Can creators really get their books back from Tokyopop?

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We’ve been covering the sometimes glorious, sometimes ignominious history of Tokyopop for as long as there has been a Beat. Although its biggest legacy is as a manga innovator, its most notorious is the string of unfinished OEL—”original English Language”—series it left behind. An ambitious publishing program that put out dozens of new books by […]

Dark Horse Show You How To Make… Dream Thief Paper Dolls

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I love strange publicity bits, and Jai Nitz has released something ace in advance of the publication of Dream Thief — his new Dark Horse series with Greg Smallwood. Paper dolls! Dolls what you can make! Dolls what you can dress up! Dolls what you can awkwardly pretend are dating your other dolls! Publicised as […]

Marvel Tell Us More About Infinity

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I’m not talking about the constantly-developing fifteen-page theoretical shadow-physics equation Jonathan Hickman emails every member of the comics press once weekly – this is the Infinity storyline which will start on Free Comic Book Day for Marvel. A story returning Thanos as a mainstay villain in the Marvel Universe, Infinity has been outlined a little more […]

Vertigo to Publish Tom Strong & The Planet Of Peril in July

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Vertigo have started recovering themselves over the past few weeks, announcing new projects to cover the holes left by Hellblazer and Karen Berger. On top of the news that Astro City’s return will be through Vertigo comes a new announcement revealing that Chris Sprouse will return to the character Tom Strong, whom he co-created, for […]

Dark Horse to Adapt George Lucas’ Original Star Wars Script

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George Lucas made a few revisions before settling on the original screenplay for Star Wars, later Star Wars: A New Hope, later Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and soon to probably be rebooted as Star Wars #0 once JJ Abrams starts wonking around the timestream. Regardless, Dark Horse have announced that they’ll be […]

Kickstarter: Tim Pilcher’s Comic Book Babylon: A Cautionary Tale of Sex, Drugs & Comics in old London Town

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As of midnight last night – my midnight, here in Western Europe, not your midnight, in one of America’s many time zones – Tim Pilcher’s Kickstarter for Comic Book Babylon: A Cautionary Tale of Sex, Drugs & Comics went live. It is, as the blurb says, a ‘The shocking, revealing and completely unofficial memoir of […]

Cartoonists on Tour: Gilbert Hernandez

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Few cartoonists can hope to have as great a year as Gilbert Hernandez is having, with two upcoming releases of majestic power: JULIO’S DAY and MARBLE SEASON. And you’ll be able to meet the man and get them signed at the following stops: Monday April 15th, 5:30 pm 101 Mattin Center, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, […]

MoCCA Debuts 2013: Modan, Boulet, Hernandez (x2), Tamaki and MORE

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New books that are out just in time for MoCCA, which will be held at the Lexington Armory this weekend. This is what folks emailed us, and if the past is any indicator about five seconds after this post goes up a million voices will cry out in terror at not having emailed me, so expect a part two later today!

The MoCCA Dining Guide 2013 Edition

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This is our fourth guide to dining in the mysterious area surrounding the Lexington Armory on 26th and Lexington, and in the last year this area—now known at NoMad—has become one of the city’s culinary hot spots, with high-end restaurants like The Nomad and Maysville getting the ink. But fear not, as always, there is much cheap (well, by New York City standards) yet amazing grub to be grabbed nearby. Of course, great food is always a subway ride away, but if you don’t mind walking a few blocks you won’t be disappointed. We’ve updated some of last year’s listings but there are some new standouts.

Get a free BATES MOTEL graphic novel on iTunes

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A&E has brought back the classic Psycho house with a modern day prequel to the events of that film: watch young Norman Bates overwhelmed by a weird his weird possessive mom, Norma. And now there’s a graphic novel tie-in, written by a passel of folks—including show runner Carlton Cuse—and drawn by Emma Vieceli. It’s a free download for iPad called Jiao’s Story—at 72 pages it’s a good value, although the person who emailed me this tip labeled it “misogynist.” Haven’t read it yet myself. here’s the preview pages:

RIP: George Gladir

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The co-creator of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, George Gladir passed away Wednesday night at the age of 88. The winner of the 2007 Bill Finger Award, Gladir wrote countless classic Archie stories in a career that went back to the 50s. Even in the last decade, he was still creating comics and attending Comic-Con to promote them, as recounted in this touching memorial by friend Batton Lash:

Carrie Kelley Returns? DC Tease a New Robin

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Here’s a curio! DC have revealed the second half of Batman & Robin’s gatefold cover, which features the first appearance of Carrie Kelley in the New 52 Universe. That’s right! The one from Dark Knight Returns. The company are teasing that she may well be the new Robin coming onto the title, to act as […]