Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 12/9/14: I tried to do this every day but it broke my heart

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§ Reportedly, the first issue of Marvel’s Star Wars comic by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, will sell 1 million copies, the most single issues of a comic since Batman #500 in 1993. Comicsbook.com reported this, and didn’t mention Loot Crate, which has been behind a lot of the massively selling comics of late. I […]

Master List: The Best Comics of 2014

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Trying to keep up with all the end of year Best of lists for comics? Graphic Policy has you covered. . They’re not only keeping a tab of the lists, but adding up the mentions. It will not surprise you to know that Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant is leading the list, with […]

ComicsPRO investigates former board member over improper use of funds – UPDATED

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Retailer organization ComicsPRO has been a major influence in the industry over the last few years, working with publishers and holding a yearly conference that is widely thought to be one of the most important of the year. However, now it seems a former Board member is under investigation for possible misuse of funds, as […]

UPDATE: DC Entertainment Launches Single Issue Comics And Graphic Novels On iVerse Media

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Ah yes and here is the other shoe dropping: all of DC’s monthly comics will now be available on iVerse and backlist is coming. While iVerse has been a distinct #2 player to ComiXology’s 800 lb. gorilla, the era of more digital choice seems to have begun. DC’s periodical comics are available many places—CX, Amazon […]

DC Comics to be available on the new ComicsPLUS 8.0 app

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As we first reported after New York Comic-Con, iVerse, the other guy in the digital comics landscape, is planning a HUGE update of their app. And ComicsPLUS 8.0 is here. It’s available now in the iTunes store, and for Android and the web.

Now, the big question is what publishers are going with them. Amazon recently started sending out renewal contracts to various publishers, and the terms are not as favorable as Comixology’s were—they are more like Amazon’s.

Well, if you look at the above graphic, you get a big clue—DC Comics are prominently shown

Beat contributor Brandon Schatz is now a TV star

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Retailer and frequent Beat contributor Brandon Schatz has hit the big time—or at least the local news appearing as a nerd news expert with commentary on the Star Wars trailer and holiday gift suggestions for the local Edmonton chat show. Not only does Brandon rattle off his usual sharp opinions, but he even gets his […]

Today only: The CBLDF offers exclusive #givingTuesday anthology

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After black and small and cyber on the Holiday schedule comes #giving —#givingTuesday, the day on which charitable contributions are suggested. The CBLDF is offering a premium for contributions made today: a #GivingTuesday edition of Defend Comics, a 54-page all-star anthology featuring stories by Neil Gaiman and Jim Lee, Jason Aaron and Moritat, Andy Diggle and Ben Templesmith, Terry Moore, Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier, Evan Dorkin, Amy Chu and Shannon Wheeler, and […]

DC Announces final week of Convergence with pre-Crisis characters

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And the final week of Convergence  mini-series has been announced, with characters from the ancient Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths world, with a little oddball stuff like the Crime Syndicate. Announcements were made at EW and Newsarama. The previous weeks of COnvergence—the two issue moving fill-in event that will help ease DC’s staff into their new […]

SoI announces jury for 2015 MoCCA Awards of Excellence

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The jury for next year’s MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence — a prize for cartoonists has been announced and it’s stellar:  Charles Burns, Annie Koyama, David Plunkert, Andrea Tsurumi, and Alexandra Zsigmond. The awards recognize the most outstanding work on view at the festival and will be the subject of a show at the Society of Illustrators […]

RIP Brian Jacoby of Secret Headquarters

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I’m devastated to learn of the death of Brian Jacoby, the owner of Secret Headquarters, a comics shop in Tallahassee, FL. Jacoby was admitted to the hospital last week with blood clots in both lungs and a leg, and he died suddenly on Thanksgiving night. Jacoby tweeted his health experiences and hospitalization on his Twitter account—painful reading now, but his humor even in illness is evident. The above photo is taken from his Twitter account.

Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

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The nominees in the four juried categories of the FIBD 42 have been announced, 35 “Official Selections”, 12 in the “comics for young readers” category, 10 in the “best reprint” category and 5 in the “mystery novel” aka Polar category (all descriptions are my own.) “Polar” which you see so often in various listing at Angoulême, as best I can make out, tarnslates as a “light mystery” or thriller category….kind of the popular genre in Franco-Belgian comics, as opposed to say, superheroes. If I’m wrong, please someone correct me.

Holiday reading: JUDENHASS by Dave Sim is now free

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Okay not maybe the most chipper reading, but you’ll be thankful for you life after you read it> Dave Sim’s Judenhass (literally “Jew hate”) a harrowing, sensitive look at anti-Semitism and its horrific result in the Holocaust is now being offered for free at the website and via the Sequential app for iPad. Sim may […]

RIP Sharon Sakai

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Sharon Sakai, wife of Usagi Yojimbo artist Stan Sakai passed away this morning after a long battle with a brain tumor. Sakai wrote on Facebook: Sharon passed away at 9:00 this morning. She died exactly the way she wanted to–at home, surrounded by her family. Matthew flew home from up north, where he is going […]

10 more Convergence titles with Wolfman on Titans, Wein on Swamp Thing, etc.

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The combination fan wish fulfillment and classic writer comeback that is Convergence—DC’s two month fill in event slated for next March and April while the company moves—have been announced, via The Nerdist and IGN. Once again it’s old home week with Marv Wolfman writing the Teen titans, Len Wein writing Swamp Thing, and artists including Tim Truman back at DC for one last go round.

This was originally going to be an event that featured a lot of younger creators, and there is one—EGOs artist Gus Storms is drawing the Legion.

Want some valuable comics? Try these rare small press books

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Well, sort of. It’s well known that some used book prices on Amazon are just kind of…loony. Take for instance, Monsters by Ken Dahl, an excellent book about a guy who thinks he has herpes by Ken Dahl, published by Secret Acres but now out of print. (A new edition is planned for next year.) In the meantime, you can get a used copy for a mere $394.94… or brand new for $11,964.08.

Holiday mode engage!

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I’m hitting the road for Thanksgiving frolic, so we’re shifting into exciting HOLIDAY mode at the Beat! Oh there will be some news stories, and some GIft Guide suggestions, but also a lot of art and comics recommendations that I’ve been stockpiling for no good reason. Also, Beat contribours will be along with their own gift guide suggestions.