Interview: Marc Tyler Nobleman on Bill Finger and the Secret Origins of Batman

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For years, comics’ professionals have been hiding a well-kept Batman secret. Batman has been listed as being created by Bob Kane for decades, but the secret creator of the other half of Batman has been in hiding, signing bad deals and contracts, and being lost to the general public. Despite the immense popularity of Batman, only a […]

Review: Thanos (and Jim Starlin) Make a Timely Return

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By Matthew Jent Thanos: The Infinity Revelation  Writer/Artist: Jim Starlin Inker: Andy Smith Colorist: Frank D’Armata Cover Art: Jim Starlin Genre: Superhero In the wake of the Guardians of the Galaxy opening extravaganza, Marvel is releasing Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, a one-hundred page original graphic novel by written and illustrated by Jim Starlin. It’s Starlin’s […]

SDCC ’14: Inside, Outside–A Visual Recap

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by Pam Auditore While at SDCC I could not help but notice the grumbling across Social Media of how little seemed to be coming out of SDCC in real time, and how deeply missed G4 was as a result.  For those of us trying to bridge the gap, their seemed to be insufficient band width […]

Howard the Duck Comics Suddenly Available For Some Great Unknown Reason

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On July 29th, Marvel released a whole bunch of old Howard the Duck comics onto ComiXology for what appears to be no reason. Okay wait, I guess they are fantastic books by the late great Steve Gerber and Gene Colan (among others), but wow, that sure does seem random. Oh, and Marvel VP David Gabriel recently confirmed […]

SDCC ’14: Ben Costa on Kung-Fu, Gelatinous Goo, and Good Game Design

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By Matthew Jent Ben Costa is a maker. He makes comics, games, and deadpan jokes. I caught up with Ben at the tail end of this year’s San Diego Comic Con to chat about the Kickstarter-funded second collection of Pang, the Wandering Shaolin Monk, his new webcomic Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo, and making […]

SDCC ’14: Jeff Lemire Explores A Futuristic Universe Through A Child’s Point Of View In ‘Descender’

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By Kyle Pinion Announced at Image Expo this year at San Diego Comic Con, Jeff Lemire’s first ongoing series with Image, Descender, is described thusly: Ten years ago massive, planet-sized robots called “The Harvesters” materialized without warning and invaded the orbits of all the United Galactic Council’s worlds wiping out entire planets and civilizations before […]

SDCC 14: Gene Luen Yang on the First Asian American Superhero, Faith and the East/West Dichotomy

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By Kyle Pinion Gene Luen Yang is the writer/artist of critically acclaimed graphic novels like American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, as well as the writer of Level Up, The Eternal Smile, and adaptations of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yang’s work has been awarded with multiple Eisners including “Best New Graphic Album” for American Born Chinese […]

SDCC 14: Batman’s 75th, My 20th, and a Lot of First Experiences

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By David Nieves We’re all still recovering from copious amounts of walking around taking pictures with people and wishing the people in front of us taking pictures would just move. Yes another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. By now all the news is out and we’re still reeling from the Batman V Superman […]

SDCC 14: Fiona Staples… Artist, Icon, Saga Fan

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By David Nieves On SDCC Friday, after a rousing Brian K Vaughan one man show, Saga co-creator Fiona Staples took the room stage for an hour of career and advice for young artists in her own spotlight. Fiona’s time was led by Jennifer de Guzman director of Image Comics Trade Book Sales. Fiona’s introduction read like […]

SDCC ’14: Tula Lotay on Supreme, Thought Bubble, and Career

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by Zachary Clemente Tula Lotay (aka Lisa Wood) is a comic artist hailing from the UK. Her work includes Elephantmen, Bodies, and the new Image book Supreme: Blue Rose with writer Warren Ellis. She also consults for the well-regarded Travelling Man comic shop and heads the annual comic arts festival Thought Bubble. I was fortunate enough to speak with Tula […]

SDCC ’14: Marc Andreyko: It’s What’s Behind the Mask That Counts

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By Matthew Jent Marc Andreyko has written comics for DC, Marvel, IDW and Image for more than 10 years. He spoke to the Beat at the DC booth on the floor of San Diego Comic Con about writing DC’s Batwoman, what makes a superhero interesting, and the current state of comics and conventions. Do you […]

SDCC ’14: Jeff Lemire on creating a new universe in ‘The Black Hammer’

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By Kyle Pinion In part two of our weekend long discussion with Jeff Lemire, we sat down with him to discuss his newly announced Dark Horse creator-owned title The Black Hammer to find out more about the influences of the title, its potential metaphorical under-pinnings and why he chose to go with Dark Horse for […]

SDCC ’14: Michael Cho on ‘Shoplifter’ – Influence of Advertisement & Social Media

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by Zachary Clemente Michael Cho is an illustrator, cartoonist, and writer currently residing in Toronto. He has worked with Marvel, DC, and others. His graphic novel, Shoplifter is out this September from Pantheon Books. Comics Beat: How much is this story and these sort of emotions at this age [of the character] come from personal experience? […]

SDCC 14: Becky Cloonan, The Killjoys of Moving…

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By David Nieves Since 1999 Becky Cloonan has been breaking down doors; whether they be from moving to new places or the ones every creator has to go through to make comics for a living. I had the overwhelming  joy of sitting down with her on the SDCC show floor last week. To no one’s […]

SDCC ’14: Vivek J. Tiwary uncovers the fact and fiction behind ‘The Fifth Beatle’

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By: Kyle Pinion Vivek J. Tiwary is a multiple award winning Broadway Producer whose productions have netted 25 Tony Awards and 44 Tony nominations. The culmination of decades of research, The Fifth Beatle, his graphic novel telling the tale of Brian Epstein, the man who discovered and managed The Beatles was released in November of […]

SDCC ’14: Journal – 4 Days and 10 Years Later, What I’ve Seen and Learned

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By Victor Van Scoit I planned on writing journal updates based on my daily experiences, but the time vortex that is San Diego Comic Con always wins at some point. With its voracious appetite it eats up every second of time that isn’t reserved for basic human survival – like sleep and sustenance – and […]