Diamond Announces 12 Gold Sponsors for Free Comic Book Day 2013


You may have thought of Kris Kringle jingling in your mind, but over at Diamond it’s already planning for balmy May and Free Comic Book Day on May 4th. The Gold levels sponsors have been announced and here they are! Commentary: KID COMICS out the yin yang FINALLY. Giveaway that attract readers you can grow. […]

Indie year ends with the Locust Moon Comics Festival in Philadelphia


The indie comics circuit is squeezing ONE LAST SHOW in just before the holidays: On December 16th the Locust Moon Comics Festival will host a diverse group of guests from various ends of the comics industry, but mostly from the vibrant Philadelphia scene. The sponsor, Locust Comics is incredibly active in putting on events and […]

The Path to Becoming a Bestselling Graphic Novel

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When I first began writing this column, my intent was to help creators and comics publishers understand the methods to the madness of landing a book on the bestseller lists. After the November 8th Beat posting of the NYT list showing several GN titles on the list, it’s really not a question of whether a […]

Monsters, Zines, and MonsterZines with Stephen Bissette


Weird tales and comics naturally go together. From the days of pulp stories with enthralling illustrations, through EC’s Wertham-harried evocation of the fantastic and grotesque, to the heydays of Vertigo and Darkhorse, readers want to see an artist’s interpretation of the strange and bizarre. And the most exciting weird comics bring visual elements to the […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales October 2012


By Paul Mellerick The usual suspects of Walking Dead (returning to the top ten), Buffy, Adventure Time and Fatale are joined by two new Image books, Happy & Bedlam, and a relaunched Dr Who, along with the Who/ Trek crossover. Overall the indie books this month are a bit more stable than last month, towards […]

Francesco Francavilla’s Black Beetle looks awesome


Francesco Francavilla is one of our most favoritest artists, fusing a pulpish sensibility with incredible imagery. He has a new book coming out from Dark Horse, BLACK BEETLE #1, picking up from the short stories in Dark Horse Presents. The first issue will be out in January. It’s racked up quite a fanclub – Jim […]

How to make a Treadmill Desk by Colleen Doran


The resourceful Colleen Doran explains how she avoids the damage of sitting on your duff all day with a Treadmill Desk Details on how to make one in the post, as well as tips for using it: I can read and write on it, but drawing is a no-go. This is fine. I still do […]

Top Cow offers free previews through iVerse


Top Cow is teaming up with iVerse for a Launch Try ‘em before you Buy ‘em Program for Artifacts, Witchblade and the Darkness. For a limited time you can download the jumping on points for these long-running series. “We’re thrilled to help spread the word on these exciting series,” said iVerse CEO Mike Murphey in […]

Podcast alert: Listen to The Beat yap on Comic News Insider


The Beat was the guest co-host on this week’s Comic News Insider: Episode 449 with pal Jimmy Aquino. Lots of dishing on the news and reviews of Arrow #1, FF #1, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1, RIPD City Of The Damned #1. Of those we really loved FF #1…Fraction, Allred and Miss Thing. How […]

New publisher: Great Beast


Small boutique publishers are popping up everywhere, and here’s a newish one from the UK: Great Beast, which was founded by Adam Cadwell and Marc Ellerby, and they’ve just released two nice looking graphic novels. You can buy the physical books (which have top notch production) or space-saving digital versions. Cadwell passed along some info […]

News and Notes: George Wunder, Judd Apatow


• Hermes Press is going to publish an archival reprint of George Wunder’s Terry and the Pirates. Although not as good or well-known as Milton Caniff, Wunder drew the strip for 27 years or so after creator Caniff’s departure to draw Steve Canyon, so there is a lot to reprint. Personally, I found something hypnotic […]

Shopping list: Diamond to start carrying Tezuka merch


Diamond has announced that they have signed an agreement to distribute merchandise from Tezuka Productions — which means you can now get your Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor Leo and other vinyl, resin and apparel items. “Tezuka Osamu often said that manga and animation were just like the international auxiliary language of Esperanto, which increases understanding […]