Coming Attractions: DC Comics: Spring 2013

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___________________________________________________________________________ The following are new titles from DC, scheduled for the first four months of 2013. It’s dominated by New 52 titles, as DC releases the first volumes in paperback while releasing hardcovers of the second volumes. There are some interesting archival collections, in a variety of formats.  DC has one Absolute Edition for after […]

Journey Into Mystery gets New Creative Team, Focus, Heroine

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Journey Into Mystery is going to continue! Kathryn Immonen steps in as writer, and the focus shifts to…

Digital Batman Continues Its Interesting Creative Mix

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By Todd Allen While the print version won’t be showing up until October, DC continues to have a fairly imaginative creative line-up on it’s Legends of the Dark Knight digital comic.  They recently announced the next batch of creators:

Book news roundup: Gen Y now buys more books than boomers

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A trio of stories on digital from Publishers Weekly that illuminate book demographics and strategies:

§ Jim Milliot surveys a recent report from Bowker and notes that digital book prices are falling, but Gen Y has overtaken the Boomers as the biggest book consumers:

INTERVIEW: Brian K. Vaughan on the first SAGA collection

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In the annals of “very safe predictions” the idea that the first collection of SAGAis going to sell very well is right up there. The book—collecting the first six issues of the science fiction drama by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples—isn’t out until October 23rd, but it’s certain to get a whole new audience for the book. Not that it’s been lacking an audience: the first issue already has already sold over 70,000 copies in various printings. And a low $9.99 price tag makes the barrier to entry pretty low.

Snappy designs for the 21st century

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Not quite comics, but hours of fun: The design blog Grain Edit features work by several cartoon-affiliated folks, and sums up the look of the day (as defined by the Mid-Century influence, whatever you call it) very nicely.

Robert Kirkman Promises Death, Sweet Death

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Image have released a teaser image for issue #100 of Invincible, Robert Kirkman’s other long-running series, promising things are all going to end nicely… NOT REALLY! Somebody’s going to DIE

News and notes

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§ You may note that the front page of The Beat looks different. I tinkered with the template in order to alleviate some of the strain on the database, so hopefully there won’t be any more crashes before we move to our new, updated look and server (which is coming, promise). In the course of doing this, I crashed the database worse than it ever had been before to the point where even after rebooting the server the errant process would immediately lock it up again.

DeConnick and Caselli Assemble The Avengers

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Marvel have announced the new creative team for Avengers Assemble, as well as some changes within the team lineup itself. Who’s out? Who’s in?