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Bloodshed and Bikers – The Vertigo-esque World of G.I. Zombie

Admit it, if you hear title “Star Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie,” you’re probably going to wince a little bit.  Especially given the track record DC’s had trying to push war books in the “New 52.”  Still, the writing team is Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, who usually warrant a look and you’ve got […]

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SDCC: The HUMANS are coming to Image – Exclusive Preview and Interview

First it was vampires, then it was zombies. After that it was bronies but now? It’s all about monkeys and Image Comics is one step ahead of the latest ape craze with a new creator owned series, The Humans - an epic tale of big hairy apes on badass choppers looking for sleazy, biker gang exploitation style kicks in […]

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Bernie Wrightson is in hospital but doing well

He was just at HeroesCon, running around, smiling and putting this amazing work (done with Scott Hampton) in the auction (I know it doesn’t photograph well but it had everyone amazed), but according to social media, legendary horror artist Bernie Wrighton has been hospitalized following a series of small strokes. Steve Niles has been updating […]

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Splendid days — LIonsgate teams with Finnish developer Next Games

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 […]

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Announcing The Beat’s new Crowdfunding campaign on Patreon!

http://youtu.be/xnJnC77XWBE The Beat has joined the crowdfunding revolution! Now you can support the stuff we do here directly with your dollars via the Patreon platform. Lot's of folks have … [Read More...]

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SDCC: The HUMANS are coming to Image – Exclusive Preview and Interview

First it was vampires, then it was zombies. After that it was bronies but now? It's all about monkeys and Image Comics is one step ahead of the latest ape craze with a new creator owned series, The … [Read More...]

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Announcing The Beat’s new Crowdfunding campaign on Patreon!

The Beat has joined the crowdfunding revolution! Now you can support the stuff we do here directly with your dollars via the Patreon platform. Lot’s of folks have suggested that we do some kind of crowdfunding campaign over the last year or so, but I’ve chosen Patreon because it’s method—recurring monthly payments—seem like a more usable model for an ongoing website than the one and done big bang of a Kickstarter.

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

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, […]

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SDCC 2014: Multiversity: Pax Romana #1 Cover Reveal

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 […]

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SDCC ’14: IDW to publish Orphan Black comics

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Splendid days — LIonsgate teams with Finnish developer Next Games

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 […]

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Unassuming Barber Shop: Batman Country, Part One

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.

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SDCC 2014: Watchtower Tuesday: Preview of Preview Night

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? 

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

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 […]

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SDCC 2014: Day -1 — a peak at the floor and The Year of Guardians

I kind of had an inkling that Guardians of the Galaxy would be the big thing at Comic-Con 2014, and after looking on the floor for a few minutes…I was right. If it isn’t the Lego Rocket and Groot, it’s dioramas or the spaceship (Owl ship?) in the Marvel booth. The Marvel booth is very […]

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SDCC 2014: The Beat Picks Showbiz Panels You Can Go To Without Ruining Comic-Con

Not everything showbiz related at Comic-Con is innately douchey. There are even some panels that sound downright FASCINATING. Like these. But get there early. Also check out my PW story on the top COMICS panels of the show. THURSDAY 10:30am –  11:30am Legends of TV Land Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Get up close and […]

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SDCC 2014: The Beat picks the most offbeat panels at Comic-Con

We know Comic-Con is a crowded, tumultuous place, with a noise level akin to being sucked through a jet engine and a similar toll on the body. But perhaps there are a few peaceful eddies and tranquil pools where you may find a moment to relax…and learn something. We’re not saying the following panels are […]

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Army of Darkness Anniversary Special/Creator Reunion Due in November

Dynamite is celebrating it’s 10th anniverasy with a special issue of Army of Darkness, Army of Darkness #1992.1 (after the year the film was released).  This is appropriate, given that the Army of Darkness license was what started Dynamite down the path of becoming a publisher. Solicited for November, this is a bit of a “let’s get the […]

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Cullen Bunn on Masks II

Cullen Bunn is really spreading himself around these days.  The Sixth Gun at Oni.  Magneto and Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe at Marvel.  Sinestro at DC.  You can add Masks II at Dynamite. Masks, which came out in 2012, was essentially a team-up mini-series for Dynamite’s pulp heroes line.  The Shadow, The Spider, Green Hornet,  Green Lama, Black Bat, Black Terror, Miss Fury and […]

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SDCC: Boom! Hints new Grant Morrison Book

by Zachary Clemente With SDCC being only a day away – Boom! Studios teased us with their 15th convention announcement on twitter:   We have no inkling what the project will be as of yet, but undoubtedly we’ll hear more about it during the con. Stay tuned!