DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

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DC-s announcements for products shipping in FEbruary are out today and here’s the WHOLE thing! what will you try What will make you cry?   THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN #1 Written by GRANT MORRISON Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS 1:10 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE 1:25 Variant cover by AARON KUDER […]

Angoulême fest announces line-up of exhibits and spotlights: Watterson, Kirby, Moomins, Taniguchi

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The Angoulême Festival International de la Bande Dessineé for 2015 has released the schedule of art exhibits, spotlights and other goodies. They attached this as an English-language pdf which I’ve inserted below. There are several amusing typos on the list, see if you can spot them. All that aside, this is a pretty stunning—and cosmopolitan—line-up, […]

Goodreads Choice Awards Graphic Novel Nominees Announced

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Goodreads, the social media network for readers, has its 2014 has its Best Graphic Novels & Comics 2014 nominees up. And they are

The Retailer’s View // A Confluence of Events (Part Two)

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With both Marvel and DC running big, somewhat vague multiverse spanning crossovers this year, I decided to take some time to go over what retailers would be looking for from both of these series. Last week (a day before more details were released about the event), I went over the shape of Convergence and what […]

British Comic Awards winners announced

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The winners of the third annual British Comics Awards were announced during the Thought Bubble fest and they are: Best Comic – The Wicked + The Divine #1 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics) Best Book – The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape) Young People’s Comic Award – Hilda […]

Marvel celebrates 10 million social media followers with goodies

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To mark more than 10 million combined likers and followers on Facebook  and Twitter Marvel is offering some sneak peeks and free digital comics all day. New stuff is going up every hour. So far there’s a 25% off sale at Marvel .com Our first gift to you, #Marvel fans: 25% off at http://t.co/dgewJRiisz, today […]

Jim Lee Joins Grant Morrison on The Multiversity: Mastermen

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Grant Morrison’s Multiversity mini-series has proven to be an unexpectedly fun rfrolic thruogh the various realities of DC’s multiverses. Well, perhaps unexpected is not the world, since Morrison actually excels at this kind of thing and he’s does it before —Seven Soldiers—and probably will do it again. Actually, since this has been in the works […]

Hotelier: Why can’t San Diego Comic-Con move to November?

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Oh no not again. With the San Diego Convention Center’s expansion plans spiked, and Comic-Con’s contract up in 2016, people are once again asking will Comic-Con stay in San Diego? but the question does seem to have a more perfunctory tone than last time. As Lori Weisberg reports, Mayor Kevin Faulconer is all about keeping Con in San Diego and trying to get local hotels to keep their prices at the 2016 level for 2017 and 2018—and many are going along, but only because pretty much everyone realizes that keeping Comic-Con in San Diego is in everyone’s best interest. Anaheim is trying to jump into the mix again, but after a few WonderCons in Anaheim, I think everyone realizes that Anaheim is not San Diego, and the show would become a very different event if it moved. And besides, WonderCon is developing into a more significant event on its own.

The New Yorker’s Cartoons of the Year is out, with Wheeler and Karasik

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Although The Beat is a loyal New Yorker subscriber (it’s the only thing that holds our attention whilst on the elliptical) just beause you’re a subscriber does’t mean you get the Cartoons of the Year special edition. However if our email is to be believed, this issue includes several new pieces that may necessitate a trip to the newsstand.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 11/17/14—New people are reading comics, but what’s their deal?

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§ MUST READ!!! Brigid Alverson has a write up of last October’s Cv2 Conference. and boils down the many statistics that were presented that day about new readers from retailers, publishers and convention organizers. It’s a LOT of information but fascinating stuff. § The Outhousers Christian Hoffer was at ICAF this weekend, and it was […]

Throwback Saturday: The Golden Apple c 1987

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Via Leonard Pederson’s Facebook page here’s a photo of me interviewing Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz about Elektra Assassin at the Golden Apple in LA c1987. I guess I could make a better guess to the time by looking at the books in the background. Void Indigo, Mage and The Far Side.  I think that’s Mikal […]

TGI-FOC: Degree of Variants

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It’s the return of The Beat’s weekly look at comics on Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) and bits of retail process that doesn’t merit a full column. The last time I tried to write one of these, I ended up staring at the screen as it blurred at 2am the night before I got married. That […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: The Year in Comics on TV

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Recorded at 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, the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Publishers Weekly’s Best Graphic Novels of […]

Busy weekend for comics with events in Leeds, Seattle, NOLa, Columbus and Durham!

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What’s that you say, with Thanksgiving days away the comics calendar must surely slow down as we attend to the making of cranberry sauce and quest for hot toys. No Way. This is actually one of the BUSIEST weeks in comics! Especially for indie/small press comics with at least FOUR events on around the world! The International […]

Unassuming Barber Shop: The 1st American Comics Scholar was a Superman Artist

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Brad Ricca reports on a stunning historical find: One of Superman’s early artist wrote a master’s thesis in 1942 that surveyed cartoonists of the time on their working methods.

James Hudnall still getting back on his foot

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A few days ago we noted that comics veteran James Hudnall was going through a very rough patch, with the amputation of his foot due to a diabetic ulcer. We’ve been following along on his FB page and although his recovery has been good, he’s now in a pretty tough spot. The operation took place in Austin, TX where he’d just moved to take a job—which may or may not still exist. He’s also been forced to move out of the place he was staying because it is not suitable for a man in a wheelchair. As of this morning he has no place to live, and staying in a motel while he gets his stuff in order is expensive.