Comics A.M. | <i>The Walking Dead</i> climbs atop bookstores sales chart

Retailing | Although the 16th volume of The Walking Dead wasn't released until June 19, 11 days' worth of sales was enough to propel the latest collection of the horror series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard to the top of BookScan's chart of graphic novels sold in bookstores June. Four volumes of the popular series, including the first one, appear in the Top 20. [ICv2.com]

Publishing | Hermes Press, which has been publishing the vintage Buck Rogers collections, has announced a new Buck Rogers project: An original comic series written and drawn by Howard Chaykin, one that Publisher Dan Herman promises will be strongly reminiscent of the original. [ICv2]

Publishing| The animation studio Klasky Csupo, which gave us The Wild Thornberrys and Rugrats, is branching out in a number of different directions, including print and digital comics. Its first comic is Ollie Mongo, which stars a blue zombie skateboarder. [USA Today]

Retailing | "I started out the youngest guy in comics and I'm not quitting till I'm the oldest," says Lee Hester, the owner of two Lee's Comics shops in Mountain View and San Mateo, California. Hester was 21 when he opened his first store and is "still spry at 51" as he celebrates its 30th anniversary. [San Jose Mercury News]

Conventions | Robin Brenner explains how the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, or TCAF, manages to pull off a free comic event in a public library during operating hours, and what makes the show so special that it drew 18,000 attendees this year. [American Libraries Magazine]

Creators | Peter Bagge talks about digital comics, the direct market, and what he really thinks about Comic-Con International in the latest of a series of pre-convention interviews with creators. [Technorati]

Creators | Alex Ziebart talks to Micky Neilson, the writer of Pearl of Pandaria, the graphic novel based on a portion of Blizzard's World of Warcraft vide0-game franchise. Neilson explains how the story fits into the world of WoW and what readers can expect. [Joystiq]

Creators | Joe McCulloch interviews Hellboy contributor Richard Corben about his latest project, a series of short adaptations of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. [The Comics Journal]

Graphic novels | Matt White discusses the evolution of Harvey Pekar's Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, from its original concept as part of a larger work to the finished book, which was completed after Pekar's death in 2010. [Publishers Weekly]

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