5 Recent Graphic Novels You Don’t Want to Miss

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These graphic novels have been chosen because they were all released in the past 6 months and equally combine qualities of well-crafted concepts and remarkable artwork to create solid visual narratives. They aren’t the only great graphic novels that have been released in recent months, but they are notable, and worth considering as near-misses if […]

More rumblings in the comics blogosphere: Valerie Gallaher leaves MTV Geek

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Well now. As of today, I am no longer working at MTV Geek. Much thanks and appreciation to my intrepid and talented writers — among them Charles, Sean, Brigid, Jorge, Kendra, Steven, Ali, Zack, Kevin, and Aaron. Thus MTV Geek editor in chief Valerie Gallaher announced her departure. According to Bleeding Cool, she resigned, “leaving […]

Iron Man teams up with the 1% to open the NYSE

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Robert Downey Jr. and Friend showed up on Wall St. this morning to ring the opening bell for the NY Stock Exchange, a time-honored PR/photo op. But somehow the idea of multi-millionaire industrialist Tony Stark showing up on the Street isn’t quite so far-fetched, is it?

Nice Art: Ken Haeser covers Army of Darkness vs Hack/Slash

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When you have a team-up of serial killer stalker Cassie Hack and demon fighter Ash Williams only one art style suggests itself: cutecore! Thus it is with Ken Haeser’s covers for the first two issues of the Dynamite/Image team-up, especially th eone that channels an iconic moment of Peanuts. #1 – After the events of […]

Something New: VS Comics

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I get sent a few emails from people asking me to spotlight their comics on The Beat, so ‘Something New’ will perhaps become the recurring feature where I get to do just that. Now, I’m not saying these are new works or that the creators haven’t already established themselves – these are simply creators and […]

INTERVIEW: Antony Johnston on Adapting Alex Rider for Comics!

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Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series of novels, telling the story of a young boy who becomes a super-spy, are massively popular, and have sold over 12 million copies to date. Following on from the success of the novels, Antony Johnston has been adapting the books into a series of similarly-acclaimed graphic novels for Walker Books, […]

Snowpiercer: International Featurette Released

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We’ve finally got our first footage from the upcoming sci-fi flick, along with some nice behind the scenes action: Chris Evans gets angry, John Hurt looks wise, Tilda Swinton looks like a BAMF.

Viva Comics Alliance!

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This has been a rough week for the internet. The news that Comics Alliance was to be shut down, thus removing us all from our right to read daily articles from Andy Khouri, Joe Hughes, David Brothers, Andrew Wheeler and many others, was a blow to the head. This followed on only a day after […]

Breaking – Comics Alliance Shut Down By AOL

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Reports are coming in that ComicsAlliance, the comics and comics culture website, has been shut down today by AOL. We’ll tell you everything we know as soon as we know it.

The End of I, Vampire and the Cancellation of Creativity

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A spoiler-free farewell to my beloved favourite, and a note of regret from an ex-fan of the New 52.

Nostalgia Reigns as IDW Announce ROCKY & BULLWINKLE, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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Coinciding with all of the big C2E2 announcements from just about every comics publisher, IDW released some information about more than one upcoming series bringing the characters created by Jay Ward to comics. The two big titles will include MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, leading up to a March 2014 film release from DreamWorks Animation in […]

The Outhouse on Comics Press and Blacklists

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There was a lot of talk at C2E2 about press lists, who’s on, who’s off, how you get on and what’s expected. There’s no question that Marvel and Dc, like the studios that own them, want to have more control over a positive message about their products. Unquestionably, the very professional PR people who work at Marvel and DC know that this isn’t always possible, but they still have to do their jobs.

2013 Stumptown Award Winners

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The Stumptown Comic Art Awards were handed out Saturday in Portland and via Jen Vaughn’s twitter feed and Johanna Draper Carlson here are the winners, from Juanjo Guarnido to Evan Dahm — big comics town that PDX. Best Writer: Leia Weathington (The Legend of Bold Riley) Best Artist: Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad: A Silent Hell) Best […]

C2E2 Photo Parade: The Good, The Bad, and The Cosplay

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Some of the amazing sights at this year’s C2E2 convention! (Not really — just some random fuzzy pictures The Beat took.)

Arizona Comic Mini Expo, Massive Guest List

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May is shaping up to be a great month for comics fans in Arizona. This Saturday AZ retailers are holding various Free (to you) Comic Book Day signings and benefits for local charities, and promoting the highly anticipated Phoenix Comicon right around the corner.

INTERVIEW: The Phoenix’s Tom Fickling Guides Us Through the Oxford Children’s Comic Festival!

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This weekend sees the first-ever Oxford Children Comics Festival, held on Saturday 4th. I’ll be heading over meself, and there promises to be heaps of stuff going on, including workshops, tables, ice cream and something called ‘The Wall of Awesomeness’. But in order to find out exactly what an Oxford Children’s Comic Festival is, exactly, […]