2014 Happy New Year, Everyone!

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Tweet Well the minutes are ticking down in this timezone, and as is tradition we see out 2013 with the JC Leyendecker Saturday Evening Post cover from 100 years ago. While 2013 wasn’t as profoundly crappy a year as 2012, it had its…challenges. But The Beat sailed on through. And you all made it here. […]

The 2013 Comics Happy List

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TweetI just can’t muster the hubris to do a Top 10 list.  Lists are subject to the tastes of the reviewer(s).  One person’s top 10 list doesn’t necessarily mean anything.  And, you know, Buzzfeed.  Instead, I’ll present a list of comics that made me happy in 2013, with an emphasis on things that might have […]

Must Read: Becky Cloonan on self-publishing

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Tweet This is a good one to leave the year on, I think, a 4000 word essay by Becky Cloonan on the evolution and execution of her self-published minis, which have won Eisner awards and sold thousands of copies. The piece covers some of the intangibles, but mostly the practical side, from living with tons […]

Japan launches worldwide assault via its own anime channel

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The Japanese government is taking matters into its own hands by spending 15.5 billion yen ($14.7 million) to launch its own TV network with an eye to foreign distribution.

Charles Soule reveals how the heck he’s writing seven books a month

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If you wonder who is the hardest working man in comics biz, there is only one answer: Charles Soule, currently scripting seven monthly titles and running a law firm. As he admits in this post, people are always asking him “HOW ARE YOU DOING THIS???”—in fact I asked him that the last time I saw him—so he has written a blog post to explain so he doesn’t have to waste precious time answering that question any more.

The Private Eye Chapter 5 now available

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I’m sure you all saw this but in case you missed this holiday offering, a new chapter in The Private Eye, the futuristic tale of a world where privacy exists by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin, went up a few days ago. It’s based on a pay-what-you-want model. $3.99 feels about right, if you ask me.

31 Days of Winter Festivals Supplemental: Ty Templeton

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Ty Templeton’s Bun Toons are always a delight. He currently running down the year in cartoons.

31 Days of Winter Festivals: Kate Beaton’s Christmas Comics

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Tweet Kate Beaton has put all her holiday comics in one massive post. These are finely observed moments of family life, the laughter specific to her loving family, but universal, as well. Beaton has been working on many secret projects for the last while; given these glimpses of her steadily evolving talent, we can’t wait […]

RIP: Smithfield

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Well, another bar is closing in New York: Smithfield on 28th Street. This was mostly a soccer/sports bar, as the above photo of Six Alex Ferguson, legendary manager of Man United, hanging out with the owners shows. But as Ben and I knew these owners and much of the staff, this was also a little bit of a comic book bar.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 12/31/13: These links will blow your mind. And then they will make you lose control of your bladder. Sorry.

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Tweet§ I don’t know what the Brevard Times is, but they are hiring a cartoonist. Experience in caricature drawings.  Interested applicants should send their resumes along with a sample caricature drawing to brevardtimes@gmail.com. No mention of pay so you might want to ask about that. I was also amused by some of their requirements for […]

Marvel’s David Gabriel: we haven’t sold comics in bookstores for months and no one noticed

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Tweet Remember what I was just saying about how if Marvel made any money selling periodicals in bookstores, they would never have stopped the program? David Gabriel, sr vp of sales at Marvel spoke to Calvin Reid at PW, and gives the entire overview: Gabriel confirmed that Marvel’s single-issue comics program to bookstores has been […]

Nice Art: Mister X poster gallery by Jaime Hernandez and Paul Rivoche

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Tweet There was never ever nor will there ever be a better promotional campaign than this one for Voxtex Comics Mister X series, which was mostly written by Gilbert Hernandez with Jaime and Mario, and drawn by Jaime Hernandez and designed by Dean Motter and Paul Rivoche. Alas it turned out that Voxtex was another […]

Let’s Talk Comic Book Podcasts with Jim Viscardi [Interview]

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TweetPodcasts continue to rise as a form of entertainment, and comics – being one of those mediums most in-touch with the internet – have risen up and provided a wealth of quality comic book podcasts. Let’s Talk Comics, hosted by Jim Viscardi, is one of the more recent additions to this fast-growing world of comic […]

Marvel no longer selling single issues in chain bookstores

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Tweet Marvel is no longer selling periodical comics to Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million, the two largest chain book stores. Good-Ereader confirmed this with employes at both stores. Barnes and Noble has a flagship store in Union Square, in New York City. This is the location where they tend to have unveiling events for the […]

A page of Declan Shalvey’s art from the new Warren Ellis Moon Knight book

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TweetSpeaking of Marvel periodicals: Axel Alonso just tweeted another preview page from the upcoming MOON KNIGHT book by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey. Looking forward to seeing this colored AND reading it. Moon Knight comes out in March.

Cover for Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH graphic novel revealed

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Tweet Director Darren Aronofsky is a big comics nerd, and although he’s never gone all the way with several attempted comics-based films (including Watchmen and Wolverine), he’s done the reverse commute with a graphic novel based on his weird movie The Fountain (adapted by Kent Williams) and soon, NOAH, an adaptation of his screenplay by […]