Brian Wood’s Spawn Script for #251 Was “rewritten”

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 By: Alexander Jones Comics fandom was surprised when Brian Wood was solicited as the author of Spawn #251. Wood is known for writing material such as DMZ, The Massive, and now, his run on Moon Knight, it should be noted that all those titles are incredibly different from Spawn. This issue is a massive celebration, bringing […]

Brisson and Couceiro Go BOOM! with Cluster #1

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Ed Brisson of Sheltered and Sons of Anarchy fame has just announced a brand new project over at BOOM! Studios entitled Cluster. The book follows Samara, the leader of a group of cons. Samara is sentenced to prison for her crimes, and then given an option to join to go kill aliens on a planet […]

Gift Guide: King Ice jewlery for the bling-loving nerd in your life

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Looking for some nerd themed bling fro gifts? King Ice offers this nice Thor’s helemet pendent, along with a lot of other hip hop swag and other items with crossover appeal, like this  Black Octopus Wearing Sunglasses Ring.  King Ice sent the Beat a golden Thor pendent as a review item a while ago and it’s […]

Derf gets turfed by Facebook

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The other day, Tom Spurgeon linked to a Facebook post by cartoonist T Edward Bak in which he frets about the “money vs art vs oh god what the hell am I doing” feeling that many in the indie world are having, and which we’ve written about many times. In response I was about to go link to a fantastic FB post by Derf Backderf in which he talks about being a cancer survivor and what he’s done since—delivered the great book My Friend Dahmer, continued to cartoon, enjoyed life with his family, travelled the world. It was a wonderful life affirming post that puts a lot of things into perspective.

But….it was gone.

Humble Bundle sold $3 million worth of comics in 2014

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The whole Humble Bundle move to selling comics and e-books worked very well, Calvin Reid reports:

UK publisher Great Beast shuts down—but it’s for good reasons

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While comics seem to be holding their own as an industry, with revenue generally up, there are a few folks on shaky ground, and 2014 saw a few casualties. One of them is Great Beast, the indie uUK graphic novel publisher run by cartoonists Adam Cadwell and Mark Ellerby. The imprint was sort of run as an “Image” like model, with Great Beast generally handling distribution for an emerging generation of UK cartoonists including , Robert M Ball, Dan Berry, Adam Cadwell, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Dan Cox, John Cei Douglas, Marc Ellerby, Isabel Greenberg, John Riordan and Rachael Smith.

The reason for the shut down? Too much success basically. Ellerby had left running the publisher earlier in the year and Cadwell did not have the time to keep things going:

Captain America’s Shield and Joe Quesada show up on the Stephen Colbert farewell

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There were few dry eyes across America as Stephen Colbert wrapped up his nine year run on The Colbert Report—and staying in character, instead of breaking the wall and getting sentimental, he went gonzo fantasy, defeating Grimmy, his long time nemesis, or Death himself, and gaining immortality. Immortality has perks, such as assembling a zeitgeist all-stat lineup of pals from Bryan Cranston to George Lucas to Cyndi Lauper and James Franco who came out to sing the closing song from Dr Strangelove, “We’ll Meet Again. ” Although it was hard to spot all the celebs in the chorus, among them was two-time guests, Marvel CCO Joe Quesada:

Webcomic alert: What it’s like for an incarcerated teen on Rikers Island

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The federal government is suing NYC over the treatment of teen-aged inmates at the legendary—and not in a good way— Riker’s Island detention facility. The federal government plans to file a lawsuit against New York City alleging “widespread civil rights violations” against teen inmates at Rikers Island. The suit comes on the heels of a blistering […]

2015 Eisner judges announced: D’Angelo, Graham, Howe, Kirtley, McFee and Thompson

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The judges for the 2015 Eisner Awards have been announced, and as usual they are a stellar group: Carr D’Angelo, librarian/professor Richard Graham, Marvel the Untold Story author Sean Howe, academic Susan Kirtley, volunteer Ron McFee and the incomparable Maggie Thompson, who I can’t believe has never been a judge before!

The judges will meet in early April to binge read every comic put out in 2015, and nominees will be announced shortly afterwards. More info here.

Spider-Woman Gets New “clothes to kick ass in”

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By: Alexander Jones Designer Kris Anka has just crafted some new threads for Jessica Drew A.K.A. Spider-Woman, a woman in need of a super-makeover. Anka has been pulled into reinvent some classic costumes with great results, including Storm’s newish outfit during Marvel NOW! that stuck around only because it was really fantastic. Anka’s new design for Drew […]

PW Comics World’s Critics polls reveal what was and is

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PW’s annual Graphic Novel critics poll, which I oversee, is out. This One Summer was the winner, which is hard to argue with. There’s also a list of books of the year selected by the graphic novel reviewers. It’s a small group, but they usually get it right. I thought it would be fun to look up past winners. The very first one isn’t online, but it’s a pretty strong list overall, and clicking the links will immediately take you back to whatever people were talking about in comics that year:

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 12/18/14: Get well soon, Norm Breyfogle

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§ Veteran Batman artist and nice guy Norm Breyfogle has suffered a stroke, as reported by his ex-wife. He’s expected to make a full recovery but send good thoughts.

Guy DeLisle’s Pyongyang film adpatation scrapped after Interview disaster

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In case you missed it, Sony Pictures has been forced to cancel the theatrical release of The Interview after hackers have released a catastrophic trove of private emails and scripts, and threatened to bomb theaters showing the film—and theater owners began saying they wouldn’t carry it. The film follows a pair of bumbling journalists sent to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un, and apparently, Supreme Leader did not like this plot line.

The repercussions of this Hollywood disaster will be felt for years to come, but one piece of collateral damage was a planned adaptation of Pyongyang, Guy DeLisle’s graphic novel about his two months spent in the North Korean capital working on an animation project. New Regency has pulled the plug on the project which was to have starred Steve Carrell and be directed by Gore Verbinski from a Steve Conrad script. However the log line for the movie bears little resemblance to the book that I read:

The Free Comic Book Day Silver Titles are Pretty Awesome

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By: Alexander Jones After revealing the first wave of Free Comic Book Day titles, it was only a matter of time before the rest of them started to pop up. This next batch is very exciting, and full of fun offerings from all your favorite publishers with the big guns like Marvel and DC, along […]

#LBCC ’14: Did Cosplay drive up Attendance and Sales?

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Long Beach Comic Con 2014: Did Cosplay drive up Attendance and Sales? by Pamela Auditore Ticket sales for the Long Beach Comic Con held the weekend of September 27 – 28th, 2014 saw a 25% increase, over last year held November 23 – 24, 2013 event, according to LBCC Executive Director, Martha Donato.  Putting attendance […]

Interview: Stuart Moore and Gus Storms Reclaim EGOs

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After a lengthy hiatus, the creative team behind Image Comics’ EGOs is back in action and ready to serve up more interplanetary crime drama with their upcoming fifth issue. Writer Stuart Moore and artist Gus Storms were kind enough to take some time to chat with the Beat about their series, in addition to humoring […]