Once Again, Suitors Come Courtin’ Comic-Con International

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Might Comic-Con International actually move from San Diego? Comic-Con International has yet to sign a contract for 2017 and 2018, and it looks uncertain whether America’s Finest City™  can convince CCI to remain in San Diego. The Los Angeles Times reports: With an expansion of San Diego’s convention center stalled, other Southern California convention center operators […]

Graphic Novel Videos from the National Book Festival!

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Back during Labor Day weekend, the Library of Congress hosted the 14th annual National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center.  We posted the notice here, showcasing all of the amazing graphic novel programming, but now the Library of Congress has posted videos from most of the sessions! Click on the red titles to go to the […]

Look What Marvel Has Planned For The Middle Of 2015!

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Yup!  It’s that time of year again!  Marvel has released their book catalog for May-August 2015, and it’s chock full of reprints, collections, slipcases, and omnibi!

What a Year That Was! Bestselling Graphic Novels From the 2014 New York Times Bestseller Lists!

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Ah… another year draws to a close, and just like the Facebook New Years app, I analyze a year’s worth of data, run my quirky algorithms, and post it for all to see.  And just like those “here’s the great things our family did this year” holiday letters, you’ll probably look at the graphs, skim […]

The Beat’s Annual Survey: Torsten’s Look Back (way back)

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It’s that time of year, when the Beatrix mails out her survey forms, and asks the comics cognescenti to look back and wonder what transpired during the past year, and to prognosticate on what’s forthcoming. Me, since I tend to get more contemplative twice a year (New Years in January, birthday in July), and since […]

Did You See This On Google News? Amazing!

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[Click on the headlines for links!] Al Jazeera publishes a web comic, and it’s not what you expect! Two Harris County (Texas) District Attorney employees were indicted by a grand jury for stealing evidence and selling it online! The case that landed both men in jail began in May 2012, when they were assigned to investigate […]

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Which Graphic Novel Categories are the Biggest?

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Ever wonder what categories are the most popular in graphic novels? Think it’s all manga and superheroes? Well, as you can see on the chart to the left, it’s fairly diverse. How did I come up with these percentages? Simple… First, there’s this group called BISG.  They make sure all the standards that booksellers and […]

ICV2 2014 Conference: White Paper: The Comics Customer: Who Is Reading All Those Comics?

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While most comics fans started New York Comic Con on Thursday, the die-hard industry insiders and watchers began their “con crush” on Wednesday. ICV2.com once again hosted their annual conference at the Javits Center, choosing the theme: The New Comics Customer. As is the tradition, each conference is inaugurated with an industry white paper. Milton […]

NYCC’14: What Torsten Saw Last Week!

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Okay…  I’m slowly getting back to “normal”.  I still have a huge backlog of posts to work on, here’s my con diary, mostly in picture form. Photos were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G Touch 5MP camera, at high resolution.  Which means you see the crapiness in HD! Tuesday Yes, I started my “super […]

DC Offers A TV Guide For New Readers

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DC Entertainment now has four shows on TV (which might just be another milestone on the way to “peak geek”)!  To help new viewers “read all about it”, DC has published a free ebook listing core titles from their extensive backlist.  (Kinda like an “After Watchmen” guide.)

NYCC’14: NYCC Staff Q&A: Complaints, Compliments, and Concerns from Attendees

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Once again, Lance Fensterman and staff appeared at the end of the show to hear feedback from attendees. For the first time, there was a queue before the actual panel, and the room had a good attendance. Who else was on the panel? Jackie Williams, Brand Marketing Manager Peter Tatara, International Director, Content and Marketing […]

Read You Should: Celebrate National Star Wars Reads Day!

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Not at New York Comic Con?  Want to get your geek on, or earn some cool cred from younger relatives? This Saturday, nationwide, is Star Wars Read Day! The many publishing partners of Disney/Lucasfilm are collaborating for the third year, encouraging children of all ages to celebrate the myriad stories and cool books in the […]

NYCC’14: Retailer Exclusive: Meet Marvel! Marvel Teases Upcoming Events!

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A diverse group of retailers await entry into the exclusive event! Friday morning, Marvel hosted an exclusive event for retailers, announcing and teasing a variety of titles and projects. On the panel: Dan Buckley David Gabriel Alel Alonso Tom Brevoort Micke Marts C. B. Cebulski Nick Lowe Mark Paniccia Sana Amanat Janine Schafer After all […]

NYCC’14: Famous Author to be Adapted as a Graphic Novel!

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Today is Torsten Day at Stately Beat Manor! 2014

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Three  years ago, I was gobsmacked when Heidi proclaimed October 10 as “Torsten Day”. Now, there wasn’t a celebration that day, or since, so I don’t know if it’s an on-going holiday or just one of those days where I get a nicely-lettered proclamation with an embossed seal, suitable for framing. Since there wasn’t such […]

On The Scene with Comics At Columbia: Past, Present, Future

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If Karen Green wasn’t a rock star comics librarian before last night’s opening gala, she is now! So: the gist: A few years ago, 2005 to be exact, the Ancient & Medieval History and Religion Librarian at Columbia University noticed a need for graphic novels to support the faculty and curriculum of the University. She […]