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TweetAid The Beat and the Elite Beat Squad! We’re trying to import the old posts from the Old Beat, so we can shut down the site completely, but the old server won’t allow us to download the entire back-up file, either via the WordPress back-up plug-in or the MySQL database. I asked customer support on […]

The scoop on Damon Albarn and Alan Moore's John Dee Opera

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Tweet Is this the supergroup for our time? Even more super duper than the other Gorillaz superstar lineups on their new album? Over at Vulture, Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn has a bit more on his upcoming collaboration with Alan Moore for a new opera: it’s based on the life of John Dee, a 16th century […]

Marvel movie news: Ant-Man, and other things, get smaller; GHOST RIDER's empty saddle

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Tweet • Yow, lots of Marvel movie news percolatin’ out there. Claude Brodesser-Akner reports that Columbia is the first studio to run up against the ticking time bomb of Marvel’s reversion clause. That is, rights to many of the film franchises Marvel has at other (i.e. not Disney) studios, such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Daredevil, and […]

LOSERS lost at B.O.

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TweetJust to wrap things up, re our “Bad Week For Comic Book Movies” post, THE LOSERS was another blow to the Joel Silver empire, coming in at #4 with a tepid $9.6 million, behind the ancient HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films. J-Lo’s comeback also failed, coming in a weak #2, and KICK-ASS fell to […]

Scandal: Portland Mercury disses comics! UPDATED WITH MORE OUTRAGE

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Tweet Speaking of Stumptown, we were recently alerted to a local brouhaha, namely, last week’s preview of Stumptown in The Portland Mercury. Shockingly, despite the mayor declaring Comics Month and Portland generally being Cartoon-town, USA, the Mercury ended up running this weird “comics are for losers” comic by Carolyn Main and Riley Michael Parker, apprently […]

A few more Stumptown memories

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Tweet If you couldn’t be at Stumptown, you could follow along via Twitter, or check out the Portland Mercury’s photos, or Anna Faltermeier’s, or read Sara Ryan’s account of the Comics for Young Readers panel OR watch Jeff Parker transform into a Juggalo.

San Diego's future still clouded; locals "ambivalent"

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TweetComic-Con International held a board meeting yesterday, but a decision was NOT reached on whether to stay in San Diego or to move to one of the other cities ardently wooing the big show after the current contract expires in 2012. San Diego made a bold offer: In the hopes of holding onto the four-day […]

ASTERIOS POLYP wins Los Angeles Times book prize

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TweetDavid Mazzucchelli’s stunning ASTERIOS POLYP won the prize for the best Graphic Novel in the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, which as the judges note, is the “first major book prize in the United States to honor publications in this category, which is an expanding part of the book landscape, both aesthetically and commercially.” They […]

Stumptown Trophy, Kukoc Award winners

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TweetThe Stumptown Comics Festival was held this weekend. Many folks attended the party where the awards were held, and even wrote extensive blog postings about it….but no one actually posted the winners. But Tom Spurgeon combed through Twitter like the Continental Op, and assembled a list: OUTSTANDING SMALL PRESS — BT Livermore, Bearfight! (above) OUTSTANDING […]

Kibbles 'n' Bits — 4/26/10

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Tweet§ First off, congrats to Ivan Brandon and Kristyn Ferretti, who tied the knot this weekend. Oh, those crazy kids. § Glenn Danzig and Crystar – for the first time, Frank Santoro tells the story of the two, and your world will never be the same. § There were many, many comics-related events around the […]