The good folks at the American Booksellers Association have released the Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List for the two-month period ending January 22, 2012. I'm glad to see Habibi topping the list! Here's the top 10; click the link to visit the ABA page for the entire list.
Craig Thompson, Pantheon, $35, 9780375424144
Here's a very cool event coming up. If you're in the New York area, it's definitely worth checking out. The Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street) is giving comics fans a unique opportunity to watch the creative process unfold in the hands of some massively talented people, including Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Bob Wiacek, Chris Sotomayor, and John Workman. The entire day, called Comics Out Loud, will be curated by Danny Fingeroth.John Hogan
I had a lot of fun meeting Chris Wilson a few months ago at the Miami Book Fair, so I was thrilled to hear that he's recently been named the technology instructor for the Nixa, Missouri, public school system's new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) magnet school, which will include grades K through 6. The school will open next year.John Hogan
DC Entertainment is doing a very cool thing. It's teaming the Justice League with real-world charitable organizations Save the Children, MercyCorps, and International Rescue Committee to help raise money and awareness for hunger in the Horn of Africa (which includes Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya). Because they're facing a horrible drought, the worst in six decades, millions of people are in danger and facing starvation. DC is matching donations 100 percent (50 percent on items purchased).John Hogan
Earlier this year, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Joe Simon. It was one of the rare treats of my career. I was terribly saddened to hear the news today that he passed away at the age of 98. Joe was a true gentleman, a real legend in this industry and throughout the world, and he gave us all so much. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Joe.John Hogan
Two friends of the site have done some very good things recently, and I wanted to let you know about them.
First up, Robin Brenner has relaunched her graphic novel review site No Flying, No Tights and even revealed the survey results for graphic novels in libraries. It's chock full of interesting data for readers, so be sure to check it out.John Hogan