Fans: make your opinions known with the new FanPan consumer input panel

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The Bonfire Agency came on the scene a year ago with some great ideas for giving all levels of the comics industry more information; this month they are spotlighting one of the best, FanPan, a consumer input panel of 500 pop culture users and influencers. It’s free to join FanPan, but brands and products can then avail themselves of FanPan input to test how their products will be received by the highly vocal and internet-savvy early adopters.

Devil's Due is back…and working with Diamond

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Well, things got a little more interesting. After a two-year hiatus, Devil’s Due publishing just announced they have returned—and they’ll be distributed by Damond which is a bit of a surprise because Devil’s Due had previously pulled out of Diamond with some hubbub. But you know, this is comics, and squabbles are rarely eternal.

MoCCA Party Poop: From Europe to Brooklyn

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So many events for MoCCA this year! Rev up your MetroCard and get up on it. With a little cabfare here and there you can hit three or four of these!

Studio Coffee Run 4/27/12: South Park takes on Game of Thrones, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's The World's End, and more!

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A whole lotta Game of Thrones news, a hilarious Samuel L. Jackson press clip for The Avengers, a tidbit about the latest offering from Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, etcetera…

MoCCA programming note: Fanfare/Ponent Mon joins Indie publishing panel

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Please note that our panel tomorrow at 1:15, “The State of Small Publishing”, will now include Fanfare/Ponent Mon’s Stephen Robson, in addition to Box Brown, Craig Yoe, and Secret Acres’ Barry Matthews. These fine gentlemen all have a lot to say and I’m as eager to hear their discussion as anyone!

Nice Art: La Luz de Jesus Presents Rogue Taxidermy 2012

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The link is probably NSFW and some of the pieces are VERY disturbing. And mesmerizing.

When things were friendly: Rorschach's first appearance in the DCU…back in 1988

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As a lagniappe to the current “All Things Alan Moore” wiki currently going on in our comments, here’s Pádraig Ó Méalóid with a little-remembered crossover between the Watchmen and the Question…that took place all the way back in
THE QUESTION #17, June 1988. Think of it as “The Five Doctors” of this particular timeline.

SLG announces MEAL WITH THE DEVIL

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SLG Publishing is teaming with Horrible Comics and underground comedy-rock outfit Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits for a new comics/record combo pack entitled Meal Deal with the Devil. It includes both comics and a five-song CD (including two story-songs) from Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits with an accompanying read-along storybook, illustrated by Jason Chandler of Horrible Comics.

We’re old enough to be nostalgic for this format and perhaps you and your kids will also enjoy learning about the origins of pink slime with song and panel:

Kickstarter alert: FAIRY QUEST by Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos

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When comics household names are turning to Kickstarter, you know it’s real. In this case it’s Paul Jenkins (WOLVERINE: ORIGINS, INHUMANS) and Humberto Ramos (SPIDER-MAN, RUNAWAYS) with FAIRY QUEST.We’re just going to post the six page preview right here — this is gorgeous, gorgeous stuff. The funding level is high though — $60K of which $26K has been raised with 3 days to go. The art is very persuasive, however. Below you’ll find a statement on the project.

The Beat MoCCA Dining Guide: 2012 edition

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Coming to this year’s MoCCA-fest and feeling peckish? Veterans know that although not known as a culinary mecca, the area around the Lexington Armory still has some pretty decent, cheap grub, some of it prepared under the auspices of renowned chefs. This is our third year presenting an eating guide. We’ve updated last year’s listings with a few new spots.

As usual, foodie heaven is only a cab or subway ride at any of the city’s famed eateries but here’s where to grab a quick, cheap lunch or a special trea

DC launches all-ages DC Nation app and magazine

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As any parents out there know, the iPhone/tablet as babysitter is a rapidly growing tradition among harried moms and dads. And as reported in Variety, DC is launching a DC Nation app to take advantage of this market—and grow future readers.

MoCCA Party Poop: Come to the Beat's Happy Hour on Sunday

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Just a quick note. We’ll have the full rundown of MoCCA related festivities in a bit, but we’re having a Beat sponsored happy hour on Sunday after the show at the Mad Hatter Saloon, 360 Third Avenue (just off 26th St. and around the corner form the Lexington Armory) This will be an informal kick back and talk about awesome comics with a beer or a burger event. The patio will be open if it isn’t too chilly. This is a photo from last year’s MoCCA, but this year’s will be equally fun, we’re sure.

Event report: Comics Journalism at Union Docs

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This week has been taken up with writing some longish piece on the controversies of the day, which, sadly take a long time, and in the scrum I didn’t get a chance to write up Saturday’s Comics Journalism event at Union Docs, so this rushed little blurb will have to do.

A brief history of Marvel in Hollywood

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In an article that starts off looking at the possibility that Marvel’s Kevin Feige will be the new head of Disney Studios, replacing departed Rich Ross, Kevin Melrose distills more than 20 years of Marvel history, such as how they came to have their own studio.

Kibbles 'n' Bits, 4/26/12: "When I hit upon dung beetles, I knew I had found boy-book gold."

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CinemaCon is here…Neil Gaiman pours bees…Jim Shooter saves comics….

BOOM! and Simon Spurrier team up to release EXTERMINATION

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Hot off the heels of his successful run with Marve’s X-CLUB, Simon Spurrier joins forces with BOOM! Studios to reveal a new dystopian super-hero series called EXTERMINATION.