AMARILLO: New Blacksad book is coming and here’s the cover

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Our own Zainab Ahktar has scoped out the arrival of a new Blacksad book. It’s called AMARILLO and it has obvious allusions to the great American Coming Of Age Ritual: driving across the country in an ace vehicle. Zainab gave a rough translation of the blurb:

Millarworld goes Kiddie with potential Kindergarten Heroes movie

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As if it wasn’t bad enough that Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper are tainting our nation’s youth, now it’s possible that the horrific influence of Mark Millar might spew its evil dark cloud over the innocents. Kindergarten Heroes, a kids book that Millar wrote and Curtis Tiegs illustrated, has been optioned by Fox, with Carter […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales August 2013: The Walking Dead, Saga, Star Wars

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Kind of a quiet month this month, with only two notable debuts, JMS’s new book Sidekicks, and this month’s Aspen debut, Overtaken, amongst the usual high flyers. In fact there are only 10 new books charting all month. The return of Saga is the only other big news, going from strength to strength.

It occurred to me this month that many of Image’s new books are getting some form of returnability. However, I’ve decided that, unlike my colleague MOF on the DC column, I’m not going to adjust the figures to reflect that, I’m going to stick to the raw data.

Did Bob Kane swipe Batman from Siegel and Shuster?

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All the references to Mark Millar’s infamous “Orson Welles was doing a Batman movie hoax” of 2003 in this piece by Brad Ricca suggest to me that this is another clever hoax: the claim that in the May 1937 issue of More Fun featuring Doctor Occult, the Siegel and Shuster team has drawn a familiarly shaped proto-Bat-man. The actual Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939).

Recommended: Something Terrible by Dean Trippe

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Superheroes sometimes come in for some criticism here at The Beat—I was a teenaged superhero reader but haven’t read them regularly in a looooong time. I understand the tropes but don’t them in my life at this point in time. Sometimes I think I need to, as the King James translator put it, “When I […]

31 Days of Halloween: Halloween ComicFest

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Yes it is time for 31 Days of Halloween again! Send us your art and links to comicsbeat at gmail dot com. Let’s kick it off with the second official Diamond Comics Holiday, Halloween ComicFest and one of the special editions available, Batman Lil Gotham Special Edition #1 by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen. . […]

Yes, I know there is a spinning black beach ball

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The Beat is having caching problems. When you see the black ball just click and it goes away. Somehow it removed all the fonts too. Our team is working on it. Meanwhile, here’s a Twinkie.