Patel in, McCartney out for AIRBENDER

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Citing those old devil “schedule conflicts”, white devil Jesse McCartney has been replaced by SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Dev Patel in THE LAST AIRBENDER movie: The British-born actor will play Zuko, a member of the Fire Nation in the live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon series from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Films. Other actors already set are […]

EXCLUSIVE: Comic Foundry #5 cover

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  Tim Leong has provided The Beat with the debut of the cover to Comic Foundry #5, featuring Bryan Lee O’Malley. This fifth issue will be the last one of the magazine, but it looks to be going out with a bang.

Reed moves NYCC to fall, announces new Chicago show

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Making official two rumors that had been floating freely for a while now, Reed Exhibitions announced that the NYCC will be moving to a permanent early October date starting in 2010, and will begin a new Chicago show, called the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, starting in April 2010. The new New York dates conflict […]

McCloud moves to First Second

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News broke last Friday that Scott McCloud is moving to First Second, where he will publish his next two books, including his next graphic novel tentatively scheduled for 2013. So you have plenty of time to save up. McCloud’s last few books came out thruogh HarperCollins. Over on his LJ, McCloud commented on the announcement: […]

You missed us!

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Sorry for the outage, but based on all the emails and phone calls and IMs, you really do read The Beat! It’s a touching thought and we won’t let you down again.

Angoulême: Blutch wins Grand Prix; Pinocchio wins Best Album

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The Angoulême comics festival wrapped up yesterday, and the prizes were announced, with French cartoonist Blutch (aka Christian Hincker) winning the Grand Prix. As winner of the prize, he’ll be the “Grand Marshall” of next year’s show. Blutch’s career includes important work for Fluide Glacial and L”Association. Matthias Wivel has his own thoughts: This is […]

What ever happened to …Bill Jemas

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Along with Joe Quesada, former Marvel publisher Bill Jemas was one of the principle architects of the revitalization of the House of Ideas back at the turn of the century. His tenure led the way to some big successes — like the Ultimate line–and some big flops — remember Marville? He certainly made a strong […]

The curious case of Wonder Woman

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Dr K looks at the quirks of early Wonder Woman comics history.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits

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§ Sean Kleefeld and Platinum CEO Brian Altounian discuss the status of Wowio, the online download site that has been having lots of cashflow problems. § George Gene Gustines profiles Dean Haspiel in the Sunday NY Times I did Act-I-Vate and “Billy Dogma” while doing print work. The difference between the two is for a […]

Look around for LOOK AROUND YOU

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The Beat is so behind the times, we completely missed the announcement that Adult Swim would be playing one of our favorite cult BritComs, the highly droll LOOK AROUND YOU. A take off on 70s kids science shows, 8 slim episodes — each only 10 minutes long — captures slow moving lab assistants taking on […]

To Do: February 2 – February 8

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The big event this week is the New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center from Friday through Sunday, but there are plenty of other comic-related events happing coast-to-coast: Tuesday, February 3 Montreal, QC, 7 PM – KASPAR book launch at Drawn & Quarterly Diane Obomsawin (AKA Obom) launches her new book, KASPAR, from […]