What are the real secrets of Marvel’s Original Sin?

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TweetDespite my previous move towards being chipper, there are still some distress signals out there. Marvel’s full court press on their next event, Original Sin, has been relentless. Maybe a little too relentless. After promising “unprecedented marketing support,” inclduing the eyeball giveaway, I notice they pushed the FOC forward a day, and released the first […]

Science: reading stuff online rots your brain

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Tweet It’s common wisdom that reading short bursts of information online subtly changes the way you process paper-based written information, but here’s a nice comforting report on just how that works: Researchers are working to get a clearer sense of the differences between online and print reading — comprehension, for starters, seems better with paper […]

Help Wanted: Dynamite is hiring in Sales and Accounting

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Tweet Dynamite Entertainment, located in Mt. Laurel, NJ, has a couple of job openings. Requirements below — interested parties should respond to the address listed here. Sales   Summary of Position  Dynamite is currently seeking an experienced salesperson familiar with comic book related material.  No off site applications will be considered.   Job Requirements 1.3+ […]

RIP: The Ultimate Warrior

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Tweet Only a day after recording this promo, the man known as The Ultimate Warrior is dead at age 54. Born Jim Hellwig, the masked wrestler eventually changed his name legally to Warrior. One of wrestling greatest icons from its 80s glory days, The Ultimate Warrior brought unmatched ferocity and craziness to his matches and […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/8/14: RIP Jeff Pert

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Tweet § Maine cartoonist Jeff Pert died suddenly at age 53. Pert was known for his local humor, and his cartoon books were a staple of Maine gift shops. Casablanca Comics Rick Lowell remembered him: “His work is so recognizable. I’ve traveled the East Coast down to Florida, walk into gift shops and see his […]

2014 Glyph Award Nominees Announced

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The 2014 nominees for the Glyph Awards, honoring the best in African America comics and characters have been announced. The awards will be presented on May 16th at the ECBACC show in Philadelphia. The deadline for voting in the Fan Award is Friday, May 2, 2014.

Congrats to Janna O’Shea and Michael Zagari!

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Tweet While people were not watching Wrestlemania or Game of Thrones yesterday, some were getting married, including popular comics folks Janna O’Shea and Michael Zagari, whose nuptials even made the NY Times. The duo was forged in the crucible of New York comic book socializing, and tempered in a move to the West Coast to […]

MoCCA Award of Excellence Winners announced — and here’s where you can get them

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TweetSaturday night at a rockin party at the Socirty of Illustrators, the winners of the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence were announced. Winners were all on sale at the festival and were selected by a jury consisting of Gregory Benton (a winner last year), D&Q’s Tracy Hurren, AdHouse publisher Chris Pitzer, designer Chip […]

Sick sick sick

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Tweet I gots the con cruds which has killed The Beat dead in its tracks. Sorry about this lost week. Hopefully back in the flow for MoCCA! BTW when I’m sick, I drink BAI coffee-tea-fruit juice. That Cosy Shack Ride Pudding and a mix of diet pepsi and orange juice (gross but effective) bring me […]

Margaret Trauth on Decrypting Rita: “I’m in an Intensely Experimental Phase Right Now” [Interview]

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TweetEvery so often a comic arrests you on the spot, and you’re drawn wholly into a new world, style, and story. It happens sometimes completely by chance, which is what happened when I first came across the webcomic Decrypting Rita, by Margaret Trauth. Starting out with a single world, the series quickly develops and shows […]

2014 Reuben Award nominees are out

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Tweet The “Reuben Awards”, aka the divisional awards presented by the National Cartoonist Society to deserving creators in comic strips, illustrations, animation and even comics, have been announced. The MAIN Rueben nominees (given to a deserving cartoonist for a lifetime of work) were announced a few weeks ago, are: Wiley Miller (NonSequitur) Stephan Pastis (Pearls […]

To Do: Graphic Brighton with David Lloyd, Chris Riddell, Hannah Berry etc. on May 24th

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Alex Fitch tell us that he’s one of three people organising a one-day comic symposium set for the University of Brighton in England. The day will include panels, talks, workshops and so on.

2014 Doug Wright award nominees

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Tweet The nominees for the 2014 Doug Wright Awards have been announced, honoring the best in Canadian cartoonists past and present. The awards will be presented in what is sure to be a gala evening at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival on May 10/ To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Awards, a commemorative book […]

Emerald City Comic Con Day 0-1: The most con-like con of all

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Tweet Now I know what you are thinking, Beat, you have been offline for two days and all you can post is six lousy photos? Well, there is a longer story but it involves airline traffic and jet lag and blah blah. Anyway, I am here in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con, and this […]

Nice Art: Marvel offers some Elektra previews

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Normally I’m not in favor of digging up characters who were done perfectly by their creator, but Elektra has been revived so many times, we might as well give it a go again—this time as part of Marvel’s experimental push for female-led titles. This new version comes out in April and features writing by Haden Blackman and are by Mike Del Mundo. In fact these pages by Del Mundo look pretty sharp and remind me of….another book with a female lead.

London, Ontario’s TING Festival unveils Jesse Jacobs poster

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Tweet The Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival in London Ontario is yet another of the comic arts festivals (CAFs) springing up around the world. It will be held for a full TWO WEEKS (April 22-May 3) and showcase local artists, from past and present including Seth, Marc Bell, Aaron Costain, Scott Chantler, Willow Dawson, […]