Unassuming Barber Shop: Batman Country, Part Two

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In case you missed the first portion of this special two-parter, it was revealed that Batman has conquered America and has established his black Bat-capital in a cave in Branson, Missouri.

That is not entirely true, but I do hope something of the story of the Bald Knobbers (cringey name aside) rang true for Batman fans. The vigilante story is old and real in America.

Barcon, that starts with ‘B’ and that rhymes with ‘T’ and that stands for trouble

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We’re off to HeroesCon in Charlotte later today and one of the many pleasures of that show is its relaxing and expansive Barcon; as opposed to other conventions where people scatter to their various drinking holes, pretty much everyone at HeroesCon stays in the same bar, and it’s a great place to catch up with folks and maybe lay the foundation for future work.

OR IS IT???

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/8/14: Amazon Examined

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TweetJust a reminder: if you see something that is kibblish, or bittable, please drop me a line. You know what we like around here! § Is Amazon Really the Devil? Calvin Reid (with some help by Rachel Deahl) dig into the answer to that question at Publishers Weekly in the wake of the Online Giant’s™battle […]

Bernadin, Freeman and Richardson bring weekly GENIUS to Image

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Tweet Genius is a new 5-issue mini series coming from Image this August, via Top Cow’s Minotaur Press creator-owned imprint. Marc Bernadin and Adam Freeman are the writers and Afua Richardson is the artist. In a twist, all five issue of the book will ship weekly. GENIUS originally appeared in 2008 as part of Top […]

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: 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 […]

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.

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

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TweetThanks 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 […]

Black Friday Comics: Sales! Sales! Sales!!

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TweetToday is Black Friday, when America celebrates their foundations through the buying of heavily discounted goods. The Beat, being a comics blog, strongly endorses the existence of sales and things being affordable, and in the spirit of that: here’s a list of the various comic book sales being held today.

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

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Tweet § 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 […]

Comics have hit puberty…and it’s not pretty

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Tweet 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 […]

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

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Tweet 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 […]

Nearly 50% of the comic book market consists of variant covers

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Tweet Although this is the best time in recent comics history for sales and quality, the current sales success doesn’t come without an asterisk: the huge number of variants that almost every publisher is pumping out. Industry observer Johanna Draper Carlson does some math and concludes “Variant Covers Are Propping Up the Comic Market”. A […]

Retailer Brian Hibbs quits ComicPRO, but it wasn’t over DC Villains allocation

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Tweet In a comment on his post regarding DC’s allocation of their Villains month promotion, veteran retailer Brian Hibbs mentioned that he had quit the retailer organization, ComicsPRO. I’ve, uh, decided to stop my membership with ComicsPRO because of the reactions of the Board to recent DC moves. I may or may not go to […]