Top Shelf and ZIP team for Pekar's CLEVELAND

One of Harvey Pekar’s posthumous projects, CLEVELAND, will be published by a new publisher, ZIP, and distributed by Top Shelf. Drawn by Joseph Remnant, one of the Pekar Project artists (shown left and below), CLEVELAND is, as the title suggests, an ode to Pekar’s muse, the city of Cleveland, with a history including the Indians, the great Cuyahoga fire and more.

ZIP is owned by Josh Frankel, author of several self-published comics, who is looking to get increasingly involved with the publishing end. Top Shelf will offer publishing and marketing support.

Diamond: Comics and GNs soar in March

Diamond has released the figures for March and things are looking up — at least from February, with comics up 17.13 percent and graphic novels up 13.86 percent. But sales in the first quarter were still down from 2010: Comic sales declined by 8.57 percent and GNs declined by 7.24 percent. Marvel led the month ins dollars and units. PR and charts below. BUT, see John Jackson MIller’s analysis:

MoCCA 2011 Party Poop — UPDATED!

WOW — so much going on, as usual. Luckily, with a little cab fare, you can party hop and see ‘most everything: Strandicon, TWO Peter Bagge signings, a Strange Tales party, a wine tasting at MoCCA, the Rabid Rabbit release party, a kickoff concert and more more more!

UPDATED with a big opening at Tara McPherson’s new gallery.