The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 2: Don Rosa, Eleanor Davis, Lucy Knisley & Archie Comics

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TweetLive from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part two of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special, Calvin Reid talks to Don Rosa about Scrooge McDuck, European fans and Carl Barks; […]

Disney Explains Importance of Life Drawing

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Tweet  When someone thinks of the name “Disney,” many things can come to mind; Some may think of their theme parks. Some their animated films. Some may look back on fond childhood memories. And others might think of a cartoon mouse that wears pants, gloves, and shoes. But when I hear “Disney,” my first thought […]

Disney heroically attempting to blow the brains out of zombie Stan Lee Media

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I’ve been doing this daily comics news thing for 11 years, more or less, and if there is one thing which has remained consistent throughout those 11 years of comics industry tumult, it’s Stan Lee Media suing someone or something. I honestly don’t remember all the things they’ve sued, but it includes Stan Lee, Marvel (many times) Conan Properties, and Disney (many times). The suits usually claim that Stan Lee Media owns Spider-Man, or the Avengers or Conan or whatever someone is making a movie of, and the suits always involve insanely tortured legal claims over unrelated documents. The courts always rule against SLMi, as it’s called, but that doesn’t stop them. They keep coming back.

The Beat’s Annual Guide to Winning the Osca® Pool: Best Animated Shorts 2014

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TweetOnce again, Hollywood confabulates and celebrates the best of motion picture arts and sciences March 2, at the 86th Academy Awards.  Among the many awards will be two showcasing the best in animation: Animated Feature Film and Short Film Animated.  Many people have seen the feature films (or had a chance to…dunno how many actually […]

Five days of Valentines Day Cards: Snow White’s touchy situation

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Tweet I’m sure no one ever had an impure thought about THIS vintage Disney Valentine, No sir! More here Do you have a Valentine set to spotlight in this feature? Tell The Beat!

Sizing up Marvel’s Star Wars franchise

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Tweet We all knew that the Star Wars comics franchise would go to Marvel eventually, but no one seems enthused about the idea. Maybe that’s because, as Graeme McMillan points out, every time Disney pulls one of its licenses and give it back to Marvel, it shrinks. Case in point: the Disney kids line that […]

Webcomic alert: Boys’ Night

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Go read this quick before it gets taken down: Boys’ Night by artist PB Quatch and Hollywood tyro screenwriter Max Landis.

24 Hours of Halloween Special: The Gargoyles Halloween Comics (1996)

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A very special never before seen masterpiece of a comic from 1996 written by …THE BEAT!!!

THOR’s alien world to hit Disneyland on Friday

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Tweet It seems that the Marvel Heroes are gradually sneaking their way into the Disney theme parks—at least in California, where the spectacular Marvel booth displays at San Diego Comic-Con have been ported over into Disneyland displays. According to the Disney Parks blog, the Thor throne and other Asgardian stuff will appear in the Innoventions […]

Disney launches toyetic shonen Avengers cartoon in Japan

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The main reason Disney acquired Marvel was to finally break open the boy market bank, and their simple plan worked pretty well. They’re even conquering Japan, it was just announced, with “the first Japanese Marvel animated television series targeted at boys.” It’s called Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers. “Disk” wars, eh That sound highly, highly toyetic.

Asgard is Promised to Open at Disneyland in November

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TweetAs spotted by good ol’ Kevin Melrose over at Robot 6, it appears that Disney are lining up for another Avenger appearance at Disneyland, to tie in with the upcoming Thor film.

Marvel and Disney are getting weird

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Tweet D23, Disney’s own proprietary fan access, media blowout event is coming this weekend. It’s Disney’s own little Comic-Con and they typically save some big announcements for it. It’s only held every other year, and this time out there WILL be a Marvel announcement, as shown by this teaser and the caption: This weekend, only […]

Licensing world round-up: Princesses are king but Avengers are for boys

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TweetAs we mentioned in the previous post, the Licensing Show’s wrapping up today and there are always some lists and announcements and other observations that are very germane to where our world is going. It all starts with the product which leads to advertising which leads to media and here’s what we want. Some stats […]

Disney announces two mystery Marvel films for ’16 and ’17

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Tweet While some of us reading this will be chewing gruel in a rest home by then, Disney has just announced two as-yet-unnamed Marvel films for the future: UNTITLED MARVEL FILMS We’ve also announced dates for two UNTITLED MARVEL films (5/6/16 and 5/5/17), in line with Marvel’s successful tradition of opening films in early May, […]

Disney and Marvel Team Up to Create a Big Hero 6 Movie

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TweetWith Disney owning Marvel and all their characters, it was expected that they’d eventually set their film-makers to work on a Marvel Universe project – however, I doubt anybody would have expected that project to be Big Hero 6. And yet here we are, with a release date set for next year and footage already […]

More Disney layoffs: ESPN sheds hundreds

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Tweet Disney continues its road to profitability by cutting staff, this time at ESPN, where as many as 400 people lost their jobs in a cost-cutting measure to offset increased licensing fees for various sports. Although ESPN is sort of a fiefdom of Disney, it is still subject to the same kind of bottom line […]