The problem with Wonder Woman and the solution: Melissa McCarthy

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Tweet Here’s the latest version of the “What the hell can we do with Wonder Woman?” piece by Shoshana Kessock but it’s a really excellent one that looks at the context of the problems of putting a female action hero on the screen: That is one of the reasons Wonder Woman has had a difficult […]

RIP Jim Kelly

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Tweet The Karate expert who co-starred with Bruce Lee in ENTER THE DRGAON has died at age 67. These stills remind us that the 70s were the coolest decade ever,

Monday’s Review Slate: Lazarus and Pizza Dog

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TweetThis week’s been a big week for comics! All kinds of goings-on were, well, going-on. I’m narrowing it down to just the two comics, though. The ones everybody’s been talking about. Lazarus #1 from Image, and Hawkeye #11 from Marvel. Both books have fantastic creative teams and all the goodwill in the world pushing them […]

The fifth new Vertigo title is Coffin Hill and the sixth is Suiciders — Also The Witching Hour

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Tweet This morning’s NY Times story on Vertigo’s six new titles only managed to have room to mention four of them. However if you look at the picture of executive editor Shelly Bond above, you can see a bunch of stuff including the cover to something called Coffin Hill. The art style is pretty distinctive, […]

SDCC ’13: Comixology, the Hero Initiative, Palmiotti, Conner and pals make a giant comic book page

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Tweet Okay we told you ComiXology has a lot of stuff going on at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Not only are they co-sponsoring the Eisners and teaming with the CBLDF, they are also putting on a two hour event called “The Blank Page Project” which will benefit The Hero Initiative. Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda […]

Big Interview: Julia Gfrӧrer: ‘I don’t get why people write stories without sex in them’

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Tweet One of the advantages in writing for The Beat is the opportunity to provide under-appreciated comic creators with a platform, to share work which genuinely excels, work which excites you. This interview with Julia Gfrӧrer, whose comics and art work I have been a fan of ever since I came across it over a year […]

On The Scene: Wizard World’s “NYC Experience” Wasn’t Half Bad

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TweetAmong people I talk to about cons and comics, about half won’t bother to go to Wizard World Cons, about a quarter might go, but usually have mediocre things to say about them, and about a quarter haven’t ever been to one but haven’t totally ruled it out. This is because Wizard cons are known […]

Vertigo is alive, launching six new titles

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Tweet Despite all the appearances that Vertigo, DC’s line for creator-driven horror, fantasy and crime-based comics, is on its last legs—they only released four monthly titles in May—editors on panels have been insisting that the imprint has been working on a comeback. And now more details on that comeback have been released, in a NY […]

The Guardian Reveals the Origin of The Phoenix Magazine

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TweetThis weekend The Guardian published an interview with the Fickling family, who created and run the Beat-approved Phoenix Magazine. Conducted by John-Paul Flintoff, the interview was then turned into a comic by Adam Murphy! And if you click past the jump, you’ll be able to have a look at it yourself. Do it!