DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: August 2013 – Allocation Blues

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Due to unprecedented demand for the DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales Column, The Beat announces that broadcasts of the August 2013 DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales Column will be allocated. This column is now FUBAR-Late at the writer level.

You won’t believe this Chester Brown Louis Riel cartoon

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A tiny snippt of a lost project that would have animated Chester Brown’s great graphic novel of Canadian history.

Alternative Press Expo 2013: Not San Diego or New York, But Something Else

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By Bruce Lidl While the vast bulk of the comics industry, including most of The Beat staff, was gathered in Manhattan for New York Comic Con, there was, quite literally, an Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco over the same exact weekend. Unlike at the Javits Center, where Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and the rest […]

Court tells Stan Lee Media to get the hell away from Conan

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Stan Lee Media—the creeping zombie of a company that no longer has anything to do with Stan Lee, but loves to say they have the rights to everything Stan ever came near—has just lost an appeal in another of it lawsuits, this one, a claim that they had the rights to Conan, saying that current […]

San Diego 2014 press reg is open! Join Team Beat!

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It is never too soon to fret about San Diego Comic-Con! We’ve already had badge PRE-REGISTRATION, Film Festival registration, professional registration, and now press registration has opened. There are quite a few changes this year—documentary film crews will not get press badges, but will be approved to buy badges. I guess there were a lot […]

Must read: Spike’s Everything I Know

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Cartoonist C. Spike Trotman is one of the most self-assured creators we’ve ever met. Whether it’s her long running webcomic Templar, AZ or her guide to living on a little money, Poorcraft, or her mastery of crowdfunding or anything else, she has one of the sharpest business senses around. She just posted a new 24 […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 10/22/13: Fun Home sings, The Lakes is fine

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§ The Lakes comics events was held this past weekend, and it sounds like the most bucolic new show in some time—an entire picturesque English village went comics crazy for a few days. Plus it had a poster by Bryan Talbot, above, so it was a winner from the git go. It’s already boasting of […]

NYCC Panel Recap: The 2000AD Panel

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Starting with moderator Mike Molcher quickly breaking two microphones in a row and ending with him soliciting selected members of the audience for sexual favours, the 2000AD Panel lived up to the reputation carefully cultivated by the company. He was joined onstage by Ian Edginton, Al Ewing, and Andy Diggle to talk about all the […]