2012: that was a year

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2012 was a wacky year here at Stately Beat Manor and we look back at the good and the bad.

Humberto Ramos covers second printing of Amazing Spider-Man #700

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Tweet A leetle news to ride out the new year. The second printing of the much-discussed storyline hits on January 30th with this cover by Humberto Ramos.

More on Peter David’s stroke

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Tweet Writer Peter David’s wife Kathleen has more on the stroke he underwent while vacationing at Disney World: What happened was that we were in Disney Hollywood Studios having just had lunch at the Prime Time Café. We were walking to the front gate because we were off to Animal Kingdom to see a friend […]

Goodbye, American Elf

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Tweet Vermont Cartoonist laureate James Kochalka is ending his long-running American Elf strip today after 14 years—the strip began in October 1998. During this time, every day (with one exception), without fail, Kochalka would write, draw and post a four panel cartoon about his daily life. It was a remarkable run, and as he tells […]

Quote of the Day; Tom Kaczynski on the practicalities of being a comics publisher

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Tweet The Comics Reporter’s year-end interview series is full of notable quotables, as usual, and spans quite an array of newsmakers and creators. I was happy to see Uncivilized Books’ publisher Tom Kaczynski interviewed because the company had such a strong roll out this year—Gabrielle Bell’s The Voyeurs, True Swamp, James Romberger—but did it in […]

Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: Trade Paperbacks: 2012

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TweetEvery week, the New York Times runs bestseller listings, which include “Graphic Books”.  There’s a listing for Hardcover, Paperback, and Manga titles.  The Times dates the charts a week ahead of publication, while tabulating titles a week behind.  That means that the chart from January 1, 2012 “reflects sales for the week ending December 17, […]

Has Toberoff already won the Siegel case?

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Over the past year creators’ copyright crusader Marc Toberoff took some serious hits in the various Superman and Kirby lawsuits. Yet there was also a deceptively routine procedural matter that could have already assured him a victory in the Siegel estate’s Superman appeal.