Read Comics in Public to launch on Kirby’s birthday

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Tweet Daily Cross Hatch’s Brian Heater and Sarah Morean have launched a new day for comics pride via their Read Comics in Public program, which is planned for this August 28th, aka Jack Kirby’s birthday : The concept is fairly simple: we’re asking that everyone take an hour or two out of their day on […]

Truly thankful

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TweetThe Beat definitely lapsed into blog-silence this holiday weekend, but it was for a very good cause — the ongoing re-shelving and organization of our Hoarders-like graphic novel library. While we had the idea of the end result being the comics equivalent of Cribs — a Shelf Porn pictorial — we realized that releasing too […]

SPX attendance up 19%; Nerdlinger winners!

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TweetAccording to SPX director Karon Flage, it wasn’t just your imagination: there WERE more people at SPX this year. She writes: Paid admissions were 1772 which is a nice increase of 19% over last year.  Add to that about 150 free admissions from flyers and coupons we handed out, 500 exhibitors and 150 in staff, […]

A great week to be in comics

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TweetSometimes it’s design, sometimes it’s fate, sometimes you just have a week that makes you realize you are one lucky duck indeed. Despite sometimes yucky weather, and bad train schedules, we managed to hit a dizzying array of high spots last week. § Wednesday night it was the “Greatest Films You Never Saw.” Set in […]

Onerous possessions

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Tweet A tweet yesterday about “packing up my office” prompted some concerned private messages, and I am always touched by concern, but I am just moving office, not leaving office. However, I’ve been packing up all the stuff piled in my cubicle and it’s just insane. My packrat nature has rarely been such a burden. […]

Penultimate WATCHMEN linkage – UPDATE

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TweetWill ‘Watchmen’ live up to the hype? WATCHMEN has the widest opening EVER for an R-rated movie and midnight screenings are tracking way ahead of 300…if it breaks $70 million, it wil be the biggest March opening ever. And, to cleanse your palate, here’s Rickey Purdin’s Watchmen Sketchbook including Rorschach by JASON. GODDAM, I LOVE […]

Covered blog getting really good!

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Tweet We were a little disappointed when the Covered blog first began. The idea — indie cartoonists recreating classic comics covers — was dynamite, but initial efforts were a bit too close to copying. But now it has gotten mad good. Look at this Richard Sala Batman if you don’t believe us. Much more in […]

The Flying Pooch

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Tweet Whilst searching for an appropriate cover for the previous post, we came across this beaut on Cover Browser, a site which reveals so much about changing tastes and standards that we could probably spend the rest of our career just writing about it. However, no matter how mores and fashion evolve, a flying pooch […]

If only all superhero comics were this great

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Tweet Sulk (Vol 1): Bighead and Friends Grant Morrison, eat your heart out!

When will the axe fall on comics?

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TweetSo, just how shitty are things? Really, quite shitty. Wednesday was a black letter day for the book publishing industry, as it seemed to be Armageddon all over the place. Jay Franco rounds up most of the news: It’s all over the blogosphere. Publishers are making major changes. One publishing news site already referring to […]

Best Graphic Novels Of 2008: NPR

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TweetNPR’s Laurel Maury has released her Best Graphic Novels Of 2008. There are five, and we won’t tell you what they are, so click on the link already! Let’s just say it’s an eclectic list and comics are great, you know? Now that the first blush of wonder has faded, new fans are beginning to […]

Garrity’s “Ten Comics That Made Me Cry”

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Tweet This could have gone in Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, but it is so excellent it deserves it’s own item. Shaenon K. Garrity’s Ten Comics That Made Me Cry is a nice reminder, in the midst of character deaths planned by corporations, writers who tell the stories they’ve waited to tell all heir lives after an […]

Win a copy of ALAN’S WAR

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TweetIn perhaps the most unlikely sentence ever typed, I Love Rob Liefeld is giving away a copy of ALAN’S WAR, Emmanuel Guibert’s award-winning graphic novel about World War II as related by a veteran. Hit the link for details.

Does he read them under the covers?

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TweetThis 50 facts about Obama article has spurred considerable hopes that the incoming US president might, at last, be the one to truly represent a long-oppressed minority in the White House. Eight simple words that spell hope for the world: He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics. Note the use of the present tense. […]

Grant Morrison is God

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Tweet Or talks to God or whatever. IGN-UK has a big interview with him which has tons of pull quotes on everything and anything. We’ll quote the bit everyone else has, but you have to read the other parts, too: I’ve been listening to people talk about ‘saving’ the ‘industry’ for over 20 years while […]

And there was great rejoicing…Ogden Whitney collection

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Tweet Methinks this news has been out there before, but Dan Nadel makes it official: PictureBox is doing Ogden Whitney: PictureBox is going to publish a collection of Ogden Whitney’s romance and sci-fi comics in late 2009 or early 2010. Co-edited by Frank Santoro, Bill Boichel and little ol’ me. We are scouring the earth […]