New Titles from Kodansha, Coming This Fall!


Lots of Attack on Titan titles!  And other fun stuff!

Forthcoming Graphic Novels From Random House, Fall 2014!


Four titles, from Random House!

Jimmie Robinson on Five Weapons, the Convention Craze and Digital Challenges

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By Bruce Lidl The Sacramento Wizard World convention was an opportunity for comic fans in Northern California to gather and celebrate their passions with other fans and celebrities. It was also a chance for Jimmie Robinson, a veteran Bay Area comic book creator (and frequent commentator at The Beat) to meet his readers and spread […]

New Titles from Dark Horse, Coming Next Fall and Spring!


— — — — — This is raw catalog data from Edelweiss, so some titles may be cancelled in the future. Yes, there is some duplication, with similar editions having more than one EAN. This is the first catalog from Dark Horse via Random House Publisher Services, so the learning curve is slightly parabolic. My […]

Sales continue “blah” trajectory in February

by John Jackson Miller [Originally posted at  Comichron and reprinted with permission.]  February appears to be returning to form. The release ofDiamond Comic Distributors‘ data for the month was delayed by snow days and other scheduling issues, and the unusually harsh winter appears to have cast a chill on comics sales. Comics shops in North America […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: Eric Stephenson’s ComicsPro speech


Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Image publisher Eric Stephenson‘s controversial speech at ComicsPRO, ComicWalker, […]

New Titles From DC Comics! Fall 2014! And Spring 2015!

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Batman Adventures!  Absolute editions!  Omnibi!  George Romero!  Post-Crisis classics!  New 52!  Captain Carrot!  Dave McKean! (My faves in purple.)

Kaare Andrews draws Iron Fist




Taking a break from filmmaking with some comics, artist Kaare Adrews is back with some sharp looking Iron Fist pages. RON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #1 comes out in April. Also included variant covers by Dale Keown, Mike del Mundo and Skottie Young.

Billy Tucci’s Shi is back with convention specials


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NBM to Publish Enki Bilal’s Phantoms of the Louvre


For a few years, top European cartoonists have been creating a special series of graphic novels done in conjunction with the Louvre Museum in Paris, all dealing with various aspects of this great institution. NBM has been publishing them here, and the latest is Phantoms of the Louvre by Enki Bilal. It’s a series of […]

San Diego Comic-Con Badge-o-ween takes place this Saturday!


The general scrum for badges for this year’s Comic-Con opens on Saturday at 9 am Pacific Time. But it order to purchase them you must get your place in the waiting room between 7 am and 9 am. And before that you must run with the wolves, learn the ways of the Shaolin Temple, and […]

Marvel and DC lag in bookstore sales in February



A lot of people pointed out that Marvel and DC failed to chart in ICv2’s monthly BookScan chart for February. Instead Image and Manga crushed it with mega franchises The Walking Dead, Saga, Bleach, Naruto and Attack on Titan. Locke and Key and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children also appeared, along with Dark Horse and Boom’s perennials, Adventure Time and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Awards Deadlines Ahoy: The Eisners and the Ignatzes


A couple of awards season notes. * Monday March 17 is the deadline for Eisner Award submissions! Don’t drink too much Guinness and forget. Details available here. * Ignatz Award submissions are open! The deadline is June 7th. And here are the rules: Submissions are open to all independent creators and publishers; you do not […]

A very special day at The Beat


Some house keeping: