Winter is coming!

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  Word on the street is that we’re getting some snow here in the Northeast.   NYC may get as much as three feet in a historic snow dump that is expected to last from this morning right on until Wednesday with blizzard-like conditions.       We at Stately Beat Manor do not fear […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/26/15: What these retailers have to say about Secret Wars is staggering

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§ Vaneta Rogers quizzed a bunch of comics retailers about Secret Wars and describes them as wary but hopeful: “Customers are curious, but as usual, Marvel is being very vague about the whole thing,” said John Robinson, owner of the nine Illinois locations of Graham Crackers Comics. “And I have no answers for [customers] as […]

The Beat Podcasts: More To Come – Miss Lasko-Gross interview

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Brought to you by Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald.  In this week’s podcast Calvin Reid interviews acclaimed comic creator Miss Lasko-Gross about her background in comics, her new graphic novel ‘Henni’ – a story […]

First Look: Silk #1 by Thompson and Lee

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As you may recall, several new lady members of the Spider-verse awe swinging your way in the coming days. One of them is Cindy Moon, a young woman who was bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker! Wow can you believe that happened!!! She was hidden away fro years but now her powers are on display and has her own comic book, by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee with variant covers by Dave Johnson, Lee and Scottie Young

Indie Month-to-Month Sales November 2014: Image Rising

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By Kate Reynolds November saw a slew of new titles from Image with some pretty serious sales, most notably ODY-C from Matt Fraction and Tooth & Claw from Kurt Busiek. Wytches, the new Scott Snyder title from Image continues. It was also a good month for Dark Horse as the “Fire and Stone” event keeps […]

Howard the Duck Dies on a Marvel Variant Cover (Not Really)

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Howard the Duck’s life is in jeopardy, or so the newest Marvel variant cover on the first issue of his ongoing series makes us believe. The new comic book has an interesting new cover that shows Howard in various stages of life. Towards the end of the the seven cycles, fans get a sneak peak at a […]

Marge and Bill Woggon selected for the Eisner Hall of Fame, 13 on the ballot

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Marjorie “Marge” Henderson Buehl, the magazine cartoonist who created Little Lulu, and Bill Woggon, creator of Katy Keane, an early example of crowd sourced comics, have been selected for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame by this year’s judges. An additional 13 names will be on the ballot for the awards: Lynda Barry, […]

Unassuming Barber Shop: Salvador Dali’s Sub-Mariner

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In a previous post, we looked at how Carl Burgos’ original Human Torch might have been inspired by helldivers at the 1939 New York World’s Fair (Unassuming Barber Shop is all about that “might”). But you can’t talk about the Torch without his elemental counterpart: the Sub-Mariner. There are multiple accounts of how Bill Everett […]

Khouri steps down at Comics Alliance as Wheeler and Asselin-Moore take over

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As announced on Twitter and expanded on via Tumblr Andy Khouri is stepping down as editor in chief at Comics Alliance, and the dynamic duo of Andrew Wheeler and Janelle Asselin-Moore will shares duties.

#fourcomics unleashes a stream of comics we love on Twitter

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Jim Zub kicked it off. And then the hashtag spread like wildfire. What four comics would you pick as the ones that influenced you? While I’m often preoccupied with the business machinations of the industry it is, in the end, something we read that moves us, entertains us. Or sometimes we simply to sit back and enjoy the beauty. The hashtag didn’t really spread to the indie cartoonists I follow, so while there’s a lot of Love & Rockets, there’s also a lot of Swamp Thing, a lot of Frank Miller, a lot of X-Men and Spidey, and a lot of Love & Rockets, but in the end, all that really matters is that comics are so cool. That’s why I’m here and you’re here. A selection:

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.

Valiant Previews for the Ages: Quantum and Woody, X-O Manowar, and Unity!

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Ever since the relaunch of the publisher, Valiant Entertainment has always been up to something new. This morning, fresh previews of ongoing series from the publisher were scattered across the internet. Unity is in the middle of a great story-arc featuring a cast of characters called The United. The team of villains have been expertly […]

Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm cast in X-Men: Apocalypse

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We reported on this topic just a few weeks back, but now according to Variety, Bryan Singer has settled on his three younger versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm for the 1980’s set X-Men: Apocalypse. Playing Cyclops will be Tye Sheridan, who blew my socks off in Mud and the recent David Gordon Green […]

Review: high fantasy tropes reign, but REYN #1 also surprises

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REYN #1 does quite a bit of world-building for a first issue, in fact the very first page has an astonishing amount of information contained in several narration boxes. The scene opens in a place known as the Barrens: a cracked, dry wasteland bereft of life, save a few leafless tree skeletons. Through the dust clouds emerge an armored rider whom the narration calls a Warden.

MoCCA fest programming will be held at the Highline Hotel

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Some details on the logistics of the new venue for this year’s MoCCA Festival have been announced. The show itself is moving to Center 548 on West 22nd Street, and programming will be held two blocks away at the Highline Hotel on 20th and 10th Avenue, a converted 1865 building that was once Clement Clarke […]

Melissa Benoist cast as Supergirl

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  CBS has found the lead of their first superhero adaptation since The Flash debuted in 1990. Melissa Benoist, who appeared most recently in the indie hit Whiplash, has been tapped for the role of Kara Zor-El in Supergirl, making her the third live action version of the character, following Helen Slater (Supergirl) and Laura […]