DC Announce Date for “Black Canary/Zatanna” from Paul Dini, Joe Quinones

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Comics Alliance have confirmed from DC Comics that the long-awaited Black Canary/Zatanna OGN from writer Paul Dini is to be published in May of next year. Originally expected to be drawn by Amanda Conner, the graphic novel will now be drawn instead by Joe Quinones.

SDCC’13: Heidi’s Sunday Podcast with Fantagraphics, Rick Geary and more.

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Live from San Diego Comic-Con, it’s More To Come! Heidi’s podcast from Publishers Weekly Comics World brings you special coverage from San Diego Comic Con. Interviews fresh from the convention floor, with new episodes daily during the con! In today’s episode,  Heidi interviews Eric Reynolds, associate publisher of Fantagraphics, on reconnecting with the market, and […]

HYPE ALERT: Free Honest Tea at Crown Publishing for Mission in a Bottle

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Disclosure: from time to time I take on outside consulting projects, and I’m currently working with the creators of the new graphic novel Mission in a Bottle to do some marketing for them in the comics world. However, I felt the prospect of getting a free bottle of tea for faithful Beat readers was a […]

INTERVIEW: The Code Monkey Team Expand with “The Princess Who Saved Herself’

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The creative team behind the Code Monkey Save World Kickstarter – Greg Pak, Jonathan Coulton, Takeshi Miyazawa, Jessica Kholinne and Simon Bowland – have seen their project rocket wildly beyond the $30000 target they set for themselves. But rather than pocket the $200000 and change that they’ve raised so far, the team have been solidly […]

5 Recent Graphic Novels You Don’t Want to Miss

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These graphic novels have been chosen because they were all released in the past 6 months and equally combine qualities of well-crafted concepts and remarkable artwork to create solid visual narratives. They aren’t the only great graphic novels that have been released in recent months, but they are notable, and worth considering as near-misses if […]

INTERVIEW: From Dragons to Vampires to Super-Spies, with Emma Vieceli!

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It’s St George’s Day today, so to celebrate here’s an interview with the only other person on known record to have slain a dragon – Emma Vieceli, writer/artist for a number of graphic novels including Vampire Academy, Dragon Heir, and Avalon Chronicles. She’s also responsible for the artwork in Bates Motel on A&E, and is currently […]

INTERVIEW: Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton Team Up on Kickstarter!

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Kick up the Kick-Watcher! Today sees the launch of Code Monkey Save World, a new 60-page graphic novel from Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton, to be brought to life by the artistic team of Takeshi Miyazawa, Jessica Kholinne, and Simon Bowland. Wait – Jonathan Coulton, the musician, sir? Yes sir, that’d be him! The graphic […]

On the Scene: MoCCA Fest 2013, SelfMadeHero’s Englishmen in New York

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It’s a truism that comics culture and the comics industry varies radically from country to country, but MoCCA Fest’s efforts to bring in an international perspective is laudable, to get past the stereotypes of difference and hear the story first-hand. Needless to say, it’s valuable to avoid a myopic perspective of the American comics industry […]

Review: The Death of Superman

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Nowadays we think of it as the pre-mullet era of Superman, but at the time The Death of Superman was an incredibly big idea for DC. A story which killed off their main signature hero was not only an eventual inevitability, but also an idea which would actually have some resonance for the company. Superman […]

Graphic novels recognized by ALA awards and YALSA

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The early award season for books is here, and earlier this week the American Library association handed out a slew of literary awards. As has been the recent trend, several graphic novels were recognized among the pictureless books:

A Smurfy Preview Review: THE BABY SMURF by Peyo from Papercutz

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It seems appropriate to ring in the new year with a blue moon and a stork-bourne baby Smurf. THE BABY SMURF, including the title story and several other comics by the legendary Belgian native Peyo, is set for release on February 26th, 2013, a date that seemed all too futuristic even last week. For those […]

Publishers Weekly Announces Best Graphic Novels (and Best Books) of 2012

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Although hampered by the lack of electricity at their offices, Publishers Weekly has managed to release their Best Books lists for 2012.

Sales Charts: Barnes & Noble Graphic Novel Bestsellers: Mid-October 2012

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So what’s news?  Besides the large number of titles ranking within the Top 1000?

Coming Attractions: Fall-Winter 2012: Fantagraphics, W.W. Norton, and Related Publishers

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Eisner!  Swarte!  Hernandez!  Lou Reed!  Schulz!  Kelly!  Kubert!  Tardi!  Gottfredson!  Van Sciver!  Ryan!  Woodring!  Barks!  Sendak!  Bushmiller!  Everett!  Frazetta!  Davis!  Medley!  The Crumbs!  Wilson!  Krigstein!  Deitch!  Millionaire!  Bagge! Lots of great stuff from Fantagraphics, and from their distributor, W. W. Norton!

Coming Attractions: Marvel: Fall-Winter 2012

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This season’s latest and greatest from the House of Ideas! I’ve highlighted a few, but feel free to let us know what you like, dislike, or would like to see more of! — Marvel Avengers vs. X-Men John Romita, Jonathan Hickman, Matt Fraction, Jaso… FRONTLIST November 21, 2012, On Sale Date: 11/7 Ages 13 And […]

Boing Boing’s Great Graphic Novels

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Boing Boing just ran a series called Great Graphic Novels where various writer friends of Mark Frauenfelder pick just that. It’s a quirky list, with, for instance, Jim Woodring picking Steve Lafler’s Ménage à Bughouse: