Jimmie Robinson on Five Weapons, the Convention Craze and Digital Challenges

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By Bruce Lidl The Sacramento Wizard World convention was an opportunity for comic fans in Northern California to gather and celebrate their passions with other fans and celebrities. It was also a chance for Jimmie Robinson, a veteran Bay Area comic book creator (and frequent commentator at The Beat) to meet his readers and spread […]

Measuring the Comics Convention Wave: Wizard World Sacramento Hits Local High Water Mark

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By Bruce Lidl As the on-going explosion of interest in comics and pop culture conventions continues seemingly unabated, companies like Wizard World are rushing to meet the demand. The first ever Wizard World Sacramento took place this last weekend, making it the first big comic convention in California’s capital city, and likely the biggest show […]

Back to Class with Jimmie Robinson’s Five Weapons [Interview]

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This week sees the return of Five Weapons by Jimmie Robinson, which last year was upgraded by Image Comics from a five-issue miniseries to a regular ongoing story. Focusing on life at a school for young assassins, the series was met with huge acclaim – not least from The Beat, where the book was one […]

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2014 Edition, Part 1 – Kickstarter, harassment, digital and more

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Yep it’s the return of an annual Beat tradition that goes back nearly a decade, as comic folk from every level of the industry — creators, reporters, retailers, publshers—talk about the issues of the year past and look at the issues of the year to come. There are always a lot of thoughtful answers in this survey, but this year a LOT of very important and thought-provoking topics are looked at from crowdfunding to harassment.

And as always, there are previews and news scattered in the 2014 projects. So settle in and enjoy—there is so much more to come.

Con Diary, NYCC Thursday – Everybody Here is a Giant

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Still up and about, with only minimal cramp and voice loss, yesterday I got into the convention floor for an hour of joyous, horrifying, nicely-carpeted comics browsing. And then I realised where Artists Alley was and went there instead.

Five Weapons Has Been Bumped up into an Ongoing Series

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The last issue of Jimmie Robinson’s five-issue miniseries Five Weapons – which is fantastic – was published this week. And it came with the welcome news that the mini has been pushed up into an ongoing, restarting in January next year!

INTERVIEW: Jimmie Robinson Hits Out with Five Weapons!

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Jimmie Robinson can do basically anything. Writer, artist, designer and letterer, his most recent work Five Weapons has been receiving great acclaim from fans and critics alike. Set in a school for young would-be-assassins, the series sees the weaponless Tyler Shainline come to school and find himself immediately ducking and diving from the attentions of […]