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 –

Arthur Magazine is back with Rick Veitch cover

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AUGHTS NOSTALGIA. Arthur Magazine was a FREE culture magazine that defined a lot of the early internet/alternative culture of the early century, before the internet drove it out of business by supplanting the advertising model that made free newspapers a thing. However, Arthur Magazine is back after four years with issue #33, now with a […]

MoCCA Fest 2013 announces steering committee, new projects

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Last summer, the Musuem of Comics and Cartoon Art in NYC lost their physical space and transferred their assets to the Society of Illustrators. Although the SoI is a well-regarded institution, there was a lot of private concern over the MoCCA fest and how it would proceed. Details of the first SOI run show have […]

New on the Scene: BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE

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Yet ANOTHER band of creators teaming up and kickin’ it to Kickstarter! Tis time its Alex Grecian, Jeremy Haun, B. Clay Moore and Seth Peck who are putting together a showcase anthology called BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE. BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE is a 200-page collection of comic book stories, prose and artwork, created by writers […]

Gail Simone is ‘no longer the writer’ for Batgirl

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Gail Simone has explained today on Twitter that, as of this week, she will no longer be the writer for DC’s Batgirl series.

Marvel crash three dimensions into ‘X-Termination’ with Pak, Liu and Lapham

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Marvel have revealed what their ‘X-Termination’ teaser image is all about: a crossover storyline between X-Treme X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, and Age of Apocalypse. Spinning around the fact that there are currently a series of different Wolverines being used right now (along with a couple of Nightcrawlers) the story will be a cross-dimensional adventure between the […]

Radio 4 Gather Stunning Voice-Cast for Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’

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Well, this is certainly one of the most British things I’ve ever heard. Please whistle the theme tune to The Archers while you read this article.

Vertigo Cancel Hellblazer; DC Announce Constantine

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Hellblazer, one of the longest-running books in mainstream comics history and one of Vertigo’s launch titles, will be cancelled in February 2013, with issue #300. Although… cancelled may be the wrong word,  as DC say this will be the finale for the book, which has been overseen by an incredible range of writers and artists […]

Now it’s time for ‘Uncanny’ from Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo

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Oh gosh, what mystery is this we spy? Some kind of book written by All-New X-Men’s Brian Michael Bendis and Wolverine & The X-Men’s Chris Bachalo, according to Marvel.com. And the teaser word is ‘Uncanny’. Well flip me, how are we ever going to guess what the ‘Uncanny’ refers to?

Lil’ Gotham Arrives Today as a Digital-First Comic

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Yes we’re all attempting to adjust to life in this new, crazy, Disney-owning-Lucasfilm landscape, but let’s return to comics for just a little bit, okay? Because DC have announced that that artist/creator Dustin Nguyen’s Lil Gotham series will be released as a series of digital-first stories starting today.

Disney Buy Lucasfilm; Announce New Star Wars Film

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This may be delirium setting in, but it seems that Disney have acquired Lucasfilm today for the princely sum of $4.05 billion. This means Disney now effectively own properties including Star Wars, Indiana Jones…. Willow, and several others. And what are they going to do with this? According to reports, their first move was to […]

Monkeybrain Pledge all November Profits to The Hero Initiative

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  Chris Roberson, co-founder of the digital publisher Monkeybrain Comics, has put out an open letter today explaining that for the whole of November, all profits made by the company will be donated directly to The Hero Initative. Along with Allison Baker, Roberson set up the company earlier this year as a way to put […]

Kickstarter UK Opens Up for Business

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Kickstarter has become the go-to crowdfunding website for a variety of comic projects, whether they be furiously exciting or somewhat dubious. But up until now, the site has been fairly restrictive about who can or can’t set up a campaign on the site – namely, that Americans can, but people in the UK can’t. That’ll […]

Stolen Art Alert; Suydam and Frazetta

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Artist Art Suydam reports that two pieces of art were recently stolen from his studio and is offering a reward for their return: These artworks, among others, were recently stolen from the studio of artist Arthur Suydam.  If you see these  artworks or have any information on their location, please contact Arthur at suyd@earthlink.net. All personal information will […]