Claypool goes online

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After a well documented struggle to stay in the Diamond catalog, Claypool Comics has just announced that they are going to the web and shutting down their print operations. After almost fourteen years and more than 300 issues — one of the longest runs in the history of independent comics — publisher Claypool Comics is […]

E3 now more intimate; SDCC officially the biggest, loudest show on earth

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While everyone says the SDCC is loud and crazy, the gold standard for insanely multi-media booth babe saturated industry freak shows has always been E3, the video game industry’s yearly confab. Indeed, many of the loudest, craziest booths at SDCC were imports from E3, which is held every year in Los Angeles. But now it […]

Warren Ellis to Launch Free Webcomics Portal

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Warren Ellis is putting his money where his mouth is with his interets in webcomics, according to a post by Joey Manley at Comixpedia: I am working with Warren Ellis to launch a free webcomics portal using the new Webcomics Nation Collective Edition Engine. This latest addition to the Modern Tales family will be all […]

DC COMICS MONTH-TO-MONTH SALES: JUNE 2006

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[The Beat is proud to present the continued Month-To-Month sales by Marc Oliver Frisch. The June sales for Marvel, compiled by Paul OBrien, can be found here.] DC COMICS MONTH-TO-MONTH SALES: JUNE 2006 by Marc-Oliver Frisch DC Comics’ major releases in June 2006 were the one-shot DCU: Brave New World, which introduces a number of […]

And then there were 9,724: New SPAWN Pop Culture website

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According to a terse press release on SPAWN.COM, Todd McFarlane Companies is launching a new website covering various kinds of crap: It’s been obvious for years: Todd McFarlane has his finger on the pulse of pop culture. And we here at the McFarlane Companies are on a constant search for what makes things tick inside […]

Image and Marvel team to promote CRIMINAL

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Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ new Icon title CRIMINAL is going to be showcased in THE WALKING DEAD, in a rare cross company promotion. Image’s The Walking Dead #30 will showcase the five-page teaser that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips created for their new Icon book, Criminal. “Sean and I thought long and hard about […]

Naked Harry to show potter

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In a time tested move to shed his “Kiddie Star Label” HARRY POTTER star Daniel Radcliffe will simultaneously show his stage chops and his doodle by taking on a role as a troubled teen who has a strange relationship with horses in a London production of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus.” The play has long been a […]

Back on the Chain Gang

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Home again and on deadline. It’s odd not to be heading to the nearest Starbucks to get online. Everyone has already hashed out San Diego to death so we’ll only be posting one or two more things, including our Extreme Slam-sized SD Zeitgeist report and a few more pictures.

Back in range

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We’re back on the grid at the Las Vegas airport. Hell is for heroes.

Video Blog #8: The Bloggers

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One last video.

A day off

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We’re in transit today, and to be honest…we deserve a day off. Still working on our big San Diego wrap-up for tomorrow.

Video Blog #7: Farewell, San Diego

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Or as Walt Whitman wrote, Now finale to the shore. Now, land and life, finale, and farewell! Now Voyager depart! (much, much for thee is yet in store;)

Comics Foundry Video Blogs

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Well it seems video blogging is the new pink, as Tim Leong at Comics Foundry was maing his own vids guerilla style. Here he captues the con in all its glory including rare, precious footage of Spurge and The Beat sniping at each other on a panel! Here, always dapper Tim kicks it up a […]

SDCC 06: Photo Parade…um, Saturday

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We took a lot fewer pictures because we were … well, it’s hard to remember what we were doing. Watching panels, editing stories and taping vidblog pieces, actually. We avoided the main floor on Saturday, because it is usually the hottest, stinkiest day of the con, and this year was all that and a bag […]

San Diego Voices: Con talkback

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Between the Panels recounts the Talkback panel where folks get things off their chests, attended by 15-20 people. Now bear in mind, 20 people out of 120,000 is a pretty low percentage, and the geek-o-sphere is particularly given over to anal nitpickers who can never be happy, so take the following with a grain of […]

San Diego Voices: Mark Bernadin

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The former comics editor at EW has some pointed observations: 7. Some parents should just be ashamed of themselves. Adam and I crashed the giant ballroom a little early for the Snakes on a Plane panel, and caught the tail end of the Lucasfilm presentation. Needless to say, the 6,000 seat Hall H was filled […]