Comics A.M. | Marvel absent from August bookstore chart

Publishing | ICv2 notes the near absence of DC Comics and Marvel on the August BookScan chart, which tracks sales in bookstores. There were no Marvel titles in the Top 20, and the four DC titles -- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke and V for Vendetta -- were all evergreens, not new releases. Particularly noticeable by their absence were any volumes of Wolverine or Kick-Ass, properties with movies released in July and August, respectively. What's hot? Attack on Titan, apparently, with two volumes charting and Volume 1, which was released more than a year ago, getting stronger every month — which means new readers are finding the series now. Curiously, the series is not selling well in comics shops, perhaps because retailers simply aren't ordering it. Eight of the top 20 volumes were manga, including the top seller, the 62nd volume of Naruto. Chart mainstay The Walking Dead placed four books, including the nine-year-old first volume. [ICv2]

Publishing | Curious about the logistics of DC Comics' Villains Month 3D covers? Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio explain how they work, show off the five layers drawn for the Joker cover, and discuss the process of creating the covers, which used up an entire month's worth of plastic produced by a factory in China. [CNET]

Creators | Hillary Chute interviews Jules Feiffer. [Bookforum]

Creators | "I'm feeling crabbier every day," jokes Crankshaft artist Chuck Ayers, who spends his days drawing the world's most disgruntled bus driver. [The Independent]

Creators | Gene Luen Yang talks about his newest work, Boxers and Saints. [Comics Alliance]

Creators | Independent comics creator Carl Yonder talks about his series Pirate Eye, which is being published by Action Lab Entertainment, as well as the other series he's working on. [Washington City Paper]

Comics | Christian comics publisher Kingstone Comics recently released an iPhone app, and its comics are now available in 93 countries. [Deseret News]

Political cartoons | Picking up on the Economist story we linked Wednesday, Ahram Online tells the story of the 19th-century Syrian cartoonist Yaacoub Sannou, who published the satirical magazine Abou Naddara Zara (The Man with the Blue Eyeglasses) in Egypt and crusaded against the British occupation of Egypt. [Ahram Online]

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