By Its Cover (07.09.14 – 07.16.14)

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Tweet A computer crash that I still haven’t been able to get fixed has resulted in my not being as thorough this time around as I would’ve liked. I hope you’ll let me know if there were any really good indie or GN covers I missed. DETECTIVE COMICS #33 This is a fantastic composition. Shape of […]

SDCC ’14: Defending the “Superfan” to the NY Times

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Tweet As just reported, the NY Times delivered a pretty strong diss to the economics of Comic-Con, and I’m sure con vets and observers will be responding very soon, as Marvel’s CB Cebulski already did: @Comixace They fail to mention that the line at Subway on Thurs was that long because of a Community promotion […]

SDCC ’14: Report, Comic-Con attendees are cheapskates again

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Veteran NY Times entertainment business writers Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes have perhaps put the final curse on a year in which SDCC got a little bit smaller, by reviving claims that con-goers are low rent consumers unworthy of high end sponsorships:

SDCC ’14: Ronan Farrow, Chuck Nice and Lea Delaria on sexual harassment at cons???

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Tweet MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow got comedians Chuck Nice and Lea Dearia on his show to talk about Geeks for CONsent and their campaign to get more signage and a clearer harassment policy at the SDCC. Their take on it was the usual talk show bold face talking points surrounded by awkward laughing. The Geeks for […]

SDCC ’14: Wayward Pines World Premiere and Sorta Q & A

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Tweet  By Victor Van Scoit When it comes to world premieres at San Diego Comic Con I usually abide by the adage of expect the worst and hope for the best.  Should the result lie somewhere above middle in that spectrum, then it usually means the pilot has enough interesting questions that warrants following up […]

SDcc ’14: WB comes to Hall H for a Bats v Supes stare down

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TweetHere’s the 140-word version: WB still has a ways to go to catch up with Marvel where the superhero movies are concerned. Longer: After making a sacrifice to the ancient con gods, I was able to get into this morning’s WB movie panel in Hall H without camping out since 6 pm the previous night, […]

SDCC ’14: Eisner Award Winners Announced

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TweetIf you were on the East Coast, you were probably already out for the evening when the Eisner Awards were announced last night.  Fear not, The Beat has the winners list.  Winner in bold, naturally.   Best Short Story “Untitled,” by Gilbert Hernandez, in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 (Fantagraphics) “Go Owls,” by Adrian […]

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.

SDCC ’14: Hall H shocker! No lines!

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TweetRT @GeekSideShowing: @SD_Comic_Con @HallHLine is none existent pic.twitter.com/z6PdRyEPUC #HallH #SDCC — SDCC Unofficial Blog (@SD_Comic_Con) July 25, 2014 Whaaaaaaaaaat? Was it just a slow day in Hall H? Or were we more right than we even knew about this being the year things didn’t get crazier? Did the new wristband system—and the ban on tents, […]

SDCC ’14: Comixology announces DRM-free backups for Image, Top Shelf, Dynamite, Monkeybran, Thrillbent

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TweetWith a line up of publishers yet unknown, Comixology has announced that from now on publishers will be able to choose a DRM-free option for their comics downloads. It’s both an acknowledgement of the reality of technology and a pretty forward facing move for a company that faces some skepticism since being acquired by Amazon. […]

SDCC ’14: The year things didn’t get bigger

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Tweet Although it’s still overwhelming and nuts, there is a genera sense among the exhibitors, cab drivers and con vets that the massive show biz whirlwind has, if not contracted, at least stayed the same this year at Comic-Con. From conversations with many insiders and observing some of the Preview Night behavior, it seemed that […]

SDCC 2014: Journal – Preview Night Blur

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Tweet  By Victor Van Scoit A few years back I decided I to start arriving to San Diego a day early. Then it became two days. This time it was three. No matter what it seems like San Diego Comic Con is unrelenting in its reach as it too seems to start earlier. It all […]

SDCC ’14: IDW to publish Orphan Black comics

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Tweet Ever since we got to San Diego it’s been :orphan Black, Orphan Black, Orphan Black” because it’s amazing. And now IDW is getting in on the amazing with a comic series. NO creative team announced, but here’s a cover by Nick Runge. Orphan Black, the acclaimed sci-fi series by Temple Street Productions, assumes a […]

SDCC ’14 on the ground: 7 things I’ve learned about food, parties and fatigue

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Tweet 1: Eating is important, but so is where you do it. So the hordes are here and people are going to need food. The Con’s official restaurant list went up a while ago and you can see all kinds of place to eat. However: if you’ve got a handful of actors, a couple of […]

Splendid days — LIonsgate teams with Finnish developer Next Games

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Tweet While news of this strategic partnership between Next Games and Lionsgate as part of the latter’s new gaming initiative sound great for all concerned money wise, all you need to know is that Next Games puts out Candy Crush Saga, Bubble Witch Saga 2, Farm Saga, Pet Rescue Saga and many other addictive little […]

Unassuming Barber Shop: Batman Country, Part One

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Today is Batman Day. It is also Comic-Con week, meaning that local newscasts all over the country will end their broadcasts with “It’s Comic-Con week!” and proceed to show B-roll of cosplayers and grown men dressed like Doctor Who.

But look closely at that footage. There in the back, you will see someone dressed like Batman or Batgirl. And you’ll say “Cool.” After the horrible real news on every given day, Sailor Moon costumes eventually look silly. But not Batman. He has power over all the others. Why? Why did five-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott dress up as “Batkid” last November in San Francisco? Because he wanted to hit something.