Taschen DC party brings out the comics stars

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Taschen’s Creed Poulsen forwarded this account of the recent book party in Los Angeles for 75 Years of 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, Paul Levitz’s amazing history of DC Comics. The pictures make it.

To Do tonight: CBLDF Member Appreciation Holiday Party

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We’re scraping the very end of comics-related events before the holidays but here’s one the locals shouldn’t miss: The CBLDF’s Holiday Party with special guests John Layman and Cliff Chiang. Come by to “chew” the fat! Har, har, har. The party is FREE for CBLDF members and a $5 and up suggested donation for non-members. […]

CrossGen returns in new imprint from Marvel

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As teased at San Diego and mentioned in passing here and there, Marvel is bringing back some CrossGen titles this march: Mark Waid’s RUSE, the screwball steampunk detective series, and SIGIL, the mainline title of the entire “CrossGen universe.” Waid returns on RUSE with artist Mirco Pierfederici; Mike Carey and Leonard Kirk are the team […]

A Comic Shop opens Fangirls: Comic Club

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A Comic Shop down in Orlando is starting, a girls-only comics club — PR below:

Update: Cosmic Comics is staying open under new management

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Well, this is a Christmas story with a happy twist: Cosmic Comics is not closing. Owner Mark Friedman wrote in to the Beat yesterday.

JG Jones covers Revolver

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The new issue of Revolver magazine salutes the rock greats who died this year, and has a special painted cover by JG Jones, artists of such things as WANTED and FINAL CRISIS. The cover depicts Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot’s Paul Gray, Avenged Sevenfold’s the Rev, Type O Negative’s Peter Steele, Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Metallica’s Cliff Burton, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Ozzy Osbourne’s Randy Rhoads, Queen’s Freddie Mercury, and Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley and it is available as a free poster in the issue. rocking together in heaven. The cover painting also appears as a free poster

Nice Art: Takio by Brian Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming

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Who doesn’t like some Bendis, Bendis, Oeming? iFanboy has a preview of Takio, the new all-ages Icon book:

What's it's really like: The V for Vendetta gunman

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As you may have read, a gunman down in Panama City, Florida walked into a school board meeting, sprayed a V for Vendetta symbol on the wall, walked around with a gun, making a lot of statements, started shooting and eventually was shot by a deputy, then killed himself. (Reports differ on this, but the most credible reports are that he used his gun on himself.)

This video is pretty unbelievable, especially the part where a woman sneaks behind him and whacks him with her purse. And gets worse from there.

Call for papers: Graphic Medicine

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Brian Fies (Mom’s Cancer, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?) writes that he’s involved with an upcoming conference on comics and medicine that is looking for papers:

It's beginning to look a lot like Krampus

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Things are winding down for the holidays. The Beat is no exception. We’ll be on holiday starting next week, and this time we really mean it. Almost no internet. We’ll have a few elves looking in, but posting will be pretty perfunctory through Christmas. We will be posting some holiday art for the next few days so send us links or JPGs…but only through Friday. After that we’re gone, baby, gone.

Looking forward, we’d like to note that we’re already booking advertisements into 2011. The top banner is sold out until April, and there are only scattered openings after that.