Pittsburgh Zine Fair 2013 Recap

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TweetOver the hills, through the rainbows, and inside a castle-like community center called The Union Project was the third annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair. This was a free, small-press event that featured over fifty vibrant artists and writers; many from the burgh and some from beyond. PGHZF Posters The timing of the fair was perfect. It […]

Internet Meme Shocker: Did Grumpy Cat Rip off Kate Beaton?

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In a story on how Grumpy Cat—the dwarf cat that people (including The Beat) will line up for hours just to see—is worth $1 million, it’s revealed that one of her signature catch phrases first appeared in a cartoon by Kate Beaton. Which wouldn’t be so odd except that Grumpy’s manager, who is a “meme manager”, is very litigious about other people stealing his own memes. Beaton, who hasn’t received any money from the cat or her manager, is philosophical about the whole thing, writing:

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: August 2013 INFINITY launch one of the biggest events in recent years

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Crossover season is upon us again, as INFINITY launches, and the first tie-ins appear. Naturally enough, Marvel don’t want to distract from it with any other major launches, and so it’s a pretty quiet month across the rest of the line.

As usual, Marvel had the largest share of the North American direct market, though it was relatively close – they led DC by 36% to 33% in unit terms, and 34% to 30% in dollars.

ComicMix Pro teams with Indiegogo

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Tweet Another player in the crowdfunding fulfillment bureau—but with a twist. ComicMix has been around a while as a comics news site and publisher, but it recently launched its ComicMix Pro Services arm, basically offering production, pr and other packaging services on a piece work basis to anyone who needed it, along with content creation, […]

40 new Walking Dead photos to prepare you for the good times

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TweetIncredibly, when they aren’t signing autographs at comics shows around the nation, the cast of The Walking Dead is making a TV show. Since AMC needs something to keep itself busy post Breaking Bad, in two Sundays the fourth season of The Walking Dead debuts for more hope-crushing, jugular-tearing fun and frolic. To get you […]

INTERVIEW: Rachel Deering on her Horror Anthology ‘In The Dark’

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TweetRachel Deering is a writer and letterer best known for her horror projects like Anathema, a werewolf story which was successfully funded through Kickstarter and has gone on to receive pretty unanimous acclaim. You may also recognise her name from other comics like Amelia Cole, and the Womanthology project. She’s returned to Kickstarter this month for […]

Relive Breaking Bad with tribute art by Templesmith, Francavilla, and more

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TweetWell, Breaking Bad is over, and thank God, it was satisfying. Sure there were a few loose ends—Huell? Hullo?—but VERY few, and the payoff was strong and cathartic. While you may be mourning your dose of bracing moralism every Sunday, the void can be filled, at least temporarily, with Breaking Bad fan art, of which […]

Dynamite to Expand with ‘Dynamite Toys and Games’ Division

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TweetDynamite Entertainment have announced that they will be launching a new division, Dynamite Toys and Games, which will be producing board games, action figures, card games and other merchandise based on their comics.

The great blog death of 2013 claims another victim: MTV Geek shuts down – UPDATE

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Tweet I noticed this morning that they hadn’t updated and that, coupled with the recent editor search, sent my Heidi sense tingling and yes indeed, MTV Geek is no more. Friends and fellow geeks — We’re shutting up shop and heading to the great arcade in the sky. Our friends over at MTV News will […]

Webcomic alert: Darryl Cunningham does Ayn Rand bio comic

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How had we not noticed that Darryl Cunningham has been serializing a comics biography of Ayn Rand over at Act–i-vate?

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – “March Book 1″ Interview Special

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Tweet 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 More To Come interview special, Calvin Reid speaks with Andrew Aydin, Rep. John Lewis‘s staffer and his coauthor on the graphic novel March Book One about […]

Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper’s Pig Goat Banana Cricket will entertain innocent children on Nickelodeon

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TweetOne specializes in beautifully rendered erotic paintings of Rubenesque women. The other is a comics bad boy known for his hilarious X-rated comics soaked in jizz, blood, and severed penises. Together they have created a cartoon for young kids called Pig Goat Banana Cricket. And it looks wonderful. Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan have been […]

Marvel to announce six new books at NYCC with Dan Slott, Mike Allred, Stuart Immonen, Bendis, Peter David and more

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All week Marvel has been teasing their New York Comic-Con announcements with one word teasers. Just how much can be gleaned from a word and a font treatment depends on how closely you follow Team Marvel, but we’ve been making some guesses.

PalmConGate envelops all in its path

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Tweet It started, as we noted the other day, when Allie Conti, a writer for Vice, The Atlantic and New Times in Florida, wrote a review of a small local con and deemed it “depressing”. More than 200 commenters disagreed, calling for everything from Conti to be fired or perhaps kill herself to the New […]

CONSTANTINE TV show in development with Goyer and Cerone

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Kevin Tsujihara was not kidding! Warner Bros. is moving right along developing some of its DC characters. First it was the Jim Gordon/Gotham TV show the other day—already sent to series. Now it’s a TV show abut John Constantine in development at NBC. And that Mentalist production team is yet again involved, as is David S. Goyer, well known as the co-writer on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Top Shelf’s big $3 sale winds up today — don’t let it pass you by

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Every year indie mainstay Top Shelf Holds a big $3 sale selected backstock that last for a few weeks. The 2013 sale ends today and you can get books for even a lot less than $1, as well as comics by Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Craig Thompson and many many more. You can get some very awesome books for only $1. What are you waiting for? Seriously here are a few of the books you can get for ONE FRAKKING DOLLAR: