Top Shelf’s $3 sale is on—and this time it’s digital

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Top Shelf has an annual sale whereby you can acquire some of the greatest comics of alllll tiiiiimes for just $3. The list of sale items is right here. Some 125 titles are marked down, some to just $1! And perennials like League of Extraordinary Gentleman volumes are marked down. It’s time to jump in […]

Salt Lake Comic Con releases more information on attendance

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Following yesterday’s post on Salt Lake Comic Con’s attendance this weekend—widely reported as somewhere between 120,000-130,000—in which I examined some doubts about this number that have been expressed to me, I received a press release on the numbers, and some clarification from Bryan Brandenberg, Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of the show. He told me, “We feel real good about our numbers. The capacity for the Salt Palace is 150,000 not 82,000. We not only were in the Convention Center, but our film festival was at the Gateway two blocks away and our gaming tournaments were offsite as well. Besides ticket sales, we gave away over 15,000 tickets to schools, military, first responders and charities and we counted free kids.”

Meanwhile, DC is hiring an editor for Vertigo

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While Warner Bros. itself is facing a round of layoffs following the abortive takeover attempt by Rupert Murdoch, DC Comics is hiring a few people for Burbank: • Editor Burbank, CA • Creative Associate, Live Action Burbank, CA • Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs Burbank, CA • Manager, Franchise Management Burbank, CA The Editor […]

Ron Perazza joins Amazon as Creative Director for Amazon Publishing

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Via tweets last night, industry veteran Ron Perazza announced that he’s left Marvel, where he served most recently as Director of Digital Publishing starting last year, and joined Amazon to as Creative Director of all of their digital publishing efforts. Perazza’s multi faceted career includes stints at Fleer, Marvel, DC (where he ran creative services and then rose to VP of Online and oversaw the Zuda webcomics launch), Marvel again and now Amazon. Perazza has relocated to Seattle for the position.

Last Call: All messages go better with Star Trek “Capt. Kirk vs. the internet”

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Tom Tomorrow has done it again with a classic Trek-theme cartoon.

Image joins “Artists Edition” ranks with Walking Dead’s All Out War

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Artist’s Editions are a recent addition to the comics shelf, starting with IDW’s over sized Artist Edition series, and continuing on with giant tomes from Dynamite and Dark Horse. Put them all together and you can build a little house! IDW pioneered the form with books that reproduced art original size, with pencil marks and flaws intact. They’re as spectacular as they are heavy.

Brooklyn Book Festival has huge lineup of comics events

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Just as soon as you recover from SPX, you’ll be drinking in the comcis events at the Brooklyn Book Festival, the annual literary love-in which will be held Sunday, September 21st this year. Not only is there a full slate of comics panels, with Brandon Graham, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Mike Dawson and MANY MORE, but there will be a signings, a screening and parties galore. You can check out the totally excellent (I will steal their theme) Tumblr jsut for BBF comics and graphic novels, but here is the whole schedule for posterity:

Only two comics over 100K in August, but overall numbers creep up

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ICv2 has released its August sales analysis and only two comics were over 100K, Batman and Amazing Spider-Man, as they should be. I’m quoting this graph but not sure there shouldn’t be a “not” after did: But individually, comics did fare all that well.  August had two titles over 100K, down from July, which had […]

Tim Beyers launches pop culture site The Full Bleed

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We here at The Beat have long been a fan of Tim Beyer’s analysis of comics and comics-based entertainment trends at The Motley Fool and he’s just launched his own site to expand on that called The Full Bleed:

Yang and Holmes to produce Secret Coders

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Gene Luen Yang (Boxers/Saints) and Mike Holmes of Bravest Warriors are teaming for a new graphic novel aimed at middle schoolers called Secret Coders that will focus on another one of Yang’s interests: computer coding. When he’s not producing award-winning graphic novels, Yang teaches high school computer programming, so call this a no brainer. Wired […]

Salt Lake City Comic Con draws 100,000 to a facility that holds 82,000

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The third Salt Lake City Con was held this weekend, and it was by all measures a success, becoming the largest convention in Utah, with a reported 120,000-130,000 people attending. This is up from the 72,000 that attended the first one a year ago and the 100,000 that attended the spring FanX sister event. Stan […]

New Walking Dead Season 5 trailer teases gore, zombies, haggard looking Rick

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Yep it’s baaaaaaack. AMC released a new trailer for Season 5 of The WAlking Dead. As you may recall when last we left our survivors they were locked in a truck presumably to be fattened up for the strange dining habits of the folk of Terminus. This trailer reveals intensity (shock!) grim warnings from Rick […]

2014 Harvey Awards unspool

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  Live from Baltimore, the 2014 Harvey’s are unspooling. Will our computer battery hold out? Will our attention span survive? I’m not sure, but we’ll give it a try. This year’s mc is Michael Uslan who claims that everything he learned about dating came form Archie Comics, leading to disappointment when his hometown had no malt shop. […]

Comics shop owner claims mention of rape room was met with a stern frown; female employee still fired

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Comics got a brand new he-said/she-said with the story of Jennifer Williams, who was employed by Harrison’s Comics in Salem, MA for all of four days before being fired. According to Harrison’s it was for performance issues. According to Williams, it’s because she complained about a remote storage area being called “the rape room” and […]

Meet the Beat at Baltimore Comic-Con, SPX and the Brooklyn Book Festival

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It’s the crazy fall season for comics and graphic novels, as the Baltimore Comic-Con blends into the Small Press Expo and then barnstorming cartoonists head north to the Brooklyn Book Festival, before everyone dons their waders for New York Comic Con. Baltimore is underway as you read this! What a great show1 I’m a bus […]

Thanos and Batman top August sales — UPDATED

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I’ll post John Jackson Miller’s analysis when it comes in, but sales for the year inched up, although down from Five Wednesday July. Image had more than 10% of unit sales, always a good mark for them. And sales analyst Miller weighs in pointing out this was the first “Normal” month in a while. After […]