The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: Marvel at Walmart

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TweetRecorded at Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Marvel’s elusive $5 trade paperbacks at Walmart, DC […]

SDCC ’14: Spider-Verse panel Recap

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Tweetby Alexander Jones This early in the morning, it’s tough to get comics fans to wake up for anything. Luckily here at San Diego Comic-Con, there was a room full of eager Spidey fans frothing at the mouth to hear more news about the upcoming Spider-Verse event over at Marvel. The event combines every single […]

ONE AND DONE: Up, Up, and Away?

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Tweet Keeping up with comics is ridiculously expensive if you want to keep up with a number of titles that come out every month. Not everyone can do that–I definitely can’t. So welcome to One and Done, a weekly column where I go to a comics shop and try to find one good book that’s […]

The Retailer’s View: Event Comics and Ordering Abuse

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Tweetby Brandon Schatz – When you spend your days breaking open comic solicitations and marketing for a living, you begin to pick out patterns. A new batch of solicitations hit the internet, and suddenly your world starts to Beautiful Mind itself with floating words and numbers that glow as you drink the information. When I’m […]

ONE AND DONE: ‘She-Hulk’ #5 and the Joy of Polite Comics

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Tweet One of my favorite things about monthly comics is the intro page. It has taken on special significance in recent years–I’d say it’s thanks to the wild success of Hawkeye. But I can’t say that authoritatively, mostly because I’m the guy who only buys one comic per week. But it’s a good example. Every […]

Rocket Raccoon #1′s Initial Orders Inflated By Single Source

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Tweetby Brandon Schatz A few days before the book’s final order cut-off with retailers, Marvel let it slip that their upcoming Rocket Raccoon series had garnered over 300,000 initial orders, well above expected estimates for the series. Yesterday, the other shoe dropped as reports came in regarding mass quantities of the book having been ordered […]

The Retailer’s View: On Art, Business, and Brian Wood

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Tweetby Brandon Schatz A few weeks ago, Marvel’s August solicitations revealed some alarming news: Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey would be leaving Moon Knight after a short run of six issues. For those who have followed Ellis over the past few years, this does not come as a big surprise. Ellis has been keeping his […]

One and Done: Why Moon Knight Is The Perfect Monthly Comic

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Tweet What makes a comic ‘worth it?’ In the comments to my introductory column, a lot of readers seem to gauge the value of a comic by dividing the time spent consuming by the amount of money spent. There’s nothing wrong with that formula; it’s one that I use all the time myself. Under that […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come Captain America 2 Special

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s very special podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss the film Captain America: The Winter […]

The state of comics retailing — and what it says about the Big Two

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Tweet There’s a big survey of retailers about current comics sales trends, ably put together by Shannon O’Leary up at Publishers Weekly today, called Despite Early Sales Slump, Comics Retailers Remain Upbeat. If you are not a PW subscriber you won’t be able to read it for a few weeks — I’ll link to it […]

Must read: David Harper on the diminishing role of the comics artist at the Big Two

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TweetIt’s hard to believe in the era of Tumblr and Imgur and gifs and all that, but in comics artists seem to be getting the short end of the stick, at least in some places. David Harper takes a look at Comics and the Diminishing Role of Artists in a Visual Medium for Multiversity in […]

The day everyone loved Dan DiDio

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Tweet You know how what goes around comes around. Or, to put it another way, comic book fans love to bitch and moan. It is impressive to look at this DC New 52 Timeline of Departures, Firings, and Bridge-Burnings, a long list of high traffic comings and goings. I had forgotten half of them and […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Exit the Batwoman… Creators

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Batwoman, J. H. Williams III, W. Haden […]

How much content should you get for $2.99?

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TweetBack in the old days of the mid 2000s, comic fans could pick up any standard comic book issue for $2.99. It was the nailed-down price, and for that money they’d get 22 pages. Since those halcyon days wilted, however, more and more we find that we’re paying $3.99 for fewer pages than that. What […]

Who Is Andrew Hope, and What’s He Doing at Marvel, Man?

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TweetOnce upon a time, there was a man from Glasgow, and his name was Andrew Hope. He dabbled in comics a bit, at a time when lots of people in Scotland seemed to be dabbling in comics. Specifically, he drew the only two issues of UK comic company Trident Comics’s The Shadowmen, dated May and […]

Stop wondering where all the female creators are, and go find them!

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TweetFollowing on from Heidi’s post about gender issues in the comics industry, the best response seemed clear: I should probably write a post about some gender issues. Which leads me to a question which has started to circulate through t’blogosphere recently: whilst we’re all very quick to leap onto DC and Marvel’s track record with […]