Comics A.M. | Digital comics sales nearly tripled last year

Publishing | Sales of comics, graphic novels and digital comics totaled $750 million in 2012, making that year the best of the millennium so far for the comics business, according to the retail news and analysis site ICv2. Total print sales were estimated at $680 million and digital at $70 million, a hair over 10 percent of print and almost triple the 2011 total of $25 million. The website also breaks down the top properties in eight graphic novel categories (superheroes, genre, manga, etc.), based on interviews with retailers, distributors and manufacturers. Interestingly, Hawkeye is nestled at No. 7 on the list of Top 10 superhero properties, between Iron Man and Spider-Man. [ICv2]

Publishing | Torsten Adair takes a look at IDW Publishing's financials, and they're looking pretty good. [The Beat]

Retailing | Saying that video games, texting and digital comics have killed interest in collectibles, 80-year-old Joseph Liesner is closing his Sunnyside, Queens, store Comic Book Heaven after nearly three decades. “The store’s not making any money," he says, "and, besides, I’m as old as Methuselah." The store will remain open for another two months, with Liesner using the time to search for a much younger girlfriend via a sign in the window. [Sunnyside Post]

Creators | Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel talk about their revival of the classic Archie Comics superhero The Fox. [USA Today]

Creators | An exhibit of the works of the late cartoonist Frank Odoi will open Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya. Odoi, who died in a traffic accident last year, was best known for his comic Akokhan Lives, which drew upon the folk tales of his childhood in Ghana. [Standard Digital News]

Creators | Writer Matt Kindt and artist Marco Rudy discuss their five-issue miniseries Marvel Knights: Spider-Man. [MTV Geek]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon posts an in-depth interview with Maris Wicks, the artist for Primates, which was written by Jim Ottaviani. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Kung Fu Panda artist Len Wallace, who was born with a rare and life-threatening heart condition, has written a comic, The Zipper Club, based on his experiences as a counselor at a camp for children with heart defects. [Louisville Courier-Journal]

Creators | Snuffy Smith artist John R. Rose stopped by a local retirement home to talk about his work and how he landed the gig to begin with: He sent in some samples to the artist at the time, Fred Laswell, and got a phone call in return. "He liked the way I drew noses," Rose said. [Tricities.com]

Libraries | In addition to blogging at the Forbidden Planet blog, Richard Bruton is an elementary school librarian, and he presents a fascinating photo essay on his library that also serves as a "visual list" of graphic novels for children (because it looks like he has them all), as well as some thoughts on the nuts and bolts of managing graphic novels as part of a collection. [Forbidden Planet]

Manga | Akira Himekawa, a two-artist team that has been drawing Legend of Zelda manga for years in Japan, will illustrate the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic manga that will be published there later this year. [Anime News Network]

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