Cutbacks at Vertigo


As part of DC’s ongoing reorganization, three editorial personnel have been laid off from the Vertigo imprint: Pornsak Pichetshote, Jonathan Vankin, and Joan Hilty, The Beat has learned. All three are Vertigo veterans. Pichetshote was responsible for the recent hit THE UNWRITTEN, while Hilty and Vankin had mostly worked in acquiring graphic novels, including fall releases, CUBA and HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS.

Muslim comic books in controversy shocker


Comics are for everybody — even Muslims! You all know abut The 99, Naif al-Mutawa’s ongoing attempt to create heroic archetypes for Middle Eastern youth. They have their own theme park and cartoon in development and everything and got a shout out from President Obama earlier in the year for helping bring people together.

Preview: Incognito: Bad Influences #1


We get a lot of previews in our in-box — 146 a day from Marvel’s Arune Singh alone — but we can’t run them all nor would we want to. But we can’t help but be tempted by the prospect of another Brubaker/Phillips production, this time Incognito: Bad Influences #1.

The Eisner Award-winning team of Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Val Staples present the most anticipated super hero noir series of the century, as Zack Overkill heads deeper into the criminal underworld than ever before. This is the mission that’ll redefine his life…if he can find a way to survive long enough.

The book goes on sale on October 20.

Dash Shaw adapts Blind Date 2


Experimental, award-winning cartoonist Dash Shaw is obsessed with the reality show Blind Date. Don’t ask why — it just is.

What will you be wearing this Halloween?


Well, according to this press release, it might be Iron Man.