Interview: Sarah Burgess Falls Into ‘The Summer of Blake Sinclair’

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TweetAfter several years and countless surprising twists and turns in the lives of the main characters, Sarah Burgess’ long-running webcomic ‘The Summer of Blake Sinclair’ has come to an end. But now readers can start all over again, right from the start, as Burgess has brought the series to print via publishers ZetaBella. Described by […]

Demographics: Comics Readers Almost 45% Women Now and How Publishers Stack Up

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Tweet At the beginning of each month I take a survey of all of the self-identifying comic fans on Facebook, looking at the changes from month to month. Two months (and some change) ago Facebook updated the interface I achieve this by, giving me more options in how to choose and, I suspect, expanding the […]

Facebook Demographics: Different Publishers, Different Fans

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TweetFor all of these posts I’ve tried to instill the idea that there isn’t a simple comic fan. While it might mostly be men, comic fandom is a diverse crowd whose specific interests varies by gender, race, age and more. No two character fandoms are the same. No two publisher fandoms are the same. Marketing […]

Review: Task Force Rad Squad #1

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TweetIt’s always nice to review something which shakes things around a little, and I’m sure nobody would have expected Task Force Rad Squad to show up on The Beat. Written by Caleb Goellner and drawn by Buster Moody, with colours from Ryan Hill, you can try the first issue of TFRS by clicking through here […]

The Shortlist for The British Comic Awards 2013 Has Been Announced

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TweetThe shortlist for the 2013 British Comic Awards ceremony has been announced, a list compiled by a number of critics, retailers and readers – among them ‘our own’ Zainab Akhtar. Focusing on British comics, obviously, the shortlist collects together a number of self-published and small-press comics. The winners will be announced at Thought Bubble in […]

SDCC’13: Big Happenings in Small Press

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TweetBy Carolina Cooney Small Press is always one of my favorite areas to visit at San Diego Comic-Con. For the bargain hunter, there can be big payoffs, as the artists here are often amazing but relatively unknown and thus attractively priced. Small Press is definitely the place to go to find “the next big thing”. […]