MoCCA Festival Announces Programming

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Programming has been announced for this year’s MoCCA Festival, to beheld May 4-5 in NYC. Tickets can be purchased at the above link the poster by Michael DeForge has been unveiled, all systems are go.

REVIEW: “Do I Really Want My Name Associated with SEX AND VIOLENCE?”

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Tweetby LTZ A while back, the Beat’s own Henry Barajas – tireless observer of Kickstarted comics that he is – took some time to preview a crowd-funded book by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jimmy Broxton, and Juan Santacruz. Sex and Violence, Vol. 1 was laid bare (spread-eagle, perhaps) to its supporters this past week, after […]

Manga pioneer Toren Smith as remembered by Lea Hernandez

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by Lea Hernandez – My long-time friend Toren Smith has passed away after a protracted bout of ill health, and I’m heartbroken. I worked for him over the course of seventeen years as part of his elite Studio Proteus team; doing retouch on adult comics, and rewriting titles like 3×3 Eyes, What’s Michael? And Oh! My Goddess!. If Toren had lived another year, I would’ve known him for exactly half my life.

Former Marvel head in sexting scandal

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Okay he was only the head of Marvel for six months during Ron Perelman’s murky march to bankruptcy—in fact he was the guy in charge when Marvel filed—but former Marvel CEO Scott Sassa has been canned from his current gig at Hearst after steamy texts from a Las Vegas stripper showed up somewhere they shouldn’t.

Review – Revisiting the New 52 TPBs Part 2 (Animal Man, Captain Atom, DCU Presents, Swamp Thing)

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TweetThe local library consortium got a whole bunch of New 52 Vol. 1′s, so I’m going through and catching up on a few things I opted not pick up as monthlies.  This batch consists of the first volumes of Animal Man, Captain Atom, DCU Presents and Swamp Thing.

JManga shuts down, taking all the manga you bought with it

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It came in the night like an earthquake or a car crash: JManga, the digital manga portal set up by 39 of Japan’s migegst publishers, is shutting down. As of last night you could not make any more point purchases, as of the 26th you will no longer be able to purchase manga and as of May 30th the entire site goes away — taking all of the manga you bought with it.

Here we go again: New York Comic-Con VIP tickets already sold out

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Tweet Although it’s six months away, it’s not too soon to start planning for New York Comic-Con. To wit: tickets went on sale at Noon EDT and in little more than half an hour, the VIP tickets were sold out: It’s official: #NYCC Special Access VIP tickets are SOLD OUT! Ultimate VIP and 4-Days remain… […]

More details on Make That Thing, TopatoCo’s Kickstarter Fulfillment House

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A couple of interviews with more information on Make That Thing, the new company that helps successful Kickstarter campaign actually send out all their rewards. it’s a division of TopatoCo, the webcomics’s merchandising company which already has a formidable infrastructure—a fork lift!, warehouses, employees!—and manufacturing contacts to help their cartoonists sell their merch. The program is rolling out slowly as an in house project.

Preview: Hawkeye #9 by Fraction and Aja

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Hawkeye by Fraction and Aja continues to be the most stylish and offbeat superhero comic on the stands. In this issue, enter the women: Black Widow, Mockingbird, Spider-Woman and Kate Bishop try to figure out who’s trying to kill Clint Barton.

Titan Unveil ‘Monster Massacre’ Anthology

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TweetThe Brit Zone continues, sort of, with a new announcement from Titan Comics. This week Titan unveiled a new co-publishing deal between themselves and Atomeka, which will put out ‘Monster Massacre’. This anthology will feature stories all about – you guessed it – monsters. On top of stories from creators like D’Israeli, Ian Edginton, Ron Marz, […]

2000AD Create ‘Jump On Point’ for Prog 1824; take Mickey out of Marvel

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TweetMorning in Britain means more British comics talk! The Beat slowly forces its way into multiculturalism, and isn’t it wonderful? Hopefully eventually we’ll bring in a reporter from Fiji, and really nail this 24/7 news cycle thingy.