that push the boundaries of graphic novels with a look at Allan Amato’s Temple of Art, which features portraits of artists (including Bill Sienkiewicz and Molly Crabapple) altered by the subjects themselves. [Print]
Publishing | Sheldon Pearce talks to Tokyopop CEO Stu Levy about his plans for the company’s return in a very different form from its original incarnation as a manga publisher. [Vice]
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