Go girl: Lois Lane gets a very rare one shot today

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Tweet Today’s Lois Lane one-shot comic by Marguerite Bennett and Emanuela Lupacchino is not only the first Lois Lane solo book in a long time, but a possible “pilot” season for the character, who is actually the LONGEST running female character in the Superhero Universe, having debuted in Action Comics #1 right along side Clark […]

Colorist Matthew Wilson: “It’s Better Than Diggin’ Ditches” [Interview]

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TweetIf you like comics, you’ve almost certainly seen Matthew Wilson’s work. Colourist for many of the most acclaimed comics of the last few years, his work has been seen on Wonder Woman, Young Avengers, Swamp Thing, Phonogram, Secret Avengers and many more comics. Colouring is getting more attention now than it has ever done before, […]

Constantine has been cast with Welsh actor Matt Ryan

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Tweet Finally, the long national nightmare is over, and a British actor has been cast as John Constantine! Although I thought it would be one of the dead guys from Game of Thrones, it’s Matt Ryan, seen in Criminal Minds, The Tudors, Layer Cake and other reputable productions. Constantine is being readied as a TV […]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: December 2013 — The Caped Crusader towers at the top

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The month of December was dripping with excitement at DC Comics, as the publisher’s comic-book line shivered on the brink of a new year of bold opportunities and potential tours de force. DC’s œuvre held strong and even grew slightly in total unit sales versus November, as the publisher thrust into an already booming direct market with stiff opposition its new DC Universe title JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000.

The Vertigo imprint, alas, which added DEAD BOY DETECTIVES to its arousing line-up in December, continued its refractory period in-between new issues of THE SANDMAN, the second and next of which shall find release no sooner than February.

DC to spend $250,000 on marketing Vertigo graphic novels this year

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Tweet Or at least that’s what a a wraparound ad on this week’s Publishers Weekly states. (The ad in itself is a bold, pricey buy.) The books spotlighted for the campaign are FBP, Coffin Hill, Brother Lono, Trillum, The Wake, and Hinterkind. According to ad copy, there will be a $250,000 marketing campaign including ads […]

Ben McKenzie cast as Young Commissioner Gordon in Gotham

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Tweet Former The O.C. and Southland star Ben McKenzie has been cast as young James Gordon in Gotham, the upcoming Fox series about young Bruce Wayne and friends. McKenzie doesn’t look like Archie Goodwin, but we’ll just have to deal with that. Gordon will be a main character in Gotham, which is set during Batman’s […]

Three things you need to know about the Preacher TV show

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Tweet AMC has officially announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will develop a TV show based on Preacher, the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon Vertigo classic. This is crazy news if you know Rogen and Preacher—one is a weed-friendly, huggable Canadian comedian, the other is a comic book series about God abandoning man and a lone […]

Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. taking over Superman this summer

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Tweet Via their DC ALl Access video series DC has confirmed that the new team on Superman will be writer Geoff Johns and artist John Romita Jr. You may recall that last summer JRjr went on something of a charm campaign, basically telling everyone he was available, now that his Marvel contract was over. DC […]

Does Harley Quinn Signal The Return of “Fun” Comics?

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TweetIt would seem many of you probably picked up an issue of DC’s new Harley Quinn series.  The Comics Chronicles estimates sales as 114,212 for #0 and 92,153 for #1.  Those are some very serious numbers for a book that’s a real departure in tone from your average New 52 title.  It’s also the best-seller in what […]

Mike Marts Moves to Marvel

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TweetIt’s been announced that Mike Marts, DC’s Batman group editor, has moved to Marvel Comics this week as an Executive Editor. Having overseen the Batman titles for several years – including runs like the Snyder/Capullo Batman, Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc and Williams/Blackman’s Batwoman – he’ll be returning to Marvel, where he previously worked for ten […]

WB/Target release horrible products with different art styles for each gender

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TweetSue at DC Women Kicking Ass has a post on the fruits of that WB/Target licensing deal that was announced last year, with emphasis on the Wonder Woman aspects of it. Some of it is typical Target fare you’d find in the $4 aisle—a Wonder Woman water bottle filled with candy because health: But then […]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: November 2013 – The Final Countdown

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November was more of the same for DC, basically, with the “Forever Evil” and “Zero Year” crossovers rolling on, along with a couple of smaller ones. Oh, and Harley Quinn debuted.

Who Sold What?: New York Times Graphic Novel Bestsellers 2013

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TweetIt’s a new year, and what better time to take a look back at what happened in 2013? Regular readers of The Beat know me as the comic BOOK guy.  I’m a bookseller, a librarian, a comics evangelist, and, yes, a seeker of the esoteric.  So that means while people (and websites) cover the comics […]

DC shuffle: Scott Lobdell’s Teen Titans Ends, Kyle HIggins off Nghtwing

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Tweet With solicitations due Tuesday, some DC talent adjustments are being announced, civilly and the proper way. Via an announcement at his ComicVine column SCott Lobdell reveals that his end on Teen Titans is ending —and so is Teen Titans, with #30 and an annual. I’m thrilled the DC is letting me wrap up the […]

Vertigo launches CMYK quarterly anthology

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When Kieslowski meets printing processes, you get VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CMYK a color themed anthology with various hot young folks including Jock, Fabio Moon, James Tynion IV, Martin Morazzo, Robert Rodi and Javier Fernandez, Amy Chu, Joe Keatinge, Cris Peter, Shaun Simon and Tony Akins.

Wally West is Back, Thanks to Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, and Brett Booth

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TweetFollowing the end of my personal favourite New 52 run – Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul’s Flash – comes the news that a new creative team will come into place for the series in April. Van Jensen, Robert Venditti and Brett Booth will take over the series. Oh, and WALLY WEST is going to return. […]