Mainstream media spoils Fantastic Four death

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An AP story flooded the wires with a total spoiler on the death in this week’s FANTASTIC FOUR #587. We blanked out the name here but click on the link if you MUST know:

Galactus is real and sending huge gamma-ray bubbles towards us

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“They’re big, they’re sharp-edged and they contain a lot of energy.” Is there anyone other than Galactus who could possibly be behind this???? Head for the hills! We are going to be eaten! [Thanks to Mike E. for the warning.]

Review: The Walking Dead delivers stylish gore

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So, does The Walking Dead (premiering this Sunday, Halloween, on AMC at 10:00/9 PM C) live up to the hype?

One Word Answer:  Ewwwwwwwwww!

Does the man have a point?

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So Darwyn Cooke got caught on video saying that superhero comics should “…stop catering to the perverted needs of forty-five-year-old men.” He called out rape, children being forced to eat rats, explicit sex, foul language, and a lack of new characters. And now some people are getting upset. Oh come on, like you’ve never thought any of that.

Unfortunately the whole thing got derailed by his swipe at turning Batwoman into a lesbian, which came off as rather homophobic to some. Personally, I have to admit, I read it more as the character continuity issue of a man who likes his Bronze and Silver Age comics, which is somewhat humorous, given that he’s complaining about comics being ruled by the whims of forty-somethings, but he is large, he contains multitudes. (To which I say, Darwyn, it wasn’t “overnight”. She may have been around since 1956, but she hadn’t made any significant appearances since Crisis on Infinite Earths which basically changed everything. SEE? I can be as big of a geek as you are.)

So let’s break this down from the point of view of someone who is not forty five or male — me.

Mark Waid: What he meant to say about the digital reality

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Mark Waid has reconstructed his controversial Harvey night speech and made what he was getting at much clearer:

“Yes, Professor Waid, you hippie freak, sharing is all well and good, but how does that pay my bills?”

Harvey Awards night turns into Waid/Aragones copyright/left free for all

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If you were following our live tweets of the Harveys last night, (and those from ComixMix and JahFurry) you saw portions of Mark Waid’s keynote speech transcribed. While claiming it was a “vodka-fueled rant,” Waid delivered a heartfelt, if off-the-cuff, talk on the importance of the idea and the supremacy of comics as a medium of ideas. He started off with remarks on the history of copyright, stating it was a means to allow ideas to go into the public domain where they could remain powerful. “No one would say we’d be better off if Shakespeare plays weren’t allowed to be read and performed in high schools,” he used as an example. While not advocating piracy, his main argument seemed to be that it’s already done, the genie is out of the bottle, and struggling to keep ideas protected isn’t as important as finding a way to profit from those ideas.

Alan Moore says No to “Dopey Prequels and Sequels”, WATCHMEN, and possibly comics

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Comics mastermind Alan Moore, creator of creator of WATCHMEN, not to mention V FOR VENDETTA, LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, and many, many more says he’s told DC Comics to go jump in a lake. According to Moore in an interview with Wired’s blog, Underwire, DC offered him the rights to WATCHMEN back in exchange for writing “some dopey sequels and prequels”.

Who is the biggest villain in comics today?

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The recently revamped by Matt Fraction MANDARIN? The revitalized under Paul Cornell LEX LUTHOR? Or … this guy?

James Sturm on the seductive lure of internet attention disorder

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Over at Slate, cartoonist James Sturm quits the internet due to the ADD that all of us feel. If quitting the net means he can draw more cute cartoons like those accompanying the article and more outstanding graphic novels like MARKET DAY, we’re all for it. But essential online communication has given way to hours […]

The Marvels of Dubai

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Concept art by Chimera Design from the long-planned Dubai World Marvel Super Heroes Theme Park is making the rounds, and its pretty jaw-dropping. While Dubai’s role as the crazy and wasteful oasis of surreal excess may have been scaled back a bit by the Great Recession, this is still in the planning stages. At a […]

First PLANETARY, now this. What’s Next? BIG NUMBERS?

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While everyone marveled at PLANETARY 27 finally being published, a much less important book will also debut this week. The often-delayed issue four of ODESSA STEPS MAGAZINE makes its first appearance at the Baltimore Comic Con this weekend (see earlier post for more details). In this issue, you can find such diverse things as an […]

To boldly go where no toaster oven has gone before….

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It might not be new (since the Star Trek movie reboot has been out for a few months now) but there was no way after seeing these in the grocery store tonight that there was not going to be a post on THE BEAT about them. I mean. Seriously. Star Trek Eggos.

Previewing the week in comics

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10 Days that Shook Comics: Updates

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As we head into the first weekend of the Third Age of Comics, much is still being written and pondered. Let’s check out the Google earth view, shall we? * First, a succinct Tweet from Rob Liefeld: Huge reason that DC got restructured is simple math, Marvel has had 10 years, 15 films, 11 hits, […]

Meet Diane Nelson! – UPDATE

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UPDATE: This interview with Nelson by Sharon Waxman at The Wrap addresses a few of those pressing issues and establishes that Nelson is not a comics fan “by nature.” So: a girl running a comic book operation? Isn’t this a young, male-centric market?I prefer to be known as an executive rather than a girl. It’s […]

Levitz leaves ‘One of the Best Jobs on the Planet’

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As this week’s DC bombshell sent ripples throughout the Multiverse, most people were taking time to talk about the contributions of Paul Levitz to the comics — as a medium and as an industry, Levitz’s handiwork has created or nurtured much of the infrastructure we live with daily. It’s a huge legacy. A few reactions. […]