Announcing The Beat’s new Crowdfunding campaign on Patreon!

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The Beat has joined the crowdfunding revolution! Now you can support the stuff we do here directly with your dollars via the Patreon platform. Lot’s of folks have suggested that we do some kind of crowdfunding campaign over the last year or so, but I’ve chosen Patreon because it’s method—recurring monthly payments—seem like a more usable model for an ongoing website than the one and done big bang of a Kickstarter.

SDCC ’14: Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Panel Recap

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by Alexander Jones Marvel’s Avengers & X-Men: AXIS panel is officially getting underway here at San Diego Comic-Con International. Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso is hovering near the stage about to get ready. In the background there is a line of people getting ready for the show. Name placards for the panel are all lined up […]

SDCC ’14: Hall H shocker! No lines!

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RT @GeekSideShowing: @SD_Comic_Con @HallHLine is none existent pic.twitter.com/z6PdRyEPUC #HallH #SDCC — SDCC Unofficial Blog (@SD_Comic_Con) July 25, 2014 Whaaaaaaaaaat? Was it just a slow day in Hall H? Or were we more right than we even knew about this being the year things didn’t get crazier? Did the new wristband system—and the ban on tents, […]

SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Kneel before your god(zilla)

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SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Really top-notch Bee and Puppycat cosplay by @microcake !

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SDCC 2014: Watchtower Thursday: Surfing the Tsunami Online

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*  We’ve won!  Politicians officially open Comic-Con! On Thursday, to mark the official opening of Comic-Con International 2014, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria harnessed their inner superheroes and flew through the air on a zip-line near the downtown Convention Center. Gloria was the interim Mayor after the […]

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SDCC ’14: Fashion Shows on Trend

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This year there are several high-profile fashion-related events and product launches at Comic-Con, which at the very least reflects how much the comics industry’s awareness of fashion has grown since the days when Batgirl was baffled by hemlines.

Comixology Goes DRM-Free On Selected Publishers

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If you look at the history of digital music, the combination of a standardized format, moderate pricing (compared to CDs) and DRM-free files were what sparked sales.  Comics still doesn’t have a standardized format or a lower pricing tier for new issues, but DRM-free just turned up.  Comixology has announced they’re going to be having […]

SDCC ’14: Comixology announces DRM-free backups for Image, Top Shelf, Dynamite, Monkeybran, Thrillbent

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With a line up of publishers yet unknown, Comixology has announced that from now on publishers will be able to choose a DRM-free option for their comics downloads. It’s both an acknowledgement of the reality of technology and a pretty forward facing move for a company that faces some skepticism since being acquired by Amazon. […]

Transformers are going to get “Angry”

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“Mom, what’s for breakfast?” “Well honey, we have pancakes, bacon, potatoes, Decepiticons…” If you were a kid from the 80’s, 90’s, or still a kid at heart, then you’re most likely familiar with Transformers. You know, “Transformers: More than meets the eye.” In honor of the franchise’s 30th anniversary, Hasbro Toys treated some eager reporters […]