24 Hours of Halloween: Spooky music!

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Yes it’s the most magical time of the year, Halloween, which is a 24 hour tradition here at Stately Beat Manor. To get into the mood. The Beat has been listening all day to Soma Radio’s Doomed station which offers “dark industrial/ambient music” which usually means loud/urgent chanting in Latin and Fields of Nephiilm. Many […]

31 Days of Halloween: EC Comics on sale at Comixology

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You can’t spell “horror comics” without EC—these finely drawn masterpieces of the macabre set a standard for illustrated chills that were so unsettling, they nearly got the whole comics industry shut down. Fantagraphics has been reprinting the EC comics in handsome books devoted to various artists, including the late great Al Feldstein, Jack Davis, Wally Wood, Graham Ingels […]

31 Days of Halloween: The Haunted Vagina

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The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III ploughs into fertile territory first tilled by Jim Balent. But horror has many shapes and sizes…as do the tacky and the just plain oh no.

Jack Kirby is now getting credit in Marvel titles—and that is pretty freaking awesome

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It looks like the results of last month’s settlement in the Jacky Kirby lawsuit against Marvel has yielded swift results: Kirby and Stan Lee are now being given co-credit in books including Fantastic Four, Inhumans and the X-men. And Joe Simon and Jack Kirby are being given co-creator credit on Captain America. Among the books […]

Get your FREE tickets for Comic Art Brooklyn programming today

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Anticipating demand for next week’s CAB programming, featuring Al Jaffee, Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast and more, the show is making
FREE tickets available in advance via Eventbrite . You can just go there now and sign up for the panels you want.

Milking the last drops, Marvel releases a final Rocket and Groot variant for Spider-Woman

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This November’s Marvel comics will include a ton of Rocket Raccoon and Groot variant covers, making this officially the Year of An Awful Lot of Rocket and Groot, but as a waffer-thin nod towards making this maybe Too Much Rocket and Groot, one more cover by Simone Bianchi will appear.

“We were totally overwhelmed by the response to the Rocket Raccoon & Groot variants when we released them last month,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “When Simone Bianchi said he wanted to do one too, we couldn’t resist! We couldn’t be happier with the stunning cover he turned in.”

Marvel spotlights Superheroes as Cats

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Yesterday was National Cat Day and Marvel celebrated by showing casing these covers by Jenny Park, who specializing in painting famous pop culture characters as cats. How she isn’t a billionaire I don’t know. Could this possibly be another variant month theme for Marvel? Makes sense doesn’t it. National Cat DAy was celebrated pretty quietly […]

Legal matters: The Wallce Wood Estate suing Tatjana Wood for Wally Wood artwork

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Here’s one of those matters where there are really no winners. The Wallce Wood Estate, which is administered by J. David Spurlock, the publisher of Vanguard Publishing, is suing Wood’s ex-wife Tatjana Wood, for the possession some of 150-200 pages of Wood art. According to the complaint, the pages are worth between $2000-25,000 each.

Court tries to kill Zombie Stan Lee Media yet again

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Once again, Stan Lee Media, the shell company that does nothing but line the pockets os lawyers with frivolous lawsuits, has been dealt a blow in their attempt to take over the world. The 9th Court of Appeals ruled that no, Stan Lee Media doesn’t not own Spider-Man.

Stephen Colbert wades into Gamergate with Anita Sarkeesian

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Game over, man, game over. UPDATE: You can watch the whole segment exclusively at The Mary Sue.

31 Days of Halloween: Humble Bundle launches Horror Bundle

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  Timing is everything, and Humble Bundle has just launched a horror themed bundle with many comics including Shadowman, afterlife with Archie, Buffy and prose works by Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Joss Whedon, Joe Hill, Max Brooks and many more. Customers can name their price for Shadowman Vol. 4: Fear, Blood, […]

Kickstarter alert: Comic Chameleon goes Android

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While digital comics have changed the medium for good, individual comics apps haven’t really taken off as much as you might think. But there are some good ones out there: Comic Chameleon is a webcomic aggregator that actually picks up popular webcomics like  Questionable COntent, Girls with Slingshots and the like. And with permission. They’ve been […]

The 56 Superhero, comic book, cartoon and Star Warsmovies coming to you from now until 2020 [UPDATED]

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Feeling a little overwhelmed by the vast movie slates announced by Sony, Marvel and WB? So are we, but here’s a chart helpfully put together by our own Tireless Torsten Adair and edited by the Beat that shows 58 superhero, comic book, cartoon, Star Wars and Harry POtter movies between now and the next US Census.

Creators in need: James Hudnall is losing a foot

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Veteran comics writer James Hudnall, writer of Harsh Realm, ESPers, The Psycho and currently Blue Cat in Aces Weekly, has fallen on some difficult times and will lose a foot to a diabetic ulcer. I have no idea if Hudnall is insured or not, but he’s sure to lose a few weeks of work and has set up a fund called Get James Hudnall Back on His Foot to help him over this period. He had recently moved to Austin and was not prepared for this financially.

Chris Butcher leaves UDON to concentrate on TCAF and The Beguiling

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Truly one of the busiest men in comics, Chris Butcher has been leading a triple life for the last three years. Not only has he worked at the innovative, industry leading retailer The Beguiling, he’s been the show runner for the industry leading Toronto Comic Arts Festival. And in his SPARE TIME (!) he was the Marketing Director for UDON Entertainment, the art studio and publisher of many video game and manga art books. But…no more, as Butcher is leaving his post at Udon:

Carol Burrell leaves Abrams

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Word has reached us that popular editor Carol Burrell has left her post at Abrams ComicArts. Burrell was previously at Lerner Graphic Universe where she helped them launch their entire graphic novel line; she recently helped shepherd Sing No Evil by JP Ahonen and KP Alare and Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination by Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colon and Jerzy Drozd to publication. I’m sure she’ll be busy applying her skills to some other publisher soon, but maybe if she has some spare time she can get back to her webcomic SPQR Blues?