Mark Waid and Fiona Staples Are the New Archie Creative Team

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Archie dropped a bombshell today.  The new creative team on Archie will be Mark Waid and Fiona Staples.  Yes, the Daredevil writer and the Saga artist.  That Mark Waid and that Fiona Staples. No, we didn’t see that coming either.

NYCC ’14: All The Beat’s coverage

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As you may have noticed, there were a lot of stories coming out of NYCC.  Here’s a convenient list of what we covered, separated by publisher. Archie Archie Vs… Predator?  Archie’s Dark Circle Line Gives Out A Little More Info   Dark Horse NYCC’14: CCP Games Enlist Dark Horse Comics For EVE: VALKYRIE NYCC’14: Dark […]

Dynamite Acquires Mage Wars License, Launches With Prose Novel

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Dynamite and Arcane Wonders have come to a licensing agreement for the Mage Wars tabletop fantasy game.

Twilight Zone Has a New Ongoing Series

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In January, Dynamite will be launching The Twilight Zone: Shadow and Substance, a new ongoing series based on Rod Serling’s classic TV anthology.  

Dynamite’s Legenderry Spins Off Three Titles

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Dynamite’s been pretty happy with the Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure mini-series that Bill Willingham has been writing for them.  Happy enough to be spinning it off into three new titles.

Marvel Relaunching Secret Wars in 2015 “in a synergistic fashion across the Marvel brand”

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Marvel’s going back to the well for one of the mid-80s bigger hits in the form of Secret Wars.  Reports have Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic working on a year-long story that will follow the “Time Runs Out.” Marvel told the whole story to USA Today and it’s a doozy.  Reportedly, Hickman has been planning […]

Archie Vs… Predator?

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And you thought Archie Meets The Punisher was out there.  Never let it be said that the folks at Archie Comics were afraid of thinking outside the box.  This time around, they’re huddling with Dark Horse for a Spring Release of Archie Meets Predator.  Yes, Predator.  Like the movie.  In this case, like the first Predator movie, since […]

The World’s Most Evil Button Returns – Smiley the Psychotic Button

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One of more unusual characters in the Chaos! Comics line is Smiley the Psychotic Button, a button that’s a bit more than a clothing accessory for Evil Ernie.  It’s also a demonic sidekick.  In January, Dynamite will be releasing a one-shot to give the button’s origin in the new Chaos! universe.  The special is written […]

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Down Town Coming in Spring 2015

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I think we can give Jim Butcher his comic book street cred.  It’s one thing for an author to allow adaptions of their work.  It’s an entirely different thing when the author co-writes three new adventures for the comics medium.  And that’s what Butcher is doing.

Nancy Collins On an Older Red Sonja in Vulture’s Circle

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In 2015, Dynamite will be celebrating their 10th year of publishing Red Sonja comics and will starting the anniversary off with Red Sonja Vulture’s Circle, a mini-series co-written by Nancy A. Collins and Luke Lieberman, with art by Fritz Casas. This mini-series will be set a bit in the characters future,  “where the older heroine […]

Archie’s Dark Circle Line Gives Out A Little More Info

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Archie’s Dark Circle imprint continues to slowly dole out details on their new line.  The latest announcements were adding David Williams as artist on The Shield and Jose Villarrubia joining Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid on The Fox, presumably as color artist.  They also unveiled the Francesco Francavilla promotional art piece you’ll see on the left of this page.

Todd McFarlane Passing Spawn Over To Brian Wood

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Todd McFarlane will be wrapping up his current run on Spawn with issue #250, due out in January and then it will be time to shake up the book a bit. McFarlane told USA Today that February will see of Spawn Resurrected  #1 by the team of Brian Wood and Jonboy Meyers.  It will also see the return of […]

I Really Hope You Read the Lead-Ins: Reviewing Avengers X-Men AXIS #1

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Have you been reading Uncanny Avengers?  You’ll want to catch up on that before reading AXIS.  I guess you probably ought to catch up on Magneto, too.  Maybe the other Avengers titles, maybe not.  I’m not remotely current, so I was scratching my head at a lot of the things going on in this comic.  Now, Beat columnist […]

Breaking Down the Latest Convention Controversy

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OK, comicsphere, we need to talk about conventions. This convention hubbub that’s flared up in the last week or so is a fairly complex one. Just for the sake of the arguments that are still going on, let’s break this down into the individual issues that are affecting creators that are exhibiting at comics shows.

Issue #1 – CCINO

Yes, I’m borrowing from political rhetoric. “Comic Conventions In Name Only.” Ever been to an alleged comic convention that had little-to-zero comics programming, few (if any) comics publishers exhibiting and pretty much all the comics content was artists alley and anyone selling comics in the dealers area?

Dynamite Launches Their Own Digital Comics Store With Ten Cent DRM-Free Downloads

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Dynamite is launching their own digital comics store today.  The comics will DRM-Free, which makes DRM-free the new (and welcome) trend in digital.  And just because they can, they’re launching with some $0.10 comics and 10% of all digital sales for the first month will be donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Marvel Returns To Walmart With Clearance Prices

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Ever been to a comic convention and seen the $5 trade paperback booth?  Essentially the clearance sale?  Well, Marvel’s returned to Walmart and the price point is $5 for a new printing of what’s mostly fairly old books.