Graphicly Folds – Will Creators be Paid What They’re Owed?

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This week saw digital comic publisher Graphicly announce that they have been acquired by Blurb, a book publisher who will be subsequently folding the comics section of Graphicly. The question, however, is if the move means that the many creators – self-publishers and small-press – who used Graphicly will be paid the money that the […]

Review: “The Devilers” Offers A Delightfully Subversive Apocalypse

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By Matt O’Keefe An atheist, a Catholic Priest, a Jewish Rabbi, an Islamic Mullah, a Hindu Brahmin, and a Buddhist Monk. Sounds like the start of a convoluted joke, but it’s actually the cast of a damn fine comic from Dynamite Entertainment. The Devilers is a series written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Matt […]

PREVIEW: Nailbiter #2

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  Story By: Joshua Williamson Art By: Mike Henderson Cover By: Mike Henderson Price: $2.99 Diamond ID: APR140582 Published: June 4, 2014 Officer Nicolas Finch doesn’t care about Buckaroo, Oregon’s serial killers or its secrets—he just wants to find his missing friend. With time running out he turns to the one man who has all […]

PREVIEW: Captain Action Cat #2

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  CAPTAIN ACTION CAT: THE TIMESTREAM CATastrophe! #2 (of 4) Art Baltazar, Franco, Chris “Zod” Smits (w)  Art Baltazar (a/c) FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ The journey through the TIMESTREAM continues as Captain Action Cat, Khem, Golden Age Action Cat, and Dr. Evil Cat spin wildly out of control! Their discombobulated trip […]

PREVIEW: The Supperannuated Man by Ted McKeever

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At the Beat WE LOVE TED MCKEEVER. And here’s his latest, on sale next Wednesday, The Superannuated Man, which we’re told:. By the time most people realized it, they were no longer in charge of the world we know. In an unspecified future, the small seaside town of Blackwater has now been taken over by […]

PREVIEW: Vampirella #1

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[Since the Beat is at Book Expo all day, we're presenting an afternoon of PREVIEWS.]     VAMPIRELLA #1 Nancy A. Collins (w) Patrick Berkenkotter (a) Terry Dodson, Jenny Frison, Arthur Adams, Jay Anacleto, Joe Jusko (c) Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice! FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ FANS, […]

This weekend it’s CAKE!

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The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo takes place this weekend, and the show really seems to have ramped it up to take its place among the big CAFs around the world. You can see all the debuts and info and events above but they sent along the programming, which I present as a sample of what […]

Comic Arts Brooklyn exhibitor applications due SUNDAY June 1st

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  Just a reminder, the exhibitor application period for Comic Arts Brooklyn closes on sunday. Applications are here. It’s a curated show, in a small space, so no guarantees. But you’ve got to be in it to win it. CAB will be held Comic Arts Brooklyn November 8th, 2014 11 AM – 7 PM Mt. […]

The Retailer’s View: Bob Wayne, an appreciation

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by Brandon Schatz As the whispers from last week’s Diamond Retailer Summit turned into audible noise, it quickly became apparent that the rumours were true: after 28 years with the company, Bob Wayne would be retiring from DC Comics when the company moves across country early next year. By all accounts, Wayne was and continues […]

2014 Russ Manning Award nominees announced

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The year creepeth on and now the Russ Manning Award nominees has just been announced. Presented to “the most talented newcomer” this award, named after the legendary Tarzan artist, salutes up and coming artists. Nominees are selected by a committee consisting of representatives of the West Coast Comics Club and Comic-Con International. The winner is […]

Dynamite’s Just Talking About Shaft, Dresden Files, Dean Koontz, Brandon Sanderson and Patricia Briggs at Book Expo

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Dynamite hit Book Expo with a pocketful of announcements today.  Projects based on prose books with a mix of deal extensions and new deals.  Projects that also might have resonance with the bookstore demographic for Book Expo. The first announcement, coming clear out of left field, is Dynamite’s acquisition of the rights to the Shaft […]

Interview: Christian Beranek Offers ‘Validation’

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Christian Beranek is the writer of Validation, a webcomic telling stories from the life of a trans girl living in the city. The series addresses the idea of her looking for a place in society as she finds friends, goes dating, reads a lot of comics (of course) and gets involved in the comics community. […]

Interview: The coming of BookCon

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This Saturday the previously business only trade show Book Expo America will turn into the very first BookCon, an event that is open to the public (8000 advance tickets have been sold) and very much modelled on the successful New York Comic-Con. Both shows are run by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s biggest business-to-business (B2B) event […]

Society of Illustrators announces participants of the first Comic and Cartoon Art Annual exhibit

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Earlier this year, the Society of Illustrators announced that for the first time they would be holding a juried show for Comics and Cartoon Art, and the winners—a Gold Medal and one to three Silver Medals in each category—have now been announced. The works selected will be on display at the SOI at three exhibitors, […]

Interview: Mark Waid Talks Re-Establishing his “Empire”

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By Matt O’Keefe Over ten years in the making, Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s Empire is finally back. Volume 2 just debuted as on Thrillbent as a comic. I spoke to Mark about transitioning the series and updates on Thrillbent’s iOS app and new subscription model service. Can you describe Empire for those who haven’t […]

To Do Tonight, NYC: A Bone Marrow Donor Drive In Support of Seth Kushner at JHU Comics

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And just a reminder tonight is a Bone Marrow Donor Drive and Hang Dai Studios Signing at JHU with all the above folks PLUS Fred van Lente and Joe Infurnari and doubtless other luminaries. It’s a good cause. Come on down.