Publishing | The 59th volume of Eiichiro Oda’s wildly popular pirate series One Piece will set a manga record with a 3.2-million copy first printing from Japanese publisher Shueisha. The previous record of 3.1 million copies was held by the 58th volume of the series. [Anime News Network]
Publishing | Mary Ann Gwinn spotlights the partnership between Fantagraphics Books and Rosebud Archives to publish archives of vintage comics. [The Seattle Times]
Comic strips | Craig Schulz, son of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, discusses the “Peanuts on Parade” public art project, David Michaelis’ controversial book Schulz & Peanuts: A Biography, and caring for his father’s legacy: “Our biggest fear has always been somebody buying up the rights and us not having any control. We’d rather have this property make $10 million a year for 50 years, than make $100 million in one year and walk away from it.” [The Press Democrat, via Journalista]
Conventions | Surprising virtually no one, San Diego’s hotel occupancies were the highest in the nation between Wednesday and Saturday nights during Comic-Con International. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]
Digital comics | John P. Mello Jr. declares Marvel the winner in the “epic battle of iPad comic apps.” [MacNewsWorld]
Digital comics | Charlie Sorrel reviews the new ComicBookPad app from Developica. [Gadget Lab]
Creators | Jonathan Hickman talks at length about his work for Marvel on such titles as Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Ultimate Thor, and how his mainstream success has affected sales of his creator-owned titles: “I think the real test of how my creator-owned work is going to be received is when we actually launch new stuff at the end of the year, and see how that does. I think that’ll be a better barometer. I don’t think I could sell less [because of my Marvel work]. Listen, I know people lose their shirt over at Image because they’re not aware of the financial realities of publishing an indie book. There are tricks that you can do when you publish and when you print and all that kind of stuff that most people don’t take into consideration, or [else] they’re not very good at accounting. I’m fortunate to be married to a nice lady who is very good at that stuff. I’ve made money on everything I’ve done at Image. The only thing that hasn’t made good money has been Transhuman, but again, I think that book will find its audience with time.” [Comics Alliance]
Creators | Brian Heater wraps up his four-part interview with Dean Haspiel. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Creators | Cartoonist Ralf Koenig discusses coming out, turning 50, and his influential gay comics. [Deutsche Welle]
Creators | Artist Ian Culbard chats briefly about collaborating with Ian Edginton on a series of Sherlock Holmes graphic novels for Self Made Hero. [BBC]
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