The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – DC’s 3D Cover Woes

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Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss DC’s 3D novelty cover shortage and how it […]

Retailer Brian Hibbs quits ComicPRO, but it wasn’t over DC Villains allocation

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In a comment on his post regarding DC’s allocation of their Villains month promotion, veteran retailer Brian Hibbs mentioned that he had quit the retailer organization, ComicsPRO. I’ve, uh, decided to stop my membership with ComicsPRO because of the reactions of the Board to recent DC moves. I may or may not go to this […]

Harley Quinn #0 to be drawn by Darwyn Cooke, Sam Kieth, Paul Pope, Walt Simonson….

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I’ve just been looking through the DC solicitations for November, but suddenly stopped in awe as I came across Harley Quinn #0. The first issue of Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti’s run with the character, issue #0 will be drawn by…

Leaked Guardians of the Galaxy footage is online for a minute or two

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Here. This is the footage that was shown at Comic-Con and at D23. It’s…. Whoa. That’s Peter Serafinowicz who voices the “what a bunch of A-holes” line, equalling in one blow his entire dialog quotient in Phantom Menace. Wow. I’m in love. Not since The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou have I seen a bunch […]

‘Collider’ Changes Name to ‘Federal Bureau of Physics’ Due to IP Claim

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Unexpectedly, Vertigo have today explained through MTV Geek that Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez’s (excellent) new series Collider is due to change its title. After one issue of being called Collider, the series will now be called ‘FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics’ for issue #2.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: June 2013 – In Defense of Bob Harras

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DC is in a weird place right now.

You can practically watch the publisher’s retail and talent relations take a nose-dive on the Internet. Just last week, retailers Brian Hibbs and Leo McGovern called DC out on its handling of a line-wide publishing stunt in August; a “head of DC Comics” was quoted as admitting that his target audience are “45-year-olds”; popular artist Kevin Maguire announced on Twitter that he’d been “just fired” from an upcoming DC title, asked for work — and was hired, lickety-split, by a gleeful Marvel editor in chief a few hours later; and the brave souls who read the actual comics that somehow still get made, published and sold in this environment conclude that everything kinda reads the same at DC.

Artist Laura Braga joins Witchblade team with issue #170

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Oh yeah while we’re announcing new comics teams, Laura Braga, the very talented Italian artist, is the new artist on WITCHBLADE as of issue #170. She joins writer Ron Marz and colorist/editor Betsy Gonia on the book, meaning the book will be 2/3s people not named Ron. You may be amazed to know WITCHBLADE—the story […]

Vanesa R. Del Rey: Comics publisher hires female artist; industry stands up and cheers…not

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I got a PR email today from BOOM! Studios announcing a new title called HIT, which is out in September, from the team of Bryce Carlson, who writes Adventure Time, and a new artist named Vanesa R. Del Rey. The story is described as “a dark crime drama filled with murderers, rapists, and drug lords…and […]

Podcast Alert: Word Balloon surpasses 4 million downloads

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The Word Balloon podcast is one of the most important thing to happen to comics in the last eight years.

D23 Expo was mostly dogs, not many ponies

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Disney held their big D23 Comic-Con/Fanfest over the last few days and it drew some 18,000 people on Friday and 21,000 on Saturday, according to Variety. There were apparently many activities and hoopla but for news it was a bit dull. Okay Tom Hiddleston is Disney’s most favorite person as it was announced he wold […]

Otakon news: Monster is back, show moves to Washington, more licenses

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As we mentioned a post or so back, Otakon, one of the biggest anime/manga shows on he East Coast was held this weekend in Baltimore, with more than 30,000 fans in attendance. One bit of news that dropped is that the show is moving to Washington, DC in 2017. The problem is that the Baltimore […]

Vin Diesel voicing Groot?

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In late June Vin Diesel announced a super secret meeting with Marvel but remained coy as to the reason. So I took it upon myself to guess why he was meeting with the Mouse, and it turns out I wasn’t entirely wrong. Alright. I was completely wrong about his possible casting for the upcoming “Guardians […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 8/12/13: Wizard World Chicago wrap-up

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(Image via) § Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con was held this weekend, and Sean Kleefeld went and kind of sums up the improving-from-a-comics-standpoint view of the show we’ve been hearing: I’ll be honest that I haven’t been too keen on Wizard World for several years, largely because it struck me as more of a pop culture […]