Pull Quotes: Youth is war

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From USA Today‘s interview with Jeff Kinney, author of the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series: For the cover of the first book, its main color — burnt red — was chosen to match the cover of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, which also has a discontented narrator, if older and more jaded. “Greg […]

Meet the Elite Beat Squad: Marc-Oliver Frisch

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Continuing our spotlight on our valued collaborators here at The Beat, today we spotlight Marc-Oliver Frisch, who reecently moved to Boise (from his native Germany) for educational purposes. Marc-Oliver’s monthly DC Sales Chart analyses have captivated and infuriated in equal parts for the last six years or so. He started them out on Usenet, but […]

This is bigger than the both of us

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Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog reviews perhaps the worst comic of all time, and a new catch phrase — at least for this morning’s Twitter, is born.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits

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§ Have you ever wanted to ask Alan Moore a question? Of course you have. § Michael San Giacomo talks to Harvey Pekar about his upcoming opera: On Jan. 31, Harvey’s opera, “Leave Me Alone” makes its world debut at Oberlin College, just a 45-minute drive from Cleveland, Ohio. And as Pekar might say, if […]

Obama IS too popular, at least in comics

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The other day, we approvingly noted how much international press this week’s Spider-Man/Barack Obama team-up comic had gotten. Tons of press, appearances on everything from Drudge to CNN to Rachel Maddow, it’s all good, right? Well, you’d think so, except that Marvel’s ordering policies on the book have retailers complaining that they won’t have enough […]

Diamond’s Top Ten for 2008

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Diamond sent out a press release with their top ten comics and GNs of ’08, along with a publisher chart. We know you LOVE the charts, so here we go: Marvel Comics’ Secret Invasion #1 was the best-selling comic book title for 2008 based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops, according to […]

Recession Watch: Trouble at comics retail

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The LA Daily News profiles Earth-2 Comics in Sherman Oaks, and reports that sales are definitely down: In the year leading up to its Black Friday post-Thanksgiving supersale, Earth-2 Comics owners said it suffered a 20 percent drop in revenue. That means one in five buyers who had eagerly appeared each Wednesday to pick up […]

Fox and Warners making nice over WATCHMEN

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To the surprise of few but the relief of many, it appears that Fox and Warners are hashing out this WATCHMEN thing, as THR reports they are “close” to a settlement. Both parties met in private in federal court to talk about the case. For those just waking up from a coma, a judge ruled […]

2008 Manga Report Card for Aurora

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Ed Chavez begins a series of very detailed report cards on various manga publishers, and starts with Aurora Publishing, home of mostly female-focused manga, including josei. Aurora Publishing tried to rectify that problem. Already a leader in manga for women in Japan, Ohzora’s catalog of josei titles cannot be rivaled. Their titles dominate the josei/ladies […]

James Jean’s “Kindling” show

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James Jean’s first painting show is now on view (until February 7) and online, but if you’re pining for a painting, don’t get your hopes up — it was sold out before the show even opened. We got to view the show on Friday at the “preview” opening, which was still pretty damned crowded, but […]

Art Attack: Fauna

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Anders Nilsen posts art by Paxton Chadwick from British Reptiles and Amphibia (1949).

Art Attack: DIRTBAGS, MALLCHICKS AND MOTORBIKES

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Dave Kiersh previews DIRTBAGS, MALLCHICKS AND MOTORBIKES, his new collection.

Art Attack: N. C. Wyeth’s Kidnapped

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Via Golden Age Comic Book Stories. Could we love N.C. Wyeth any more? No, we couldn’t. That said, this Mead Schaeffer Count of Monte Cristo is also amazing.