Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/23/15: Save Tommy Castillo’s eyes

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Cartoonist call for a boycott of Sodastream as a sponsor at Angouleme…an atrist is in danger of losing his sight to diabetes…Dreamworks and Egmont are shutting things down…and more.

GLAAD Media Award nominees honor five including Lumberjanes

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The annual GLAAD media awards, recognizing ” fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives” in the media came out yesterday, and five comics were nominated.

More on Milestone 2.0

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Yesterday’s announcement of Milestone 2.0 was broken in the Washington Post, but principles Reggie Hudlin and Denys Cowan did more extensive interviews talking about what they have planned in a few places. Talking with Albert Ching at CBR they noted “We’re Not in the Nostalgia Business”, which is a pretty good platform to build from. While the details are still sketchy, they confirmed that they have some projects in the works with DC, among other publishers, although there was a long legal tangle to unravel.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/21/15: These lovely new comics covers seemed to be just covers. But there were comics inside.

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Why are Vertigo comics so brown? The answer may surprise you.

Help wanted: Sales Charts and reviews

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We’re looking for a few writers around here and near here.

§ Jason Enright is moving on from the Marvel monthly sales charts due to some exciting but unannounced news. I know a bunch of you apply for this every time, but please reapply — previous experience with databases and a glee for number crunching required. Jason is graciously doing this month’s chart but after that, we are on our own. Email me at comicsbeat at gmail.com if interested. This is a volunteer position.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/20/15: These links will force you to visit other web sites. Point made.

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§ The March crew of Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell talk a little about why we need this message and these reminders now with EW’s Joshua Rivera.

Congressman Lewis is aware of this, and it’s his hope that people will take the time to reflect on what came before. “This book is a guide, we can use it,” says Lewis. “This is what people tried to do, this is what people did in the late ’50s and the ’60s to try to make things better.”

The Devastator/Beat Convention Exhibitor Survey is out: which cons are loved, which are hated

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Last fall, we here at The Beat teamed up with the awesome folks at The Devastator to put together a survey for convention exhibitors. With all the controversy over who is spending and what cons are con games, it seemed like time to seriously upgrade this survey. And you responded, with more than 100 people taking the survey, giving results on the top cons and CAFs that revealed average sales and average amount of satisfaction with each show.

In case you’ve never heard of them, The Devastator is a humor/comic magazine based in LA that features sharp satire and art by founders Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows as well as people from The Onion, the Daily Show, Adult Swim, Marvel and more.

The result, as crunched by the Devastator’s staff, has some eye-opening statistics. You can read the entire report right here, and see some of the Devastator team’s own comments below, but here are a few of my own eye-openers:

Farrago teams with IDW for free comics

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In the post Amazology world. many digital comics apps and companies have sprung up trying to stake their claim in this growing world. Farrago Comics is an app for iPad and android that offers a range of free comics. As suggested by their motto “Comic Book Freedom!” the idea is to provide a manageable app for sampling and reading—which isn’t a bad one given today’s crazy quilt of digital platforms. Revenue is provided by ads, as it is with many apps. Up until now they were offering mostly Golden Age and indie comics, but they’ve just sign up with IDW to offer some fan fave #1 from the likes of Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, Jonathan Maberry, Chris Roberson, Ashley Wood, etc.

Image Does Humble Bundle Once Again

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By Bruce Lidl Lost somewhat in the initial burst of news from last week’s ImageExpo was the announcement of a new Image Humble Bundle offering, beginning that morning and lasting until January 21. The “Humble Image Comics Bundle 2: Image Firsts” is a massive collection of digital comics that can be purchased for whatever price […]

St. Louis’s Star Clipper Comics to close

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This is really sad. In a letter to customers, Ben and A.J. Trujillo, the owners of Star Clipepr COMis in Stalous, have announced the store is closing, with a liquidation sale beginning on Saturday. Opened in 1988, and going through three ownership changes, Star Clipper was always in front of retailing trends, and the Trujillos had definitely built up a great relationship with their community—as evidenced by the outpouring of support on their FB page—carrying a wide selection of comics for adults and kids, with a strong emphasis on female customers. Recent signings include Neal Adams, Cullen Bunn, Chris Samnee, Michael DeForge, Kate Leth, Tim Lane, Jeff Weigel, so you can see how eclectic their domain was.

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/15/15: 87-year-old cartoonist crowdfunding 800 page graphic novel

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§ Jack Katz, 87, creator of the oddball self published space fantasy epic The First Kingdom, and Golden Age artist, is indiegogoing a new project, called, encouragingly, Beyond the Beyond. It will run to some 800 pages, but he’s good for it. The tale is streamlined from an riginal 1000+ outline, but his agent told him he might not have time to finish it. Not much is revealed of the story, and the art shown is tiny, but…it is certain to be wild.

So anyway…Take the Beat Polls!

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I’ve been slaving away on an outside project ever since the holidays wrapped, and I’ve had very limited time to write anything too substantial here. Luckily the new kids have been keeping things going reading comics, posting news and generally running wild in the place. So thank Brandon, Alex,
Kyle, Hannah and Dave! The project is wrapping up and I’ll be back in the saddle I hope. The new features like reviews and entertainment news won’t be going away but I hope to get back to the regular Beat recipe which has been altered a bit of late.

Archia previews Plunder from Lang and McKinley

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If nothing else, Archaia’s new horror series Plunder has the best named team in comics, Swifty Lang and Skuds McKinley. “Hey have you seen Skuds and Swifty?” is what everyone will be saying at Comic-Con 2015.

The book arrives in February, and offers us a tale reminiscent of both Captain Phillips and The Thing.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/14/15: There are too many comic books!

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New Teen Boat! Retailer charts! and two lesson sin real world history!

Preview: Dark Horse Brings More Hollywood Talent to Comics With Shaper

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Eric Heisserer aims to tell a tale in the tradition of Arthurian legends and Star Wars. With artwork by Felipe Massafera (Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, Captain Midnight), Shaper looks to carve a niche for itself in the rich tapestry of sci-fi adventure.

Preview: Valiant Continues Next With Bloodshot Reborn

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Valiant has their own plans to build on their popular Valiant Next initiative