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

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Interview: Mark Waid Talks Re-Establishing his “Empire”http://ift.tt/1itpPiO Tweet 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. […]

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

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To Do Tonight, NYC: A Bone Marrow Donor Drive In Support of Seth Kushner at JHU Comicshttp://ift.tt/1k4dGF8 Tweet 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 […]

To Do Tonight, NYC: SCAM Signing at Forbidden Planet

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To Do Tonight, NYC: SCAM Signing at Forbidden Planethttp://ift.tt/1it4oym Tweet The above band of scalawags signs the SCAM Anthology at Forbidden Planet tonight. SVCAM is a book that was Kickstartered and now published by Comixtribe. It concerns a bunch of superpowered people who live in Vegas and get involved in various capers…call it Avenger’s Eleven. […]

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 […]

The Retailer’s View: On Lenticular Covers

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The Retailer’s View: On Lenticular Covershttp://ift.tt/1lJ5IRj Tweet By Brandon Schatz [As always at The Beat, we’re trying to get more viewpoints out there, and here’s a new one: retailer Brandon Schatz will be giving some views on retailer issues, and first up, let’s look at those darned lenticular covers. The opinions expressed are those of […]

Flashback Tuesday: The Neuromancer comics adaptation

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Flashback Tuesday: The Neuromancer comics adaptationhttp://ift.tt/1gAMcHG Tweet Considering that William Gibson’s Neuromancer is one of my favorite books of all times, you’d think I’d have remembered that there was a comics adaptation, but no. Epic Comics put out half of it in one 44-page comic, written by Tom DeHaven and illustrated by Bruce Jensen. DeHaven […]

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.

Not all comics shops: Brave New World

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Not all comics shops: Brave New Worldhttp://ift.tt/1nBAcq1 Tweet Brave New World Comics – The Pop Culture Superstore from Fe Bandana Pictures on Vimeo. This is a little short film/advertisement that was made about Brave New World, a comics shop in Newhall, CA that’s a past Spirit of Retailing Award winner. It’s run by Portlyn Freeman […]

A little bit more on why Edgar Wright left Ant-Man

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A little bit more on why Edgar Wright left Ant-Manhttp://ift.tt/1nUKpvV Tweet Veteran Hollywood sleuths Kim Masters and Borys Kit poked around the story of Marvel and directors Edgar Wright parting ways on Ant-Man—despite Wright having worked on the idea for eight years—and back up reports of Marvel’s one-size-fits-all approach: “Kevin Feige [and his top lieutenants] […]

To Do Tonight, NYC: SCAM Signing at Forbidden Planet

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The above band of scalawags signs the SCAM Anthology at Forbidden Planet tonight. SVCAM is a book that was Kickstartered and now published by Comixtribe. It concerns a bunch of superpowered people who live in Vegas and get involved in various capers…call it Avenger’s Eleven.

When a con is…crap

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When a con is…craphttp://ift.tt/1tP9M68 Tweet A few days back I ran a rundown of one particularly crowded weekend for comic cons, among them one called SuperFan ComicCon in Toronto, which I had never heard of, and which had…well, a somewhat dodgy website, something I was too polite to mention. It turns out the show itself […]

The Retailer’s View: On Lenticular Covers

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There’s very little chance you’re at this site, reading this article about comic book retail, and do not have a working knowledge of recent comic book history. That said, it never hurts to add a little context to current events. So.

In September of 2011, DC Comics relaunched their entire superhero universe with fifty-two brand new ongoing series functioning in a bright new continuity. Since then, the company has used September as a large-scale event month, using 2012 to flashback to the unexplored “early days” of the new continuity, and 2013 to unleash their villains across each and every one of their titles. Conceptually, there’s nothing wrong with this. The comic book industry thrives off of the occasional event as the eyeballs gained from the news of a line-wide disruption usually translates into higher profits. It was the reason why DC’s line-wide relaunch in 2011 was shatteringly successful for that month (and several after), and why their flashback month in 2012 garnered a slight bump in sales, despite a comparatively lower profile concept and easier execution.

Listen to the soundtrack to Locas from Love and Rockets

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Listen to the soundtrack to Locas from Love and Rocketshttp://ift.tt/1nAONC7 Tweet Well, this is pretty near the second coolest thing that ever existed. Writer Gabe Soria figured out all the music that was ever mentioned in Jaime Hernandez’es Locas stories in Love and Rockets and made a play list out of it. Here it is, […]

Bee and Puppycat #1 goes to second printing with Leslie Hung cover

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Bee and Puppycat #1 goes to second printing with Leslie Hung coverhttp://ift.tt/1tONZeQ Tweet Given the popularity of Natasha Allegri’s Bee & Puppycat cartoon it should be no surprise that issues #1 of the comics sold out and a new cute cover is waiting in the wings. The second printing cover is by Leslie Hung (ADVENTURE […]

Flashback Tuesday: The Neuromancer comics adaptation

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Considering that William Gibson’s Neuromancer is one of my favorite books of all times, you’d think I’d have remembered that there was a comics adaptation, but no. Epic Comics put out half of it in one 44-page comic, written by Tom DeHaven and illustrated by Bruce Jensen. DeHaven has a look back on his part […]

Not all comics shops: Brave New World

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Brave New World Comics – The Pop Culture Superstore from Fe Bandana Pictures on Vimeo. This is a little short film/advertisement that was made about Brave New World, a comics shop in Newhall, CA that’s a past Spirit of Retailing Award winner. It’s run by Portlyn Freeman and partner Autumn. We hear so much about […]