Preview: Who is AC? by Hope Larson and Tintin Pantoja

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With 2013 barreling along, it’s time to start looking at some of books that are going to make it a notable year, and here’s one that has flown mostly under the radar until now: Who is AC? by Hope Larson with art by Tintin Pantoja, to be published by Atheneum on April 16th. It’s Larson’s first original GN since Mercury, she she describes it thusly:

Preview of the Legend of Zelda: HYRULE HISTORIA

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A few months ago Dark Horse announced they were publishing The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia an authorized art book of the storied video game franchise. Such was the excitement for this book that it knocked off Shades of grey from the Amazon best seller list for a while week, and money from The Beat’s Amazon affiliate link paid for all our Christmas presents.

HYPE AND PREVIEW: Joe Palooka #1

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The venerable comics strip character Joe Palooka has been remade into a modern day MMA fighter in JOE PALOOKA #1 on sale today from IDW and here’s an exclusive preview. The comic already has support from the UFC and other MMA fans—as we’ve pointed out several times, MMA and comics are a natural combo, with […]

First Still from THE HOBBIT: The Desolation of Smaug and more 2013 movie previews

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Warner Bros dumped a bunch of stills from 2013 movies the other day, including this first look at The Hobbit II: The Desolation of Smaug that shows Martin Freeman as Bilbo lounging about on Smaug’s gold hoard. That can’t end well. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (Peter Jackson) Because the other photos include Ryan […]

Home of the Brave – a six-page preview

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In case you’ve been wondering about the contents of the Kickstarter project we’ve been analyzing, Home of the Brave by Spencer Toyama and Jon Lewis. Here’s a six page preview of the 30 page preview available in full here. As you can see, this is not just another cookie cutter vampire werewolf story but a […]

Paul Pope’s Ghost Variant Saga #7 Cover and preview

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Paul Pope has done the above variant cover for SAGA #7, which will only be available via a select group of retailers who belong to a shadowy cabal that has never been sighted in public. Only the variant covers prove its existence. And also here’s a six-page preview of the issue, on sale today—the first […]

First Look: FF #1 by Fraction and Allred

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Here’s a look at a book that a lot of people will want to look at, the wacky new take on the FF by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred. The first issue ships 11/28 — and all issues will have special Marvel AR content. With the Fantastic Four embarking on an epic journey, an all-new […]

Lots of great books still coming up October & November 

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…or at least in the UK. Forbidden Planet has a preview of October & November comics and it includes a pretty amazing line-up of books. A Posy Simmonds collection of her Guardian strips from the 70s and 80s. A new Hilda book by Luke Pearson Diana Thurg’s AUGUST MOON The Julio’s Day collection by Gilbert […]

First Look: Claudia's Story by Anne Rice and Ashley Witter

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Among fall’s many anticipated releases, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE: CLAUDIA’S STORY is an interesting twist on the graphic novel anticipation. Although Anne Rice’s much-loved vampire classic has been adapted before, in both traditional comics and manga, this book has an interesting twist: it’s told from the viewpoint of Claudia, the tragic child vampire of the […]

Preview: Think Tank #2 by Hawkins and Ekedal

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Top Cow’s President Matt Hawkins has gone back to the keyboard as the co-creator and writer of THINK TANK, an ongoing B&W series about a government scientist who starts coming up with some tech that is too hot to handle. The artist is Rahsan Ekedal, who previously drew ECHOES and THE CRAZIES for Top Cow. The book is part of their more experimental Minotaur line, and so far it’s a pretty taut thriller. Issue #2 comes out next week. Here’s a preview of issue #1.

Preview: The Odyssey by Seymour Chwast

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Revered designer Seymour Chwast has been romping in the graphic novel field of late, with his own versions of The Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales. Now he’s doing The Odyssey…and here’s a sample, in the dread Issu format.

Preview: Pope Hats #3

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Ethan Rilly’s POPE HATS is a throwback to the golden era of indie comic books—a time undreamed of when LOVE AND ROCKETS and EIGHTBALL and HATE and YUMMY FUR came out every two months or so, and the comics periodical was an actual discrete unit of entertainment. It’s also a reference to the finely observed, beautifully drawn comics…and yeah, it only comes out once a year or so, but it’s worth waiting for.

Preview: Angie Wang for SP7 Alt. Comics Tribute to GARO Manga

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Amid a flurry of controversy over the Kickstarter for this Garo tribute, Angie was kind enough to pass over her contribution, titled “The Teacup Tree,” a whimsical tale of the coming of age and the tragic loss of imaginary friends.

Nice art: HAWKEYE #2 and the sweet archery of David Aja

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Stately Beat Manor approves of David Aja art. Click for larger images.

HAWKEYE #2, written by Matt Fraction with art and cover by Aja, goes on sale September 5.

SDCC 12: Cryptozoic demos DC game

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We got a chance to look at Cryptozoic’s latest project, the DC Comics Deck Building Game on Thursday morning. Cryptozoic has been a strong presence building geek culture games, adopting Penny Arcade, The Walking Dead, and The Big Bang Theory. Now their aim is to adopt DC’s comic universe into the next big game.

Preview: orgy of zombie death in Fatima: The Blood Spinners #1 (NSFW!)

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There’s an absurd number of great comics out today but here’s one that hasn’t had too much advance buzz—maybe because author Gilbert Hernandez is SO DARNED PROLIFIC. Anyway, FATIMA: THE BLOOD SPINNERS #1 is his take on zombies, with an eyeball-squeezing mix of a deadly femme zombie hunter and mindless violence. It’s a four-issue miniseries and it also features alternate covers by Peter Bagge.