Comics Media — introducing The Spire by Steve Morris

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TweetIf you are like The Beat, you’ve noticed that the informed writing styling of Steve Morris have been greatly lessened on this site of late. While that makes us sad, we’re happy to report that he’s graduated to his OWN site, The Spire, where he’s covering news, reviews, English kids comics, bunnies and all the […]

SDCC 2014: This year’s “Has Hollywood Left Comic-Con” think piece

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Every year someone wonders before the big show if Hollywood is giving up on Comic-Con, based on a perceived paucity of panels or whatever, and then Steven Spielberg comes out on stage and kisses Benedict Cumberbatch and everyone forgets about this ideas for another 340 days.

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley is out today

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How do you follow up a phenomenon like Scott Pilgrim? Well, you take some time off and then come back with a beautifully realized standalone graphic novel that tells a story about..starting over. That’s Bryan Lee OMalley’s Seconds, which hits today.

The View announces something about Angela a woman becoming Thor

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OOPS — ALL WRONG! It’s Jason Aaron and Russell Dautermann! on some unspecified Lady Thor. But Angela still seems likely. But note the talk about female audience in the pr! Okay that’s the last time I ever play guessing games!

Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THOR, written by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Original Sin) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops).
 

The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood is coming to Dynamite

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Educator Christina Blanch had made quite a name for herself with her MOOCs covering gender and social issues in comics. But she’s also a very talented writer, and her Thrillbent series The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood has gotten a lot of positive attention. And this October it’s coming to print, courtesy of Dynamite. With a Franceso Francavilla cover so you know its good.

SDCC 2014: EGADS! Wristbands for Hall H’s First Panel of the Day!

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Tweet Hall H camping at Comic-Con became a huge thing over the last five years or so, with thousands lined up all night, and for years people have been saying “Why don’t they give out tickets?” And finally, something like that is happening:Wristbands will be given out for the first Hall H panel of the […]

SDCC 2014: Welcome to Hell Week! And what could make it more hellish?

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Tweet It’s what I like to call Hell Week, boys and girls, the week before San Diego Comic-Con when every single thing has to get done, including all those things you thought of in January but put off saying, “I’ll get it done before July!” and now it’s July and you didn’t get it done. […]

Marvel to announce new title on The View

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Tweet Marvel promises to reveal something “explosive” on The View tomorrow. Is it Mark Millar’s chili recipe? Is it who killed the Watcher? Is it a book aimed at middle-aged housewives? Why is the Beat promoting an announcement about an announcement? Well, as we’ve mentioned before, The View audience is the elusive “fourth quadrant” that […]

Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson coming to Dynamite

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Tweet Comics spinning off from popular fantasy/horror/YA novelists have been a pretty strong category in recent years, and Patricia Briggs is back with a new Mercy Thompson comic from Dynamite, following up on several successful series from the last few years. Thompson is a shapeshifter raised by werewolves, and if that logline appeals to, this […]

Dynamite announces Vampirella: Feary Tales #1, with Collins, Lansdale, Bissette, Simone and more

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Tweet Vampirella is still going strong after 45 years, and say what you will, the lady has some legs. Ba dum ching. Anyway, Dynamite will be published a new anthology series called Faery Tales, run by Nancy Collins and featuring an intriguing line-up of horror and fantasy comics folks, including John Shirley, Joe R. Lansadle, […]

Ultimate when a con is crap: DashCon 2014 solicited people for money to pay the hotel bill while the con was running

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This will almost certainly be the ultimate Con Disaster story for our times, as least for a year or so. DashCon held over the weekend in Schaumberg, IL, was a first year show aimed at Tumblr culture, planned as a meet-up for Tumblr users and such favorites as Welcome to Night Vale, a transmedia podcast that is sort of a Lake Woebegone for Tumblr-ites, Baker Street Babes, cartoonists such as Noelle Stevenson and…Doug Jones? You know the guy who was in Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth.

Dynamite announces The Art of Army of Darkness

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As you know, we’re big Bruce Campbell fans here at Stately Beat Manor, and Bruce was never Brucier than in Army of Darkness. So with Dynamite about to release a collection of The Art of Amy of Darkness—which was their first comic book some 10 (!!!) years ago—you know we’ll want a copy so we can relive artistic reinterpretations of great moments in the history of the One True Bruce, from John Bolton’s classic key art on. Hail to the King, baby.

Review: Spider-Man 2099 #1 — Everything new is old again

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The Marvel Universe of 2099 debuted in 1993 with four titles, one of which was Spider-Man 2099. The bulk of the series, featuring Miguel O’Hara as Spider-Man battling supervillains and the evil-future-corporation of Alchemax, was written by Peter David.

I love Peter David. He’s a wonderful writer who knows dialogue, structure, and character development. David is a superhero in his own right — when he suffered a stroke in 2012, he broke the news himself on his blog a few days later, and he’s been writing comics pretty consistently since his recovery. It’s flat-out wonderful that David is writing a Spider-Man 2099 comic in the year 2014, the actual 21st century.

When a con is crap part one: London Film and Comic Con was crowded

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Tweet As we’ve been reporting, as comic-cons become bigger and bigger business, more and more under qualified con-runners are getting into the biz, easing to more and more unsatisfactory convention experiences. This weekend’s London Film and Comic Con was a thrill for many, of the “Ohmigod I got my photo with Stan Lee!’ variety. But […]

March: Book Two cover revealed on CNN

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Tweet March: Book One, the graphic novel memoir of civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis, as adapted by Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, was a bestseller and gained publicity previously little heard of for a graphic novel, with appearances on the Colbert Report and Rachel Maddow among many other places. The first volume has been […]

SDCC 2014: All the Sunday Programming…when you will be very very tired

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Tweet From kids to Kirby…even on the SLOW day of con there are over 100 panels. Ballroom 20 will b shut down but Hall H will be chugging along and we have the fourth to last panel of the whole show! But where’s con talkback?     10:00am –  11:00am   CCAS Sunday Devotional & Christian Comics Panel […]