To Do Tonight: MoCCA Awards of Excellence art show and reception

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When the MoCCA Awards of Excellence were announced, an art exhibit of the winners was promised, and the opening is tonight. The winners turn out to have been pretty excellent, so I suspect this will be a fine showing. The Society of Illustrators is excited to announce the inaugural MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence.  […]

Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos Launch Cow Boy: Unconquerable

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After the success of their first graphic novel, the Cow Boy team of Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos have announced that September will see a follow-up to the story called Cow Boy: Unconquerable. Hurrah!

Jonathan Hickman AND DI AMORIM Launch ‘God is Dead’

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The creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Di Amorim have announced a new six-issue series being published through Avatar starting this September. Called ‘God Is Dead’, the miniseries will apparently tell the story of what happens when gods return to current-day Earth and decide to remake it to be more in their image. The humans […]

Kindle and WB team up for legal, profitable fanfic

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Well my inbox this morning was stuffed with people telling me how big an announcement this is: Basically, Amazon has licensed Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries from WB’s Alloy division, and will allow people to write legal fan fiction based on these properties and sell the result on Kindles. The profits will […]

Future Comics: De Vriend book trailer

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It’s been a while since we looked at one of those motiony-comicky-giffy-dealies that take comics and extend them in a browsable movable way. Here’s one from the Netherlands. It’s actually an animated book trailer for De Vriend (Friend) by Dutch thriller author Charles den Tex. It was animated and illustrated by Aimee de Jongh and it was coded by Submarine, using a technique called “Skrollr” which unfolds as you scroll through it. (Pro tip: you can also use the down button.)

2013 Glyph Comics Awards Winners announced

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The Glyph Awards, honoring the best in African American comics, were handed out over the weekend at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Creators convention, and here are the winners: Story of the Year MONSTERS 101; Muhammad Rasheed, writer and artist Best Writer Brandon Easton, writer,SHADOWLAW Best Artist Chris Samnee, artist, ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #6 […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 14.1: Updates and Clarifications on Marvelman

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 - All About Angela, 13 - More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd, 14 - Back to Marvelman] Before I get around to doing a […]

Boom! Poised to Make a Splash at Phoenix Comic Con

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Boom! Studios is going to be a presence at the Phoenix Comic Con for the first time this week (May 23rd-26th), and they are setting out to make a strong impression with a range of variant covers and signings throughout the con. We’ve been watching the rise of the small and mid-sized con for the […]

Mo cons, mo problems: Motor City and Japan Expo USA

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Unexpectedly long lines and preemptive attempts to avoid the same have caused some ruckus on the con circuit. This past weekend’s Motor City Comic Con in Detroit was the latest show in a growing number to have more people than they knew what to do with—even folks who had brought tickets meant to avoid standing […]

San Diego Comic-Con update: infographic and more badges

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If you are like The Beat, you have always wanted to see a graphic of San Diego Comic-Con’s attendance growth and now thanks to this infographic presented by Film School Rejects and BuyCostumes.com, you can! (click for big) There’s much more in the complete chart including masquerade info and how Comic-Con compares to a Super Bowl in economic impact.

More Disney layoffs: ESPN sheds hundreds

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Disney continues its road to profitability by cutting staff, this time at ESPN, where as many as 400 people lost their jobs in a cost-cutting measure to offset increased licensing fees for various sports. Although ESPN is sort of a fiefdom of Disney, it is still subject to the same kind of bottom line boosting […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 5/22/2013: 101s galore

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¶ In a review of Donald Duck; The Old Castle’s Secret, K.C. Carlson explains a bit about why the work of Carl Barks has such staying power: I’ve read this story before, so I’m not surprised that I recall some things about it. But I’m remembering everything exactly as I read it before — not […]