REVIEW: TIME WARP #1, Putting the Vertigo in Sci-Fi

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TweetPublishers seem increasingly willing to roll the dice on anthology formats recently. Maybe it’s the success of things like Dark Horse Presents, and the model they’ve followed of introducing new works and then successfully spinning them off into new story titles like BLACK BEETLE. There’s an inherently approachable aspect to anthologies—new readers can pick them […]

On the scene: The Center for Cartoon Studies

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Tweet The Beat is going to be hung up for the next day or so with Industry Day here at the CEnter for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. We arrived late last night, missing out on the pizza party, but still charmed by this quirky town and the Hotel Coolidge. It was too […]

Long Island is getting a show: Eternal Con

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Tweet Local comic-cons are all the rage these days, and now Long Island is getting its own show: Eternal Con, which will be held June 15th at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Given the setting, it’s appropropriate that the focus is o GI Joe. Guests thus far include Larry Hama, natch, Billy […]

Uncanny Avengers Introduces ‘The M-Word’

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TweetEven allowing for the fact that we’re not supposed to like any of the characters in Uncanny Avengers (only this week, Wolverine calls Japanese mutant Sunfire “a walking atomic bomb” and nobody bats an eyelid – not even Sunfire, whose mother died in Hiroshima!), the book is going to startling lengths with some of the […]

Podcast Alert: More To Come 46: Exit JManga, Persepolis Banned

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Tweet People often ask me “Why don’t you do a podcast?” I answer, “I do.” This week on More To Come 46: Exit JManga, Persepolis Banned, myself, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss the closing of JManga, the Chicago school ban on Persepolis, writer turnover and turmoil at DC, the digital promotion that crashed […]

REVIEW: Everyone at The Beat Jumps Onto 2000AD Prog 1824

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Tweet2000AD, the British anthology comic, announced that their most recent issue – last Wednesday’s prog 2814 – would be an easy jump-on point for anybody. Anyone can pick it up and get an idea of what 2000AD is all about, what the writing style is like, and how the stories work. So, that came across […]

On the Scene: NIGHT JOB Salon Gets Personal

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Tweet On March 21st 2013 at the Union Hall bar, restaurant, and music venue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, comics creator and TRIP CITY co-curator Dean Haspiel and comedian/actress Katharine Heller launched what may be the first of several salon events featuring comics, comedy, prose, and musical performances entitled “NIGHT JOB”. Though it was a new […]

Preview: Dash Shaw “New Jobs” From Uncivilized Books

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Tweet   For the legion of Dash Shaw fans and admirers, 2013 has, thus far, been a year of anticipation and enthusiastic anxiousness for the upcoming releases from this multi-talented artist. Fantagraphics already has NEW SCHOOL and 3 NEW STORIES lined up, and Tom Kaczynski’s Uncivilized Books is starting the year off with the release of NEW […]

Now a big softie, Todd McFarlane comments on the return of Angela

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Tweet Although once known for combative rhetoric and an aggressive stance, McFarlane Toys CEO Todd McFarlane sounded a conciliatory note when asked about the return of Angela in the pages of ULTRON WAR #10. McFarlane once fought a bitter lawsuit over the ownership of Angela with Neil Gaiman, and perhaps the settlement included a non-disparagement […]

Guess what? WonderCon is partially sold out!

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Although we and many others have been touting this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim as the anti-Comic-Con — a SoCal show where you can just kick back and wander in and out and not worry about hassles—it’s popular enough to have sold out ahead of the actual show:

2013 SPX expands in response to exhibitor demand

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Following last week’s gridlock over signing up for tables at this year’s Small Press Expo, organizers have announced that they’ll be expanding the show floor to include the ENTIRE ballroom at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center. Althugh it seems like a logical development, the announcement makes it clear that attendance must stay commensurate with floor size and this is an experiment:

Review: Action Comics, the Grant Morrison Edition

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TweetGrant Morrison’s run on Action Comics has been met with both high praise and no small measure of bewilderment. But this is a legendary run – you just need to think five dimensionally.

James Asmus, Tom Fowler and Jordie Bellaire relaunch Quantum and Woody in July

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TweetAs predicted, Valiant’s teaser from earlier in the week was for a relaunch of their massively popular duo Quantum and Woody, who will be returning in July flanked by James Asmus, Tom Fowler, and Jordie Bellaire. And a goat.

National Cartoonists Society announces Reuben nominees

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While the three nominees for THE Reuben, the top award of the year from the National Cartoonists Society, have been announced —and they are Brian Crane, Rick Kirkman and Stephan Pastis, the NCS has just announced the nominees in the divisional races. Many familiar names in many catgories, and the new spliut wbcomics division—one for long form and one for short form—makes is debut.

You might be watching a Wolverine movie this summer, and here’s the poster that proves it

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Tweet 2013 is a busy year for comic book movies — we’ve already had Bullet to the Head and coming up there’s Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Man of Steel, Two Guns, Kick-Ass 2, R.I.P.D. and many more on their way. As is The Wolverine, a new take on you know who. We haven’t had […]

New Iron Man 3 TV ad

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Tweet Oh boy, this is going to be dramatic! How is Tony going to get out of this one? IRON MAN 3 opens on May 4.