3 Days Left: Free Comic Book Day Highlights

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With only 3 days remaining till this year’s Free Comic Book Day, here’s a peek at a few of the freebies coming to you!

Greetings from the newest Beat member!

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Just giving a little introductory hello and some insight into the mind of a postgrad comic enthusiast.

Preview: THE SPIDER #1 by David Liss and Colton Worley

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Dynamite has passed over an extended preview of their newest series, THE SPIDER, where a new modern-day masked hero ruthlessly seeks to uproot a destroyed Manhattan.

Gaiman settlement cost Todd McFarlane $1,100,000

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Daniel Best digs up the bankruptcy court proceedings for Todd McFarlane Inc. and notes that the $2.2 million settlement includes $1.1 million set aside for the “Gaiman Settlement (Class 4).” As Best notes, this is not necessarily the amount of money that Neil Gaiman received, since lawyers fees were to come out of the money.

2 Days Left: THE DAY THE SAUCERS CAME Shirt Design Competition

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Alien invasions are nothing new, but when Neil Gaiman is attached, it’s definitely something to keep an eye out for. Threadless and The CBLDF team up to offer a chance to cement yourself in T-shirt history by designing a shirt for THE DAY THE SAUCERS CAME.

Must cry: The Cartoon Crier

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We mentioned this in our official MoCCA report for Publishers Weekly, but if there is one must-read this week, it’s The Cartoon Crier from The Center for Cartoon Studies. Distributed as a lovely free paper at MoCCA, you can now read it in Issu form at the link.

But we must warn you. DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE NOT SAD. Because it will make you sad.

The Expanded (International) Prometheus – Alien Influence Galore

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On the off chance you’ve been living under a rock, Ridley Scott is directing a science fiction film called “Prometheus.” The official story is they started out to do a prequel to Alien and sometime in the pre-production process, the story grew into something different than Alien. There’s a new trailer out (and there is an element or two here that you might consider a plot spoiler, so be warned):

MoCCA Festival attendance up by 1000

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Despite what some exhibitors thought, MoCCA’s attendance was actually up by a thousand.

TO DO TONIGHT NYC: Comic News Insider's 400th Episode

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The Beat will be making a special announcement on tonight’s episode! What can it be?

Waid's Webcomics Initiative (Thrillbent / Insufferable) Launches

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Mark Waid’s been threatening to go digital for quite some time. He’s also had a history of exploring options outside of DC and Marvel. Waid spent some time at Crossgen, launched his creator-owned Empire with Barry Kitson over at Image under the tragically short-lived Gorilla imprint, did Hunter/Killer with Marc Silvestri for Top Cow and spent some time as E-I-C at BOOM!, where he launch a few books with Irredeemable as his flagship title. Now he’s finally combining those longstanding threats and his independent work with “Thrillbent.”

More DC publicity changes: Josh Kushins also gone

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As we mentioned a few days back, DC’s East Coast publicity department has been severely depopulated, first by the surprise departure of VP David Hyde, and the simultaneous ankling of publicity manager Josh Kushins, who left for a new job in California, we’re told. Kushins had been at DC for about a year.

Charles Burns' THE HIVE is out in October

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Naughty, naughty Charles Burns has left us hanging for over a year and a half with the first volume of X’ed Out, the surreal reverse TinTin tale of a young man named Nitnit with severe memory problems and a hole in his wall that goes to a deformed world of talking worms which came out late in 2010.

Working for the Man: MoCCA 2012

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BY JEN VAUGHNFantagraphics Books isn’t necessarily THE MAN of the comics world but since I’ve only ever self-published my own comics, MoCCA 2012 was my first two days on the job as a staff member of the independent comics publisher. There are more than a few differences between the two experiences. Read on!

The Rainbow Orchid: An interview with creator Garen Ewing

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Garen Ewing has been working on his three volume graphic novel The Adventures of Julius Chancer: The Rainbow Orchid for over a decade. The final volume was recently released by Egmont in the UK, and it seemed a good time to talk to him about his influences, his process, and his future plans.

Star Trek Space Toys

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A brief apology for posting this but the Star Trek nerd in me could NOT help myself. Many a weekend was spent in my youth attending the Star Trek conventions with my mom at the Plaza hotel in Las Vegas, the highlight of course was meeting Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Commanders Data and Worf).

New DARK KNIGHT RISES trailer

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Oh damn, they are blowing up New York again. How many times…