Hurry! $14 sale at the Comics Beat TeePublic store

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Speaking of that gifting time of the year, we’ve just partnered with TeePublic to offer the first ever Comics Beat TeePublic Store. TeePublic is a site that offers shirts designed by independent artists—there are hundreds of designs available, smashing up all your favorite pop culture icons and slogan, but The Beat staff has specially curated a store just for our readers. It is hard to choose!

AND there’s a $14 sales on all shirts until tomorrow—shirts are normally $20 so it’s a good deal! And we’ll soon have a special Beat t-shirt up in our store as well.

The Nib is offering a calendar of Obscure Holidays

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We’ve talked a lot about the awesomeness of The Nib, the comics section of long-form content site Medium. Editors Matt Bors and Eleri Mai Harris have made it a showcase for thought provoking comics featuring  cartoonists. Well, they’re spinning off the site into their first merch: The Nib’s 2015 Calendar of Obscure Holidays—they’re taking pre orders […]

Comic Cons around the world: Mumbai Film and Comic Con 2014

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Among the countries most taken by comic con fever is India. A lengthy email offering pr on this year’s Mumbai Film and Comic Con 2014, taking place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre from 19th December-21st December arrived in my mail box. Among the facts revealed: Guests include Nick Spencer, Nicolas Wild and Dan Goldman. She show will offer a 50,000 sq feet show floor and 100 exhibitors, including Amar Chitra Katha, Orange Radius, Pop Culture Publishing, Holy Cow Entertainment, Crimzon Studios, Simon and Schuster India, HarperCollins Publishers, Aayumi Productions, Shamik Dasgupta, Jazyl Homavazir, Pepper Script and Raj Comics.

Michelle MacLaren may direct Wonder Woman

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Word on the street of late has been that a female director had been approached to direct the 2017 Gal Gadot Wonder Woman movie. Who could it be? Lena Dunham? Miranda July? Well now a name has emerged and it’s Michelle McLaren. If you’re a fastidious credit watcher you’ve seen McLaren’s name in the credits of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. With a resume like that how could she NOT direct a superhero movie? IN particular, she directed some of the most brutal and riveting Breaking Bad episodes, showing she knows her way around a meth lab at least.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 11/13/14: CM Punk and Noelle Stevenson are writing Lady Thor, but can they lift her hammer?

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§ Marvel is putting out a Thor Annual and they pulled out all the stops to get the wackiest mix of creators ever. Wrestler CM Punk will write one story, that Chew’s Rob Guillory will draw; Lumberjanes’ Noelle Stevenson is writing another, with Marguerite Sauvage on art. And regular dude Jason Aaron is writing yet […]

Tomorrow: Publishers Weekly Webcast on how Comics are Finding New Audiences

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Want to find more about how graphic novel publishers are approaching the massive changes in comics readership and marketing now underway?

Then fire up your computer tomorrow at 1 pm EST for a webcast with these industry experts.

Future comics: “When Damo Met Can’ by Soto and Willumsen

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There haven’t been many new developments in the “Future comics” category of late; that is comics that use animation, gifs, or other tablet- or web-based technology as a storytelling tool, beyond Madefire’s leading the category. It seems like motion comics and the costs of developing platforms have sort of put this on the backburner…plus guided view and the like are now such a standard aspect of reading comics that they don’t elicit much comment.

Dark Horse Presents unleashes 80 page 200th issue with Gillian Flynn, Groo, Mignola and more

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Novelist Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) seems to be the headliner in the gala 200th issues of Dark Horse Presents. This groundbreaking anthology has introduced a ton of great comics to the world—a couple of little comics called Sin City and Concrete— and it was also the very first Dark Horse publication. To celebrate, the 200th issue has a stellar line up and a HELLBOY cover by Gabriel Bá, an APE-X variant cover by THE GOON creator Eric Powell and more including the US publication of a comic Flynn and Dave Gibbons originally commissioned for the Guardian in the UK.

IDW to publish print version of D4ve with new Fiona Staples cover

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Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon’s D4ve, a Monkeybrian digital original about a middle aged robot who yearns for one last battle, is coming to print from IDW in February, with a new cover by Fiona Staples. Nice, eh? PR below:

Catching up on Image’s new Teasers: Rundown, Vesuvius and more

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Okay so Image has been teasing team members of a new super team book from the last few days—smart money says Jay Faerber may be involved—and just for reference, it’s shaping up to be quite a team of misfits and characters!

Magnetic Press to publish Daomu graphic novel

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Magnetic Press launched earlier this year bringing some top-notch French comics to the US market and they’re not only still here, they are expanding to Chinese comics with DAOMU, which adapts the popular novel series by Chinese author Xu “Kennedy” Lei, who’s knwn as China’s Stephen King.  How popular is this series? The first novel, which forms the basis of the graphic novel has sold three million copies as of 2010 with an additional 20 million copies on the black market. I didn’t know there was a lack market for novels but it’s a thrilling world.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 11/12/14: Howard Chaykin said three things. The second came between the first and the third.

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits has been away for a while because tasks. It was decided in an executive meeting that I would bring it back only if I could do Upworthy style headlines. So now is the time to send in those suggestions, people! The more uplifting the better.

Dynamite signs with Comicsfix, new streaming comics service

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“Where is the Netflix of comics?” you ask. Unlimited streaming of everything from Blondie to Urasawa. That remains only a pipe dream, but a site called Comicsfix (get it?) is trying to be the streaming service we want. For $9.95 you get unlimited comics on various apps, and 24 hour access. But access to what? It’s just been announced that Dynamite is the first company Top 10 publisher to sign up with them. You don’t get everything, but some good starter stuff:

Marvel Movie Shocker #2: Aunt May to star in standlone spy movie?

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You know how sometimes people “Float an idea”? Well I think this idea is floating in a little leaky toy boat that will soon sink to the bottom of nightmare pool. According to Latino Review the Sony movie folks are now so flummoxed about what to do with the Spider-Man franchise that they are thinking about making a solo Aunt May movie. Now your first thought on this would be, “Oh like The Whales of August or Philomena? Well Helen Mirren and Judi Dench are always looking for good roles.” But the idea is young Aunt May as…a spy?

Marvel Movie Shockers #1: Doctor Doom to be annoyed guy on internet in new film

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#doomergate? It’s about ethics in the Baxter Building? Is Amanda Palmer writing “A Poem for Domashev?”

Kaboom Test Labs: The case of the dissappearing comics shop

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We’ve been talking about how the comics industry is doing well, and people seem to be making good on their business plans. But there are still cautionary tales. One such tale is Kaboom Test Labs, a two store cain located in Albuquerque, NM that abruptly closed shop this weekend. The main site has only a note that the owners were leaving New Mexico; a Facebook page where disappointed customers wondered what happened has been removed.