Sales charts | Retailer-oriented ICv2.com trumpets that “Comic Sales Crash in May” as periodicals plummeted 19 percent from May 2008’s direct-market figures. That’s “the biggest year-over-year monthly decline” since the website began tracking sales. Graphic novels fell 13 percent, for a combined 18-percent drop.
Once again, no titles cracked the 100,000 mark; New Avengers #53, the top-selling monthly, moved an estimated 94,367 copies (and that’s with a variant cover). The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century — 1910 #1 led the graphic-novel chart with an estimated 36,546 copies. John Jackson Miller has additional analysis. [ICv2.com]
Fandom | Jason Notte turns to Wizard Entertainment’s Gareb Shamus, among others, for advice on comics as financial investments. The headline pretty much says it all: “Looking to Beat Stocks? Buy Comics Books.” Sigh. [TheStreet.com]
Awards | David Welsh plays odds-maker with the Eisner Awards’ manga category. [The Comics Reporter]
Publishing | Best-selling novelist Joseph Finder has collaborated with comics writer Brian Azzarello and artist Benito Gallego on an 11-page comic book called The Cowl that will be used to supplement and promote his upcoming thriller Vanished, which centers on an alienated teen who creates his own comic. [Publishers Weekly]
Publishing | Actor/author/talk-show host William Shatner will appear on The Tonight Show on Wednesday to promote the release of William Shatner Presents: Tekwar #1, from Bluewater Productions. [Bluewater Productions]
Creators | Longtime X-Men writer Chris Claremont continues his discussion about X-Men Forever, and drops a few names: “… we’ve got Paul Smith and Terry Austin doing an arc that picks up with Issue 6. We have feelers out to a number of top notch artists who might not be the ‘A’ list of people in the 21st century but, you know, we’ve got some classic surprises going on here. Imagine an arc by Mike Grell. That could be fun.” [BIFF BAM POP!]
Creators | Brian Heater wraps up his two-part interview with Bizarro creator Dan Piraro. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Creators | Writer Mike Carey discusses his new Vertigo series The Unwritten, as well as his Marvel work. [Examiner.com]
Manga | Deb Aoki recommends 12 kid-friendly books for summer reading. [About.com]
Manga | I love that The Toronto Star’s restaurant critic reviewed the food manga Oishinbo. [The Star]
Pop culture | Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Superman actor George Reeves. [Wired.com]
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