Emerald City Comic Con Day 0-1: The most con-like con of all

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Tweet Now I know what you are thinking, Beat, you have been offline for two days and all you can post is six lousy photos? Well, there is a longer story but it involves airline traffic and jet lag and blah blah. Anyway, I am here in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con, and this […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/25/14: I snuck in some news here. Also snuck isn’t a real word.

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What shocking secrets will you learn in today’s thrilling episode of Kibbles n’ Bits?

Five Days of Valentines: Bad for You Valentine Heart Brakers

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Tweet BAD FOR YOU is a new book by Scott Cunningham and Kevin Pyle that illustrates extremes of, well, overprotectiveness, the nanny state and people going too far. The authors created some Valentines at Boing Boing—you’ll need to go to the link for the stories behind these, but there are some doozies.

Checker Books is back (?) with The Winsor McCay Project

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Tweet Back in the day Checker Books was a company that specialized in reprinting old comic strips and books, including a bunchy of Winsor McCay comics. Run by Mark Christopher Thompson, the company kind of faded away after a dispute with Diamond, although Thompson later teamed up with the relaunched Devil’s Due. Well, they’re back, […]

Five days of Valentines: Young Avengers Valentines

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Tweet NOTE: I originally attributed these valentines to Suzene Campos — but she merely sent me the link. Apologies to the ACTUAL artist, callmekitto, about whom I only know is named Lauren. (Although I suck, I can’t help but note Tumblr is a great credit stealer.) Anyway, enjoy and thanks Suzene and Lauren! The Young […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bts 2/13/14: Spoiler Spoilers

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Tweet § By now if you are at all interested in Batman you have seen This and the above intro of Bluebird by Dustin Nguyen. If you’re NOT into Batman suffice to say that Batman will be going into a year long weekly series called BATMAN ETERNAL in which the role of the outwardly-tough but […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/24/14: Warren Ellis’s mystery project

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Tweet § Warren Ellis has trashed another laptop, prior to moving to LA SOMEWHERE for six months to work on a mystery project. I repeat, Warren Ellis is moving to LA for six months. If you had asked me to pick “Sentences I will never type on The Beat” that would have been one of […]

UPDATE: Ape Entertainment is still alive and planning

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TweetYesterday, we reported on the inactivity at Ape Entertainment, and wondered if the company was still around. Well, COO Brent Erwin responded to an inquiry to explain that they are just in reorg mode, but have a digital project coming out at the end of the month and more stuff in the works. Read on: […]

The 2013 Comics Industry Person of the Year is Kim Thompson

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This marks the fourth year we’ve run the Comics Industry Person of the Year Poll, and the results were very straightforward, as you’ll see. The guidelines for voting are as follows: “This can be the most important person, someone who had the biggest impact, an innovator, someone who set the pace, or had a banner year creatively.” The winner’s impact this year was bittersweet, but still something to celebrate.

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2014 Edition, Part 5 — let’s look at the big picture

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TweetOkay this wraps up our annual tradition of surveying all levels of the comics industry for their thoughts on the state of the union. We still have the Comics Industry Person of the Year to announce in a little bit. A few hemes definitely arose from the answers this year: DC’s movie to the west […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 1/6/14: Have a great Epiphany, everyone!

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§ January 6th is the Christian feast known as Epiphany, also the 12th Day of Christmas, so the holidays are over AND you get to wish people a great Epiphany. It never gets old. Above painting by Abraham Bloemaert.

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2014 Edition, Part 4

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Here’s part four or our annual comics status report, with contributions from publishers, cartoonist, writers and execs. As usual, lots of news tidbits and previews in the upcoming projects here, Previous parts: Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Be back here tomorrow for the big wind-up!

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2014 Edition, Part 3 — more thoughts on DC moving west

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TweetYep it’s more picks and prognostications, with a few tasty previews thrown in. Ted McKeever, cartoonist 2014 Projects: THE SUPERANNUATED MAN  A new Golden Age format, B&W, 6-issue series from Shadowline/Image, coming out around June/July of 2014. The basic premise of The Superannuated Man is a contemplation on growing old in an unspecified future where […]

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2014 Edition, Part 2

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TweetHere’s the second part of our annual look at what’s happened and what happening next for comics. Thanks to everyone for all the time and thought they put into their answers. Part 1 can be found here. Rick Lowell, retailer, show runner 2014 Projects: MeCAF (Maine Comics Arts Festival), May 18, 2014, Portland, ME What was […]

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.

Japan launches worldwide assault via its own anime channel

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The Japanese government is taking matters into its own hands by spending 15.5 billion yen ($14.7 million) to launch its own TV network with an eye to foreign distribution.