SDCC 2014 Shocker: Marvel Booth exclusives will include Rocket Raccoon

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Tweet I am really really really hoping there will be some kind of big Guardians of the Galaxy display at the Marvel booth this year, liek there was with Thor a few years ago. But if not, there still be plenty of Rocket, as this first look at the Marvel Booth #2329 exclusives indicate. Here’s […]

2014 Harvey nominations announced, led by Boom!, Valiant, Marvel and Image

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Tweet Oh Harveys. Every year some voting block or other seems to make itself known and this time it’s Valiant with some 16 nominations including Best Humor and so on. Boom lef the list with 24 though including many in the young readers categories. Nothing really screechingly horrific here, but not really the same year […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales May 2014: Image has top four new entries

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Another decent month for Image, who have all of the top four new entries, including Warren Ellis’s return to creator-owned books. Elsewhere Valiant appear to be going through a radical shift in publishing model, and don’t look too healthy over-all. Stick around after the top 300, as there’s a bit of an extra this month.

149 indie titles charted in the top 300, slightly down on last month’s 151. Overall sales were up at 1,632,573, compared to last month’s 1,688,787 and the average sales this month are 10,957, down on last month’s 11,184. 16 titles went up in sales and 116 went down, with the rest made up of new entries and specials.

Image are number one again with an 8.86% dollar share and an 9.96% market share, IDW go up to second place with a 6.38% dollar share and 4.18% market share. Dark Horse have a 5.96% dollar share and a 5.50% market share, Dynamite have a 2.30% dollar share and 2.29% market share and Boom! have a 1.97 % dollar share and 1.84% market share.

Marvel’s Joe Quesada will announce ‘a new era for a classic character’ on The Colbert Report tonight

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Oh yeah and speaking of the mainstream…when Marvel announced a new book via a very perplexed cast on The View, it was unstadnabale bcuase both are owned by Disney. However, The Colbert Report is owned by Viacom, so tonight’s Joe Quesada appearance and book announcement is a little more “authentic” if you will. Also, props to Marvel for a creative way around the San Diego Show biz news logjam.

The secret of comics history that people on the internet don’t want you to know!

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I was asked not too long ago what was something I was proud of writing on The Beat, and it’s actually something I didn’t write. This post by political communications specialist Brett Schenker entitled Market Research Says 46.67% of Comic Fans are Female from February, was pretty groundbreaking. Why am I mentioning a six month old post? Well, people continue to quote it when they look for demographic information on comics readership, and it represents a solid benchmark in an area where there is shockingly little research. Schenker’s research via Facebook, which he’s graciously presented here, has been quoted in numerous articles and yesterday it was referenced in this Time.Com piece on the new female Thor. I tweeted it again and it got a whole new set of reactions on twitter from people who hadn’t seen it the first time.

Thor Was Tired of Living A Lie… The View Wasn’t

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Tweet By David Nieves Equal to a freeway pile up closure in California where honking and flying obscenities are like pennies overflowing from the change jar on my desk; when the internet gets a hold of something that shakes our outlook everyone rages. Today, Marvel let the ladies of The View announce a new female Thor in […]

Breaking: Titles for October

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TweetWith October solicitations just around the corner, sources have whispered these sweet secrets in The Beat’s ears. Get a jump on what’s to come with the following, and check back for more information later this month. Jim Zub will be writing a new Dungeon & Dragons series for IDW. The subtitle for the series is Legends of Baldur’s Gate. Also from IDW is […]

IDW takes a crack at getting Corto Maltese right in the US

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Tweet We’ve long been among the most vocal supporters of getting a proper US edition of Corto Maltese our. Hugo Pratt’s adventure masterpiece is one of the cornerstones of the Eurocomix tradition and one of the most beautiful and evocative comics of all times, period. Fans were excited in 2012 when Rizzoli put out a […]

Comics and Graphic Novel Market: $870 Million in 2013, up $65 mil

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As there will be no industry white paper at San Diego, where Milton Griepp traditionally releases his industry sales figures for the year, he and John Jackson Miller has teamed up for an estimate of the size of the comics market in 2013: $870 million. That’s up $135 million from 2012 — a very sizable increase. With sales this year generally flat it probably won’t be a big increase unless something really nutty happens, but that shows that it wasn’t just your imagination: 2013 was a pretty swell year for the comics.

Comics Media — introducing The Spire by Steve Morris

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TweetIf you are like The Beat, you’ve noticed that the informed writing styling of Steve Morris have been greatly lessened on this site of late. While that makes us sad, we’re happy to report that he’s graduated to his OWN site, The Spire, where he’s covering news, reviews, English kids comics, bunnies and all the […]

SDCC 2014: This year’s “Has Hollywood Left Comic-Con” think piece

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Every year someone wonders before the big show if Hollywood is giving up on Comic-Con, based on a perceived paucity of panels or whatever, and then Steven Spielberg comes out on stage and kisses Benedict Cumberbatch and everyone forgets about this ideas for another 340 days.

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley is out today

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How do you follow up a phenomenon like Scott Pilgrim? Well, you take some time off and then come back with a beautifully realized standalone graphic novel that tells a story about..starting over. That’s Bryan Lee OMalley’s Seconds, which hits today.

The View announces something about Angela a woman becoming Thor

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OOPS — ALL WRONG! It’s Jason Aaron and Russell Dautermann! on some unspecified Lady Thor. But Angela still seems likely. But note the talk about female audience in the pr! Okay that’s the last time I ever play guessing games!

Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THOR, written by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Original Sin) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops).
 

The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood is coming to Dynamite

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Educator Christina Blanch had made quite a name for herself with her MOOCs covering gender and social issues in comics. But she’s also a very talented writer, and her Thrillbent series The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood has gotten a lot of positive attention. And this October it’s coming to print, courtesy of Dynamite. With a Franceso Francavilla cover so you know its good.

SDCC 2014: EGADS! Wristbands for Hall H’s First Panel of the Day!

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Tweet Hall H camping at Comic-Con became a huge thing over the last five years or so, with thousands lined up all night, and for years people have been saying “Why don’t they give out tickets?” And finally, something like that is happening:Wristbands will be given out for the first Hall H panel of the […]

SDCC 2014: Welcome to Hell Week! And what could make it more hellish?

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Tweet It’s what I like to call Hell Week, boys and girls, the week before San Diego Comic-Con when every single thing has to get done, including all those things you thought of in January but put off saying, “I’ll get it done before July!” and now it’s July and you didn’t get it done. […]