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 […]

31 Days of Halloween: Nightworld: A Gothic Treasure

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Tweet The comic miniseries Nightworld is a saga of psychodramas between cunning devils, gross monsters, and the inner demons of regret of lost love. It’s a monster mash-up horror movie romance with slapstick gags, which your whole pack of bad wolf friends will howl over. The story stars anti-hero Plenilunio, who was transformed into a […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales August 2013: The Walking Dead, Saga, Star Wars

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Kind of a quiet month this month, with only two notable debuts, JMS’s new book Sidekicks, and this month’s Aspen debut, Overtaken, amongst the usual high flyers. In fact there are only 10 new books charting all month. The return of Saga is the only other big news, going from strength to strength.

It occurred to me this month that many of Image’s new books are getting some form of returnability. However, I’ve decided that, unlike my colleague MOF on the DC column, I’m not going to adjust the figures to reflect that, I’m going to stick to the raw data.

DeForge’s Kid Mafia to be reprinted by Secret Headquarters

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Tweet Three-time 2013 Ignatz Winner Michael DeForge is a prolific cartoonist — very prolific. So if you’re wondering just which strip is Kid Mafia, it’s the one about skateboarding teens who are also Mafia kingpins who go around cutting deals and then cutting up bodies when things don’t go so good. It’s drawn in DeForge’s […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – SPX 2013

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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 -  interview indie publisher and cartoonist Box Brown of […]

The Beat Podcasts! – Heidi interviews Jeff Smith!

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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 a More To Come interview special episode,  Heidi talks with acclaimed indie comics creator Jeff Smith about his Eisner-winning kids’ fantasy epic Bone, his adult sci-fi tale RASL, […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales July 2013

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A triumphant return for Fathom, albeit one backed by a price-promotion, and a full price relaunch for Red Sonja join Matt Fraction’s Satellite Sam as the big debuts this month, and East of West and Lazarus cement their places in the upper part of the chart. Elsewhere are a clutch of strong mid-level launches, and a slightly worrying series of drops for Valiant.

SPX 2013 programming goes live

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Tweet HOW WILL YOU CHOOSE? The super-excellent lineup of guests has led to an amazing lineup of spotlights and panels as always. Put together by Bill Kartalopoulos, SPX always has a diverse and thought provoking lineup and this year is no exception. This year’s SPX will be held September 14-15 in North Bethesda, MD. ——- […]

So what kind of person buys a “Torture variant” cover anyway? (NSFW, trigger images)

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I know everyone tsk tsk’s Avatar’s habit of putting out gory, exploitive covers, but seriously, after looking at some of their “torture variant” covers, I find myself asking “WHAT KIND OF SICK FUCK BUYS THIS SHIT????” I get the appeal of a little transgressive gore now and then, but these are basically images of sawed off limbs, flaying and twisted sexual situations that make Mark Millar look like Hannah Montana.