A stroll down memory lane: Dan DiDio’s personal history of The Crisis Era

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Say what you will about Dan DiDio: in his time as DC’s first executive editor then co-publisher, he’s remade a lot of what made the company tick, starting with Identity Crisis, the controversial but best selling mini series that kicked off what we at Stately beat Manor call The Crisis Era. (Infinite Crisis and the misleadingly named Final Crisis would follow). As DC’s spring move to the west coast closes the cover on more than 75 years of comics history, DiDio is revisiting his own 13 years at DC on his FB page, as so many do as the new year starts and the cold wind howls outside…so step inside with us for some cocoa and Dan DiDio’s fireside chat:

Emerald City Comicon joins ReedPOP family of conventions

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In an announcement on the Emerald City Comicon site, it’s been announced that the show is joining the ReedPOP family of conventions.

As announced, this is not s straight out acquisition, as the ECCC team will continue running the Seattle-based show, and also work on existing Reed shows, presumably including C2E2, New York Comic-Con, PAX and so on.

IDW signs with WME for representation

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IDW Entertainment, the production arm of the company, has signed with the WME talent agency for representation. WME will represent all film and television projects for IDW, which was formerly repped by Circle of Confusion. THR has a bit more on the deal:

D&Q To publisher Kate Beaton’s ‘Step Aside, Pops’ in September 2015

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The long awaited second collection of Kate Beaton’s madly popular Hark! A Vagrant comic is finally on its way, and it’s called Step Aside, Pops, a phrase we’ll all be saying a lot come September. Tom Devlin acquired the book for Drawn & Quarterly.

“Kate’s wit is sharper than ever in Step Aside, Pops,” said Devlin in a statement. “She’s found the perfect way to explore her love of history, while effortlessly deflating the pompous, self-righteous figures of authority we were taught to respect in school. Her restlessness has made her drawings even funnier.”

Guardians of the Galaxy gets Best Adapted Screenplay nod from WGA

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Well, this is a shock. The script by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman for Guardians of the Galaxy has been nominated for the very prestigious Writer’s Guid of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Superhero movies very rarely get award nominations outside of tech categories. so this is quite a kudo for a movie that […]

UPDATED: IDW acquires Top Shelf, from Alan Moore to Zander Cannon

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Well, bam, 2015 is off to a rousing start, with news breaking this morning that San Diego’s IDW has acquired Atlanta/PDX’s Top Shelf, with Top Shelf’s Chris Staros to remain as Editor in Chief, while partner Brett Warnock retires from comics to run a food and nature blog. Top Shelf will remain as a separate line at IDW, while Leigh Walton, Chris Ross and Zac Boone will all stay on at the new imprint.

Take the Micro Press Survey!

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Robyn Chapman’s excellent The Tiny Report blog is the Publishers Weekly for micro presses and each year she does a publishing survey with information on sales and distrbution. The new one is ready to be taken

WWE asks Papercutz to remove CM Punk from WWE Superstars reprints

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When you leave the WWE, you also leave WWE licensed comics, as CM Punk will be removed from future printings of Papercutz WWE Superstars comics.

Dark Horse hires Steve Sunu for PR

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CBR mainstay Steve Sunu is making the jump to company publicist, as he’s going to Dark Horse to join their PR department, which was left a man down when Jeremy Atkins left.

Congrats Steve and talk to you very soon!

The Beat’s Annual Comics Industry Survey, Part Two: from Kieron Gillen to Steve Morris

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Yet more previews and prognostication from a wide swatch of comics industry personnel, with picks from Kieron Gillen and Janelle Asselin to Bryan Talbot and Steve Morris. Lots of news of new projects are thrown in also for those with a keen eye!

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/4/15: Everybody’s got a snappy new look

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New year, new looks for some familiar websites, and some observations about Comic Con that I never revealed until now!

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: 2014 in Comics

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Brought to you by Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald! In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew discuss the big stories of 2014 month by month, including gains and growing pains in the […]

Updated Facebook demographics show male/female comics likers approaching parity

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Brett Schenker, whose research into Facebook comics demographics created a benchmkar fo what turned out to be The Year of the Women, has taken a look at age and sex breakdowns for comics from 2013-2015. In January, Schenker reported a record 32 million Facebook fans for comics, a 4 million rise like due to “the massive jump in Marvel’s page due to their consolidating various pages into one.”

Webcomic Alert: End 2014 with a little “Optimisim” by Anders Nilsen

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Anders Nilsen sees the year out at Medium with a beautiful full color comic called On Optimisim: Why 2015 Won’t Suck. It’s a very direct and straightforward work from the often oblique (and marvelously so) Nilsen, but it has a few good words that we should all tam into account for 2015. Even though 2014 […]

The Beat’s Annual Comics Industry Survey, Part One: The Return of Siegel & Shuster and “Casey”

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Yep, it’s our annual survey of the comics landscape, from the mainstream to the indies and everything in between. Each year we send out surveys to as wide a swath of comics pros around the world as we can muster…among the answers you’ll find lots of news of 2015 projects, predictions of the year ahead…and right off the bat some startling news from Jeff Trexler about a possible legal bombshell in 2015…and the return of Casey from James Sturm’s epochal comic strip “The Sponsor.” Hold on to your hats and let’s get going.

Play-Doh’s frosting shooting penis and other dubious toys

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So Play Doh made a thing called the Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset that allowed you to mold inedible Play-Doh into the shape of luscious cakes. It all seemed like innocent fun.