Image Offers Retailers Two New Incentive Programs

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Tweet by Brandon Schatz Just ahead of the next Image Expo and San Diego Comic Con, Image has announced two new retailer incentive programs that will have shop owners reaching for their calculators. First up is a line wide discount incentive that will see retailers who order 85% or more of the company’s periodicals each […]

Announcing The Beat’s new Crowdfunding campaign on Patreon!

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The Beat has joined the crowdfunding revolution! Now you can support the stuff we do here directly with your dollars via the Patreon platform. Lot’s of folks have suggested that we do some kind of crowdfunding campaign over the last year or so, but I’ve chosen Patreon because it’s method—recurring monthly payments—seem like a more usable model for an ongoing website than the one and done big bang of a Kickstarter.

Archie unveils its first Dark Circle line-up

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Archie’s revamped superhero line, Dark Circle Comics has just solidified its first wave lineup of three ongoings to launch early next year:

THE BLACK HOOD from writer Duane Swierczynski (Judge Dredd, X, Birds of Prey) and artist Michael Gaydos (ALIAS)
THE SHIELD from writers Adam Christopher (The Burning Dark) and Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds) and artist Wilfredo Torres (The Shadow: Year One), THE FOX from writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) and scripter Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come, founder of Thrillbent).

Rupert Murdoch wants to team up the Simpsons and Bat-Mite, and here’s why that’s bad

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Tweet I heard about the Rupert Murdoch putting in a bid for Tim Warner a little while ago and thought it was too astounding to be true, but it is. Why would Mr Burns like to own even more of the known media world? Isn’t ruining the Fantastic Four for comic enough for him? David […]

So Sam Wilson is the New Captain America

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Tweet Stephen Colbert sat down with Joe Quesada and joked through the confirmation that Sam Wilson, nee The Falcon will be the New Captain America, or as Colbert suggested, “Captain African-American.” This was necessitated because Cap was artificially aged so people could feed him Ensure due to Rick Remender’s disgusting geriatric fetish***. In a burst […]

The Retailer’s View // The Death of Archie and Selling Comics

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Tweetby Brandon Schatz On Monday, the pop culture bereft owner of my shop phoned had asked if I had ordered enough of the “death of Archie thing” that was happening. As with all comics, the news of this event had been announced well in advance. As always, calls came pouring in over the telephone lines. […]

Sherlock Holmes Meets Houdini in Dynamite Miniseries

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TweetDynamite’s been doing Sherlock Holmes stories on a fairly regular basis for some time now.  And really, given the recent court decision on Holmes being firmly in the public domain, there’s every reason to.  The next entry in the Dynamite extension of the Holmes library will find the master detective crossing paths with the magician […]

SDCC 2014 Shocker: Marvel Booth exclusives will include Rocket Raccoon

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Tweet I am really really really hoping there will be some kind of big Guardians of the Galaxy display at the Marvel booth this year, liek there was with Thor a few years ago. But if not, there still be plenty of Rocket, as this first look at the Marvel Booth #2329 exclusives indicate. Here’s […]

2014 Harvey nominations announced, led by Boom!, Valiant, Marvel and Image

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Tweet Oh Harveys. Every year some voting block or other seems to make itself known and this time it’s Valiant with some 16 nominations including Best Humor and so on. Boom lef the list with 24 though including many in the young readers categories. Nothing really screechingly horrific here, but not really the same year […]

Marvel’s Joe Quesada will announce ‘a new era for a classic character’ on The Colbert Report tonight

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Oh yeah and speaking of the mainstream…when Marvel announced a new book via a very perplexed cast on The View, it was unstadnabale bcuase both are owned by Disney. However, The Colbert Report is owned by Viacom, so tonight’s Joe Quesada appearance and book announcement is a little more “authentic” if you will. Also, props to Marvel for a creative way around the San Diego Show biz news logjam.

The secret of comics history that people on the internet don’t want you to know!

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I was asked not too long ago what was something I was proud of writing on The Beat, and it’s actually something I didn’t write. This post by political communications specialist Brett Schenker entitled Market Research Says 46.67% of Comic Fans are Female from February, was pretty groundbreaking. Why am I mentioning a six month old post? Well, people continue to quote it when they look for demographic information on comics readership, and it represents a solid benchmark in an area where there is shockingly little research. Schenker’s research via Facebook, which he’s graciously presented here, has been quoted in numerous articles and yesterday it was referenced in this Time.Com piece on the new female Thor. I tweeted it again and it got a whole new set of reactions on twitter from people who hadn’t seen it the first time.

Thor Was Tired of Living A Lie… The View Wasn’t

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Tweet By David Nieves Equal to a freeway pile up closure in California where honking and flying obscenities are like pennies overflowing from the change jar on my desk; when the internet gets a hold of something that shakes our outlook everyone rages. Today, Marvel let the ladies of The View announce a new female Thor in […]

Breaking: Titles for October

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TweetWith October solicitations just around the corner, sources have whispered these sweet secrets in The Beat’s ears. Get a jump on what’s to come with the following, and check back for more information later this month. Jim Zub will be writing a new Dungeon & Dragons series for IDW. The subtitle for the series is Legends of Baldur’s Gate. Also from IDW is […]

IDW takes a crack at getting Corto Maltese right in the US

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Tweet We’ve long been among the most vocal supporters of getting a proper US edition of Corto Maltese our. Hugo Pratt’s adventure masterpiece is one of the cornerstones of the Eurocomix tradition and one of the most beautiful and evocative comics of all times, period. Fans were excited in 2012 when Rizzoli put out a […]

Comics and Graphic Novel Market: $870 Million in 2013, up $65 mil

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As there will be no industry white paper at San Diego, where Milton Griepp traditionally releases his industry sales figures for the year, he and John Jackson Miller has teamed up for an estimate of the size of the comics market in 2013: $870 million. That’s up $135 million from 2012 — a very sizable increase. With sales this year generally flat it probably won’t be a big increase unless something really nutty happens, but that shows that it wasn’t just your imagination: 2013 was a pretty swell year for the comics.

Comics Media — introducing The Spire by Steve Morris

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TweetIf you are like The Beat, you’ve noticed that the informed writing styling of Steve Morris have been greatly lessened on this site of late. While that makes us sad, we’re happy to report that he’s graduated to his OWN site, The Spire, where he’s covering news, reviews, English kids comics, bunnies and all the […]