Africa Comics exhibit opens tonight

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Tweet Crap, here’s one more AWESOME comics event taking place tonight which sounds really groundbreaking: November 15, 2006 – March 18, 2007 Africa Comics The first-ever exhibition of comic art from Africa comes to The Studio Museum in Harlem A new generation of African artists is expressing itself through a medium most Americans associate with […]

NEXUS returns by Baron and Rude

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Tweet Well here’s a nice birthday present for The Beat! It seems Mike Baron and Steve Rude have ironed out their differences and are working on NEXUS again…oh and apparently I am working on the anthology! Yikes! Steve Rude announced today the formation of Rude Dude Productions, LLC. Rude Dude will publish Nexus and the […]

Diamond announces new Kids Group

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TweetDiamond gives details on new hires and new division: In 2006, Diamond Book Distributors (DBD) played a key role in cultivating the unprecedented growth, impressive book market sales increases, and immense consumer popularity of the graphic novel format. Today, DBD announced several organizational changes and unveiled its new children’s book group, all designed to position […]

Wizard World Texas round-up

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Tweet We have been a bit remiss in covering the WizWorld Texas aftermath. Scott Hinze has a big round-up at Newsie, but even Wizard’s own PR machine says the show drew only half of what they expected: Wizard World, the nation’s foremost touring event for pop culture, comic books, anime, toys, games and collectibles, concluded […]

Comics and the Long Tail

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Tweet Okay, it’s late and we’re not so hot with numbers and graphs, but a couple of blogs have done some number crunching so you can see the Long Tail theory in action for comics. Yet Another Comics Blog kicked it off last month by making some actual graphs that show the “inflection point” for […]

“As more graphic novels appear in libraries, so do challenges”

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TweetThus reads the headline on a story , widely circulated via the AP which looks at the Marshall Library matter in a wider context: The Chicago-based American Library Association said it knows of at least 14 graphic novel challenges in U.S. libraries over the past two to three years. Among the titles were “The Watchmen” […]

Tim Sale on HEROES

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Tweet As is widely known, Tim Sale is the “ghost artist” for the painter character on HEROES, and over at Newsarama Zack Smith finds out everything you would want to know about the gig: Newsarama: Starting with your Heroes work, how many pieces have you done so far? Tim Sale: I’ve done maybe 20 paintings […]

Comics news briefs: Tellos, Legion, Batman

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TweetOver at CBR Todd Dezago talks about a collected edition of TELLOS by himself and Mike Wieringo, due from Image. The new edition features every “Tellos” work created by the Dezago/Wieringo team, including all ten issues of the original series, two 10-page side-stories and an additional 5-page supplement that appeared elsewhere in “Tellos’” short run. […]

What’s happenin’!

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Tweet§ “Funky Winkerbean” cartoonist Tom Batiuk has won the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Care Hall of Fame Award for his comics about the Lisa character’s battle with cancer. § Iranian cartoonist wins Syrian award for nothing to do with prophets or the Holocaust. The topic was “travel” and it was a very international affair. The […]

Tokyopop Terror

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TweetChristopher Butcher has his RSS feed working again and the Beat rejoices. Now it is not so easy for us to miss stuff like this, where he reveals the dangers of reviewing OEL: It’s funny, but the most difficult thing about reviewing any Tokyopop OEL manga is that you have to be ready for the […]

Only in the Bay Area

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Tweet Crocodile Caucus did us all a big favor by posting the COVER for that big story on yaoi in SF Weekly from a last week. Hm. Maybe we are right to be scared of Nancy Pelosi. [Link via Manga Blog]

VHS, 30, dies of loneliness

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TweetVariety says it all: VHS, 30, dies of lonelinessThe home-entertainment format lived a fruitful lifeBy DIANE GARRETT VHS RIPAfter a long illness, the groundbreaking home-entertainment format VHS has died of natural causes in the United States. The format was 30 years old. No services are planned. The format had been expected to survive until January, […]

Odds and Ends

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TweetPlease note we had the wrong date for the Gabrielle Bell party at Rocketship this weekend — it takes place on SATURDAY. That was entirely The Beat‘s fault, and not that of our splendid intern Cindy, who now puts together the listings, allowing The Beat precious time to make calls to Biarritz, order from Fresh […]