Day 1 notes: Hobbits vs healthers

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• From what we’ve seen, this year’s show is running very, very smoothly. The improved security has led to a slightly more mellow mood, or at least not increased the misery factor. This year’s crowd, from the bit we’ve seen of it, seems to be composed mostly of professional freebie scoopers, sometimes whole families of […]

SD10: Digital comics now!

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by special Beat correspondent Bruce Lidl Late Thursday afternoon, as Comic-Con began to really hit its stride, as the shift from panel and show floor to party mode started to occur, the second annual “Digital Comics Now!” panel, hosted by Chip Mosher of BOOM! Studios got underway.  In some ways the panel is a barometer […]

SD10: Dark Horse Presents returns! And more

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Dark Horse’s much beloved anthology DARK HORSE PRESENTS returns in a brand new print incarnation in March 2011 with all new work from Carla Speed McNeil, Harlan Ellison, Howard Chaykin, and Mike Mignola, among others.

Axe Cop, the off the wall webcomic about an axe-wielding cop, written by five year old Malachai Nicolle and illustrated by his adult brother Ethan Nicolle, is coming to Dark Horse in a collected edition this December. It will be followed by a three-part full-color miniseries in the spring of 2011.

Del Rey update

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In the recent manga cutbacks, one company has remained conspicuous by their silence — Del Rey’s manga line, mostly licensed from Kodansha, has been quietly downsizing for months, with fewer and fewer titles coming out, and an increased emphasis on their home-made manga-like books, such as their Avatar graphic novels. In addition, it is confirmed […]

Cosplayers make fun of Westboro Baptist Church bigots

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The biggest sociological story here at SDCC10 on Thursday was definitely the Cosplay counter protest against Westboro Baptist Church’s protest. The cosplayers outnumbered the con protesters — who had come for the health care conference goings-on at the Hyatt, and beat the bigots at their own game. Viva la fandom! Comics Alliance has all the […]

SD10: Thursday, a day crowded with incident

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And now, the news…

Comics to Screen

Joss Whedon has officially confirmed he will direct THE AVENGERS. There is now, officially, a chance in hell it will pass the Bechdel test.

The day at CON: Helen Mirren salutes Harvey Pekar

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Classy lady! Helen also commented on the late Harvey Pekar by wearing a shirt with his name. “It was a great graphic artist and I want to salute him today,” she said.

While all the women came and went

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While the ever-fashionable, erudite, and hobnobbing Beatrix navigates the nerd herd of Comic-Con, I continue Watchtower duty her at stately Beat Manor, munching on Double Stuff Oreos and quaffing Diet Mountain Dew.  Once again, I have found the unusual and unseen, because that’s what Comic-Con is all about… discovering that which you never knew existed. […]

Marvel announces STRANGE TALES 2

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Marvel announced a second series of STRANGE TALES, indies-do-superheroes, at their Mondo Marvel panel this afternoon. It will be a three-issue miniseries with no ads. While hardly a surprise since contributors had been leaking this like crazy for months, it’s still welcome news The list of contributors includes: Alex Robinson, Dash Shaw, David Heatley, Dean […]

Day 1 notes

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Well, it’s been nuts, to say the least. We’re about to dash into our ONLY APPEARANCE OF THE CON: 1:30 Room 3, we’ll be interviewing guests Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins on their work and lives. A few things we’ve noted thus far: — Security is WAY BETTER this year. WAY better. We haven’t been […]

Will the media ever find the comics in Comic-Con again?

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As we wander the halls of Valhalla here at Movie-Con, there’s lot of those upstart comic book people clogging the aisles. Can’t they get out of the way so we can get to the White Collar panel? In the run-up to the show, the media was full of self-referential “Can they hack it at Comic-Con?” […]

Party Poop: CBLDF

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The Beat endorses this soiree!

Party Poop: Machete

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This is not comics, but it sounds too cool not to post.

SD10: The Con-Torsten-ist: All Along the Watchtower

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By Torsten Adair While the Beatrix goes forth among the ravenous hordes of Comic-Con International, I remain at stately Beat Manor, stuck on monitor duty. So, while we wait for news from the Californian Cannes, let’s see what’s been happening online! Bored? As reported here, CCI:SD hopes to lock down hotel space to prevent others […]

Party Poop: Pop Candy Meetup

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There are lots and lots of events at Comic-Con, but The Beat also endorses the Pop Candy Meetup, hosted by our pal, Whitney Matheson!

Party Poop: The new “in” spot

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Before things get rolling too much, we would like to state that the Beat endorses the Odysea bar at the Hilton Bayfront as the new “in” drinking spot, replacing the nasty old homophobic Hyatt, which doesn’t like us at all. In contrast, the nice people at the Hilton Bayfront sent out this invitation: Odysea Lounge […]