Publishing | Helped by March's five Wednesdays, sales of periodical comics jumped 20 percent last month, while graphic novels dropped 10 percent. Combined, sales were up 11 percent over March 2009.
The final issue of DC's Blackest Night led Diamond's Top 300, selling an estimated 135,000 copies, followed at No. 2 by Marvel's Siege #3 with about 113,000. Retail news and analysis website ICv2.com notes that "publishers show no signs of being able to shake their addiction to the use of variant covers as their primary sales incentive," as DC used 1-in-25 variants to increase sales of its Blackest Night and Rise and Fall tie-ins, while Marvel turned to 1-in-15 Deadpool variants to boost sales of its Siege books. Multiple covers also paid off for Dynamite Entertainment, whose Kevin's Smith Green Hornet #1 landed on the chart at No. 20, with about 54,000 copies.
The graphic-novel chart was topped by Marvel/Icon's Kick-Ass premiere hardcover, with about 7,200 copies, followed by the sixth volume of Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, with about 7,000. [ICv2.com]
Awards | Political-cartoon animator Mark Fiore has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, becoming the first cartoonist to win exclusively for animated work. "It was surprise/shock," Fiore tells The Washington Post's Michael Cavna. "You obviously go over [winning a Pulitzer one day] in your head, but you try to push that out of your head as much as possible. So basically, I was shocked." Fiore's self-syndicated cartoons appear on SFGate.com, Slate.com, CBSNews.com, Motherjones.com and the NPR website. [The Daily Cartoonist, Comic Riffs]
Publishing | Andrew Bayer considers the pricing of digital comics offered through Marvel's new comics application. [4thletter!]
Publishing | Teshkeel Publisher Naif al-Mutawa discusses The 99, his comic and soon-to-be animated TV series about Islamic superheroes. [The Atlantic]
Conventions | Maddy Meyers explores last weekend's Boston Comic Con. [The Boston Phoenix]
Creators | Matthew Meylikhov posts a video interview with artist J.H. Williams III conducted during last weekend's Boston Comic Con. [Multiversity Comics]
Pop culture | Lon S. Cohen profiles retired Honolulu Police Detective Chris Duque who, after helping writer B. Clay Moore with some research, became a character in the Hawaiian Dick series. [The Huffington Post]