Sales charts | Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen slips 10 spots to No. 39 in its 26th week on USA Today’s list of the Top 150 books. The 33rd volume of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto, meanwhile, falls 72 places to No. 140.
And the latest installment of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, The Last Straw, debuts at No. 121, joining previous books The Diary of a Wimpy Kid (No. 98) and Rodrick Rules (No. 91). [USA Today]
Politics | Apparently President-elect Obama isn’t the only world leader/comic-book stars. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni appeared in two separate comics in 2007 and 2008. The first sold more than 200,000 copies, the second 100,000 and counting. [Top News]
Creators | Jamie Smart talks about working on Beano and The Dandy, reveals the return of Bear is “unlikely.” [Den of Geek]
Retailers | Rapper/comics writer Percy Carey chats with Ryan Liebowitz, owner of Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, about the climate of the comics market. [Complex]
Art and design | Letterer Nate Piekos has compiled a nice guide to comics-lettering “grammar and tradition.” [Blambot]
Art and design | Brian Wood walks through the logo treatment for John Paul Leon’s cover to DMZ #41. [Standard Attrition]
Contests | The Project: Rooftop website is playing host to a contest for artists to redesign the costume of Batman’s likely successor Dick Grayson. Prizes for “Batman 2.0: The Dynamic Do-Over” are being provided by Rogues Gallery of Round Rock, Texas. [Project: Rooftop]
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