Comics A.M. | <i>The Walking Dead</i> bookstore streak; <i>Parker</i> delay

Retailing | Although the 14th volume of The Walking Dead wasn't released until June 21, it still managed to secure the No. 2 spot on BookScan's list of graphic novels sold in bookstores that month, behind the 51st volume of Naruto. It's the ninth consecutive month that at least one volume of the horror series has appeared in the BookScan Top 20, a run that began as marketing geared up for the AMC television adaptation. [ICv2.com]

Publishing | Darwyn Cooke has announced that the release of Parker: The Martini Edition will be postponed for a few months, and takes full responsibility for the delay. The book is now scheduled to debut at the Long Beach Comic Con in October [Almost Darwyn Cooke's Blog]

Publishing | John Jackson Miller looks at the history of comics numbering, which he traces back to dime novels of the 19th and early 20th centuries: "Comics are anomalous in American magazine publishing because most comics don’t use volume numbers and issue numbers that roll over ever year; rather, the numbers keep on going. In that, our numbering is much like that used for the cheap, disposable fiction of the earlier days." [The Comichron]

Creators | The Hollywood Reporter interviews The Walking Dead creator and Image partner Robert Kirkman about Comic-Con International, his favorite San Diego restaurant, what panel he'd stand in line for and his first CCI: "My first Comic-Con experience, in 2001, was absolutely horrible. I was a self-publisher doing a book called Battle Pope and I got far too big a booth for the popularity of my book and ended up losing quite a bit of money on that endeavor. In general, it was an amazing experience despite the relatively nerve-wracking loss of money at the time when I had relatively no income. I met a lot of people that were doing self-publishing at the time. I also got to meet some of the creators of Image Comics and talked to Erik Larsen to for a while, which ended up leading to me becoming a partner at that company." [The Hollywood Reporter]

Creators | Eva Volin interviews Colleen AF Venable, who is both the designer for First Second Books and the writer of Guinea Pig: Pet Shop Private Eye, a series of graphic novels that has a Pixar-like ability to appeal to both adults and kids. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | Jim Woodring introduces his Congress of the Animals and shows some of his preliminary sketches in a talk he gave at the Elliott Bay Book Co., captured on video by Ian Burns of Fantagraphics. [Flog! Blog]

Comic strips | Puzzled by Beetle Bailey? Check out these videos of Mort Walker explaining classic strips from the 1950 and 1960s. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Comics | Larry Cruz discusses, with pictures, the life and career of Krazy Kat, including its appeal to the intelligentsia. It's a good companion piece to last week's Comics College by Chris Mautner. [The Webcomic Overlook]

Manga | It didn't start with Sailor Moon: Molly McIsaac presents a short history of magical girl manga. [iFanboy]

Creators | Two manga artists, the winners of a competition sponsored by local businesses, are moving in to an apartment across the street from a legendary building where Osamu Tezuka and a host of other manga creators once lived. The idea seems to be support a tradition of comics creators in the neighborhood. [The Mainichi Daily News]

Reviews | Nina Stone reviews the fourth issue of Joe Casey and Mike Huddleston's Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker: "If this issue of Butcher Baker were a ride at a fair, it would be the Gravitron/Starship 4000." [Factual Opinion]

How-to | The Papier Boy has step-by-step instructions on turning garden gnomes into superhero garden gnomes. [Instructables]

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