NYCC ’14: Win $50 for your Halloween swag from Costume Supercenter

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Costume SuperCenter is a  full service site for all your Halloween costume needs. They’ve set up at NYCC in booth  #1380 and to help let fans know they’ve graciously offered to give a $50 gift certificate to a lucky Beat reader. Keep reading for how to enter, but in the meantime, they’ve also made this […]

31 Days of Halloween: Neil Gaiman’s Last Temptation starring Alice Cooper

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About 20 years ago, Neil Gaiman was mostly known as The Sandman Guy. He was as beloved as ever but it was just before he became one of the work’s bets known authors. ONE of his projects of the time was THE LAST TEMPTATIOn, based on a theme album by horror rock icon Alice Cooper. Illustrated by Michael Zulli, the themes of the album fit in well with Gaiman’s work: a boy named Steven leaves from home only to meet up with the Showman and his Theatre of the Real. Buying a ticket to the show is buying a ticket to a nightmare.

Beautifully drawn by Zulli, and published by Marvel’s bizarre Music Line (there was also a Billy Ray Cyrus comic by Paul S. Newman, Dan Barry, and Gail Beckett) this oddity is being brought back by Dynamite in a limited edition Hardcover Remarked edition, signed by Gaiman and remarked by Zulli, with the art remastered and colored by David Curiel at InLight Studios. The book is available in an edition of only 200, with bonus material including all three scripts to the book, the original outline, and Neil Gaiman’s original correspondence with
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31 Days of Halloween: Bobby Timony’s Monster Pin Up Girl Playing Cards

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Kickstarter alert! Bobby Timony (The Night Owls, The Horror Lovers, Detectobot and Goblin Hood) is Kickstarting a deck of playing cards adorned with cute monster girl pin-ups. That says it all right? Timony’s cartoon-esque art is just right to present monsters girls who are sexy without being over the top, and just the right sense of humor as well. If […]

31 Days of Halloween: Mike Mignola’s Witchfinder: The Mysteries Of Unland

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It seems we’re not the only ones obsessed with Halloween—Mike Mignola and Dark Hose have been running a 13 Days of Hellboy festival, celebrating all kinds of artwork and story reveals in the Hellboy.

And we’re officially crossing over with this exclusive reveal of Mignola’s cover for the trade paperback Witchfinder: The Mysteries Of Unland. This is the latest book in a Hellboy spin-off series that centers on Sir Edward Grey, a Victorian detective of the occult who figures in the past of the Hellboy timeline.

31 Days of Halloween: Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

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Nothing says Halloween like Charlie Brown, Linus and the Great Pumpkin. Fantagraphics, which has been publishing all of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts strips in chronological order, has also starting putting out charming gift books based on themes Earlier this year they did a baseball themed one, and for the holidays, they’ve produced Waiting for the Great Pumpkin and Snoopy’s Thanksgiving. The […]

31 Days of Halloween: Under the Apple Tree by Sarah Winifred Searle

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Want to read a 96 graphic novel about a young woman and a time travelling ghost for FREE? You can read about the making of the book at the Under the Apple Tree webpage and download it here. Cartoonist Sarah Winifred Searle created it as part of a Children’s Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library. here’s the logline:

31 Days of Halloween: Menton3 and 44Flood

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Fall is in the air, bringing a crisp step and the crunch of leaves under foot, and the inevitable—perhaps inescapable—presence of Pumpkin Spice everything all around us! Yes, it’s time for 31 Days of Halloween, The Beat’s annual tribute to our MOST FAVORITEST TIME OF YEAR. And let’s get things going with probably the most obvious link possible…but I have ever written about painter/cartoonist/musician Menton3 on The Beat before so here goes!

Based in Chicago, Menton3—aka Menton J Matthews III—is a painter of atmospheric and disturbing images. While you can find a lot of his work at his website, he’s probably best known these days as a partner in 44Flood, a publishing company that has teamed with IDW to put out art books and comics. Along with fellow artists Kasra Ghanbari, Ben Templesmith and Nick Idell, 44Flood has put out Tome, an artbook which was mostly Kickstarted, Templesmith’s The Squidder, the comic Monocyte, which you see on this page, and Libretto, an anthology of eerieness centering on vampirism. A new volume of Tome is on its way or already here (I couldn’t find a lot of solid news about the bunch.)

24 Hours of Halloween: Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards

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Of everything I looked ah while compiling my annual Halloween clow=out, nothing disturbed me as much as this. Did you own these cards and think, like I did, that they would explain all mysteries? A talisman of some other realm? The disquieting expectations and memories of childhood are the most magical and terrifying emotions of […]

24 Hours of Halloween: Junjo Ito’s Uzumaki

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It doesn’t get any more disturbing than this.

24 Hours of Halloween: Weird Mystery Tales

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24 Hours of Halloween: good old horror comics of all kinds

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There are a gajillion free horror comics on the web, including tons of old public domain stuff of the kind now being collected by many publishers. For a pretty good archive of PD and other, you cn’t go wrong with Diversions of the Groovy Kind’s post tagged “horror comcis” including this gallery of Tomb of […]

24 Hours of Halloween: Vampira

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  Sometimes you gotta go with the real thing. Vampira, aka Maila Nurmi, was one of the first TV Horror hosts, and a star of Plan 9 from Outer Space, friend of James Dean, a carpenter, and later a ficture on Melrose Avenue. Born in Finland, she remained pretty foxy all her life and remains […]

24 Hours of Halloween: Study Group’s Halloween Comics revisited

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We teased Study Group’s Halloween offerings a few days ago, but here’s the goods.

24 Hours of Halloween: Norman Reedus’s Walking Dead photo book

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It’s Norman Reedus’s world, we just live in it. Seriously, the guy is the biggest draw on the con circuit right now, and he’s still honing his crossbow skills on The Walking Dead for the next few weeks. He’s also got a somewhat surreal sense of humor, if you follow his twitter feed. And finally, he has a book of photos out.

24 Hours of Halloween: Light by Matt Sundstrom

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A new view on a classic tale.

24 Hours of Halloween: Emily Carroll’s OUT OF SKIN

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Emily Carroll’s digital horror comics have become the gold standard of the genre. Since His Face is Red in 2010 and Margot’s Room two years ago, Carroll has worked in print comics (an upcoming adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak) but even more in video games, with the indie Gone Home just release. Carroll is […]