Boom! Studios acquires Archaia

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Well, well. While the general state of comics is pretty healthy these days, there had been one company whose well-being we continually heard whispers about, and that was Archaia: an ill-timed move to a bookstore distributor two years ago left them with massive returns and a lot of cash flow problems. None of these ever […]

Monday’s Review Slate: Transformers, The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal, Demeter

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This week’s review slate sees me trying out Transformers for the first time ever, in the form of Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters #1. I’ll also be flicking through the pages of Neil Slorance’s The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal, as well as reeling in a copy of Becky Cloonan’s Demeter.

The Best of New York City in Comic Books

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As our own set spy photos this morning show, New York is one big playground for superheroes. It’s also the background for some of the greatest literary and indie comics ever, too. Bookish—an Amazon-alternative backed by a bunch of big publishing houses—has just posted a list of the best depictions of New York in comics, […]

Warner Bros. studio shakeup official: Robinov out, Kroll, Silverman, and Emmerich in

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(Above Jeff Robinov and his wife, Nicole.) Despite the importance of MAN OF STEEL in the futures of both Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, its greater than expected success ($400 mil and counting worldwide) wasn’t enough to salvage the job of studio head Jeff Robinov, who has been officially removed, to be replaced by Sue […]

SDCC ’13: Gam3rCon is back

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As Comic-Con continues to morph into a loose confederation of events all centered around the Old Spaghetti Factory on 5th and K, Gam3rCon will also be returning. The full 4-day gaming-focused event will take place at the 10th Avenue Theatre, at 10th and Broadway. Activities include panels, a retro game arcade and energy drinks. 10-4 […]

Fight! Jim Carrey vs Mark Millar over Kick-Ass 2 gun violence

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The fight will be gentlemanly fisticuffs only. Carrey—who has been coming out pretty strongly for gun control in recent months—portrays Colonel Stars and Stripes in the KICK-ASS 2 film coming out in August. (BTW, we get a strong Sergeant Hatred vibe from this, image; do you?) But in two weekend tweets, Carrey distanced himself from […]

Ivan Brunetti covers the New Yorker

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Here’s a nice Summer surprise: this Week’s New Yorker has a cover by Ivan Brunetti. Brunetti’s new book, “Aesthetics: A Memoir” is out now, and provides a great look back at his career.

Review: Trader Joe’s Instant Coffee Packets

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Veteran readers of this site know that if three’s one thing The Beat is obsessed with it’s Vietnamese Instant Coffee. This amazing product as sold by Vinacafe comes 24 packets for $3.50 and provides an all-in-one mix of coffee, milk and sugar that packs a morning wake up punch as strong as Anderson Silva. These […]

San Diego Comic-Con 31 years ago

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Prepare to feel old, beatniks. While scrolling through my Facebook feed I stumbled upon Alan Light’s Flickr gallery.

Exclusive!!! Amazing Spider-Man 2 Set Photos

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While running errands this weekend we wandered haplessly into a film set! Exciting. Look at those Panavision cameras — the real deal. Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been filming a lot in the Madison Square Park area, and this looks like some second unit green screen shots of the Rhino—or a guy in a green screen […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/24/13: Closing the tabs

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§ You have a few hours left to support THE YOUNG PROTECTORS Vol 1 by Alex Woolfson and artist Adam DeKraker. It’s a gay-themed superhero comic strip and it’s already up past $100K and well funded but you may wish to get a copy while you can. § The Scottish are claiming they made the […]