Passings | Prominent manga creator and essayist Murasaki Yamada died Tuesday in a hospital in Kyoto, Japan. She was 60. [Anime News Network]
Sales charts | Watchmen barely clings to USA Today’s bestseller list, falling 37 places to No. 147. However, the Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons collection again tops Bookscan’s graphic novel chart for April, followed by lots and lots of Naruto.
It’s perhaps interesting to note that Watchmen is the only superhero title in the Bookscan Top 20, and that it, Star Trek: Countdown (No. 10) and V for Vendetta (No. 18) are the only non-manga. [USA Today, ICv2.com]
Publishing | Bluewater Productions President Darren G. Davis talks about the company’s Female Force line of books. [Graphic Novel Reporter]
Publishing | Arcana Studio founder Sean O’Reilly speaks briefly about submissions and working with creators. [ComicsCareer.com]
Publishing | A handy roundup of links to publishers’ upcoming books listings on Amazon.com. [I Love Rob Liefeld]
Conventions | The National Post continues its preview of this weekend’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival with interviews with creators Ian Sullivan Cant, Jim Ottaviani, Steve Rolston, Faith Erin Hicks, Kid Koala and Carla Speed McNeil. Torontoist also looks at the event. [Toronto Comic Arts Festival]
Creators | Geoff Boucher profiles legendary comics creator Jerry Robinson, focusing on the exhibit “ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950,” and Robinson’s contribution of The Joker to Batman lore and popular culture: “We had no idea, of course, that we’d still be talking about him all these years later. When I think of the money from that movie — a billion dollars…I get a chill when I hear that. We should have copyrighted what we had done. But of course, we didn’t know. We were young and no one could have seen all of this… it was a new industry and we were pioneering a new mythology. We had no past so we had very few rules. We also didn’t expect any of it to last.” [Hero Complex]
Creators | Pádraig Ó Méalóid continues his conversation with Alan Moore, this time concentrating on the writer’s upcoming projects, such as The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic and Jerusalem. [Forbidden Planet International]
Creators | Rick Geary discusses The Adventures of Blanche, adapting classic novels, and the next installment of his Twentieth Century Murder series. [Graphic Novel Reporter]
Comics | Graeme McMillan looks at some of the high and low points from four decades of Star Trek comics. [io9.com]
Art | Letterer Todd Klein walks through his creation of a new logo for Marvel’s Two-Gun Kid. [Todd Klein]
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