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.

The Retailer’s View: Greed, Avarice, Power, and Responsibility

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The first superhero comic I paid for with my own money was Sensational Spider-Man #0. It arrived at the pharmacy my mom worked at one cold December before school had let out for winter break. In those days, I would walk to my parent’s work after school and sit in the back reading comics until […]

By Its Cover Special: Image Expo 2014

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This will be the last By Its Cover for a few months, so I thought I’d do something special. Today we’re going to look at the Image Expo teaser images shown at SDCC 2014. To be clear, these aren’t necessarily covers. In theory, they’re teaser images intended to get people interested in each series, though half of […]

SDCC ’14: Is Cosplayer Harassment a Real Problem?

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How do we solve the problem of cosplayer harassment? Is it even a problem at all, or are we simply dealing with a few isolated incidents? Let’s take a look.

SDCC ’14: Inside, Outside–A Visual Recap

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by Pam Auditore While at SDCC I could not help but notice the grumbling across Social Media of how little seemed to be coming out of SDCC in real time, and how deeply missed G4 was as a result.  For those of us trying to bridge the gap, their seemed to be insufficient band width […]

The Beat Podcasts! – Looking Back at Comic-Con 2014

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Recorded 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 episode,  the More to Come Crew discuss 2014’s San Diego Comic-Con including the long-awaited Eisner award vindication of Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Image Expo […]

SDCC 14: Gene Luen Yang on the First Asian American Superhero, Faith and the East/West Dichotomy

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By Kyle Pinion Gene Luen Yang is the writer/artist of critically acclaimed graphic novels like American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, as well as the writer of Level Up, The Eternal Smile, and adaptations of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yang’s work has been awarded with multiple Eisners including “Best New Graphic Album” for American Born Chinese […]

SDCC ’14: Tula Lotay on Supreme, Thought Bubble, and Career

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by Zachary Clemente Tula Lotay (aka Lisa Wood) is a comic artist hailing from the UK. Her work includes Elephantmen, Bodies, and the new Image book Supreme: Blue Rose with writer Warren Ellis. She also consults for the well-regarded Travelling Man comic shop and heads the annual comic arts festival Thought Bubble. I was fortunate enough to speak with Tula […]

SDCC ’14: Jeff Lemire on creating a new universe in ‘The Black Hammer’

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By Kyle Pinion In part two of our weekend long discussion with Jeff Lemire, we sat down with him to discuss his newly announced Dark Horse creator-owned title The Black Hammer to find out more about the influences of the title, its potential metaphorical under-pinnings and why he chose to go with Dark Horse for […]

SDCC ’14: Michael Cho on ‘Shoplifter’ – Influence of Advertisement & Social Media

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by Zachary Clemente Michael Cho is an illustrator, cartoonist, and writer currently residing in Toronto. He has worked with Marvel, DC, and others. His graphic novel, Shoplifter is out this September from Pantheon Books. Comics Beat: How much is this story and these sort of emotions at this age [of the character] come from personal experience? […]

SDCC ’14: Journal – 4 Days and 10 Years Later, What I’ve Seen and Learned

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By Victor Van Scoit I planned on writing journal updates based on my daily experiences, but the time vortex that is San Diego Comic Con always wins at some point. With its voracious appetite it eats up every second of time that isn’t reserved for basic human survival – like sleep and sustenance – and […]

SDCC ’14: Dysart, Kindt, Simons, and Venditti on Valiant’s Current Direction

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By Alexander Jones Valiant is an incredibly dynamic and interesting superhero publisher that isn’t afraid to take risk after risk with their properties. Comics Beat had the opportunity to sit down with some of the brightest minds working at the comics company including Joshua Dysart (Harbinger: Armor Hunters & Harbinger: Omegas), Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar […]

SDCC ’14: Image Dares to Give Us an All-Artist Panel (It Was Great)

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by Zachary Clemente Sometimes, it’s the smaller details that stand out most. Sure, Image Comics is pushing for changes in the comics industry and has really been an a great example of how different publication platforms bolster the climate for making comics. Sure, they’re making new programs for retailers to make it easier to manage […]

The State of Conventions in 2014 (AKA – The Annual Gripes Turn Up)

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It seems like every time SDCC rolls around, there’s a referendum on the state of comic conventions in the mainstream media and in the comics media.  Sure enough, Comic Con ’14 rolls around and the same old song repeats.  Let’s break the state of things down into the two components that get most of the […]

SDCC ’14: Fashioning a Response to Cosplay Harassment

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Comic-Con hit TMZ after America’s Next Top Model winner and media personality Adrianne Curry, dressed as Catwoman, chased down and whip-punched a man who thrust his hands down the tights of another model dressed as Tigra. As horrible as Sunday’s attack was, could this incident help us deal with such harassment more effectively?

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 5: Chuck Palahniuk

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Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part five of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special podcast, Calvin Reid interviews award-winning author Chuck Palahniuk about his decision to write the […]