JMS: "Graphic novels are key to DC's future." UPDATED

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WOW — so much e-ink over the news that J. Michael Straczynski, a prominent comics writer and Hollywood show runner, is leaving monthly comics to write an OGN sequel. And now two interviews at CBR and Newsarama to explain what really happened:

Death comes in many forms and publishers

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TweetOkay, here’s what we know now. Re, death of Spider-Man, Marvel released a cover for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #655 which seems to link up to that whole death-thing going on. PLus it’s by Marcos Martin so it’s already on the plus list. And over at DC, This image was released the other day, teasing a reign […]

Image Teasers, Day 10: "For a superhero…"

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To Read: Uncle Bob And The Frankenstein Monster

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Daryl Cunninghamis best known for his scientific debunking stories — a collection of which has been published in the UK by Blank Slate – but he also does stuff likeUncle Bob And The Frankenstein Monster.

A US edition of Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness
is coming out in February from Bloomsbury in the US.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales September 2010

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TweetSeptember may not have seemed to create any records for sales, but if you look more closely at the charts you’ll discover some interesting things. The bottom title on the chart (Farscape #11 from Boom!) sold more copies than any title in the #300 position in almost fifteen years. Even compared to last month the […]

Tinkerers GN promotes industrial concerns

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We all know that everyone wants to get in on that graphic novel boom, but did you know even the Metals Service Center Institute is getting in on the act?

Steve Rude thanks people for support, keeps home

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There have been many grassroots “cartoonist benefits” of late and the way things are going, there are bound to be many more. One of the most alarming recent calls to action was the news that Steve Rude was in danger of losing his house, and a resulting art sale. In his newsletter, The Dude reports that the house has been saved, and he’s overwhelmed:

Kibbles 'n' Bits — 11/12/10

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What is happening in Beaver County? You will soon find out!

Credo

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In the early days of The Beat I used to start many days with a “meta” post about my doings and very important thoughts, but that kind of personal stuff jumped the shark long ago, it seems. No one really cares about me seeing a blue lobster anymore…or rather, that’s really what Twitter and Facebook are for. There’s a social network for every ephemeral thought, and I now spend hours each day sharing the ephemeral thoughts of thousands of my close personal friends.

In a way, it’s too bad. Those were some of my most favorite posts to write — like the time I went shopping for a mop. I guess you had to be there.