Graphic novels | Once again, Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? leads the BookScan list of the top-selling graphic novels in bookstores. Volumes one and two of March also did well on the February chart, placing third and fourth, respectively. All four volumes of Saga made the list, along with three volumes of The Walking Dead and, shockingly, just one of Attack on Titan. [ICv2]
Creators | Jeff Lemire began getting calls from Hollywood even before the first issue of his new series Descender, a collaboration with artist Dustin Nguyen, came out. But while they sold the film rights to Sony Pictures, Lemire is determined the comic will come first: “I think one of the biggest things that went into us choosing Sony [was], we made it very clear — and they were very receptive — that we were going to tell the comic book the way we wanted to tell the comic. Meaning, if in the comic we wanted to veer left and they wanted to go right with the movie, we could do that.” [Comic Riffs]
Creators | Artist Shawn Martinbrough discusses his work on Thief of Thieves, Detective Comics and a host of Marvel titles. [The Shadow League]
Creators | Ed Piskor talks about his love of hip hop and the research he conducted for Hip Hop Family Tree. [KPCC]
Creators | E.K. Weaver, whose work will be featured at the upcoming STAPLE Independent Media Expo in Austin, Texas, talks about sexism in the comics world, her favorite comics and her own comic, The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal. [Austin Chronicle]
Creators | Korean cartoonist Byun Ji-min eavesdrops on history in her webtoon Joseon Kingdom Annals Talk, in which she takes historical records of conversations between the Joseon kings and their ministers and renders them as text chats; the takeaway from this is that the king is not unlike you and me, especially if he has a smartphone. She started posting the cartoons on her Facebook page and now they are carried by the Korean portal Naver. [Korea Times]
Comics | Hungry? Matt White rounds up 13 food-themed comics that are worth a look. [Publishers Weekly]
Manga | Deb Aoki talks with Stacy King and Eric Ko of Udon Entertainment about their line of manga adaptations of Western classics, such as The Scarlet Letter, Pride and Prejudice and Les Miserables. “Sometimes it’s hard for today’s young, visually literate readers to look at a wall of text and see that it’ll have action and adventure, romance and drama, which all these classic books have,” King said. [Publishers Weekly]
Conventions | Wayne County Community College’s Downriver campus in Michigan is planning a comics convention later this year; the college has reached out to artist Tony Miello, one of the organizers of the now-defunct Detroit FanFare, to help put it together. [The News Herald]
Exhibits | At the age of 83, former DC artist Jose Delbo is staying busy re-creating his comic works on canvas, including an adaptation of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine that he did for Gold Key Comics. His works are among those included in an exhibit titled “The Art of Pop and Comics” at the Coral Springs Museum in Coral Springs, Florida. [Florida Sun Sentinel]
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