Back to Class with Jimmie Robinson’s Five Weapons [Interview]

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TweetThis week sees the return of Five Weapons by Jimmie Robinson, which last year was upgraded by Image Comics from a five-issue miniseries to a regular ongoing story. Focusing on life at a school for young assassins, the series was met with huge acclaim – not least from The Beat, where the book was one […]

Dark Horse Donate Digital Comics to Children’s Cancer Association

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TweetDC and Archie have both been using their comics to help raise money and support for charity in significant charity campaigns this last year, something for which they should be applauded. And last week Dark Horse Digital also helped spread a bit of cheer, as they opened their digital comics archive to the Children’s Cancer […]

New Connor Willumsen & Reginald Péan from SHQ Publishing

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TweetSecret Headquarters, the much admired LA comics store, is one of several that has launched a micro-publishing arm, and they’ll have two new books out for the LA Art Book Fair which kicks off on the 31st. Mover Shaper/Onus by Connor Willumsen A new flip-sketchbook by Canadian artist Connor Willumsen. Trippy urban scenes on one […]

Jules Feiffer’s upcoming graphic novel is great, says Neil Gaiman

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Tweet As far as 2014 goes, I think there are at least three graphic novels we’ll be talking about: Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant; Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds, and Jules Feiffer’s Kill My Mother. I’ve read the Chast book (it’s out in April) and it’s an amazing memoir about her parents, […]

Mimi Yoon defends her Powerpuff Girls cover

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Tweet And down the rabbit hole we go…artist Mimi Yoon has defended her “grown up Powerpuff Girls” cover for the comic that was withdrawn after some complaints online. The cover—showing adult versions of the girls drawn in a very tame version of a more fetishy, girlie style that Yoon often uses—was criticized for being an […]

RIP: Morrie Turner

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Tweet Morrie Turner, creator of Wee Pals, and the first African-American cartoonist with a nationally syndicated strip, passed away Saturday at the age of 90. He had been undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney ailments. Turner won the Milton Cainiff award in 2003 and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian award in 2012. Turner was inspired by Charles […]

WB/Target release horrible products with different art styles for each gender

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TweetSue at DC Women Kicking Ass has a post on the fruits of that WB/Target licensing deal that was announced last year, with emphasis on the Wonder Woman aspects of it. Some of it is typical Target fare you’d find in the $4 aisle—a Wonder Woman water bottle filled with candy because health: But then […]

SPX Exhibitor 2014 Lottery is underway!

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Tweet That’s right the first ever lottery style exhibitor application process is underway— a mad dash for table space at the one of the exceedingly few premiere indie shows that is not entirely curated. But there is no need to make a mad dash! IT IS A LOTTERY! Whether you were sitting there at 12:01 […]

The BEST ‘best of’: 2013 in comics overview

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Tweet Okay, here we go: no ‘best of list’ but a completely subjective round-up of the comics I enjoyed most in 2013. Of course, I’ve not read every comic produced in 2013- March, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth and Boxers and Saints being some notable books I’ve yet to get round to, but then who has?  I’ve reviewed quite a few […]

It’s Colorist Appreciation Day 2014!

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TweetColourist Appreciation Day started last year, essentially, from the mind of Jordie Bellaire – who subsequently spent the rest of the year becoming one of the most famous and well-known colourists in comics. In celebration of the anniversary, I’ve compiled a short list of prominent and brilliant comic colorists – who they are, where you […]

The Angoulême Dining Guide: it’s a lot more than crêpes

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Tweet by Abby Denson, with Jessica Abel and Xavier Lancel So you’re going to Angoulême? Lucky you! I’ve exhibited with Xavier Lancel for the past several years and thought I’d share some of my favorite places to eat while at the festival. Even better, Angoulême resident Jessica Abel kindly agreed to vet my suggestions and […]

TCAF announces more guests: Smith, Blaine, Pearson, etc.

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Tweet I’m not sure when this rolled out, but the Toronto Comic Arts Festival has announced more guests. While I think if you’re going to TCAf you’re already definitely going, no one will turn up their noses at this list, including the great French cartoonist Christophe Blaine. I may have to bring my copy of […]

Casual comics readers vs. superheroes

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Tweet Children’s book illustrator and sometime cartooner Jed Alexander read my piece on top selling graphic novels the other day, and spun it off into his own piece entitled The Future of Comics: A Casual Readership. While I agree with the basic premise, I think Alexander went a bit far in condemning superhero comics as […]

My 2014 Angoulême Diary: Day -1

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Tweet I think I mentioned a few times that I will be going to Angoulême this year—the 41st annual Festival International Bande Deseinee, held yearly in Angoulême, France. This is the biggest comics show in Europe, as I’ve heard tell, with some 200,000 people attending. There are also 260 exhibitors and some 7000 professionals on […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/24/14: Warren Ellis’s mystery project

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Tweet § Warren Ellis has trashed another laptop, prior to moving to LA SOMEWHERE for six months to work on a mystery project. I repeat, Warren Ellis is moving to LA for six months. If you had asked me to pick “Sentences I will never type on The Beat” that would have been one of […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales November 2013 — The Usual Suspects

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After an unusual couple of months things are pretty much back to normal this month, with the usual suspects of Walking Dead, Saga, Star Wars and My Little Pony joined by a few new Image titles and Valiant’s best-seller yet. At the bottom end of the charts we finally see a few titles returning, although possibly quite briefly in some cases.

150 indie titles charted in the top 300, up on last month’s 135. The indie chart sold approximately 1,820,321 comics, a bit down on last month’s 2,031,509. That’s all due to the increased numbers that Walking Dead added last month. It also means that the average sales this month are 12,153, down on last month’s 15,048. Out of the 150 books, only 20 went up in sales and 112 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.