The Bendis Board goes bye-bye and so does a slice of comics history

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On Friday, the long running—22 years!—Brian Bendis message board shut down with the above message, and al of its archives went with it. The Bendis Board was especially busy in the golden age of the message board (1998-2004) and hosted forums for many comics pros, including Gail Simone, David Mack, Kelly Sue DeConnick. I guess […]

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:

A tribute to Whitney Matheson

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Via many media yesterday came news of USA Today laying off a bunch of folks, including Pop Candy’s Whitney Matheson, following a 15 year run. A few may remember in the VERY VERY early days of this site, Whitney was a blogging nemesis, bearing in mind that when we both started there were only four blogs. The pretend “feud” lasted about five minutes, and ended as soon as I met Whit and found out what an awesomely kind, smart and talented person she was.

Seriously there is not a person on earth who is nicer than Whitney.

Bookmark: Small Press Previews

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Here’s a good idea: Small Press Previews, a new site that I was informed of by Jared Smith. They have 46 publishers signed up to create a single spot to see previews of small press comics coming out each month.
For instance I didn’t know there was a new Derf coming from Alternative Press!

Whoopi Goldberg — queen of the stealth nerds

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Is the Beat obsessed with The View liking comics? Why, yes, because it represents the farthest encroachment of comics culture into the fortress of coffee klatch culture. Of course with Whoopi Goldberg on board, it’s not that hard as she’s the ultimate undercover nerd mole. A longtime comics fan, if she’s not awkwardly plugging Lady […]

Comics Media — introducing The Spire by Steve Morris

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If 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 […]

“Fire Rick Remender”—a timeout for the Internet’s outrage-o-matic–UPDATE

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In last week’s issue of Captain America, #22, two characters were shown having a few glasses of wine and tumbling into bed only to wake up the next morning wondering what happened. The characters in question were Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, one of the few prominent African-American characters in both the Marvel comics and film universes. The woman was Jet Black, aka Jet Zola, the daughter of Arnim Zola. Although she runs around in a skimpy costume reminiscent of Leeloo from The Fifth Element, this is perhaps explained by her having been raised in an alien dimension. Although she was born only a few years ago in real world time, she has aged more in comics time.

Tell us what you think: Should The Comics Journal ditch its comments section?

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As long as we’re harkening back to the internet of 10 years ago, as we are in this AMAZING THRILLING BEAT 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, one of the great hallowed traditions of the internet came under fire yesterday, with TCJ.com co-editor Tim Hodler wonderedif TCJ.com should turn off comments and encourage a “letter’s page” instead. Oddly, this inspired a flurry of comments. The “letters page” idea goes back to Blood & Thunder the letters page on the old print Comics Journal where industry titans would throw rocks at each other. Seriously these are a goldmine of Bronze Age defensiveness and invective. Would the same spirit be upheld in a world with instantaneous communication in every medium known to humankind? Not sure.

Tumblr-gedden as Tumblr removes Disqus and custom code from some sites

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Tumblr users who have been reveling in its ability to share content—and block trolls via the plug-in Disqus—got a rude shock today when due to code problems, users found their custom themes disabled and their comment boards wiped out. Among the missing—DC Women Kicking Ass’s lively comments section. DCWKA’s Sue took to Twitter to mourn the loss, and just as I write this it looks like she may have found the missing posts, but others were still searching.

Special Beat Investigation: Comics Critics Crisis!!!

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A few months ago there was a Kerfuffle over a comics which some indie comics enthusiasts thought was artistically exciting, while others couldn’t see that for all the racism in these comics. I wrote about it at the time, and wondered if indie comics—so lively and vibrant—were actually being given a larger social context.

So what does a gal have to do to get into The Comics Journal anyway?

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Over 1578 pages of material, the last three issues of The Comics Journal included 11 pages by or about women cartoonists. Is this exclusion hurting diversity in comics or just the dying breath of pap pap comics?

iFanboy Ceases Day-to-Day Operation

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In a farewell posted on their site yesterday afternoon, iFanboy confirmed that they will be ceasing all of their day-to-day reporting and blogging, and turning the site’s focus solely on their podcasting effort.

First Look at Zero Week at Parallel Worlds

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As we suggested yesterday, The NY Post has launched a new nerdy news blog called Parallel Worlds, edited by Dan Greenfield and others. The site has entered into a networking agreement with The Beat and two others. What does that mean? Well, just you’ll see Beat stuff linked on PW, and PW stuff linked here. […]

The NY Post is joining the nerd blog fray with Parallel Worlds

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Official launch seems to be tomorrow, but in case you missed the bold-faced names, the NY Post seems to be launching its very own nerd/comics/gaming blog, called Parallel Worlds. The logo features the senseless yet thrilling image of Alexander Hamilton in a spacesuit. And if that’s how they roll, I’m on board. Thus far so […]

Comics Alliance comes back as part of Townsquare Media

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Comics Alliance is officially back, purchased by Townsquare Media, another conglomerate of primarily music sites which is owned by a former AOL exec who helped develop Comics Alliance. Along with CA, Townsquare picked up a bunch of AOL’s music sites which were also cut, including The Boot, BoomBox, and NoiseCreep. CA is back as usual with […]

Did Yahoo just destroy the future of comics by buying Tumblr?

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And just like that, Yahoo head Marissa Mayer become the most important person in comics.

As you may have heard, Yahoo is planning to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion, a move that aims to make the recently moribund internet giant a bit more relevant to the social media world.