12 killed including four cartoonists in attack on Charlie Hebdo offices

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In an act of unspeakable horror, three gunman are at large in France after a brief deadly attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine. The attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, and it’s believed to be part of a long running controversy over various depictions of the prophet Mohammed going back […]

The Beat’s Annual Survey 2015 edition Part Three: with added sneak peaks at Sfar and Blutch!

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Yep it’s part three of our annual look at the year coming and going. My trip to Angouleme in 2014 enabled me to add more international participants to the survey, so look for some perspective the global comics business and even a wee Joann Sfar preview in the answers below. Part One and Part Two of the survey can be found here.

UPDATED: IDW acquires Top Shelf, from Alan Moore to Zander Cannon

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Well, bam, 2015 is off to a rousing start, with news breaking this morning that San Diego’s IDW has acquired Atlanta/PDX’s Top Shelf, with Top Shelf’s Chris Staros to remain as Editor in Chief, while partner Brett Warnock retires from comics to run a food and nature blog. Top Shelf will remain as a separate line at IDW, while Leigh Walton, Chris Ross and Zac Boone will all stay on at the new imprint.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/6/14: Comics creator sees UFO over Scotland

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§ So Mark Millar saw something shiny in the sky: i know this sounds mental, but did anybody else see that huge glowing object over Glasgow last night around 1am? Only 1 mention online. — Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) January 1, 2015 And because he’s Mark Millar it became news You gotta love that guy. § DC Batman Editor Mark […]

Dark Horse hires Steve Sunu for PR

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CBR mainstay Steve Sunu is making the jump to company publicist, as he’s going to Dark Horse to join their PR department, which was left a man down when Jeremy Atkins left.

Congrats Steve and talk to you very soon!

The Beat’s Annual Comics Industry Survey, Part Two: from Kieron Gillen to Steve Morris

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Yet more previews and prognostication from a wide swatch of comics industry personnel, with picks from Kieron Gillen and Janelle Asselin to Bryan Talbot and Steve Morris. Lots of news of new projects are thrown in also for those with a keen eye!

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/4/15: Everybody’s got a snappy new look

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New year, new looks for some familiar websites, and some observations about Comic Con that I never revealed until now!

The Beat’s Annual Survey: Torsten’s Look Back (way back)

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It’s that time of year, when the Beatrix mails out her survey forms, and asks the comics cognescenti to look back and wonder what transpired during the past year, and to prognosticate on what’s forthcoming. Me, since I tend to get more contemplative twice a year (New Years in January, birthday in July), and since […]

Neill Blomkamp was secretly working on Alien sequel ideas

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Here’s a fun little “what if..?” to start off your new year. The mastermind behind the Academy Award nominated District 9 and the less well regarded Elysium was secretly working on his own version of an Alien sequel, at least at the conceptual stage. Blomkamp took to Twitter, via an unverified account, last night and posted […]

Webcomic Alert: End 2014 with a little “Optimisim” by Anders Nilsen

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Anders Nilsen sees the year out at Medium with a beautiful full color comic called On Optimisim: Why 2015 Won’t Suck. It’s a very direct and straightforward work from the often oblique (and marvelously so) Nilsen, but it has a few good words that we should all tam into account for 2015. Even though 2014 […]

The Beat’s Annual Comics Industry Survey, Part One: The Return of Siegel & Shuster and “Casey”

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Yep, it’s our annual survey of the comics landscape, from the mainstream to the indies and everything in between. Each year we send out surveys to as wide a swath of comics pros around the world as we can muster…among the answers you’ll find lots of news of 2015 projects, predictions of the year ahead…and right off the bat some startling news from Jeff Trexler about a possible legal bombshell in 2015…and the return of Casey from James Sturm’s epochal comic strip “The Sponsor.” Hold on to your hats and let’s get going.

Play-Doh’s frosting shooting penis and other dubious toys

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So Play Doh made a thing called the Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset that allowed you to mold inedible Play-Doh into the shape of luscious cakes. It all seemed like innocent fun.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 12/31/14: Almost done

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Final housekeeping of 2014: I keep trying to use WordPress’s new “lite editor interface” but it keeps posting things when I meant to save them as drafts which is why odd things popped up in the feed of late. BETA, people. The new editor does seem to be the way forward—it’s nice not to have […]

Must buy: Economics of Digital Comics by Todd Allen

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Disclosure: Todd Allen is a long-time contributor to this site, so read the following as advanced log-rolling if you will.

That said, the book he kickstarted over the summer, Economics of Digital Comics is out. I have an early digital copy and this is really a book everyone in the comics business should read, especially people going into various digital models, from crowdfunding to subscription to pay what you want. Allen casts a cynical eye on most of this stuff, and runs numbers to show what works and what doesn’t. But he also looks at print costs, and the economies of other channels to give a strong overview of what we talk about when we talk about selling comics in 2014. The book has new interviews with digital players and statistics on what webcomics earn from advertising, how much it costs to print books, what the big players take out of various delivery methods and more. All footnoted. And an introduction by Mark Waid, who has become something of the spokesman for Generation Digital.

Marvel and Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ leaning towards ‘The Wire’ in its tone

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By Kyle Pinion With 2015 just a few days away, we’re on the verge of another big deluge of superhero cinema and television; from Agent Carter, the return of The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from their mid-season hiatuses to the Fantastic Four reboot, the big-screen debut of Ant-Man, and of course the giant, […]

Rough calculations suggests 2% of millennials read comics

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Millennials, can’t live with ‘em, can’t get a vanilla soy macchiatto without ‘em. Among the many charges levied against these lazy, disengaged kids is that they ever grow up and read too many comic books. BUT IS THAT TRUE? Commentator Kevin Drum—who I normally adore—does some back of the envelope calculations and concludes that only 2% of millennials are comics readers. For the numerically inclines out there (translation: Torsten) here are his envelope calculations: