Convention Etiquette: “Couch Surfing”

An upward pinky is also always good etiquette.

By: Nick Eskey With people arriving in droves from around the country to attend the San Diego International Comic-Con, the influx of hotel occupancy zooms to record highs for the city. However, not all convention goers can afford the extended hotel stays. Or perhaps they were too late in securing a room before they filled […]

The Beat’s Image Expo Coverage – SDCC ’14 Edition

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by Zachary Clemente Image Comics is rolling out their announcements fast and hard – holding one of their semi-annual Expos before the convention even official opens its doors. Keep your eyes peeled here for live coverage of exciting announcements from one of the hottest publishers today! Update 1: While waiting for the Expo to start, […]

SDCC 2014: Multiversity: Pax Romana #1 Cover Reveal

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by Alexander Jones This morning we got new artwork from Frank Quitely, which would be cause for celebration regardless of what it was. What it turned out to be, however, was a cover for November’s Multiversity issue entitled Multiversity: Pax Romana #1. This issue and cover are very important for a number of reasons–one being […]

SDCC ’14: IDW to publish Orphan Black comics

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Ever since we got to San Diego it’s been :orphan Black, Orphan Black, Orphan Black” because it’s amazing. And now IDW is getting in on the amazing with a comic series. NO creative team announced, but here’s a cover by Nick Runge. Orphan Black, the acclaimed sci-fi series by Temple Street Productions, assumes a new […]

SDCC ’14 on the ground: 7 things I’ve learned about food, parties and fatigue

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1: Eating is important, but so is where you do it. So the hordes are here and people are going to need food. The Con’s official restaurant list went up a while ago and you can see all kinds of place to eat. However: if you’ve got a handful of actors, a couple of producers […]

Eventbrite Research: Younger con attendees 50/50 male to female

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The following game as a press release from Eventbrite, but its groundbreaking nonetheless, as Eventbrite andRob Salkowtz haveteamed to get even more demographics about who is going to conventions and why. And you’ll note the magic 40/60 f/m attendee breakdown is present in congoers over 30 — but among those younger its more like 50/50…proof of the […]

Splendid days — LIonsgate teams with Finnish developer Next Games

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While news of this strategic partnership between Next Games and Lionsgate as part of the latter’s new gaming initiative sound great for all concerned money wise, all you need to know is that Next Games puts out Candy Crush Saga, Bubble Witch Saga 2, Farm Saga, Pet Rescue Saga and many other addictive little games […]

Unassuming Barber Shop: Batman Country, Part One

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Today is Batman Day. It is also Comic-Con week, meaning that local newscasts all over the country will end their broadcasts with “It’s Comic-Con week!” and proceed to show B-roll of cosplayers and grown men dressed like Doctor Who.

But look closely at that footage. There in the back, you will see someone dressed like Batman or Batgirl. And you’ll say “Cool.” After the horrible real news on every given day, Sailor Moon costumes eventually look silly. But not Batman. He has power over all the others. Why? Why did five-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott dress up as “Batkid” last November in San Francisco? Because he wanted to hit something.

SDCC 2014: Watchtower Tuesday: Preview of Preview Night

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This is shaping up to be an epic San Diego, as the media blitz begins weeks before the actual Comic Carnival begins. Who will win the battle for Hall H?  Marvel Studios or DC Entertainment? 

SDCC 2014: A Little Birdie Told Me How To Cure Your Fear Of Missing Out

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By Victor Van Scoit San Diego Comic Con is a behemoth with opportunities for any number of unique experiences. Its attendees create a micro-ecosystem for four days that can be difficult to manage, but isn’t impossible. While Facebook is great, Twitter is king when it comes to riding the information vibes of what’s happening in […]