Adrian Tomine covers The New Yorker with 9/11 Memorial

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This week’s New Yorker has a cover by Adrian Tomine, and he discusses it inside the magazine: “When I heard that the 9/11 memorial and museum were going to be the top tourist attractions in New York this summer,” Adrian Tomine says about this week’s cover, “I first sketched only tourists going about their usual […]

DC announces 2 new Bat-books, ARKHAM MANOR and GOTHAM ACADEMY, by unlikely teams

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 The Batverse is getting two ongoing spinoff series, according to EW. And not a mention of the “New 52″ in the pr….In Arkham Manor, Wayne Manor gets turned into…a home for the insane. Whch could just be Batman and Robin, but you get the point. CReative team is writer Gerry Duggan and artist Shawn Crystal. […]

Diamond Comic Distributors Discontinues Its Toll-Free Number

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by Brandon Schatz After closing on their main offices on Friday, Diamond Comics distributed a message to all of their customers regarding the discontinuation of it’s toll free 1-800 number. The specifics (minus Diamond’s actual phone number) are as follows: The number is being discontinued due to the many online and email recourses now available […]

Disney’s Marvel animated movie Big Hero 6 comes into focus with character posters

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Big Hero 6 is this fall’s Disney big animated movie, so it’s hardly wanting for marketing and publicity, however, it is based on a VERY obscure Marvel Comics characters, and that has led to some head scratching. The film is being directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt) with a script […]

SPX has been revealing more and more guests and posters, including Sorenson, Graham

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This fall’s Small Press Expo—to be held September 13-14 in North Bethesda—has been quietly rolling out guests, and the list is expanding, even as john Porcellino’s poster reveals even more, including Olivier Schwauren and Michael DeForge. Announced guests include more alt-comix mainstays like Drew Friedman, Jen Sorenson and Ben Katchor, and contemporary masters Emily Carroll and Brandon Graham. Here’s the list of everyone who’s in:

Marvel unveils the secrets of Matt Murdock’s birth

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It seems there are still a few stories that haven’t been told in the Marvel Universe, and one of them is the tale of Matt Murdock’s mother—introduced as Sister Maggie in the Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli run. Although we know she abandoned Matt after his birth and turned to the church, it hasn’t been revealed why. […]

Go read: Color palette basics by Melanie Gillman

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Eisner-nomintaed As the Crow Flies cartoonist Melanie Gillman has a cute, simple intro to the basics of color theory, which will help you understand why movies are all orange and teal and European-style coloring look way more pleasing than rando pseudo CGI.

Library Con!: Artist Alley at ALA-Vegas!

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The annual conference of the American Library Association kicks into high gear today (It’s been running since Thursday!), with the first full day of the exhibition hall being open. Like BookExpo America, publishers are displaying their new titles, and scheduling authors to sign books!  Gene Yang signed his new book from First Second last night, […]

Help SLG Publishing get back on its feet

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a sale at SLG Publishing and pointed out thatit had been a pioneering publsiher in reaching new market,s targetting female readers, digital and many other areas. Alas laurel resting is swiftly rewarded with living in a cardboard box in this business, and some hard times and setbacks […]

Allison Baker is new Director of Operations at IDW

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Monkeybrian co-publisher Alison Baker has been one of the smart people in and around comics for a while, and now IDW has done something smart themselves by hiring her as their Director of Operations. (Greg Goldstein remains Chief Operating Officer.) Baker’s background in media and operations gives her the kind of wide ranging experience that […]

“Call to Cosplay” reality show debuts Monday on MyxTV

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Despite the glut of unscripted reality TV shows and the lack of recent breakout hits, there is still some slightly untilled ground. For years I’ve been saying a cosplay competition show would be a natural, although nerdcentric TV shows are vastly less popular than shows focusing on rednecks and nouveau riche wives. Although SyFy’s Fangasm […]

Most gruesome cover of the day: The Worst of Eerie Publications

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Craig Yoe’s Yoe Books imprint at IDW has been a repository of some delightful cartooning, like Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein and Christmas Comics and the like. But he’s gone gory on us with The Worst of Eerie Publications. It’s a follow up to 2010’s The Weird World of Eerie Publications, also written by Mike HOwlett and […]

Library Con!: All the Comics Programming at ALA-Vegas! Now With Stan Lee!

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Every Winter, the American Library Association holds a conference in an arctic clime (Philadelphia, Boston) where awards are announced and some networking and training is held.   In the Summer, it’s usually someplace sweltering (although DC in June is not that bad).  Last year, it was held in Chicago.  This year, Vegas. [1]

ONE AND DONE: Up, Up, and Away?

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Keeping up with comics is ridiculously expensive if you want to keep up with a number of titles that come out every month. Not everyone can do that–I definitely can’t. So welcome to One and Done, a weekly column where I go to a comics shop and try to find one good book that’s worth […]

See 17 minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy footage in IMAX 3D free

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You know the first time I saw the Guardians of the Galaxy footage with the Blue Swede ooga-chuckkas it was so fresh and amazing. And now I’ve seen umpty zillion trailers and posters and this and that and all and I’m bored already. =( But that’s how ya gotta sell an unknown quantity in this […]

Events: Tying together the strands of Comics and Medicine

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by Aaron Humphrey   The fifth annual Comics and Medicine conference kicked off today at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus in Baltimore, which raises the question: how did one of the world’s most prestigious institutes for medicine and research wind up hosting a conference about comics??   Back in 2010, The Beat covered the first […]