“The Shadow Now” Mini Updates The Shadow With The Spider’s Launch Team

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In October, Dynamite is launching a new Shadow mini-series.  Yes, yes… I know.  It’s another title with the same character, but there’s a compelling reason to pay attention to this concept/creative pairing.  The Shadow Now is updating the character to a modern setting and the key piece of information is that creative team on this is […]

Jeff Parker Writing Flash Gordon/The Phantom/Mandrake Team-Up

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I’d been wondering what Jeff Parker was working on, besides his Batman ’66 digital series.  Parker’s someone you expect will fill up his plate fairly quickly.  Come to find out he’s also over at Dynamite doing a 5-part series called “King’s Watch” teaming the King Features Syndicate comic strip heroes Flash Gordon, The Phantom and […]

Captain Action Resurfaces, Bridging the Pulp Age and Cold War

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Captain Action is beginning his third life in comics this September in the 6-issue Codename: Action mini-series from Dynamite.  Originally a 1960s action figure with licensed costumes to dress it up like Superman, Spider-Man or the Lone Ranger, Captain Action first came to comics in 1968 from DC and then was revived in 2008 at Moonstone […]

Summer of Valiant is Gathering Steam

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This week Valiant are spring-boarding off their Free Comic Book Day offerings to announce “Summer of Valiant” previews of upcoming titles. Their first announcement was that QUANTUM AND WOODY would be coming back starting in July, their first super hero team to grace the Valiant charge into their highly regarded and fan favorite lines this […]

Congratulations to Parker and Meghan Adair on their successful wedding!

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Parker Adair was a guest columnist here last year, covering C2E2 as a first-time convention-goer.  This year, the planned nuptials prevented a return visit, but instead, they celebrated their union on Free Comic Book Day.  (Easy for me to remember!) Yes, the couple are bonafide geeks, as was proven when the wedding party made a stop at […]

Nostalgia Reigns as IDW Announce ROCKY & BULLWINKLE, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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Coinciding with all of the big C2E2 announcements from just about every comics publisher, IDW released some information about more than one upcoming series bringing the characters created by Jay Ward to comics. The two big titles will include MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, leading up to a March 2014 film release from DreamWorks Animation in […]

Jason Lutes’ new project: games influencing comics

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BY JEN VAUGHN – For anyone who has ever performed any improv, there is a simple rule: ‘Say Yes.’ Say yes to a situation when presented to you because your fellow troupe member has a story line. You can add even more “yes and…” The same rule applies to a game called Fiasco, which calls […]

MoCCA announces more guests

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Well, not so much guests as awesome people who will be there. Among the ones we’d like to call attention to, the French genius Boulet, graphic memoirist Miriam Katin (who is having her book release party in NYC tonight), animator/illustrator Peter de Seve and the all-around great Michael Kupperman. But you know, really everyone on this list is swell.

ECCC: Monkeybrain Announce Free Comic: Frost

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A quick update from Emerald City Comic Con, a convention which you can only access by jumping into your nearest hot air balloon and flying directly into a cyclone. Monkeybrain’s Allison Baker is at the convention this weekend, and on Friday announced the immediate release of a new comic from the company, available now on […]

Pak and Lee on New “Batman/Superman” Title

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This comic was a no-brainer and rumored for some time, but DC has finally announced their new Batman/Superman comic, titled Batman/Superman.  (World’s Finest is now Worlds’ Finest with Huntress and Power Girl and moving the apostrophe would probably cause mass confusion, so we back to a more literal title for the book.)  The real surprise here is the creative […]

Glyph Comic Awards entry deadline nears: January 31

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Johanna Draper Carlson wrote to remind us that the entry deadline for the Glyph Comic Awards is January 31. The Glyph Comic Awards recognize the best comics made by, for, and about people of color. Carlson is one of the judges this year. Entry guidelines:

X-Treme X-Men and Age of Apocalypse end in April

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Two of the stronger X-Men titles during an incredibly strong period for X-Men titles in general, April will sadly see the cancellation of both Greg Pak’s X-Treme X-Men and David Lapham/Robert De La Torre’s Age of Apocalypse.

Jennifer Holm joins CBLDF board

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Bestselling author Jennifer Holm of the Babymouse series has joined the CBLDF board, according to a press release; The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce the addition of bestselling author and three-time Newbery honoree Jennifer L. Holm to its Board of Directors.  Best known in the comics world as the co-author with […]

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2013 Edition, Part Three

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Yet another installment of our annual massive survey of the industry. Tons of preview artwork and opinions from industry movers and shakers. Please check it out all the way to the end—there’s a lot of thoughtful commentary on where we’ve been and where we might go next. Part One, Part Two

Welcome 2013!

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New goals! New weight loss! New healthy diet! New backslides! What are YOU looking forward to?

Gail Simone Rehired as Writer for Batgirl

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Gail Simone appears to have been re-hired as the writer for DC’s Batgirl series, according to a series of tweets she made around an hour ago –