NYCC13: Day Zero in Pictures

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TweetWell, Team Beat is out in force, scurrying around Javits, meeting people we know, discovering stuff we kinda knew about but forgot, and just immersing ourselves in comics culture! So, here are some pictures from yesterday, taken by yours truly via my cellphone, before the ICV2 Conference convened.

Today is Torsten Day at Stately Beat Manor! 2013

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TweetTwo years ago, I was gobsmacked when Heidi proclaimed October 10 as “Torsten Day”. Now, there wasn’t a celebration that day, or last year, 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 […]

NYCC13: How To Survive The Con

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Tweet Whether it’s your first time, or your eighth, here are some suggestions on how to survive what is a mixture of Times Square on New Years Eve crossed with the West Village Halloween Parade.  Last year saw 116,000 attendees making the pilgrimage to the Javits Center, and while a similar number is expected this […]

Let’s Play Comics and Captions!

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Tweet In 1983, the Dayton Daily News accidentally switched the captions for “Dennis the Menace” and “The Far Side”.  And then, a few days later, they did it again. So that got me to thinking… Scott McCloud invented “Five Card Nancy“, using panels from Ernie Bushmiller’s “Nancy” comic strip. Could I make a similar game, […]

SDCC13: Watchtower: Mainstream Media Edition

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TweetWell, once again, we are repainting the kitchen to hide the stains we couldn’t clean, the comics cellar is being refiled, the liquor bottles refilled, and the linens have been burnt, per EPA regulations.  (And the capuchin monkeys have been bribed with money directly wired to their E*Trade account.)  The Beatrix shall return shortly from […]

SDCC13: Stuntmen Become Real Superheroes By Saving Jumper

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TweetStuntmen on location to rig stunts for a “Kick-Ass 2″ party save a distraught woman from jumping. Police were called about 2:40 p.m, but before they arrived the stunt men grabbed some harness rigging and scaled a security fence at the 33-story high-rise. They talked to a security officer who told them the woman was […]

SDCC13: Watchtower Thursday

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Tweet Okay… here’s a sampling of what’s been being fed through the newswires today from the Comic-Carnival in San Diego…

SDCC13: Watchtower: Road Trip!

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TweetHenry “Hemi” Barajas gave you the particulars on the DC/KIA Justice League Sorento custom design, but there are many more Comic-Con car events happening!

SDCC’13: Wonder Women: On Paper and Off

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Tweet From 1983 until 1997, Mary Mashcal assembled an extensive collection of memorabilia and aritifacts, filling virtually every room of her Golden Hill home with historic documents, banners, posters, and books. Her collection eventually became the Women’s Museum of California, located in the former Naval Training Center in Point Loma, San Diego.  This summer, another […]

SDCC ’13: Watchtower Wednesday

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TweetIt’s early.  The three-ring circus and sideshow doesn’t begin until later this evening, but there is already stuff happening on the web.  Here are a few choice tidbits from yesterday and today, scoured by yours truly, from the air conditioned comfort of the Manhattan offices of The Beat:

A Lazy Comics Summer Weekend

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TweetMany decades ago, I would wander far and wide to get my comics. Sometimes it was a magazine rack at a small town grocery store. Othertimes, a spinner rack at a newsstand or bookstore. Later, an actual comics shop.  (Yes, uphill both ways, but with a convenience store halfway with a soda fountain!) This weekend, […]

Are Comics Sales Better? They Are For IDW!

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TweetThere has been much talk about “corporate comics”, and the ongoing migration of notable talent deciding to explore creator-owned options. Of course, almost all comics companies are corporations; it’s a nice legal framework which protects people from bad business decisions. Some of these corporations are quite public, especially those which issue stock.  I remembered that […]

Who Would Win? Star Trek vs. The Empire

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Tweet Last week, I came across this image on Google Plus, and a lengthy (200+, multiple days) discussion ensued.   Who would win?  The USS Enterprise, or an Imperial Star Destroyer? Well, in the sake of universal peace among two very disparate yet similar geek tribes (or possibly a flame war for the ages), I will […]

Book Con! Cool Books I Discovered at the Library Conference!

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TweetTwice a year, the American Library Association holds a conference.  Awards are given, training is taught, and much fun is had.  (A lot of the nerdy kids from high school become the cool adults in libraries.) Like comic book conventions, the centerpiece of the show is the exhibits hall.  ALA hosts about 18,000 attendees during […]

Book Con!: Librarians Celebrate Geeky Fun in Chicago! [updated]

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TweetEvery summer, thousands of librarians congregate at the American Library Association’s annual conference.  All sorts of topics are discussed, presented, and taught, and, believe it or not, librarians love books with a geeky passion!  There is something for everyone, and as the geek diaspora filters into libraries, libraries are becoming more than just a place […]

May The Fourth Be With You!

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TweetPics from the Vader Project.. For some reason, the Brits do not celebrate the Fourth of July (or the Third of September), so our London office is on watchtower duty while we party hard here in the States (and recharge our batteries in preparation for San Diego).