C2E2014: How To Get Around

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The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2, is set to begin Friday! If you’ll be attending, here are some helpful hints on how to make your way to the South Building of McCormick Place!

Asbury Park Comicon 2014: My Highlights

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Just some quick thoughts on last weekend’s Asbury Park Comicon…

31 Days of Arbor Day! : We Go Nuts!

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Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! Not a hack by Anonymous!

31 Days of Arbor Day!: The Seed Is Planted!

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(Yes, the Outhousers were correct…) Valentines and St. Patrick’s Days are in the middle of the month, so don’t work too well for “30 Days”.  We could do 40 days of Lent, but it only gets good the last week or so.  So, to fill the void between Christmas and summer con season, we introduce… […]

New Comic Shop Day: Thirty-Eight Year Old Comics Shop Reopens One Month After Devastating Fire

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As we reported a month ago, the Dragon’s Lair in Omaha, Nebraska, had occupied the same building since 1976, until a recent fire elsewhere in the building caused extensive smoke and water damage to the store. Since then, the store has relocated five blocks west, to 2227 N. 91st Plaza on Blondo, and will reopen today […]

C2E2 News! Professional Registration Closes Friday! Show Floor Planner is LIVE!

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Are you a comics professional? (Comic Retailers, Toy Retailers, Librarians, Educators and Professional Creators (Professional Creator category includes Professional writers, pencilers, inkers, colorists, letterers and animators); Licensors, Non-Editorial Media, Advertising and PR Professionals, Publishing Professionals, Producers, Writers and Game Developers) Plan on attending the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2 to its friends) next April? The […]

New Titles From Titan Books, Summer 2014 – Spring 2015

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Titan Books, UK purveyor of pop culture books, recently created a Titan Comics imprint, although they’ve been publishing comic strip collections, UK comics, and even the UK editions of DC Comics for decades. Here are their upcoming books.  We here at Stately Beat Manor love pop culture in all its variations.  For many comics fans, […]

New Titles from Kodansha, Coming This Fall!

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Lots of Attack on Titan titles!  And other fun stuff!

Forthcoming Graphic Novels From Random House, Fall 2014!

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Four titles, from Random House!

New Titles from Dark Horse, Coming Next Fall and Spring!

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— — — — — This is raw catalog data from Edelweiss, so some titles may be cancelled in the future. Yes, there is some duplication, with similar editions having more than one EAN. This is the first catalog from Dark Horse via Random House Publisher Services, so the learning curve is slightly parabolic. My […]

New Titles From DC Comics! Fall 2014! And Spring 2015!

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Batman Adventures!  Absolute editions!  Omnibi!  George Romero!  Post-Crisis classics!  New 52!  Captain Carrot!  Dave McKean! (My faves in purple.)

Fantagraphics Announces New Titles For Fall 2014 Including $500 Limited Edition Complete Zap Comics Two-Volume Box Set

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Richard Sala!  Jacques Tardi!  Robert Crumb!  Dylan Horrocks!  Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez!  Beastie Boys!  Roberto Clemente!  Basil Wolverton!

Want to Win Your Oscar Pool And Be The Envy of Millions? Try These Tips!

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[No comics content here.  This falls under "pop culture" and general geekery. ] So, your waistline (and gastrointestinal tract) has recovered from the Super Bowl.  You’re sick and tired of the weather.  You seek another diversion.  Well, next Sunday, Hollywood holds their soiree, handing out Oscar statuettes (“Academy Awards of Merit”, according to the rule […]

Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway: A Sneak Preview

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Before I get into the nitty gritty.. Buy your tickets NOW.  Stop reading, and go buy them.  This is “Lion King” big.  This is “plan a vacation around the tickets you can get” big.  It’s fun, it’s spectacular, and will please almost every theater-goer.  (Except for a few theater reviewers.  There’s always one.) I’ll wait.  […]

Venerable Omaha Comics Shop Damaged By Fire

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The Omaha World-Herald reports that the building housing Dragon’s Lair Comics and Treasure Mart Collectibles sustained nearly $300,000 in fire damage Sunday morning.

The Beat’s Annual Guide to Winning the Osca® Pool: Best Animated Shorts 2014

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Once again, Hollywood confabulates and celebrates the best of motion picture arts and sciences March 2, at the 86th Academy Awards.  Among the many awards will be two showcasing the best in animation: Animated Feature Film and Short Film Animated.  Many people have seen the feature films (or had a chance to…dunno how many actually […]