Tomorrow: ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference

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Tomorrow, as is customary, the NYCC pre-game kicks off with the expanded ICv2 Graphic Novel conference. The schedule is below, and the Beat will be bringing you all the notable quotables. All events take place at the Javits Center. Morning Sessions (10 a.m. to noon) — Graphic Novels and the Web Comics on the Web […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales – December ’08

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by Paul O’Brien After nine long months – the final issue was slightly late – SECRET INVASION finally wrapped up in December, and “Dark Reign” immediately began. Not quite a crossover as such, “Dark Reign” is more akin to the “Initiative”-bannered books that appeared in the aftermath of CIVIL WAR. Those titles did well, even […]

Peter Kuper on MAD

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Sometime MAD artist Peter Kuper sent us this sketch commemorating MAD’s move to quarterly as it approaches its 500th issue.

More Diamond thoughts

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§ Chris Butcher finally weighs in with his thoughts on the Diamond changes and it seems we’ve reached the end of an era: I have always argued this, and while my arguments haven’t fallen on deaf ears, exactly, many companies have made decisions that embrace a “streamlined” DM, to what I feel will be their […]

Quick dash around the web

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§ The NY Post reports that popular magazines from Time Inc., American Media, and Bauer Publications, such as People, National Enquirer, and In Touch won’t be carried in Wal-Mart stores this week, after magazine publishers refused to pay a seven cent increase requested by distributors. Late Monday, Curtis Circulation, the national distributor for American Media’s […]

Sony Animation teams with Platinum

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Sony Pictures Animation will team up with Platinum Entertainment for an unnamed toon, Variety reports: Platinum — which controls a cache of comicbook characters that it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media — is the company that brought “Men in Black” into the studio fold. “We’re looking forward to working with (Platinum […]

Weather report

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Well, we seem to have had the snow on Tuesday, a light, charming sprinkling that left a dressy coat of white all over. The above image applies to the entire East Coast to MidWest. The bad news is, it’s getting a little arctic today and Thursday (in the 20s), followed by a rise in temperature. […]

Grant Morrison cancels NYCC appearance

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Via PR: Officials at New York Comic Con announced today that Grant Morrison will not be able to attend this year’s convention, which is taking place this week, February 6 – 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. In a prepared statement, Grant Morrison said: “As a result of family issues, […]

NYCC: Oni

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If you think SCOTT PILGRIM Volume 5 will be the book of the show, you are not alone. Here’s all the deets on the hoopla and more goings on at Oni: Oni Press is in New York City for this year’s New York Comic Con! February 6th – 8th we’ll be strutting our stuff at […]

NYCC: Abrams – #1825

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Abrams ComicArts first books make their debut at NYCC, with Craig Yoe, Adam Koford, Tim Pilcher and Gene Kannenberg Jr. and more. If you peruse the following PR, you’ll see many announcements of Fall books and beyond as well. Abrams, the preeminent publisher of illustrated books since 1949, announced the launch of the new imprint […]

NYCC: Fanfare/Ponent Mon – #2347

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If you have never seen any of Fanfare/Ponent Mon’s books, you are missing out on some of the best comics being published today. Seriously. They publish some of the most intelligent/riveting manga available in English — by Jiro Taniguchi and Hideo Azuma among others — , and at NYCC they’ll debut an award winning European […]

NYCC: Dark Horse – #823

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Eric Powell, Rick Remender, David Lloyd, Evan Dorkin, Jill Thompson and many more will highlight this Dark Horse gangs events: Friday Feb. 6th : 2:00 – 3:00 PIGEONS FROM HELL – Nathan Fox 3:00 – 4:00 FEAR AGENT, END LEAGUE – Rick Remender 4:00 – 5:00 KICKBACK – David Lloyd 4:00 – 5:00 UNBOUND SAGA […]

NYCC: Top Shelf – #1620

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Top Shelf will be right up front in the NYCC exhibit hall this year at booth #1620. And we’ll have: — Robert Venditti (THE SURROGATES) — Alex Robinson (TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN, BOX OFFICE POISON) — Christian Slade (KORGI) — Rich Koslowski (THE KING) signing books all weekend. Come by and meet them, along […]

NYCC: Image Comics – #1403

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It’s Jersey time at Image Comics: Throughout the convention the Image Comics booth will be home to signings galore, a convention exclusive cover of the superhero debut JERSEY GODS and an array of creators including Rob Liefeld (YOUNGBLOOD), Whilce Portacio (SPAWN), Frank Cho (LIBERTY MEADOWS), Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN), Glen Brunswick (JERSEY GODS), Josh Williamson (JOHNNY […]

NYCC: BOOM – #1313

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As you may have heard, all that Mark Waid is evil business is beginning to make sense and you’ll learn more at New York. YOU FIRST SAW THAT MARK WAID IS EVIL YOU THEN DISCOVERED THAT MARK WAID IS IRREDEEMABLE NOW AT THE BOOM! STUDIOS PANEL YOU WILL LEARN WHAT IS NEXT FROM MARK WAID […]

NYCC: Radical – #1415

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We’re told special announcements that will stun attendees will be made at the Radical panel on Saturday. They also get gifts! Steve Niles, Steve Pugh, Jim Steranko and more will be appearing at the booth. Radical Publishing will give away a special limited and numbered 3-D edition of its New York Comic-Con ashcan to convention-goers […]