Comics A.M. | Kodansha's <i>Attack on Titan</i> tops 9 million in Japan

Publishing | Kodansha's Attack on Titan, the action-fantasy manga by Hajime Isayama, has sold more than 9 million copies in Japan, according to the Sports Nippon newspaper. The eighth volume was released last week in Japan; Kodansha USA will publish the second volume next month in North America. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Alex Zalben pays a visit to the Valiant offices and talks shop with editor Warren Simons: "Asking whether the idea was to set these up so that you can go right to TV, video games, or other properties, Simons strongly denies that was behind the relaunch. 'I think you have guys who really love comic books,' said Simons. 'I’m just interested in publishing comic books. Obviously in this space, in this day and age you want to pay attention to everything - just like everyone does. But I think it all derives from publishing ... [The publishers] just wanted to read comics about the characters that they loved growing up!'" [MTV Geek]

Comics | BBC News looks at how Scottish creators have helped to shape Judge Dredd over the past four decades. [BBC News]

Creators | Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples chat briefly about their acclaimed new sci-fi series Saga. "Brian wrote a new creature into issue #7, and when I read the description, I realized that Sextillion was just a test," Staples said. "Now that he knows I have no standards of decency and will draw literally anything to keep a job, readers are going to see some terrible, terrible things." [io9.com]

Creators | Marjane Satrapi discusses the live-action adaptation of her graphic novel Chicken With Plums -- she directed the film with Vincent Paronnaud -- Iran, her relatives and her attraction to dark characters: "As a child reading comics I was always bored by Superman with his curled hair, because he was all nice and tidy. I was in love with Batman because he was full of hate and he was in his tower in Gotham City and he had this Batmobile and he had some kind of bizarre relationship with Robin but nobody would say it. I have my dark side. You have your dark side. From the second that we have a brain, there are things that are not right—we are human beings with all these illusions and complexes and everything. That's attractive to me." [Mother Jones]

Creators | Mantorville, Minnesota, resident and Fables writer Bill Willingham is spotlighted by a local newspaper ahead of a book signing. [Post-Bulletin]

Creators | Public Radio International profiles Jessica Abel. [PRI]

Creators | Writer Jim Zubkavich and Paizo Publisher Erik Mona discuss the RPG adaptation Pathfinder, which debuts this week from Dynamite Entertainment. [TFAW.com]

Creators | Matt Dembicki talks about his new graphic novel Xoc, which tells the story of a shark's journey to the waters where it will give birth: "It goes back to that fascination/fear thing with sharks, especially great whites. We generally view them as villains, yet we have a soft spot for them and cheer for them when they face adversity. It’s what makes Shark Week on television so popular. I also find it a lot of fun to draw gapping jaws with rows of jagged teeth!" [Comic Attack]

Creators | Marc Tyler Nobleman discusses the contributions that Bill Finger made to Batman, and why it was that Bob Kane got the credit lines: "No documentation or contract survives relating to Finger and Kane's business relationship — but when Kane proposed that he put his own name on the character they created together, Nobleman says, Finger accepted. 'Partly because that's what was done at the time, but also partly because it was the end of the Depression and if you could get any work in your chosen field in the arts, you'd take it.'" Nobleman was promoting his new book, Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. [NPR]

Comic strips | Frank King's original Gasoline Alley strips are being sold off for fairly little money, and Ng Suat Tong takes the opportunity to look at them from a formal point of view, while admitting they aren't likely to make anyone rich as an investment. [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Creators | Former Marvel talent director Bon Alimagno interviews colorist Erick Arciniega, who works mostly on indy comics, and then, right there in the interview, gives Arciniega a critique and some advice on how to improve. Alimagno rounds out the column with some observations about managing Marvel's coloring corps. [iFanboy]

Comics | While most back issues are losing their value due to trade paperback collections and digital comics, Sean Kleefeld points to a handful that are unlikely to be reprinted or published digitally: Comics where someone else holds some of the rights, such as the Marvel Two-In-One that featured Doc Savage. [Kleefeld on Comics]

Oddities | The Star Trek Book of Opposites is more likely to give your child nightmares than teach basic concepts. [Ferret Press]

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