RIP Stan Goldberg

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Legendary Archie artist Stan Goldberg has passed away at age 82. The artist suffered a stroke two weeks ago. His passing was noted on his Facebook page, where fans are invited to share memories.

Con Wars: What’s happening on the Cosplay competition circuit front

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by Lawrence Brenner — Cosplay is one of the most visual and important aspects of conventions especially in the last ten years. It is one of the greatest and creative expressions of fandom, displaying a multitude of art forms combined. In addition, many cosplayers are employed in multiple capacities by companies to help in the promotion of their products, services, etc. Cosplayers themselves are also a new form of retailer for and at conventions (and con goers) who sell various products based on their likenesses as various characters and interpretations of from different properties, and this includes props and commissions. In fact, many cosplayers and photographers/videographers go to conventions to photograph and videograph different cosplayers and be the subjects of photos and videos.

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: Marvel at Walmart

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TweetRecorded at Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Marvel’s elusive $5 trade paperbacks at Walmart, DC […]

National Book Festival 2014: Lots of Graphic Novels!

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Tweet Celebrating it’s 14th year, the National Book Festival moves to the Washington Convention Center this Saturday, offering twelve hours of bibliophila!  (The National Park Service says the hordes of eager readers, some 200,000, was damaging the lawn.) Started in 2001 by librarian and First Lady Laura Bush with support from the Library of Congress, […]

Laughter has been banned from DC movies

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Veteran showbiz writer Drew McWeeny rocked the world of superhero movies this week with his claim that he’s heard many times that humor is superhero films is being given the side eye at Warner Bros. :

Wizard World Chicago is many things to many people

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The comics e-CON-omy is growing by leaps and bounds, but splitting off into many factions and circuits. While pop culture has always been a big part of comic cons, the cross-over with autograph shows is creating hybrids whose success varies from market to market, Last weekend’s Wizard World Chicago (and the Fan Expo in Toronto which is on as you read this) are among the largest, and the former, in particular, was definitely like the blind men and the elephant — everyone had a different perception depending on where they were standing.

Nice art: The Valiant #1 by Lemire, Kindt and Rivera

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The dynamic duo of Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt seems to have set up shop for some of their non-creator owned work at Valiant Comics, and new they’re joined by Paolo Rivera for The Valiant, a new four issue prestige mini-series. An they’ve got Franceso Francavilla doing variant covers as well—along with Kindt and Lemire—so it’s a nice art-a-palooza. It’s nice to see Valiant stepping out with new titles, and especially great to see Rivera back on interior art—he’s best known for his impressive MArvel covers but since stepping back from that we haven’t seen nearly enough of his stylish art around.

Nice Art: Eleanor Davis’s diary

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Tweet As they do periodically, TCJ.com is running a cartoonist diary; this week it’s Eleanor Davis. Her collection How To Be Happy is out now and it’s amazing. These diaries are one of the best features at TCJ, spontaneous and quotidian at the same time.

Corey Murphy joins Image Comics

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Tweet Corey Murphy, formerly of Laughing Ogre,  has joined Image as director of retail sales and will be working with comics shops on retail issues. Image hasn’t had anyone on staff to deal with this specific job function in a little bit, but obviously it’s a huge growth area for them. I don’t know Murphy personally, […]

San Diego Convention Center expansion maybe not entirely dead?

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Tweet The San Diego city council’s denial of the Convention Center expansion the other day has left a lot of questions for the city—like can they keep the Chargers there or will THEY move to LA, Las Vegas or Anaheim? There’s also the problem of repairing the “Sails” area, as shown in the above photo […]

Happy Birthday Jack Kirby

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Tweet It’s The King’s 97th birthday today, but who needs an excuse to celebrate the mans vision, talent and tenacity? Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian is spearheading the Kirby4Heroes project which is raising money for The Heroes Initiative, which raises many for creators in need. There are events today and ongoing projects listed in the link. She also […]

Marvel to reprint Dark Horse Star Wars comics as STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION

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TweetHuh, well blow me down with a womp rat. Over the 20 years of Dark Horse’s Star Wars license they built up a healthy business in selling collected editions of their “expanded universe” stories. However that ended when Disney purchased Lucesfilm and reassigned the Star Wars license to their “in house ” publisher Marvel. Although […]

SPX announces programming

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Tweet And it’s a doozy as always — PR provided some highlights but I can tell you I won’t miss that alt-weekly panel….90s NOSTALGIA PEOPLE. SPX will be held Sept. 13-14 in North Bethesda, MD. BE THERE. White Oak Room   TIME DESCRIPTION Noon – 1:00 Alt-Weekly Comics Roundtable Until recently the media landscape has […]

WHOA: As San Diego Convention Center decays, expansion plan is shot dead

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Tweet I can’t say this was unexpected, but here we go again: after the threat of endless legal battles, environmental group opposition, the lack of any real financing plan and perpetual local conflict, after spending $10 million in six years, the planned expansion of the San Diego Convention Center has been killed. KILLED. One of […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/27/14: Hulk statue ahoy!

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Tweet§ You will need to go through several sign-up tests to get to this Psychiatric Times article about the use of comics in psychiatric treatment, but inspired by the recent Comics and Medicine conference, the answer is “Yes.” After hearing that I spent a few days at a comics and medicine conference, an ordinarily taciturn […]

NYCC13: New York Super Week: Tickets On Sale Now!

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Tweet Yes, it’s still August.  There are a few days left until Labor Day ends another Summer of Fun! So that means it’s time for the Fall Season of (unofficial) comic cons! Hey!  New York Comic Con is in October!  I wonder what’s up at their site? Lots of guests being announced. MAJOR guests! Oh, […]