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.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 12/20/13: How to enter a bouncy house

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Thanks for all the great emails yesterday, people. They are much appreciated. § MUST READ: More on Neil Cohn’s experiments in how comics are read. He actually put electrodes on people’s brains to figure this out. Cohn says any language has a “holy triumvirate” of elements: expressive form, grammar, and meaning. Comics, he argues, meet […]

Help Bob Kahan Keep A Roof Over his Head

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Bob Kahan is a comics industry veteran and good person that I’ve shared many a laugh with over the years. Like many good people, he’s hit a rough patch, and needs help to keep his apartment. As a New Yorker myself I know how grim and ruthless the housing situation is now and don’t want […]

RIP Peter O’Toole

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The late actor was the subject of a pretty good graphic novel called, Hellraisers by Robert Sellers and JAKe (SIC), and adapted from Sellers’ prose work of the same name, which featured adventures of excessive drinking from O’Toole, Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

Industry veterans Harris and Kennedy launch Magnetic Press with a bunch of new titles

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People just can’t stay away from publishing comics. The merriment is infectious! And a new publisher is aiming to create “stories that stick.”

Two former comics industry veterans—former VP of Publishing for Boom Studios, Wes Harris, and former Publisher of Archaia Entertainment, Mike Kennedy—have caught the fever and teamed up to co-found Magnetic Press, which will roll out titles in 2014 including Dave Dorman’s WASTED LANDS, JD Morvan and Bengal’s NAJA and MEKA, F. Ruiz Velasco’s CULEBRA and LEGION OF BLOOD, Caio Oliveira’s SUPER-EGO, PROPHET HILL, and VIVID, Francisco Paronzini’s HUGOBROYLER, and Lucas Marangon’s THINKING OUT LOUD. 

Pitchfork will soon have a magazine and it will have comics

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While we were going over the imminent death/rasping attempts to breath of the print medium yesterday, a bold new print venture has sailed right past our Doppler radar rig: PItchfork, the opinionated but infuriatingly often correct music website has launched a print magazine, called The Pitchfork Review. Issues will be thick and handsome and quarterly, […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 11/18/13: RIP Doris Lessing

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§ Tim Gibson’s Moth City is a fine looking webcomic—it’a now running on Thrillbent— and Gibson talks some about the web/print paradigm shift here. It doesn’t sound sexy, but distribution is everything now. The ability to disperse comics to waiting readers all over the world for effectively no cost has the power to change the […]

Comics have hit puberty…and it’s not pretty

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For the last few weeks, a story has been going around, recounted by artist Tess Fowler, about how a comics pro seemed to be interested in her work, but when he asked her to come to his room, she declined, and he then said he had never been interested in her work, and disparaged her […]

RIP Joey Manley

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What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their pundits and bloggers. — Joey Manley (@joeymanley) October 17, 2013 Webcomics pioneer Joey Manley died last night of complications from pneumonia. According to reports, he was 48. He had been ill of late, and […]

New comics website launches: 13th Dimension

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Like a Phoenix from the ashes…in our recent obituary for MTV Geek we noted that the NY Post’s Parallel Worlds site also seemed to be gone. And indeed, a NY Post website design claimed its young life. However, undeterred, editor Den Greenfield has teemed up with Asbury Park Comicon’s Cliff Galbraith for a NEW SITE, 13th Dimension.

The great blog death of 2013 claims another victim: MTV Geek shuts down – UPDATE

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I noticed this morning that they hadn’t updated and that, coupled with the recent editor search, sent my Heidi sense tingling and yes indeed, MTV Geek is no more. Friends and fellow geeks — We’re shutting up shop and heading to the great arcade in the sky. Our friends over at MTV News will provide […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 9/27/13: The Lost Artwork of Neal Adams

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§ As you may have heard by now, renowned comics artist Neal Adams left several very valuable sketch books in the back of a cab a few days back, and he would like them back. Neal Adams, best known for drawing Batman and Green Arrow, forgot to take two portfolio books out of the trunk […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 9/23/13: Everyone everywhere

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§ The National Book Festival was this weekend, with several comics guests, some sponsored by SPX. YOu can probalby find out everything you want from mining the Twitter hashtag. But the Washington Post had a bunch of articles, including Lynda Barry’s The 20 stages of reading, which I tragically cannot embed. § It was also […]

Miami Book Fair International features Paul Pope poster

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No one is quite sure how the Miami Book Fair International—held in a city known for its wild and crazy lifestyle—got to be the biggest book festival in the US, but…it’s true and probably has something to do with the tireless and hard-working staff that puts the event together, and the great authors who show […]

EXCLUSIVE: 2013 New York Comic Con Programming: Thursday October 10

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New York Comic Con has just released its panels and screenings schedule. But as in past year’s, it is presented in a database format that is…not easy to navigate. Once again, thanks to our pals at NYCC, we’re able to present a text only version you can read and peruse all in one place. Please […]