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Awards | Matt Phelan's The Storm in the Barn last week became the first graphic novel to win the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. However, some are questioning whether the book, which contains a fantasy element, should qualify for the prize.

Established in 1982 by Scott O’Dell, author of Island of the Blue Dolphins, the $5,000 award is given to works of historical fiction for young people written by U.S. citizens, released by a U.S. publisher and set in South, Central or North America. [School Library Journal, Good Comics for Kids]

Publishing | Editor & Publisher, the venerable trade magazine of the newspaper industry, was purchased Thursday by Duncan McIntosh Co., and will resume publication online and in print. E&P and sibling magazine Kirkus Reviews were closed last month after former owner Nielsen Media Business failed to find buyers. [Editor & Publisher]

Retailing | New York City retailer Jim Hanley's Universe its bestselling graphic novels for the year. Spoiler alert: Watchmen was No. 1. [Jim Hanley's Universe]

Best of the year | Joe Gordon and Dave Carter select their favorite comics (and other forms of entertainment) from 2009. [Forbidden Planet International, Yet Another Comics Blog]

Sales charts | R. Crumb's The Book of Genesis Illustrated stands firm atop the hardcover category on The New York Times' graphic-books bestseller list. Meanwhile, the 11th volume of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead and the fourth volume of Naoyuki Kageyama's Yu-Gi-Oh! debut at No. 1 on the paperback and manga charts. John Layman and Rob Guillory's Chew, whose first collection debuts this week at No. 7 on the paperback list, also receives a spotlight from George Gene Gustines. [The New York Times]

Creators | The Portland State University student newspaper spotlights writer Brian Michael Bendis, who's teaching a class this semester. Also, I didn't realize the Multiversity Comics interview with Bendis I liked to the other day is part of a multi-part Q&A. You can read more here. [Daily Vanguard]

Creators | Deb Aoki talks with writer Jason Thompson about his new shonen manga-style title King of RPGs. [About.com]

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