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SDCC ’14: Middle Grade Extravaganza – panel recap

By Matthew Jent This Sunday morning panel was moderated by David Mariotte of San Diego’s own Mysterious Galaxy, a bookstore that specializes in “Martians, Murder, Magic & Mayhem.” “Middle Grade Extravaganza” focused on the books and series for a pre-Young Adult audience, and the panelists were a mix of prose authors and graphic novelists, including […]

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The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 5: Chuck Palahnuik

Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part five of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special podcast, Calvin Reid interviews award-winning author Chuck Palahnuik about his decision to write the […]

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SDCC ’14: Careers in Creativity

  By: Nick Eskey In today’s world, with the level of connectivity we all share, and all the available options for entertainment, there is a greater need to stand out from the competition. To achieve this, there’s a greater need for creativity. Creative jobs exist in all different avenues, whether it be comics, movies, television, […]

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SDCC Discusses Blake J. Harris’ “The Console Wars,” with guests.

By: Nick Eskey Once upon a time, Nintendo resurrected what remained of the home console market, and thus ruled the gaming world. Almost 95% of the market belonged to them. People didn’t play videogames, they played “Nintendo.” But then, a competitor slowly loomed in sight. Sega’s star was on the rise, threatening the hold that […]

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Announcing The Beat’s new Crowdfunding campaign on Patreon!

http://youtu.be/xnJnC77XWBE The Beat has joined the crowdfunding revolution! Now you can support the stuff we do here directly with your dollars via the Patreon platform. Lot's of folks have … [Read More...]

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The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 5: Chuck Palahnuik

Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part … [Read More...]

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Announcing The Beat’s new Crowdfunding campaign on Patreon!

The Beat has joined the crowdfunding revolution! Now you can support the stuff we do here directly with your dollars via the Patreon platform. Lot’s of folks have suggested that we do some kind of crowdfunding campaign over the last year or so, but I’ve chosen Patreon because it’s method—recurring monthly payments—seem like a more usable model for an ongoing website than the one and done big bang of a Kickstarter.

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SDCC ’14: Defending the “Superfan” to the NY Times

As just reported, the NY Times delivered a pretty strong diss to the economics of Comic-Con, and I’m sure con vets and observers will be responding very soon, as Marvel’s CB Cebulski already did: @Comixace They fail to mention that the line at Subway on Thurs was that long because of a Community promotion where […]

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SDCC ’14: Report, Comic-Con attendees are cheapskates again

Veteran NY Times entertainment business writers Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes have perhaps put the final curse on a year in which SDCC got a little bit smaller, by reviving claims that con-goers are low rent consumers unworthy of high end sponsorships:

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The SDCC Talk Back: Return to Onsite Sales, and More Disability Resources

By: Nick Eskey Signifying the end of the four day odyssey that is SDCC is the Comic-Con Talk Back with John Rogers (president of the Comic-Con board of directors). As it normally does, the room has a line that runs the length of the room all the way to the back, and then some. The […]

Author Blake J. Harris surrounded by Sega and Nintendo.

SDCC Discusses Blake J. Harris’ “The Console Wars,” with guests.

By: Nick Eskey Once upon a time, Nintendo resurrected what remained of the home console market, and thus ruled the gaming world. Almost 95% of the market belonged to them. People didn’t play videogames, they played “Nintendo.” But then, a competitor slowly loomed in sight. Sega’s star was on the rise, threatening the hold that […]

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SDCC 14: JMS Shoots Straight While Firing From the Hip

By David Nieves J. Michael Straczynski isn’t one to mess around. Unless it’s an hour of sarcasm and announcements, which his spotlight panel, Comic-Con Saturday, had copious amounts of. JMS as he’s know to his friends, enemies, and frenemies had a lot of updates on outhouse projects and something he announced at SDCC two years […]

Industry people discussing roles open in creativity.

SDCC ’14: Careers in Creativity

  By: Nick Eskey In today’s world, with the level of connectivity we all share, and all the available options for entertainment, there is a greater need to stand out from the competition. To achieve this, there’s a greater need for creativity. Creative jobs exist in all different avenues, whether it be comics, movies, television, […]

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Interview: Celebrate Twin Peaks with Kenneth and Ross

By Alexander Jones Twin Peaks fans have been eagerly awaiting the Twin Peaks: The Complete Mystery DVD since it was announced. During the panel for the show on Saturday night, some mysteries about the show were revealed, such as both the Fire Walk With Me and the deleted scenes from the original show. Meaning, that […]

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SDCC 14: Marvel Turns 75 and Daredevil Celebrates 50, Neither Shows Their Age

By David Nieves One of Marvel’s top cheeses…no not Mickey, the other one Joe Quesada, got together with two of the company’s best architects; Mark Waid and Dan Slott to remind everyone that this Comic-Con is also Marvel’s 75th anniversary. This panel was officially titled “Marvel Comics’ 75th & Daredevil’s 50th” because the guy who titles panels for Marvel was […]

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SDCC 14: Marvel “Next Big Thing” is Actually Pretty Big

By David Nieves One of Marvel’s last SDCC panels came with several announcements on Sunday afternoon. Nick Lowe introduced the panel which consisted of fellow editor Mike Marts, writer Mark Waid, Gerry Duggan, Sam Humphries, and Charles Soule and editor Jordan D. White. Dan Slott was ” just talking to someone on the side.” Why […]

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SDCC 2014: Watchtower Saturday

  Movie Wars: Saturday Edition *YAWN* DC wins, barely.  They showed the new Wonder Woman costume, and what sounds like an awesome trailer. Marvel?  More cast for “Antman”, the announcement of “GotG 2″, and a teaser peek for “Age of Ultron”. DC didn’t announce anything from other movies (as rumored by Nikki Finke.  Here’s her […]

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SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Still happy about the tiny Guardians of the Galaxy cosplayers that won Best Group at @marvel Cosplay contest! #sdcc

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SDCC ’14: Ronan Farrow, Chuck Nice and Lea Delaria on sexual harassment at cons???

MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow got comedians Chuck Nice and Lea Dearia on his show to talk about Geeks for CONsent and their campaign to get more signage and a clearer harassment policy at the SDCC. Their take on it was the usual talk show bold face talking points surrounded by awkward laughing. The Geeks for CONsent […]

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SDCC ’14: Wayward Pines World Premiere and Sorta Q & A

  By Victor Van Scoit When it comes to world premieres at San Diego Comic Con I usually abide by the adage of expect the worst and hope for the best.  Should the result lie somewhere above middle in that spectrum, then it usually means the pilot has enough interesting questions that warrants following up […]

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SDCC ’14: Why Saga Continues To Be The Best

by Zachary Clemente There’s something special about Image’s book Saga. You know it, I know it, the people who voted for the Eisner awards know it – heck, my mom knows it! On Saturday of SDCC ’14, Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson sat down with co-creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples to discuss their […]

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SDCC ’14: Marvel Launch S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 from Mark Waid and Rotating Artists

Finally deciding to firmly tie something in to their ‘Agents of SHIELD’ TV series, Marvel have announced a new book by writer Mark Waid, which’ll see him working with an assortment of different artists to bring the agency to life. S.H.I.E.L.D. features Phil Coulson – the character played by Clark Gregg in the TV series […]