NYCC ’14: Win $50 for your Halloween swag from Costume Supercenter

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Costume SuperCenter is a  full service site for all your Halloween costume needs. They’ve set up at NYCC in booth  #1380 and to help let fans know they’ve graciously offered to give a $50 gift certificate to a lucky Beat reader. Keep reading for how to enter, but in the meantime, they’ve also made this […]

Dark Horse collects Matt Kindt’s Pistolwhip

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Before he burst onto the scene as a top notch writer for Valiant, DC and Dark Horse, Matt Kindt put out a series of unique, intricate graphic novels for Top Shelf, including Pistol Whip, co-written by Jason Hall. A mystery series that continued on in several volumes, it’s the kind of twisted tale that Kindt […]

NYCC ’14: Day 0—A New Hope

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NYCC kicked off with the ICv2 Conference; I’ll have a report on the white paper over at PW later in the day, but the overall mood was very upbeat as “the new customer” came into focus. Organizer Milton Griepp said he got goosebumps twice during the retailers presentation. I know that sounds corny but I […]

Lightning doesn’t strike twice with Future’s End

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September is Big Event month at DC Comics, and they crushed it this September as they usually do with their super lenticular covered Future’s End event which saw stand-alone stories set five years in the future of the DCU. These “random future” events usually disappoint me as I expect to see the Flash living with is brother in law and their two kids, and Poison Ivy running a plant shop, but then, that’s me. Anyway, Multiversity talked to a bunch of retailers about how the event did compared to last year’s Villain’s month which was allocated and ignited a frenzy as they say. Most retailers I’ve talked to say it was okay but not great and the Multiversity survey yielded similar thoughts. It is a sad time when a Batman butt selfie only does okay but these are the times we live in.

NYCC ’14: Finally, we’ll find out what happens when you clear the room between panels

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For years people have been saying “Why doesn’t San Diego Clear Hall H between panels so people won’t camp out all night and sit in the room all day just to see a panel at 7 and stink up the joint?” The CCI folks have considered this, but rejected the idea, as David Glanzer explained when I interviewed him for the More To Come podcast a few months back. One of the main reasons was that they didn’t know where to line people up.

NYCC’s Main Stage (Formerly the IGN Theater) isn’t as big as Hall H — it seats about 3000 people to Hall H’s 6000, so lining them up isn’t quite as hard —but getting in is just harder since it’s smaller. So this year, finally, NYCC is doing the unthinkable and will institue room clearing and wristbands. You can read the whole policy here but it runs to more than 1000 words, so here’s the outline:

Dark Horse announces Groo: Friends and Foes from Evanier and Aragones

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Mulching, blunders and barbarian action. Groo is eternal and Groo is back with Groo: Friends and Foes, a year long series by Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones, Stan Sakai and Tom Luth, the same team that’s been turning out this book since the 80s. In the first issues, Groo meets Captain Ahax, the seaman with the world record for most ships sunk. It’s a safe asumption that all hell will break loose from that point on.

NYCC ’14 Nom Nom: the special foods of New York Comic Con

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The folks at ReedPOP have a bit of a reputation as foodies, and their shows always have some interesting food ties in. Super Week is no exception and several New York food institutions are joining in the fun with special menu items.

NYCC ’14: Comixology announces panels and party

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Although they’ve gone Amazon on us, Comixology is still hanging out with comics folks, and doing a fine job of it. Although it hasn’t been as widely announced as it was last year, when you register your badge at NYCC you get some free digital comics from Comixology. And they’ve announced a bunch of panels and a party Saturday night so-sponsored by Dynamite, benefitting the CBLDF. Here is the poop:

NYCC ’14 — a safety guide

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CBR’s Casey Gilly has posted a pretty awesome Safety & Resource Guide: NYCC 2014 Edition wit information on what to do in case of harassment, illness and so on, with phone numbers and other vital information. Conventions are generally a pretty safe place, harassment aside, but the crowds and general tumult on the floor makes […]

The Final Dynamite Teaser — have you figured it out yet?

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We’re told this is the final Dynamite teaser in this campaign. A guy with a gun… a little hard to guess this one.

Is Norman Reedus Killing Comic-Con?

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I know you thought the “con kerfuffle” had faded away, but I think it’s definitely an ongoing burning issue for the industry, in a rapidly evolving field, and Chris Butcher, retailer and a show runner himself for TCAF, as well as booth runner for Udon, has posted a brilliant summation that puts all the eggs in one basket and then hits that basket out of the park:

Butcher identifies several trends, which I’ll list for argument:

Yet another Dynamite Teaser — and this one is magical!

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Hm, a magician in a top hat…who COULD this be?

Webcomic alert: The Underdog Myth by Mike Dawson

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Seth’s Dominion documentary is showing in Montreal

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A film has been made about Seth, the single named Autuer of Clyde Fans, It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken, Palookaville, and countless illustrations. It’s called Seth’s Dominion, it’s directed by Luc Chamberland and it is described as “a hybrid documentary/animation film exploring the life of master cartoonist Seth.”

Given that Seth is a perfectionist, you’d expect no less of a film about him, so to no one’s surprise the film has won the Grand Prize for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Dynamite teasing…something that you will hail

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We hear it was a rough day at Dynamite Entertainment’s Mt Laurel, NJ offices yesterday, as a car hitting a telephone pole took out their website. But they’ve been heroically dropping some teasers so we’ll play along. What can this be? Definitely has the pulpish feeling we’ve come to expect from DE. BUt we’re all or guys with swords lurking in swamps, so bring it on and Hail it.

NYCC ’14: Image announces signings and Instagram contest

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Image released their schedule for NYCC and goodies. Prepare to spend money and get some good comics. Theyve also announced an INstagam contest — photograph yourself in NYC holding an Image Comic and tag it with  #imagecomics #nycc on Instagram and Twitter . Every day Image will pick  most creative/interesting/coolest photo—winners can pick up their prizes […]