Comics A.M. | 'One Piece' edges out 'Attack on Titan' in Japan

Manga | The top-selling manga in Japan this year was One Piece, with nearly 11.9 million volumes sold; Attack on Titan came in a close second, with 11.7 million. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Jim Zubkavich updates his post from last year about the long-term sales and profitability of his series Skullkickers. There are some interesting angles to this, including the cost of his deluxe collected editions, the boost he got from his "reboot," and the importance of digital sales in the long term: "Since there’s no print run or storage limit with digital they continue to build profitability over the long haul (particularly with the early issues as new readers sample the series during comiXology sales). Many issues that lost money in their initial print release have been able to make back their losses thanks to digital." [Zub Tales]

Best of the year | Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Anya Ulinich's Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel are among The New York Times' "100 Notable Books of 2014." [The New York Times]

Best of the year | Laura Miller names 10 "spectacular graphic novels from 2014." [Salon]

Retailing | SuperHero Creamery has opened in Ashland, Kentucky, offering customers ice cream and coffee with their comic books. "Rebranded" ice cream flavors include Lois Lane’s Nilla Train, The Red Hood, Parker’s Web, Arthur Curry’s Fish Food, Hobgoblin’s Surprise, Catwoman’s Kitties & Cream and Harley Quinn’s Mint Mallet. [The Daily Independent]

Creators | Mike Mignola discusses returning to the early days of his signature creation with Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Creators | BoingBoing co-founder Mark Frauenfelder interviews Hip Hop Family Tree creator Ed Piskor in a 45-minute video shot during an appearance at Meltdown Comics. [Flog!]

Creators | Frederik Peeters talks about his work, specifically the sci-fi graphic novel Aâma and his memoir Blue Pills. [SF Signal]

Creators | Anees Zargar profiles Indian cartoonist Mir Suhail, who does his sketching in a local teashop and picks up ideas from the conversations of the people around him. [DNA of Srinigar]

Gift guides | Michael Sangiacomo suggests some comics, and books about comics. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Gift guides | Hillary Brown and Sean Edgar's suggestions include The Complete Zap Comix, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream and Megahex. [Paste]

Academia | Students at the University of Washington use comics to describe and explore the field of human-centered design. [University of Washington]

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