Pittsburgh Zine Fair 2013 Recap

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Over 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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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, crowdfunding […]

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

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Incredibly, 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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Rachel 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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Well, 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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Dynamite 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.