Composing for Heroes: Continuity and Emotions

Composers Tyler Bates, Christophe Beck, Blake Neely, John Ottoman, and Brian Tyler.

TweetBy: Nick Eskey There are many pieces that go into creating a successful movie and television series, especially when trying to bring something to life from a printed medium. There has to be a solid script, right choice of actors, a fitting venue, and of course perfect music score. All of these aspects paint a […]

Unassuming Barber Shop: Batman Country, Part Two

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In case you missed the first portion of this special two-parter, it was revealed that Batman has conquered America and has established his black Bat-capital in a cave in Branson, Missouri.

That is not entirely true, but I do hope something of the story of the Bald Knobbers (cringey name aside) rang true for Batman fans. The vigilante story is old and real in America.

Comixology Goes DRM-Free On Selected Publishers

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TweetIf you look at the history of digital music, the combination of a standardized format, moderate pricing (compared to CDs) and DRM-free files were what sparked sales.  Comics still doesn’t have a standardized format or a lower pricing tier for new issues, but DRM-free just turned up.  Comixology has announced they’re going to be having […]

SDCC ’14: Comixology announces DRM-free backups for Image, Top Shelf, Dynamite, Monkeybran, Thrillbent

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TweetWith a line up of publishers yet unknown, Comixology has announced that from now on publishers will be able to choose a DRM-free option for their comics downloads. It’s both an acknowledgement of the reality of technology and a pretty forward facing move for a company that faces some skepticism since being acquired by Amazon. […]

Transformers are going to get “Angry”

I'm pretty sure these Transformers would like some noms too.

Tweet“Mom, what’s for breakfast?” “Well honey, we have pancakes, bacon, potatoes, Decepiticons…” If you were a kid from the 80’s, 90’s, or still a kid at heart, then you’re most likely familiar with Transformers. You know, “Transformers: More than meets the eye.” In honor of the franchise’s 30th anniversary, Hasbro Toys treated some eager reporters […]

SDCC ’14: Werthamania

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TweetThis year marks the 60th anniversary of Fredric Wertham’s influential and notorious Seduction of the Innocent, and Comic Con’s programming schedule includes several panels addressing the book and its core themes.

This year’s DC Collectibles Preview

Mera seems to love the camera.

TweetBy: Nick Eskey DC Collectibles had a fine showing today of toys, figurines, and statues for the upcoming year. Each one meets the fine level of detail that is synonymous with the DC brand. With the variety of collectible shown, it was hard to decide what to talk about in length. For their action figures, […]

Army of Darkness Anniversary Special/Creator Reunion Due in November

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TweetDynamite is celebrating it’s 10th anniverasy with a special issue of Army of Darkness, Army of Darkness #1992.1 (after the year the film was released).  This is appropriate, given that the Army of Darkness license was what started Dynamite down the path of becoming a publisher. Solicited for November, this is a bit of a “let’s get the […]

Cullen Bunn on Masks II

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TweetCullen Bunn is really spreading himself around these days.  The Sixth Gun at Oni.  Magneto and Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe at Marvel.  Sinestro at DC.  You can add Masks II at Dynamite. Masks, which came out in 2012, was essentially a team-up mini-series for Dynamite’s pulp heroes line.  The Shadow, The Spider, Green Hornet,  Green Lama, Black Bat, Black Terror, Miss Fury and […]

New Lone Ranger Series by Gray/Villegas in November

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TweetDynamite will be starting a new Lone Ranger series in November.  Justin Gray will be writing it, which is interesting for a couple reasons.  First off, it’s unusual to see Gray’s name without his usual co-writer/co-conspirator, Jimmy Palmiotti.  Secondly, Gray (along with Palmiotti) is the longest tenured writer of the western genre in recent memory.  His association […]

John Carter: Warlord of Mars Relaunches (and finally gets to use the proper title) at Dynamite

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TweetAs you may recall, Dynamite and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. came to an understanding a little while back and we’re continuing to see the fruits of the agreement.  The John Carter franchise has been practically a sub-line for Dynamite with Warlord of Mars, Deja of Mars, Lords of Mars and Warriors of Mars.  Now they finally get to […]

SDCC 2014: Lion Forge gets into print with IDW and kids comics with Care Bears

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St. Louis based Lion Forge Comics has been around for a couple of years with a lot of ambitious plans, some well known licenses and a line of here-to-fore digital comics. But recently they announced they are getting into print, with IDW picking up their Air Wolf and Knight Rider comics. They’ll also publish a print version of a comic inspired by MMA fighter Quentin “Rampage”Jackson called Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier. That should be PLENTY wacky. More Lion Forge titles are impending from IDW, possibly including such classic licensed fear as Miami Vice, and Punky Bewster.

SDCC 2014: Funko offers Hikari Friday exclusives giveaway

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Tweet Funko always has some pretty amazing exclusives at Comic-Con and they are running a contest to give away three cool ones. Tweet to @OriginalFunko for a chance to win. I Think.l These press emails are getting less coherent as the week runs on. Ay the figures are limited to 500 each and are sweet. […]

Announcing The Beat’s new Crowdfunding campaign on Patreon!

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The Beat has joined the crowdfunding revolution! Now you can support the stuff we do here directly with your dollars via the Patreon platform. Lot’s of folks have suggested that we do some kind of crowdfunding campaign over the last year or so, but I’ve chosen Patreon because it’s method—recurring monthly payments—seem like a more usable model for an ongoing website than the one and done big bang of a Kickstarter.

Is Diamond Selling Digital Comics For DC?

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TweetIs Diamond going to be selling DC’s digital comics?  It certainly looks that way.  As you may recall, Diamond entered into a new digital partnership with Trajectory in May.  Here’s a bit from the Publisher’s Weekly piece on it: Jim Bryant, CEO of Trajectory, said the new deal reflects “a significant amount of demand around […]

Rupert Murdoch wants to team up the Simpsons and Bat-Mite, and here’s why that’s bad

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Tweet I heard about the Rupert Murdoch putting in a bid for Tim Warner a little while ago and thought it was too astounding to be true, but it is. Why would Mr Burns like to own even more of the known media world? Isn’t ruining the Fantastic Four for comic enough for him? David […]