Brooklyn Book Festival has huge lineup of comics events

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Just as soon as you recover from SPX, you’ll be drinking in the comcis events at the Brooklyn Book Festival, the annual literary love-in which will be held Sunday, September 21st this year. Not only is there a full slate of comics panels, with Brandon Graham, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Mike Dawson and MANY MORE, but there will be a signings, a screening and parties galore. You can check out the totally excellent (I will steal their theme) Tumblr jsut for BBF comics and graphic novels, but here is the whole schedule for posterity:

Only two comics over 100K in August, but overall numbers creep up

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ICv2 has released its August sales analysis and only two comics were over 100K, Batman and Amazing Spider-Man, as they should be. I’m quoting this graph but not sure there shouldn’t be a “not” after did: But individually, comics did fare all that well.  August had two titles over 100K, down from July, which had […]

Tim Beyers launches pop culture site The Full Bleed

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We here at The Beat have long been a fan of Tim Beyer’s analysis of comics and comics-based entertainment trends at The Motley Fool and he’s just launched his own site to expand on that called The Full Bleed:

Yang and Holmes to produce Secret Coders

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Gene Luen Yang (Boxers/Saints) and Mike Holmes of Bravest Warriors are teaming for a new graphic novel aimed at middle schoolers called Secret Coders that will focus on another one of Yang’s interests: computer coding. When he’s not producing award-winning graphic novels, Yang teaches high school computer programming, so call this a no brainer. Wired […]

Salt Lake City Comic Con draws 100,000 to a facility that holds 82,000

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The third Salt Lake City Con was held this weekend, and it was by all measures a success, becoming the largest convention in Utah, with a reported 120,000-130,000 people attending. This is up from the 72,000 that attended the first one a year ago and the 100,000 that attended the spring FanX sister event. Stan […]

New Walking Dead Season 5 trailer teases gore, zombies, haggard looking Rick

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Yep it’s baaaaaaack. AMC released a new trailer for Season 5 of The WAlking Dead. As you may recall when last we left our survivors they were locked in a truck presumably to be fattened up for the strange dining habits of the folk of Terminus. This trailer reveals intensity (shock!) grim warnings from Rick […]

2014 Harvey Awards unspool

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  Live from Baltimore, the 2014 Harvey’s are unspooling. Will our computer battery hold out? Will our attention span survive? I’m not sure, but we’ll give it a try. This year’s mc is Michael Uslan who claims that everything he learned about dating came form Archie Comics, leading to disappointment when his hometown had no malt shop. […]

Comics shop owner claims mention of rape room was met with a stern frown; female employee still fired

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Comics got a brand new he-said/she-said with the story of Jennifer Williams, who was employed by Harrison’s Comics in Salem, MA for all of four days before being fired. According to Harrison’s it was for performance issues. According to Williams, it’s because she complained about a remote storage area being called “the rape room” and […]

Meet the Beat at Baltimore Comic-Con, SPX and the Brooklyn Book Festival

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It’s the crazy fall season for comics and graphic novels, as the Baltimore Comic-Con blends into the Small Press Expo and then barnstorming cartoonists head north to the Brooklyn Book Festival, before everyone dons their waders for New York Comic Con. Baltimore is underway as you read this! What a great show1 I’m a bus […]

Thanos and Batman top August sales — UPDATED

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I’ll post John Jackson Miller’s analysis when it comes in, but sales for the year inched up, although down from Five Wednesday July. Image had more than 10% of unit sales, always a good mark for them. And sales analyst Miller weighs in pointing out this was the first “Normal” month in a while. After […]