Comics sales | Torsten Adair takes a snapshot of what graphic novels were selling best on the Barnes & Noble website last week, and the results look very good if you’re Robert Kirkman: Thirteen out of 20 graphic novels to make the Top 1000 books were volumes of The Walking Dead, and overall, hardcovers outsold paperbacks. So maybe the zombie thing isn’t totally over? The top-selling graphic novel isn’t even out yet: It’s the graphic novel adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. Both that and The Walking Dead Compendium cracked the Top 100, which includes all books, not just graphic novels. [The Beat]
Digital comics | Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times says the new iPad improves the comic reading experience: “But the iPad’s new Retina Display throws the door to digital comic books wide open. The experience of reading a comic book on either of the first two generations of iPads was, at best, adequate. If your vision is good and you’re willing to squint a little, you can possibly read comics in fullpage mode. Halfway through the first issue of a story arc, though, you’ll stop being a hero. If you’re using an open comic book editor, you’ll start zooming and scrolling. If you bought your comics from the Comixology mode, you’ll switch to their guided panel view mode.” [Chicago Sun Times]
Digital comics | A variety of creators and Iowa retailers agree that digital comics are increasing the size of the market, and that there will always be a demand for paper comics in one form or another. [Iowa City Press Citizen]
Comic strips | Michael Cavna rounds up the reactions to last week’s Doonesbury, which took on the subject of laws that make women (and their doctors) go through a series of unnecessary procedures as a prerequisite to an abortion. Final tally: Over 60 papers pulled the strips, but nobody cancelled it; to put this into perspective, Doonesbury runs in 1,400 papers. Cavna also covers some of the commentary, including Pat Bagley’s editorial cartoon that incorporated one of the strips that his paper, The Salt Lake Tribune, refused to run on the comics page. [Comic Riffs]
Comic strips | Tom Yeates has been chosen as the new artist for Prince Valiant, taking over from Gary Gianni. The strip will continue to be written by Mark Schultz. [Tom Yeates]
Creators | Gavin Lees talks to Edinburgh native Karrie Fransman about her very strange graphic novel The House that Groaned, about an old house that is falling apart on the inside, forcing the people who live in its six apartments into closer contact with one another. [Graphic Eye]
Creators | Rhymes With Orange creator Hilary Price talks about the greatest challenge she faces as a comic strip creator: “The deadline, seven comic strips a week. You have to build up your creative muscle to keep pumping them out. And when it becomes your vocation, versus your calling, gone are the days when creativity visits you. You have to actively visit it.” [masslive.com]
Creators | Former Robot 6 contributor Sean T. Collins interviews emerging cartoonist Johnny Negron. [The Comics Journal]
Reviews | Michael Buntag reads two komiks from the Philippines, WIP (Work in Progress) #1 and Trese: Last Seen After Midnight. [NonSensical Words]
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