Graphic novels | The seventh volume of Sailor Moon was the top-selling graphic novel in bookstores in September, according to BookScan, followed by Naruto,Vol. 58, an Avengers character guide, the third volume of Batman: Knightfall, and vol. 3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise. ICv2 notes that, the Avengers book aside (and it is published by DK Publishing), Marvel is completely absent from the top ten, although DC makes a strong showing. [ICv2]
Creators | Hope Larson, who adapted Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time into graphic novel form, chats with Margaret Ferguson, her editor on the project. [Publishers Weekly]
Academics | Tom Spurgeon interviews Matt Silady, the creator of The Homeless Channel and the chair of the new comics program at California College of the Arts. [The Comics Reporter]
Creators | Stephan Pastis admits the success of his comic strip Pearls Before Swine had a lot to do with timing: It launched just before the syndication market started tightening up, and two popular strips, Foxtrot and The Boondocks, ended about that time, leaving an opening for a new comic. And Pastis would like to see more turnover. “We need more cartoonists to truly retire when they retire, and not run repeats,” he said. “Repeats are the absolute soul-crushing killers of the comics page.” [Comic Riffs]
Creators | Dean Haspiel talks about working in Walt Simonson’s studio — and being pranked by him on the job — as well as his collaboration with Harvey Pekar and what he is doing now. [ComicMix]
Creators | Rich Johnston chats with writer Glen Brunswick and artist Whilce Portacio about their new comic Non-Humans. [Bleeding Cool]
Creators | Jim Zubkavich discusses his writing process and his newest comic, Pathfinder, in the latest ComiXologist podcast. [comiXology]
Creators | Continuing a series of interviews conducted at the Small Press Expo, David Anderson talks to Stan Mack about Taxes, the Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels: “One thing to keep in mind with all books like this is that history is written looking backwards. So trying to imagine what we would be like sitting here, with knickers, those funny hats, and thinking the way they did then, having an English background, being colonists, it’s hard to put yourself exactly into those shoes, and so what we try to do is look back with some kind of sensibility of the reader, and interpreting the old days in a way that’s understandable today that doesn’t veer too far from the way it originally was.” [Spandexless]
Creators | Gerry O’Donnell wrote stories for Beano, Dandy, Whizzer and Chips, and other popular U.K. children’s comics of the 1970s and 1980s, and he is co-creator of Bananaman, but, as he recalls in an interview, his attempt to start his own comic fell apart due to squabbles among investors. [This Is Kent]
Criticism | The Hooded Utilitarian’s Anniversary of Hate culminates (I think) with a quasi-philosophical article Jones, one of the Jones Boys, asking whether there can be such a thing as “the worst comic of all time.” His answer involves lots of hate-slinging at specific comics and creators, which makes for an interesting read, even if there is plenty of room for disagreement. [The Hooded Utilitarian]
Art | Brecht Evens is designing a series of cartoon walls for buildings in Antwerp, Belgium. [Forbidden Planet]
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