2013 WonderCon will be in Anaheim — or maybe San Francisco

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This answers some questions yet raises more:

MUST LISTEN: Audio of the 1954 Senate Comic Book hearings

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While the finding of the check for $130 which National presented to Siegel and Shuster might have been a high point of this year’s comic history, here’s a strong contender for another: the actual audio of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency hearings on comic books.

Preview: Popeye #4

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Apropos of absolutely nothing apart from it just made me laugh, cackle and cough, here are some preview pages for issue #4 of IDW’s Popeye miniseries. Released next Wednesday, the creative team for this are Roger Langridge, Tom Neely, Luke McDonnell,and Vince Musacchia.

Cartoonists doing things: MariNaomi goes to the Galapagos

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If you think all indie cartoonists ever do is brush their teeth and gaze at their drawing board, MariNaomi’s diary this week at TCJ should disprove that as she travels around South America and goes to the Galapagos Islands!

Sherlock Holmes Gets Reinvented In Harlem For a New Digital Series

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By Todd Allen I found something unexpected in my in-box yesterday.  A digital comic called “Watson and Holmes.”  That title might not always catch my attention, but I recognized the name of Rick Leonardi (Spider-Man 2099, Uncanny X-Men, Nightwing) and writer Karl Bollers seemed like a name I’d heard before (Emma Frost, X-51, Sonic the […]

Doctor Who Season 7 (Part I) Episode Titles and Posters

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By Todd Allen It’s that time again.  Doctor Who starts up again on Saturday (BBC America if you’re stateside).  There are some posters out to promote the first five episodes.

HYPE: ICv2 Announces Conference on Comics & Digital II

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More details on ICv2’s Conference on Comics and Digital have been revealed, along with preliminary speakers. The Beat is co-sponsoring this conference, and all the topics being covered are MUST DOs as far as we’re concerned. The conference will be held the day before New York Comic-Con (that’s Wednesday) ICv2 has announced that it will […]

Preview: Think Tank #2 by Hawkins and Ekedal

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Top Cow’s President Matt Hawkins has gone back to the keyboard as the co-creator and writer of THINK TANK, an ongoing B&W series about a government scientist who starts coming up with some tech that is too hot to handle. The artist is Rahsan Ekedal, who previously drew ECHOES and THE CRAZIES for Top Cow. The book is part of their more experimental Minotaur line, and so far it’s a pretty taut thriller. Issue #2 comes out next week. Here’s a preview of issue #1.

Marvel Tease the Return of Dark Phoenix

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By Steve Morris Subject of one of the most famous X-Men stories ever told and perpetual fear for Jean Grey fans around the World, Marvel have released a new Adam Kubert-drawn teaser image for AvX which suggests that Dark Phoenix is finally coming back.

Marvel showcases Scarlet Witch on covers by Manara and Granov

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Marvel has released a couple of variant covers for UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 and #2, and if you like the Scarlet Witch, well, you are very happy right now.

Preview: The Odyssey by Seymour Chwast

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Revered designer Seymour Chwast has been romping in the graphic novel field of late, with his own versions of The Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales. Now he’s doing The Odyssey…and here’s a sample, in the dread Issu format.

Preview: Pope Hats #3

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Ethan Rilly’s POPE HATS is a throwback to the golden era of indie comic books—a time undreamed of when LOVE AND ROCKETS and EIGHTBALL and HATE and YUMMY FUR came out every two months or so, and the comics periodical was an actual discrete unit of entertainment. It’s also a reference to the finely observed, beautifully drawn comics…and yeah, it only comes out once a year or so, but it’s worth waiting for.

Steve Ditko is NOT attending the London Supercon

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The very unlikely news that notorious recluse and legendary artist Steve Ditko would be attending the London Super Con has now been announced to be false:

Hours of fun: Nevins' The Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes

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Comics Scholar Jess Nevins is all the way up to Doctor Doom (I) in the Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes which is…just what it sounds like, and already has hundreds of entries. Best known for his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen annotations, and other detailed annotations for revered comics series, this encyclopedia looks to be even more time consuming.

Whedon-driven SHIELD pilot a go at ABC

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Showing that they were anxious to pass the Hollywood IQ test about spinning off a popular movie into a TV show run by an experienced TV vet who also directed the popular movie, ABC has ordered a pilot for a SHIELD TV show, to be guided by AVENGERS director Joss Whedon, Deadline reports. Whedon will co-write the pilot along with brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (who is Jed’s wife). This is the trio responsible for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and other Whedon-verse projects, so get ready to start that letter writing campaign right now.

Alternate opening for The Avengers

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Via Alyssa Rosenberg: Yahoo’s got an alternate look at what could have been the beginning of The Avengers, and what would have been a striking, and fascinatingly, different movie: One of the most underdeveloped elements of The Avengers—or one of the most interesting pieces of setup for a future film, depending on how it’s played—was […]