Harley Quinn inspires new Hot Topic clothing collection (+giveaway!)

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Fandom-inspired fashion certainly isn’t going anywhere; gone are the days of unisex, potato-sack tees as companies like WeLoveFine, Hot Topic and other retailers capitalize on the craze. The latest launch from Hot Topic is one of the most fandom-specific ones I’ve seen. It actually all revolves around a single character: Harley Quinn. And we have […]

Ten Moments in Boom! Studios History

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BOOM! Studios celebrates 10 years of publishing comics, and to commemorate this milestone, the publisher has assembled what it considers to be its top 10 moments of the past decade—all highlights that contributed significantly to the company’s founding, rise, and continued growth. It reads as a chronological time line of the publishers history.

PREVIEW: THE HUMANS are actually apes on bikes

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One of the more offbeat titles of the Image Renaissance. THE HUMANS by Keenan Marshall Keller (Galactic Breakdown) and artist Tom Neely (Henry and Glenn Forever) will be collected in March at the popular $9.99 price point. Set in 1070 Bakersfield, it’s about a gang of bikers who are…apes. It’s biker exploitation action as you like with added MONKEYS.

Interview: Artist Nate Stockman and writer Kel Symons talk about their work on REYN

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by Edie Nugent Long-distance collaborators Kel Symons and Nate Stockman who worked together on I LOVE TROUBLE for Image have banded together again for their new sword and sorcery series REYN, also for Image, which saw it’s first issue debut this week. I spoke with Symons and Stockman about how they formed their partnership, what […]

The OSU Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum acquires Tom Tomorrow’s paper

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OSU’s Billy Ireland library and Museum continues to amass more important collections or archival papers with the announcement that editorial cartoonist Tom Tomorrow aka Dan Perkins will be donating his papers to the institution. Tomorrow is a alt.weekly mainstay whose made the transition to the inetrent world, with his trenchant comics found in 70 papers, Daily Kos, The Nation, and The Nib.  

Phoebe Gloeckner’s Diary of a Teenage Girl wows them at Sundance

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But this year, The Diary of a Teenage girl, based on the hybrid novel/comic by Phoebe Gloeckner, and directed by Marielle Heller is getting very strong reviews. The film stars 22-year-old Bel Powley as Minnie Goetz, a teenage girl whose emerging sexuality finds an outlet in an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. (Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgaard play the mother and boyfriend.) Strong reviews have led the way to the film being picked up by Sony Classics already.

Winter is coming!

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  Word on the street is that we’re getting some snow here in the Northeast.   NYC may get as much as three feet in a historic snow dump that is expected to last from this morning right on until Wednesday with blizzard-like conditions.       We at Stately Beat Manor do not fear […]

Marge and Bill Woggon selected for the Eisner Hall of Fame, 13 on the ballot

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Marjorie “Marge” Henderson Buehl, the magazine cartoonist who created Little Lulu, and Bill Woggon, creator of Katy Keane, an early example of crowd sourced comics, have been selected for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame by this year’s judges. An additional 13 names will be on the ballot for the awards: Lynda Barry, […]

Unassuming Barber Shop: Salvador Dali’s Sub-Mariner

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In a previous post, we looked at how Carl Burgos’ original Human Torch might have been inspired by helldivers at the 1939 New York World’s Fair (Unassuming Barber Shop is all about that “might”). But you can’t talk about the Torch without his elemental counterpart: the Sub-Mariner. There are multiple accounts of how Bill Everett […]

Khouri steps down at Comics Alliance as Wheeler and Asselin-Moore take over

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As announced on Twitter and expanded on via Tumblr Andy Khouri is stepping down as editor in chief at Comics Alliance, and the dynamic duo of Andrew Wheeler and Janelle Asselin-Moore will shares duties.

Nate Powell and Chris Ross on How They Designed ‘March’

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[Editor’s note: The release this week of March Book Two by Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell has already made headlines with its story of the fight for civil rights in the 60s, and the covers to both volumes have become iconic in their own right. The message of the courage to fight for equality for all in the face of violent opposition is as relevant and needed today as it was 50 years ago. But powerful images to cover powerful times don’t always spring up fully formed. Here Powell and Top Shelf designer Chris Ross with an in-depth breakdown of how they created these covers and combined imagery to capture both history and ideals.]

NATE: March was originally a single, massive volume, so the initial front and back covers were intended to house the entire narrative: the front introduced the basic visual theme of opposition, with two elements facing off against each other, though a contingent of riot-ready white supremacist police were prominently featured across the bottom. After some discussion with Chris Ross, Andrew Aydin, and Congressman Lewis, we all agreed that we should shift some of that focus to the folks on the front lines, and away from Jim Crow police forces. Around that time, we decided to release the saga as a trilogy, so Chris and I jumped in to further develop the oppositional themes, but playing with different angles and approaches to the cover’s division.

More on Milestone 2.0

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Yesterday’s announcement of Milestone 2.0 was broken in the Washington Post, but principles Reggie Hudlin and Denys Cowan did more extensive interviews talking about what they have planned in a few places. Talking with Albert Ching at CBR they noted “We’re Not in the Nostalgia Business”, which is a pretty good platform to build from. While the details are still sketchy, they confirmed that they have some projects in the works with DC, among other publishers, although there was a long legal tangle to unravel.

You’re Spinning an Event Out of WHAT? Sales Numbers from the Parents of Convergence and Secret Wars

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Event comics are supposed to be the big sellers and pull in the widest possible audience, correct? (Key word being “supposed.”) I’m looking at the December sales estimates and scratching my head over Convergence and Secret Wars. Convergence is supposed to be spinning out of Futures End/Worlds End (and Worlds End is practically an extension […]

Help wanted: Sales Charts and reviews

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We’re looking for a few writers around here and near here.

§ Jason Enright is moving on from the Marvel monthly sales charts due to some exciting but unannounced news. I know a bunch of you apply for this every time, but please reapply — previous experience with databases and a glee for number crunching required. Jason is graciously doing this month’s chart but after that, we are on our own. Email me at comicsbeat at gmail.com if interested. This is a volunteer position.

Very Cool New Comics Site: Darling Sleeper

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Bookmark! Bookmark! Bookmark! Darling Sleeper is a new comics magazine hosted on medium.com. It’s run by cartoonist Jesse Lucas, who has put out books including Colloquial and works at Forest Giant when he isn’t cartooning. The site is billed as “a publication focusing on comics, art and other independent thought” and has already featured interviews with Box Brown, Aisha Taylor and Sam Alden, a comics excerpt from Whitney Taylor, new comics from J. Jonny and Keiler Roberts and Lucas’s own Guide to Self Publishing.

Today’s reading: The Montgomery Story starring Martin Luther King, Jr.

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This educational comic from 1957 is credited with inspiring many to take on non violent protest as a means to achieving civil rights for all. Most famously, a young John Lewis read it and was inspired to march, a story told this week in March Part 2 by Lewis, Nate Powell and Alfred Aydin.

The comic, published by the Fellowship for Reconciliation, was written by pacifist Alfred Hassler and drawn by an unnamed artist in the Al Capp studio; it’s been translated other language and in 2011 used as a tool in Egyptian protests.