Comics A.M. | <i>The Walking Dead</i> continues bookstore domination

Publishing | Continuing its domination of the graphic novel sales in bookstores, The Walking Dead laid claim to seven of the Top 10 spots on BookScan's April chart. The series, by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, took the first four positions. What's more, 12 of the Top 20 graphic novels were volumes of The Walking Dead. [ICv2.com]

Publishing | Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson talks to Right Stuf director of marketing and communications Alison Roberts about that company's announcement earlier this week that it will be publishing the first three volumes Hetalia: Axis Powers as a print-on-demand books. The series was originally licensed by Tokyopop, which is co-branding the books with Right Stuf. [MTV Geek]

Publishing | Sean P. Means looks at the history of DC Comics, Marvel, and the divide between fans of the two publishers' comics. [The Salt Lake Tribune]

Free Comic Book Day | Chris Sims picks the cream of this year's crop of Free Comic Book Day titles. [Comics Alliance]

Creators | Mark Medley posts more questionnaires from creators attending this weekend's Toronto Comics Art Festival. [National Post]

Creators | Mouse Guard creator David Petersen talks about his Free Comic Book Day story for Archaia Comics, which is pulling out all the stops and putting out a 48-page hardcover anthology this year. Peterson's story is told as a puppet show: "It meant building a model mouse marionette for reference and thinking through how the story could be acted out live with backdrops changing to switch locations between scenes. Though it was a gamble and a risk to tell the story this way, I really enjoyed it, not just for it's eccentricities, but also for trying to get drawings of wooden puppets to emote and tell a story worth telling." [Free Comic Book Day]

Creators | Cow Boy creator Nate Cosby talks about his contribution to the Archaia anthology as well. [Free Comic Book Day]

Creators | Steven Brower looks at the mass exodus of creators such as Lou Fine and Mort Meskin from comics to advertising in an image-rich post with plenty of examples of both media. [Slate]

Comics culture | Molly McIsaac looks at the growing superhero presence in the city of Seattle, where Phoenix Jones and his cohort have been patrolling the streets, dressed as superheroes, as a sort of citizen's watch. It hasn't worked out all that well, but in a dramatic twist, a super-villain, Rex Velvet, has emerged and thrown down a challenge to Jones. [iFanboy]

Manga | May is Mental Health Month, and since we all know laughter is the best magazine, Tony Yao lists some humor manga to chase away the blues. [Manga Therapy]

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