UPDATE: Ape Entertainment is still alive and planning

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TweetYesterday, we reported on the inactivity at Ape Entertainment, and wondered if the company was still around. Well, COO Brent Erwin responded to an inquiry to explain that they are just in reorg mode, but have a digital project coming out at the end of the month and more stuff in the works. Read on: […]

Meanwhile, Amigo Comics is retrenching

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Tweet And speaking of the indie world of publishers below the Top Seven, Amigo Comics is a periodical publisher that launched last year with the hope of putting out “creator owned comics”. It was the brainchild of Spain-based creator El Torres (Nancy in Hell) and to be honest we didn’t pay that much attention to […]

Is Ape Entertainment dunzo?

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While PictureBox was the first big casualty of the potential Great ShakeOut of ’13-14, it seems that Ape Entertainment may have actually preceded it to the big hiatus box in the sky by just stopping without much notice or mention. It was Detective Carlson who first noticed it was missing from recent activity line-ups with all orders for comics cancelled.

Retrofit announces 2014 schedule and goes electronic

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Tweet 2014 will be the year of adjustments. Mark my words. I believe Torsten was correct about 2013 being a game changing year when many things were tried and doors opened; 2014 will see people learning and fixing from from the blue sky projections of 2013. And to get started, Box Brown’s Retrofit Comics—a grass […]

Comic of the Week: My So-Called Secret Identity

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TweetOne fiercely intelligent young woman, one city in which superheroes and villains are the norm, and one comic in which diversity is as natural as the real world, with one kickass female hero to cheer for. And now, in print!

Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute Reunite At NYU for a Distinguished Faculty Lecture

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Tweet It’s been more than a year since Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute publicly convened at 2012′s momentous Comics: Philosophy and Practice conference, an event personally significant to both Chute and Bechdel due in part to their collaborative efforts in originating the influential assemblage along with their own partnership in teaching a University of Chicago […]

Strangehaven is coming back in Meanwhile…

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TweetAfter an eight year hiatus, Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven will return next May with new episodes appearing in a revived bimonthly comics anthology Meanwhile… published by Soaring Penguin Press. Originally self-published, Strangehaven is one of those eerie stories about a man who finds himself in a village where not everything is as it seems…the story […]

Will Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival ever expand?

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TweetAs the ecstatic reports on last weekend Comic Arts Brooklyn festival continue to roll out—the Secret Acres report is, as always a stand-out-one element of the show is mentioned over and over. It was crowded. Having so many of the world’s great cartoonists in one place is sure to draw a crowd, and the free […]

Take the Devastator’s anonymous convention economy survey

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Tweet With the circuit for both cons—traditional comic-cons—and CAFs—more indie styled comic arts festivals like TCAF and CAB—proliferating and becoming an increasingly important part of the comics economy, indie humor magazine The Devastator has taken it upon itself to attempt to create an infographic on how big a part of the economy these shows really […]

Comic Art Brooklyn 2013: the Debuts Part One – Blexbolex, Hangdai, PictureBox, Koyama, Wartella and more

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Here’s a listing of the books that will be debuting this Saturday at the first Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. Information has been supplied by the exhibitors and hopefully something here will pique your interest. If you don’t find something to pique your interest, you don’t really like comics.

PREVIEW: Action Presidents #1 by van Lente and Dunlavey

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Tweet You loved them in Action Philosophers!, and thrilled to them in Comic Book History of Comics—now Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey are telling it like it was with the American Presidency with Action Presidents. The series wil be released as a digital series on ComiXology, starting next week. Here’s a wee preview and […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales September 2013: Star Wars beat The Walking Dead

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It’s a very strange month this month. With DC producing two versions of all of their Villains Month books, there are only 109 indie titles charting in the top 300, down on last month’s 153. Lots of titles missed the top 300 this month, but will no doubt return next month.

Despite that, they sold an estimated 1,521,695 comics, only 60,000 less than last month’s 1,581,067, on 44 titles less. This was mainly due to a lot of big new titles, seven of the top 14 titles are new entries, selling over 20,000 copies each. It also means that the average sales this month are 13,960, massively up from last month’s 10,333. If it hadn’t been for Villains month, it would have been a big month for indie.

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Coffin Hill Interview Special

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s interview special, Kate Fitzsimons talks with writer Caitlin Kittredge about her book – Vertigo‘s new gothic horror comic Coffin Hill, co-created with artist Inaki Miranda. Meanwhile […]

Alternative Press Expo 2013: Not San Diego or New York, But Something Else

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Tweet By Bruce Lidl While the vast bulk of the comics industry, including most of The Beat staff, was gathered in Manhattan for New York Comic Con, there was, quite literally, an Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco over the same exact weekend. Unlike at the Javits Center, where Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and the […]

Government Shutdown Hits Comics

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Tweet    By Bruce Lidl While wandering the aisles at the 2013 Alternative Press Expo in San Francicso this past weekend, overwhelmed by comics, comix, and knitted hats, the problems dominating Washington DC seemed very far away indeed. Yet, even here among the alternative nerds, we felt the effects of the government shutdown, depriving us […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Comics on TV

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss their upcoming appearance at New York comic […]