Comics A.M. | Comics sales dip in September, graphic novels rise

Publishing| Comics sales in the direct market were down in September relative to last year, but that may be because the launch of DC's New 52 pushed sales unusually high in September 2011. Graphic novels were up by 14.4 percent, making for a slight uptick in the overall market. Year-to-date and third-quarter sales were also up by a goodly amount from last year. [ICv2]

Editorial cartooning | The position of editorial cartoonist as a staff job on a newspaper is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, but attendees at the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists meeting in Washington, D.C., don't seem too downhearted; new opportunities are opening up, and this year's presidential campaign is presenting them with plenty of material. "Times are tough for the old idea of cartoonists, but all kinds of other things have opened up," said cartoonist Chip Bok, "And editorial cartoons, all cartoons, are more popular than ever. You see them all over the Internet. The problem now is figuring out how to get paid." [Voice of America]

Conventions | Alex Zalben takes a look at the weirdest panels and events in this week's New York Comic Con. [MTV Geek]

Events | Didn't San Diego Comic-Con start this way? For the third year in a row, creator Chris Yambar hosted Lawn-Con, a comics gathering that takes place on his front lawn—but attracts creators and fans from miles around. [Youngstown News]

Events | 24-Hour Comics Day came early to Edmonton, Alberta, where over the weekend 19 artists participated in a comics marathon at Happy Harbour Comics to raise money for local literacy programs. [Edmonton Sun]

Creators | Clay Fernald gets some great quotes in his interview with Adrian Tomine, which covers the creator's work from Optic Nerve through his latest book, a collection of his New Yorker covers. [Dig Boston]

Creators | Hope Larson was in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the town where she was born, to do a signing of her adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time and stopped to chat with the University of North Carolina newspaper about how the state has influenced herk, what her favorite work is so far (Mercury), and how she feels about adaptations. [The Daily Tar Heel]

Creators | Letterer Joe Caramagna, who started out as an intern at Marvel, about how he does his job, how he gets lettering gigs, and what his priorities are: "I think the role of the letterer is to make sure the story is told as clearly as possible. For me, story trumps all. More than design, more than style, it’s the story." [The Beat]

Creators | Kristopher White talks about The Thirty Six, his Kickstarter-funded comic that is based on an ancient Kabbalistic legend. "I distinctly remember sitting in services and they were talking about this legend about 36 special people, destined to save the world, and it just hit me like a bolt of lightening. Literally, my head was buzzing with excitement and possibility. What if each of these people had a super power? Immediately, I went home and began to research the idea. Surely someone had already done this, I thought. It was just too obvious. After doing a little digging, I was pleasantly surprised to find that while the legend has been referenced in pop culture, no one had quite done it like this before." [Hero Complex]

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