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Publishing | Direct-market comics sales fell 12 percent in July versus the previous year, with only Marvel's X-Men #1 breaking the 100,000-copy mark, thanks to incentive covers and heavy marketing behind a series relaunch. The sixth issue of DC Comics' summer crossover, Brightest Day, came in at No. 2 with about 94,600 copies.

The news is better in the graphic novel category, where sales climbed 3 percent, buoyed by strong performances by all six volumes of Scott Pilgrim -- the final book in the series debuted with sales of more than 21,000 -- and the 12th volume of The Walking Dead. Overall sales declined 9 percent in July. [ICv2.com]


Conventions | Wizard World Chicago Comic Con kicks off Friday in Rosemont, Illinois. Guests include Brian Azzarello, Art Baltazar, J. Scott Campbell, Gary Friedrich, Michael Golden, Mike Grell, Greg Horn, Joe Madureira, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jill Thompson and Ethan Van Sciver. [Daily Herald]

Organizations | The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has named Robert Corn-Revere as its new legal counsel. [press release]

Creators | Author Christopher Golden discusses Baltimore: The Plague Ships, the Dark Horse miniseries based on the Baltimore illustrated novel he wrote with Mike Mignola: "I spend a lot of my time looking at the old myths and the old folklore. I try to find the things that seem a little silly to me and expose them as silly, and then turn them into something fascinating. What we try to do in Baltimore is remind people that most stories have dark predecessors, grim folklore tales that are really creepy and entertaining." [USA Today]


Creators | Jeffrey Brown talks about his newest collection, Undeleted Scenes, the upcoming Cats Are Weird & Other Observations, Incredible Change-Bots and more. [TFAW.com]

Creators | Deb Aoki interviews Peepo Choo creator Felipe Smith about making manga in Japan, the grueling deadlines and his next projects. [About.com]

Creators | Chuck O'Donnell profiles longtime Archie Comics cartoonist Fernando Ruiz, who's drawing "The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E." arc in Archie. [NorthJersey.com]

Creators | Veronica cartoonist Dan Parent chats about Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first gay character. [Kentucky.com]


Comics | Rich George and Jesse Schedeen rattle off their picks for the best indie comics and the best Vertigo titles. [IGN.com]

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