The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: Marvel at Walmart

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TweetRecorded 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 podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Marvel’s elusive $5 trade paperbacks at Walmart, DC […]

Happy Birthday Jack Kirby

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Tweet It’s The King’s 97th birthday today, but who needs an excuse to celebrate the mans vision, talent and tenacity? Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian is spearheading the Kirby4Heroes project which is raising money for The Heroes Initiative, which raises many for creators in need. There are events today and ongoing projects listed in the link. She also […]

Complaints over racist and sexist Vine star at Salt Lake Comic Con

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Tweet It was recently revealed to us olds that YouTube and other social media stars are actually more popular with teens than celebs old enough to be funny old aunt/uncle. Some of these stars are but teens themselves, and in the internet era it’s not surprising that video stars untether from network wisdom are very […]

Revealed! Here are your sexualized male superheroes

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Tweet Okay, unless the unforeseen happens I swear this is the LAST Beat post about Spider-Woman’s butt. But One of the bingo card arguments trotted out every time there is a kerfuffle of this nature is that “Oh but the men in comics are sexualized too!” which is so not true. I’ve written this a […]

Milo Manara speaks (in English) and reaches out to the farms of Oregon and Maine

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Tweet Italian fanzine Fumettologica has made an English transcript of their interview with Milo Manara available, and offered it to run at The Beat. And it’s…a thing. Like I’ve been saying all along, Manara is Manara and he can draw all the butts in thew air he wants. However, he trots out every bingo card […]

Separated at birth: Milo Manara’s Spider-Woman and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” — UPDATED

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Tweet Yesterday the enduring appeal of the human female rump as an object of sexual desire was reaffirmed in two separate incidents. Rapper Nicki Minaj released a new video called “Anaconda” (NSFW) which has already been viewed some 22 million times. The video features the amply bootied Minaj shaking it in a tiny thong, tiny […]

Yale Stewart apologizes after accusations of harassment

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Oh god where to begin. The short version is that Judge Dread artist Ulises Farinas calling out Yale Stewart over what Farinas deemed ill-advised charity efforts then led to Stewart, the artist of the webcomic JL8, being outed as a naked selfie sender, and then apologizing while putting his webcomic on hiatus.

Denis KItchen on The Best of Comix Book–”One of the Greatest Things Stan Lee ever Did”

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TweetThe Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground is in B&W/  and Full color, HardCover  an exclusive Kitchen Sink Press imprint under Dark Horse  ISBN:978-1-61655-258-9 Intro by Stan Lee Forward by Denis Kitchen Designed and Edited by John Lind by Pam Auditore Tall, affable, plain spoken Wisconsinite, Denis Kitchen smiles wistfully, “I loved putting this collection together.  It’s a nice […]

Frank Miller speaks from the NY Times to Playboy, on sex, violence and masculinity

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With Sin City 2 finally opening this weekend, creator and co-director Frank Miller is making the PR rounds, speaking out at length publicly for the first time since The Spirit, which he directed, was extremely poorly received and his incendiary Occupy comments. First up was a very nice front page of the Arts & Leisure piece in the Sinday Times — which is as close to anointment as a cultural figure as it gets. There was a polite Dave Itzkoff profile (ALERT: I am quoted in the piece):

MariNaomi begins Cartoonists of Color Databse

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Tweet Cartoonist MariNaomi is starting a database of cartoonists of color (COC) and you can upload your details as explained in the link. There’s a FAQ: What is a Cartoonist of Color? Cartoonists of Color (COC) is a play off of the acronym “POC.” POC stands for “person of color.” A POC is anyone who […]

New documentary on the DOOMED Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie from 1994

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Tweet Before Marvel became the toast of tinsel town, there were some pretty dreadful Marvel-based movies—and I’m not just talking Howard the Duck. Dolph Lundgren starred as The Punisher in 1989, but the movie got only a very limited theatrical release. A 1990 version of Captain America starring JD Salinger’s son, Matt, was so bad […]

Things to buy: Noah Van Sciver’s Heartbreak Sale

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Noah van Sciver is one of our finest young cartoonists, building up a body of work that displays hard work, insight, and a strong storytelling sensibility that doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable. I like The Hypo, his unconventional take on Abraham Lincoln, and Saint Cole from the Expositor.

MUST READ: Genius by Bernadin, Freeman and Richardson

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How is it that a mini series that was conceived six years ago can actually be a stunningly accurate mirror of this week’s events in Ferguson, MO, where the shooting of an unarmed black teen led to days of police action that looked like something out of a Christopher Nolan Batman movie?

Could it be that the issues of race, inequality and violence that Genius deals with are so important that they were just as clear six years ago?

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

A "completely" "accurate" depiction of the money available in comics.

TweetThe 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 […]

Preview: Hollywood Superstars by Evanier and Spiegle and the lost history of comics

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About Comics is a boutique publisher that specializes in bringing back unjustly obscure comics in affordable editions. They’ve just released HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTARS by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle. Originally published in 1990 via Marvel’s Epic line, it was a non-superheroic variant of Crossfire by the same team, basically behind the scenes tales of Hollywood, seen through the adventures of a team of private eyes consisting of a stuntman, an aspiring actress and a stand up comic. Like Crossfire, it has that slightly elegiac air of people who believe Hollywood’s legend and lore a little too much, told as only a couple of insiders could tell it.

Whoopi Goldberg — queen of the stealth nerds

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Tweet Is the Beat obsessed with The View liking comics? Why, yes, because it represents the farthest encroachment of comics culture into the fortress of coffee klatch culture. Of course with Whoopi Goldberg on board, it’s not that hard as she’s the ultimate undercover nerd mole. A longtime comics fan, if she’s not awkwardly plugging […]