The World’s Most Evil Button Returns – Smiley the Psychotic Button

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One of more unusual characters in the Chaos! Comics line is Smiley the Psychotic Button, a button that’s a bit more than a clothing accessory for Evil Ernie.  It’s also a demonic sidekick.  In January, Dynamite will be releasing a one-shot to give the button’s origin in the new Chaos! universe.  The special is written […]

NYCC ’14: Win $50 for your Halloween swag from Costume Supercenter

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Costume SuperCenter is a  full service site for all your Halloween costume needs. They’ve set up at NYCC in booth  #1380 and to help let fans know they’ve graciously offered to give a $50 gift certificate to a lucky Beat reader. Keep reading for how to enter, but in the meantime, they’ve also made this […]

NYCC’14: Dark Horse Announce Tale of Tropical Epicness

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By David Nieves Thursday, Dark Horse announced a new creation from the multiple-Eisner-winning team of Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy, Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures). Itty Bitty Comics: Grimmiss Island #1 (of 4) is on sale March 11, 2015. The publisher released this short blurb about the upcoming story: The Volcano Goddess threatens […]

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Down Town Coming in Spring 2015

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I think we can give Jim Butcher his comic book street cred.  It’s one thing for an author to allow adaptions of their work.  It’s an entirely different thing when the author co-writes three new adventures for the comics medium.  And that’s what Butcher is doing.

NYCC’14: Valiant Shows off The Valiant #1

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By David Nieves Today Valiant released a preview, including an animated trailer, of their upcoming title announced as part of Monday’s Valiant Next announcement. In stores December 10th, THE VALIANT #1 is the first title of VALIANT NEXT – an all-new wave of ongoing series and prestige format projects from some of the premier creative […]

NYCC’14: Dark Horse Announces Kabuki Collection

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By David Nieves To kick off NYCC 2014 Dark Horse today announced the first volume collecting the entire critically acclaimed Kabuki series in large oversize library editions by creator David Mack (Reflections, Dream Logic, Shy Creatures). Boasting a whopping 400 pages at $39.99, Kabuki Library Volume 1 collects the first two original Kabuki volumes: Circle […]

Nancy Collins On an Older Red Sonja in Vulture’s Circle

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In 2015, Dynamite will be celebrating their 10th year of publishing Red Sonja comics and will starting the anniversary off with Red Sonja Vulture’s Circle, a mini-series co-written by Nancy A. Collins and Luke Lieberman, with art by Fritz Casas. This mini-series will be set a bit in the characters future,  “where the older heroine […]

Archie’s Dark Circle Line Gives Out A Little More Info

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Archie’s Dark Circle imprint continues to slowly dole out details on their new line.  The latest announcements were adding David Williams as artist on The Shield and Jose Villarrubia joining Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid on The Fox, presumably as color artist.  They also unveiled the Francesco Francavilla promotional art piece you’ll see on the left of this page.

Todd McFarlane Passing Spawn Over To Brian Wood

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Todd McFarlane will be wrapping up his current run on Spawn with issue #250, due out in January and then it will be time to shake up the book a bit. McFarlane told USA Today that February will see of Spawn Resurrected  #1 by the team of Brian Wood and Jonboy Meyers.  It will also see the return of […]

NYCC ’14: Day 0—A New Hope

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NYCC kicked off with the ICv2 Conference; I’ll have a report on the white paper over at PW later in the day, but the overall mood was very upbeat as “the new customer” came into focus. Organizer Milton Griepp said he got goosebumps twice during the retailers presentation. I know that sounds corny but I […]

NYCC ’14: Finally, we’ll find out what happens when you clear the room between panels

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For years people have been saying “Why doesn’t San Diego Clear Hall H between panels so people won’t camp out all night and sit in the room all day just to see a panel at 7 and stink up the joint?” The CCI folks have considered this, but rejected the idea, as David Glanzer explained when I interviewed him for the More To Come podcast a few months back. One of the main reasons was that they didn’t know where to line people up.

NYCC’s Main Stage (Formerly the IGN Theater) isn’t as big as Hall H — it seats about 3000 people to Hall H’s 6000, so lining them up isn’t quite as hard —but getting in is just harder since it’s smaller. So this year, finally, NYCC is doing the unthinkable and will institue room clearing and wristbands. You can read the whole policy here but it runs to more than 1000 words, so here’s the outline:

NYCC ’14 Nom Nom: the special foods of New York Comic Con

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The folks at ReedPOP have a bit of a reputation as foodies, and their shows always have some interesting food ties in. Super Week is no exception and several New York food institutions are joining in the fun with special menu items.

Is Norman Reedus Killing Comic-Con?

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I know you thought the “con kerfuffle” had faded away, but I think it’s definitely an ongoing burning issue for the industry, in a rapidly evolving field, and Chris Butcher, retailer and a show runner himself for TCAF, as well as booth runner for Udon, has posted a brilliant summation that puts all the eggs in one basket and then hits that basket out of the park:

Butcher identifies several trends, which I’ll list for argument:

NYCC ’14: Insight Editions offers turtles, assassins and lots more

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Insight Editions is a non-fiction publisher who put out a lot of excellent reference books on a variety of nerdish topics and they’ll be at NYCC this year with a bunch of debuting books—and a 30% off special. Their booth number is #1869 and here’s the line-up and signings:

VALIANT NEXT: five new series coming in 2015

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Valiant is expanding its line with five new series in 2015 , some periodical format some prestige, some well known older Valiant properties and some that are less so. The new wave kicks off with The Valiant in December and continues with:

NYCC 2014: All the Sunday panels—from The Karate Kid to The Princess Bride

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The day kicks off with Ralph Macchio and ends with Carey Elwes for all your 80s movie needs. Cruel autumn, indeed. Along the way it’s kids day and such traditional Sunday fare as the Women of Marvel Panel and Run-DMC. WHAT WHAT?