2007 Emmy Nominations

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If you haven’t already entered your Harry Potter spoiler-free bunker, you may have seen that the 2007 Emmy nominations were announced early this morning. The nerd community, led by the Cheerleader-saving drama HEROES, is well represented. Let’s take a look at the shows you loyal BEAT readers probably have on your DVRs. * HEROES has […]

Marvel Month-to-Month sales: June 2007

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By Paul O’Brien After a comparatively quiet May, Marvel went all out in June. The major event of the month, WORLD WAR HULK, involved three miniseries and a slew of crossover titles. It would have been a pretty big deal on its own. But June also saw the much-hyped NEW AVENGERS #31, the start of […]

ComicsPro position paper #1: Variant covers

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PR from the new reaielrs organization akes on the scourge of VARIANT COVERS: ComicsPRO, the direct market’s retailer trade and advocacy group, has released its first official position paper, detailing the group’s desire for positive changes with the solicitation and use of variant covers on comic books. The opinion paper, which was vetted by ComicsPRO’s […]

Words to live by

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“Editors at conventions are usually tired and/or drunk.” –Ricardo González Llarena in a thread on how to pitch to editors at cons. (The short answer: don’t.)

How big is your mobile?

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At a recent tech conference, mobile content delivery platforms were debated: At the YPulse Mashup conference in San Francisco this week, a lunchtime discussion about mobile marketing among representatives from Microsoft, Disney, Viz Media and teen cause group YouthNoise provided an inside glance on the mobile of today (think early AOL) and the mobile of […]

BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON news

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Dash Shaw reports that his next graphic novel will be out early next year from Fantagraphics: The Bottomless Belly Button / 720 pages / Fantagraphics Books / Spring 2008 Synopsis: A comedy/mystery about the fictional Loony family. Visit the links below for more story information. I started this book when I graduated The School of […]

Douglas’s busy day

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The new All-Star Savage Critic is getting good as Douglas Wolk has a midtown adventure! As I was waiting in line to buy my comics this week at Midtown Comics in Manhattan, the power went out for a moment, and a bunch of other customers pointed out the huge plume of smoke rising up from […]

Jason & The Argonauts comic

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We haven’t really written much about Bluewater’s Ray Harryhausen inspired line of comics. We say that as someone whose favorite movies as a kid were Harryhausen’s efforts. But our most favoritest favorite of all was JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS because it was and is the best movie EVER MADE, and we stand by this assertion. […]

Teaser: THE BLACK CHAMBER

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A new ACT-I-VATE comics kicks off on July 25th: THE BLACK CHAMBER by Rob Schamberger. Much more preview in link.

Where Japan draws the line

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Speaking of Japan, after some of the content controversies mentioned here, it would seem like the land of anything goes. but is that really true? ComiPress recently ran A History of Shojo, Loli, and Harmful Books with some history of the “Harmful Books Act”. The author later states that he is not 100% sure of […]

Japan embraces licensing

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It’s hard to believe that the land of the Rising Sun and Sanrio isn’t licensing happy, but accoring to this article, it’s just catching on — internationally that is: “America has been at the forefront of using licensing as a marketing tool. By contrast, Japanese companies are not fully aware of the strategy or view […]

When Stan met P—-

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We really don’t like writing about P—- H—–, since everyone else does, constantly and to the point of nausea, but her recent pact with Stan Lee has dragged her kicking and screaming into our world: Comic book guru Stan Lee is working with P— H—– on a new cartoon series for MTV. Details are sketchy […]

Fox pulls out of Comic-Con — UPDATED

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The Hollywood sheets were abuzz with word of Fox canceling their planned San Diego presentation: The studio pulled out of Comic-Con on Wednesday, just a week shy of the massive movie fan convention in San Diego, canceling its star- and filmmaker-studded panel, saying clips from its slate of effects-heavy films just aren’t ready. The panel […]

Get thee behind us, Satan

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Meanwhile, JK herself speaks: We are almost there! As launch night looms, let’s all, please, ignore the misinformation popping up on the web and in the press on the plot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’d like to ask everyone who calls themselves a Potter fan to help preserve the secrecy of the […]

What’s up, doc?

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Since our shocking discovery, we’ve been checking the spam filter regularly and finding several legitimate message therein. Disturbing. Alarming. Also, if our spam mail is to be believed, the average American male has a great deal of anxiety about the size and efficacy of his todger. Disturbing. Alarming. Interestingly, we were talking with Jeff Smith […]