Comics A.M. | Strong month in bookstores for female creators

Graphic novels | ICv2 has the January graphic novel chart from Nielsen BookScan, which tracks sales in book channels. Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? tops the list, with the fourth volume of Saga coming in second, and the 22nd volume of The Walking Dead in third. The list is a bit different from previous months because the chart began including nonfiction graphic novels just last month, and going forward ICv2 will break the titles into three categories: superhero/genre, manga and "author" graphic novels. The retailer-oriented website throws in some interesting bits of analysis, including the fact that six of the Top 20 titles -- including books No. 1 and 2 -- had female creators or co-creators. [ICv2]

Awards | Longtime MAD Magazine cartoonist Mort Drucker has been named as the first recipient of the National Cartoonists Society's Medal of Honor. [Comic Riffs]

Digital comics | Kelley Allen, director of ebooks for Humble Bundle, explains how the company's digital comics sales work, which comics bundle has grossed the most so far (Doctor Who), and what happens after people buy the comics. [ICv2]

Creators | Carolyn Belefski talks about receiving the email asking her to make comics for the White House, and how she developed the characters once the project was under way. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Miss Lasko-Gross discusses her latest work, Henni, the story of a young girl struggling against religious fundamentalism in a world that's drawn from several cultures. [The Jewish Daily Forward]

Creators | Noah Van Sciver, whose Saint Cole is just out from Fantagraphics, talks about his work so far, his ambitions and the possibility that he might leave Denver. [The Denver Post]

Creators | Eric Powell discusses the latest arc of The Goon, which may be the last: "As I started working on it, I started seeing that it was a final chapter, that I had been setting up from the very beginning. I realized that I shouldn’t fight this; I should go with it. I should let this be a final chapter. So I am. I’m running with it, letting the story do what I think it needs to do. We’ll see how it goes from there." [Paste Magazine]

Retailing | Thank You Comics, in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, is closing its doors after two and a half years in business. [The Eastsider]

Retailing | River City Comics + Games in Natomas, California, has also closed; owner Joseph Scheib cites a rent increase, which prompted a move, a burglary and declining revenues. [The Natomas Buzz]

Retailing | Kevin Carter interviews Jamil, the owner of the only local comic shop in Bangladesh. [Bleeding Cool]

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