“They Won’t All Get Along”: Dan Slott and Nick Lowe on ‘SPIDER-VERSE’ [Press Call]

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TweetIt’s been an age since I went onto a Marvel conference call – heck, it’s been an age since I did anything over here which wasn’t an interview. So today when Marvel set up a call with Dan Slott and Nick Lowe to discuss the next Spider-Man event storyline, I decided to nip across and […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: February 2014 — How soon is Now?

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Hello and welcome to an All-New month of Marvel sales numbers NOW! Before we get started let’s look at a breakdown of what we have this month.

69 Marvel comics out this month
8 Titles double-shipped
8 new #1s (I did not count the Annuals)
8 Avengers Titles
6 X-Men Titles (9 if you count X-Force, X-Factor and Marvel Knights X-Men).

This month several titles get relaunches as part of All-New Marvel Now. Some of these are new teams, or characters getting a solo title for the first time in a while. Some are soft relaunches of recently ended titles.

“She Has to Adapt Right Now” Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone on Transformers: Windblade [Interview]

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TweetNext month sees a launch which The Beat has been following on and off for the last few weeks. A new Transformers miniseries will be launching at IDW in April, chronicling the introduction of Windblade. A female Transformer – causing raised eyebrows from fans who think Transformers are genderless despite being obvious blatant big male […]

New trailer and poster for X-Men: Days of Future Past has a lot of characters

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Tweet With time travel and tons of extra characters so Fox can make sure they have them on their Marvel roster, even this new POSTER for X-Men Days of Future Past seems jammed with funny looking folks. N0 sign of Club-Kid Quicksilver though. And here’s a new trailer from the UK. A quick shot of […]

RIP: Oderus Urungus

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Tweet The Gwar frontman is dead at age 50. Gwar had a big comics crossover of inspiration and I know they played Comic-Con several times. Photo via Diabolique Magazine

Kickstarter advice with Spike and Paul Roman Martinez

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Are you among the four or five people who haven’t done a Kickstarter yet but are just thinking about it?

The state of comics retailing — and what it says about the Big Two

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Tweet There’s a big survey of retailers about current comics sales trends, ably put together by Shannon O’Leary up at Publishers Weekly today, called Despite Early Sales Slump, Comics Retailers Remain Upbeat. If you are not a PW subscriber you won’t be able to read it for a few weeks — I’ll link to it […]

Two cartoons return without their creators: Jem and the Holograms and Boondocks

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There was much rejoicing last week when it was announced 80s cartoon mainstay Jem and The Holograms is coming back as a live-action movie, with
the production crowd sourced in some cases. . The movie will be directed by Jon Chu who previously made both Step Up and GI Joe Retaliation, which is the perfect resume for a movie about a female rock band that has adventures.

Awesomeness alert: Todd Spence’s True Detective Hardy Boys Mashup

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So this is why God gave us the internet: Todd Spence created these True Detective homages in the form of Hardy Boys detective novel covers. More in the link.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/24/14: These LIttle Nemo tribute pages are sweet!

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§ Hasn’t Little Nemo been in the public domain for a while? It’s surprising that everyone is doing Little Nemo tributes now, including IDW and Locust Moon comics. Zainab Akhtar previews the Dream Another Dream, the Locust Moon offering and the page above by Jeremy Bastien is but one of several gobsmacking pages already seen. YOW.

New Yorker cartoonists spotlighted in delightful 60 Minutes segment

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Tweet Even in a world where major media coverage of comics personnel is a daily habit, this profile of The New Yorker’s cartoon process by Morley Safer is a delight. The occasion is the release of cartoon editor Robert Mankoff’s book How about Never—is Never good for you? whih is also excellent, but the taped […]