Thankful Thoughts 2014

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Best to all for a happy peaceful holiday. I’m thankful this year for a healthy family, good friends, cute cats, and a great job in the industry filled with the best people on earth. And I’m incredibly thankful for everyone reading this, especially the readers who have followed me from the original Beat through many […]

Did You See This On Google News? Amazing!

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[Click on the headlines for links!] Al Jazeera publishes a web comic, and it’s not what you expect! Two Harris County (Texas) District Attorney employees were indicted by a grand jury for stealing evidence and selling it online! The case that landed both men in jail began in May 2012, when they were assigned to investigate […]

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber offer “The Fix” in 2015

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Writer Nick Spencer just posted this teaser image for what seems to be a new Image book, drawn by Steve Lieber, his Superior Foes of Spider-Man collaborator. Completing the “get to know each other at big two, go to Image for honeymoon” move that so many have been making.

While the image and title seem to suggest a series about neutering beagles, we suspect it may be more compelling than that.

Holiday reading: JUDENHASS by Dave Sim is now free

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Okay not maybe the most chipper reading, but you’ll be thankful for you life after you read it> Dave Sim’s Judenhass (literally “Jew hate”) a harrowing, sensitive look at anti-Semitism and its horrific result in the Holocaust is now being offered for free at the website and via the Sequential app for iPad. Sim may […]

Saga, Fear My Dear, Ms. Marvel and more on NY Times GIft Guide

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The NY Times resident comic guy George Gene Gustines has prepared a graphic novel list as part of the Times 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. It’s a nice list that is presented in some kind of gif format that makes my Flash player go nuts, but cheers on trying something new. Beside the books mentioned in […]

Link: The best round-up of Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving parodies

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At this time of year if there is one thing as certain as dressing and leftovers it’s parody verions of Norman Rockwell’s famed “Freedom From Want.” And I finally found the best round-up of parodies including the Justice Society one. A little of these goes a long way so here are a mere three.

Al Ewing and Alan Davis go ‘Ultron Forever’ with three one shots

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Al Ewing and Alan Davis are uniting for three Ultron Forever one-shots this April. The tales will go all “five years later” with the MU, as a new team of Avengers unites in an Ultron-Ruled Future. And not only is Ultromn ruling the fictional Marvel universe, but just one month later, he’ll be ruling the […]

From Film to Funny Books: Kyle Higgins on Donning the C.O.W.L. [Interview]

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By Matt O’Keefe While still enjoying an extended stay in Gotham as the writer of series like Gates of Gotham, Nightwing, Batman Eternal and Batman Beyond 2.0, Kyle Higgins has ventured into Chicago for his first creator-owned comic book. C.O.W.L. is an Image series written by Higgins and Alec Siegel about the Chicago Organized Workers League, the first superhero labor union, that […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: October 2014 – The Sweet Smell of Success

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Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

After last month’s Futures End 3D cover extravataganza, things return to normal in October. DC continued their freely-orderable variant cover program, with the theme this month being Monster covers. The comics with variant covers are still selling higher than they would have without them, but at this point the month-to-month effects are largely subsumed by regular considerations such as creative team changes, crossovers, and standard attrition.

October saw the debuts of several DCU titles, to varying effectiveness. Deathstroke by Tony Daniel and several Batman-related titles did relatively well, while a couple of supernatural-theme books (Trinity of Sin and Klarion) did less so. October was also the debut of the highly-touted revamped Batgirl, which saw the comic jump up to a top-twenty title.

DC’s third weekly title, Earth 2: World’s End, debuted in October. Here are the first month sales of all three weekly series (plus the most recent issue for BE & FE):

RIP Sharon Sakai

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Sharon Sakai, wife of Usagi Yojimbo artist Stan Sakai passed away this morning after a long battle with a brain tumor. Sakai wrote on Facebook: Sharon passed away at 9:00 this morning. She died exactly the way she wanted to–at home, surrounded by her family. Matthew flew home from up north, where he is going […]

CCI is aware of offensive remarks by alleged SDCC committee member–Updated

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Last night twitter user Bill in San diego @BillntwrkBill got very vocal about the Ferguson protests on his account. Which is his right, as laid out by our Bill of Rights. However, it went over the line of what one might call civil commentary with calling the mother of a dead teenager a “whiny bitch” […]

Black Friday ’14: Presents for Younger Cousins (And Other Such Family Members)

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by Zachary Clemente If you’re like me, you don’t have any siblings, which is a real shame since I really want to get kids into comics. Thankfully, I have enough younger cousins who are easily susceptible to the gift of comics no matter the occasion, so I spoil them rotten at pretty much every turn. I […]

10 more Convergence titles with Wolfman on Titans, Wein on Swamp Thing, etc.

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The combination fan wish fulfillment and classic writer comeback that is Convergence—DC’s two month fill in event slated for next March and April while the company moves—have been announced, via The Nerdist and IGN. Once again it’s old home week with Marv Wolfman writing the Teen titans, Len Wein writing Swamp Thing, and artists including Tim Truman back at DC for one last go round.

This was originally going to be an event that featured a lot of younger creators, and there is one—EGOs artist Gus Storms is drawing the Legion.

Want some valuable comics? Try these rare small press books

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Well, sort of. It’s well known that some used book prices on Amazon are just kind of…loony. Take for instance, Monsters by Ken Dahl, an excellent book about a guy who thinks he has herpes by Ken Dahl, published by Secret Acres but now out of print. (A new edition is planned for next year.) In the meantime, you can get a used copy for a mere $394.94… or brand new for $11,964.08.

Let’s get dangerous: Darkwing Duck writing credit kerfuffle

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This thing is going on with a new publisher called Joe Books, and the credits on Boom! Studio’s long ago (2010) Darkwing Duck series. Yes. The Outhouse has a succinct round-up but as best as I can make out, here’s what happened:

Holiday mode engage!

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I’m hitting the road for Thanksgiving frolic, so we’re shifting into exciting HOLIDAY mode at the Beat! Oh there will be some news stories, and some GIft Guide suggestions, but also a lot of art and comics recommendations that I’ve been stockpiling for no good reason. Also, Beat contribours will be along with their own gift guide suggestions.