NYCC ’13: NYCC Team Q&A answers questions on badges, crowding, more

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Every year, New York Comic Con changes and grows, and they get most of it right, and some of it wrong.  Every year, during the last hour of the show, Lance Fensterman and his senior team sit down and take questions from the audience regarding how well the show went, what concerns attendees have, and […]

NYCC13: Archie Comics: Zombies, Heroes, Cartoons, Movies and more!

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Saturday, Archie Comics hosted a packed room of Archie fans!  And a packed dais!  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa emceed, while Dan Parent, George Donovan, Jon Goldwater, Michael Murphey, Mike Pellerito, Francesco Francavilla, Michael Uslan, and Victor Gorelick entertained!

NYCC13: Day Two in Pictures

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I got five hours of sleep last night, yet managed to navigate the show fairly well. Basically, my brain was on the same power-saving strategy my smart phone was using, and aside from weary feet, I managed quite well. I had various panels scheduled, but after seeing the line for the JMS workshop, gave up.  […]

NYCC13: Day One in Pictures

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So after a decent night’s sleep, I made my way back to Javits, to partake of various professional panels and then hit the show floor.  But before the panels, I took more pictures!  (Man, I love this press pass!)

NYCC13: Day Zero in Pictures

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Well, 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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Two 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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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 year, […]

Let’s Play Comics and Captions!

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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, using […]

SDCC13: Watchtower: Mainstream Media Edition

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Well, 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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Stuntmen 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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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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Henry “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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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 historian, […]

SDCC ’13: Watchtower Wednesday

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It’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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Many 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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There 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 […]