Is Diamond Selling Digital Comics For DC?

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TweetIs Diamond going to be selling DC’s digital comics?  It certainly looks that way.  As you may recall, Diamond entered into a new digital partnership with Trajectory in May.  Here’s a bit from the Publisher’s Weekly piece on it: Jim Bryant, CEO of Trajectory, said the new deal reflects “a significant amount of demand around […]

Dynamite Goes In Search of Lost Dragons

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TweetDynamite is going European in October with the In Search of Lost Dragons  art book.  It sounds like an art book with a journal/scrapbook motif and a bit of background story surrounding the art.   July 14, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the October release of In Search of Lost Dragons, […]

Evil Ernie Returns to His Own Series

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TweetEvil Ernie, last seen in Dynamite’s Chaos! mini-series, will be returning in his own series.  Ernie was one of the mainstays of the ’90s Chaos comics line and a pretty hot property back before the independent publishers started to consolidate in the late 90s. The team on Evil Ernie will be Tim Seeley (Chaos!, Revival, Hack/Slash, […]

Sherlock Holmes Meets Houdini in Dynamite Miniseries

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TweetDynamite’s been doing Sherlock Holmes stories on a fairly regular basis for some time now.  And really, given the recent court decision on Holmes being firmly in the public domain, there’s every reason to.  The next entry in the Dynamite extension of the Holmes library will find the master detective crossing paths with the magician […]

Breaking: Titles for October

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TweetWith October solicitations just around the corner, sources have whispered these sweet secrets in The Beat’s ears. Get a jump on what’s to come with the following, and check back for more information later this month. Jim Zub will be writing a new Dungeon & Dragons series for IDW. The subtitle for the series is Legends of Baldur’s Gate. Also from IDW is […]

DC’s New Royalty Program – Let’s Do The Math On Single Issue Sales

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TweetYou probably heard that DC has revamped their royalties program, adding colorists to the payout mix and lumping digital in with print.  We should talk about what’s going on with the single issue sales and royalties.  Here’s the gist of it as DC put it in their media release: We’ve also standardized sales thresholds for […]

Is the Clickhole Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon Illegal Child Porn?

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TweetClickhole, the Onion’s answer to Buzzfeed and Clickhole, has posted an audacious NSFW video parody, “If You Grew Up With ‘Calvin and Hobbes,’ You Need to Watch This Now.” Spoilers below for those of you who aren’t already in custody haven’t seen it yet:

Notes From The Future: First Details Regarding September Releases

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TweetAhead of their solicitations, The Beat has learned about several new books coming out in September and beyond. GI JOE returns to the shelves with a brand new ongoing by novelist Karen Traviss, with art from Steve Kurth. Traviss used to write DC’s Gears of War comics, and she is well suited for this gig. […]

The Hermit of Shooters Hill – An Interview with Steve Moore, Part 2

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TweetHere’s the second part of my interview with Steve Moore, with more to follow. The first part can be found here, along with some explanation of how the interview came about. PÓM: Did you go to many SF cons? SM: Only two or three, I think … at least, that’s all I remember! They were […]

Dynamite’s Just Talking About Shaft, Dresden Files, Dean Koontz, Brandon Sanderson and Patricia Briggs at Book Expo

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TweetDynamite hit Book Expo with a pocketful of announcements today.  Projects based on prose books with a mix of deal extensions and new deals.  Projects that also might have resonance with the bookstore demographic for Book Expo. The first announcement, coming clear out of left field, is Dynamite’s acquisition of the rights to the Shaft […]

Electricomics: Alan Moore Reinvents Comics. Again.

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Tweet Alan Moore, Writer, along with Leah Moore, Editor Anything that has the tagline ‘Not so much pushing the envelope of comicbook storytelling as folding it up to make a nice hat‘ just shouts Alan Moore, doesn’t it? But there’s no point my trying to tell you what it’s all about where there’s a handy […]

Interview: Hayley Campbell on Her New Neil Gaiman Book and the Strange Things in His Attic

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Tweet On Tuesday the 20th of May Harper Design publish The Art of Neil Gaiman, written by Hayley Campbell. (The book was originally commissioned by Ilex Press on this side of the Atlantic, but we won’t see it until July, not that we’re in any way bitter, you understand.) Effectively, this is a companion volume […]

The Hermit of Shooters Hill – An Interview with Steve Moore, Part 1

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TweetOn the 26th of August 2013 I started doing a very long biographical interview with Steve Moore (as mentioned in my earlier post, Steve Moore 1949 – 2014: A Personal Appreciation). The plan was that it would take as long as it would take, and then we’d spend a bit more time fiddling about with […]

Vertigo Gets Back To Its Roots: A Look At Coffin Hill: Forest of the Night

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TweetThere was a time, early on, when Vertigo was considered more of a horror and dark fantasy line.  Swamp Thing, Hellblazer and Sandman all being prominent parts of the first wave.  Vertigo’s widened its doors considerably since then to include straight up crime and science fiction titles, as well as fantasy with a lighter tone.  It’s […]

Mike Norton proves why comics are for everyone

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TweetDisclaimer: This post might make you cry and consider having children. As the rest of the world was living vicariously through all their fortunate friends at Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, but I don’t think anyone’s experience could compare to Mike Norton’s. With all the negative press the industry has been gaining lately, this is […]

C2E2: Marvel Announce ‘The Legendary Star Lord’

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TweetMarvel continue to roll out announcements today, with the news that Sam Humphries and Paco Medina will be the creative team for an ongoing Star Lord series. Following the exploits of the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy (and star of the upcoming movie), the series will see him fighting the good fight off […]