Sales charts | Watchmen inches back up seven spots to No. 41 on USA Today's list of Top 150 best-selling books. The collection of the 1986 miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons has been on the chart for 30 weeks.
However, the bigger story may be that four volumes of Masashi Kishimoto’s insanely popular Naruto -- Vols. 34-37 -- all debut on the list this week, at Nos. 57, 55, 53 and 52, respectively. [USA Today]
Creators | Collaborators Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki discuss Billy Bat, and reaching the end of Pluto (which sees its North American debut next week from Viz Media). "For Japanese, Osamu Tezuka is known as the God of Manga. And for me, I wouldn't be doing this job if it hadn't been for him. To be given that major work to see through to the end--that's a lot of pressure," Urasawa says. "There was this one Tezuka fan that kept telling me his fans would hate what I was doing--and I realized only recently that Tezuka fan was actually me." [Daily Yomiuri]
Creators | Crime novelist and comics writer Duane Swierczynski explains the appeal of The Punisher: “With the Punisher you’ve always got to ask who’s he going to punish and how much they deserve it. And who are the motherfuckers who really need to be punished? I don’t want to say I want to go around killing people, but wouldn’t you like to see the Punisher pop into the offices of the major banks where they’ve taken public money and paid each other these billion-dollar bonuses and say, ‘Hi, guys. What’s going on?’” [Philadelphia Weekly]
Creators | Congratulations to Michael Kupperman and Muire Dougherty on the birth of their son, Ulysses Kupperman Dougherty. [FLOG!]
Creators | Guy Davis answers 13 vague, horror-themed questions. [Mania]
Fandom | Ben Morse pens an ode to Wally West: "... Wally West is just a dude. He's not super smart, but, again same as Nova, he's not an idiot. He's an average fella. He's not a genius or a dummy. He can think on his feet, but he needs Jay to do his science stuff. In other words: I feel like he could be me." [The Cool Kids Table]
Pop culture | MAD Magazine's cover tribute to Watchmen gives me the willies. [Slashfilm]