Black Friday/Gift Guide: Gallery 1988 offers all kinds of artsy gifties

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LA’s Gallery 1988 has become a madly successful out post for pop art, much of it TV themed, but all of it playful. THey’re offering a big Black Friday sale now until the end of the year, with 30% off their assortment of prints. They also have a few new offerings:       DOORBUSTER  […]

(A) Top Ten Holiday Gift Guide for Black Friday and Beyond

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By Jeffrey O. Gustafson At this point in the morning of Black Friday, so many of you have already done your shopping. But if you are like me, you don’t celebrate any of this stuff and don’t get gifts for people. (I’m not a role model.) When Heidi asked me to put together a holiday […]

Black Friday/Small Business Saturday deals: What’s happening in shops

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This is a busy retail time of year. I’ll be updating this post as I go along and in between holiday cooking tasks. Keep checking back! And happy shopping. Lee’s Comics, Mountain View and San Mateo We will be giving a Grab bag to the first 50 people per store. The grab bag may contain […]

Thought Bubble 2013: Diversity in Comics Panel in Full

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In light of recent discussions and events in the world of comics, this was quite possibly the most important panel of the UK’s favourite convention, and one that took a decidedly positive look at the issues surrounding diversity – or lack thereof – in comics.

Black Friday Comics: Sales! Sales! Sales!!

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Today is Black Friday, when America celebrates their foundations through the buying of heavily discounted goods. The Beat, being a comics blog, strongly endorses the existence of sales and things being affordable, and in the spirit of that: here’s a list of the various comic book sales being held today.

Black Friday: comiXology offers Image and Avengers/X-Men sales

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Black Friday to Cyber Monday (11/29-12/2), comiXology is offering two special sales, with selected Avengers and X-Men and Image titles marked down to 99¢ 11/29 – 12/2 – Avengers vs. X-Men Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale: Avengers vs X-Men #0-12 AVX: VS #1-6 AVX: Consequences #1-5 Avengers vs X-Men Infinite #1, 6, 10 Avengers Academy #29-33 […]

Spotlight Cartoonist: Connie Sun –“Snow Hunks”

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The Phoenix Reaches 100 Issues Not Out

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Tomorrow sees the 100th issue of The Phoenix, the weekly children’s comic, published. This represents quite the milestone, as The Phoenix is the first independent British comic to hit 100 issues in over 40 years.

Spotlight Cartoonist: Connie Sun –“The Universe is Generous”

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Happy Turkey to all

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It’s a good day to reflect and truly be thankful. And also to eat more food than anyone should possibly eat in one sitting. I’m thankful for my health and the general well-being of my loved ones. I’m thankful to be able to work in a field that I find infinitely rewarding and constantly surprising. […]

Lauren Sankovitch ankles Marvel for the West Coast

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Popular editor Lauren Sankovitch is leaving Marvel today. Among her titles: Thor: God of Thunder, Young Avengers, and the new Loki book. Sankovitch is heading to the West Coast to pursue still hush hush opportunities. Sankovitch will be missed for many things, particularly her karaoke duets on various numbers from The Lion King with James […]

INTERVIEW: An Artful Daggers Primer

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I first noticed Artful Daggers, an ongoing series published through Monkeybrain, due to the artwork of Andrew Losq, who creates incredible abstract page sequences. Having read the first issue, I decided to catch up on the rest once the first story arc had concluded – that’s the benefit of a comics publishing model like Monkeybrain, […]

Review: Gut Feelings By Leah Wishnia

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On the surface, Leah Wishnia’s anthology GUT FEELINGS visually reads as a tornado of frenetic and (at times) grotesque imagery, brimming with a stream of both rambunctious and tortured characters who are pitched in a mosaic of revolving hallucinogenic experience. It could easily be shelved amongst the vast anthologies from fellow young underground cartoonists, as […]

Events Done Right in Writer Jonathan Hickman and Company’s Infinity 6 [Review]

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By Jeffrey O. Gustafson Damn Events. Maybe it’s just a marketing term, but as I noted above, it’s a matter of scale. I’m sick of the term, and a little tired of the Events themselves, but Infinity is an Event by marketing and by definition. Going back to the cycle events that started in the […]

Process: Jeremy Rock on making “animated transition” comics

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Has anyone come up with a definite name for those “swipe” comics? Many use comiXology’s Guided View, but there are other methods. Anyway, they are increasingly popular, and learning how to make them is becoming an actual comics skill set. Jeremy Rock, artist on Thrillbent’s The Eighth Seal, has a process post on these comics […]

Review: Remender and McNiven’s Uncanny Avengers 14

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By Jeffrey O. Gustafson I guess I’ll start off by admitting I haven’t really been reading writer Rick Remender’s Uncanny Avengers. I read the first arc largely because of John Cassaday’s presence on art, but Remender’s story – involving the Red Skull stealing the recently deceased Charles Xavier’s brain – left me a little cold. […]