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1. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE on track for $80 million over the 4-day weekend

xmen-apocalypse-gallery-02The verdict is in from audiences and X-Men: Apocalypse has found itself garnering an estimated $65 million over its opening weekend, with its total racking up to $76-80 million for the 4-day holiday. Two years ago, X-Men: Days of Future Past opened in the same slot and grossed $110.5 million. While 80 is nothing to […]

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2. X-Men Apocalypse of Continuity: Who did what to who and when now?

I wasn’t expecting much from X-Men Apocalypse when I went to a screening the other night. Our own Kyle ha-ha-hated it, and so did most other reviewers. And, literal truth, I’ve been on a sleep starved schedule this week and in the comfy theater seat and womblike 3d darkness, for about the first hour of […]

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3. DC Entertainment nabs Dan Abnett for exclusive DC and Vertigo work

b056_-_aquaman_rebirth_aqmreb_cv1Writer Dan Abnett (Aquaman) has just been announced for an exclusive deal over at DC. The creator, best known for reimagining Guardians of the Galaxy with his writing partner Andy Lanning has already been announced as the writer of DC’s upcoming Aquaman series during Rebirth. Rebirth is the publisher’s brand new superhero line-wide initiative that […]

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4. Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously to premiere on Vimeo in June

Respect Films new documentary following Neil Gaiman’s life and work and Ocean at the End of the Lane tour is called Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously. The movie was made over the last few years with NEil’s cooperation. Director Patrick Meaney also made the Image Revolution, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts and Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods […]

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5. Interview: Belgian Cartoonist Brecht Evens Invokes Fear In a Handful of Colors with PANTHER

PANTHERinterior_25Over the past few years, cartoonist Brecht Evens has become one of the great Belgian imports thanks to books like The Wrong Place and The Making Of. Evens has a fascinating eye for color, a unique sense of design, and the ability to juggle a large cast of relatable characters. Those fascinating, thoughtful stories though […]

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6. Roundtable Review: DC Universe REBIRTH #1

REbirthDC“I look down at it and know without question: I love this world. But there’s something missing.” In the five years since DC Comics rebooted their universe through the Flashpoint event and New 52 line, the oldest major comics publisher in America has seen its fortunes fall. After being barraged with complaints about homogeneous artwork, constant […]

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7. When Jack Kirby drew Captain America saluting Adolf Hitler

201605261328.jpgHate and outrage have defeated love and optimism yet again. On Monday it was suggested that Marvel had a story trick up their sleeve that would steal the spotlight from DC's ramming-speed publicity blitz for its revamped universe and Rebirth #1. A shocking!!! plot twist in Captain America Steve Rogers #1 that revealed Steve was really a Hydra agent all along seemed unlikely to unseat a wholesale rewriting of ten years of DC history, along with a shocking Alan Moore related plot twist. But, today we have a genuine tweet storm and think piece blitz, all wrapped in a bow

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8. Exclusive Reveal: Check Out Pasqual Ferry’s CIVIL WAR II #1 Variant & Celebrate the First Fried Pie Con

CivWarIIBannerFried Pie Comics, a line dedicated to producing special variant covers for comic books, has been making a splash since it debuted in October 2015.  They’ve produced collectible versions of huge titles titles including Dark Knight III #1 and Rick and Morty #14.  Now, they’re hosting their first convention. Fried Pie Con will take place in Kennesaw, […]

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9. Podcorn Podcast– Reviewing DC Comics’ REBIRTH #1

RebirthHeroSpreadGeoff Johns wants to bring hope back to the DC Universe. Does he succeed?

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10. The Marvel Rundown: The Nature of Freedom and Justice is Challenged in CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 & NIGHTHAWK #1

569e646046152This week, two Marvel #1's shipped and they both have one thing in common: amazing cliffhangers that are the product of a long period of careful foreshadowing and preparation. I love it when good plans come together, and boy do they ever in Captain America #1 and Nighthawk #1.

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11. Oh hai! Marvel is rebooting too with the return of Marvel Now!

Here we go again! Marvel has a new direction and it's charging right at you this faall with an ambitious new slate called MARVEL NOW! Which they did already four years ago. And it was followed by All-New Marvel Now. And then All New All Different Marvel (ANAD). So, Marvel please check in with Stan and find some new words! Bravura. Gorilla. Defy. There are plenty! So when you google for a headline this is going to be hard. ON the other hand "Now" is eternal and Marvel is always changing, so maybe it's a meta suggestion for the eternal flux and evolution of life in the universe.

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12. Help Wanted: The Beat is looking for a few good reporters for New York Comic Con

Speaking of crowds and branding, we have a FEW openings for staff reporters for The Beat's coverage of the 2016 New York Comic Con on October 6-9. NYCC has cracked down on the number of press passes this year, so I know a lot of good people have been left out. We have been given a handful of slots to fill up, so here's your chance. What we need:

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13. RIP Mell Lazarus

Mell Lazarus, the cartoonist behind such comcis page staples as Miss Peach and Momma has passed away at age 89. Lazasua was a past president of the NCS as well as a Rueben Award winner and an NCS Medal of Honor recipient. The National Cartoonists Society page has more information: Mell was beloved by all […]

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14. Report: Shocking new Captain America is not “a clone, imposter, mind control” or someone else (SPOILERS)

cap_e048th_lgIt's a big week for comics news! While Rebirth has been grabbing a lot of headlines, Marvel has made its own noise with a SHOCKING TWIST FOR A BELOVED CHARACTER. Nothing will be the same ever again! This spoiler involves Captain America and the comic book CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #1, on sale today. And here it is!

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15. Inside Fan Verification: now you need a cell phone to buy New York Comic Con tickets

IMG_5922A few days ago ReedPOP announced a new "Fan Verification" system for buying tickets for NYCC. ReedPOP head Lance Fensterman told us the system was in order to combat scalping, but also to get more of a snapshot of who wants to attend New York Comic-Con. Getting "verified" is key because online sales is the only way to buy NYCC badges this year. In the past there were some on site and retail sales but no more.

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16. Solson Publisher Gary Brodsky passes away

by Robert V. Conte Gary Brodsky—reverend, self-proclaimed “Alpha Male Master” and publisher of 1980s independent comics company Solson Publications—died of a heart attack on May 9, 2016. He was 59-years-old. Brodsky was a pioneer during the black-and-white independent comics boom in the mid-1980s. In 1986, Reagan’s Raiders #1 outsold Marvel’s G.I. Joe at a 3-to-1 ratio […]

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17. Celebrate National Geek Day! (Yeah, I Made That Up.)

Don't Panic FinalHappy National Geek Day! Why today? What’s so special about May 25th? Well, a long time ago, in 1977, Star Wars opened in 32 theaters! That’s when science fiction went mainstream! Yeah, there were Trekkies, but they were lowkey… there wasn’t a movie yet, and they mostly congregated at the Holiday Inn on weekends, along with […]

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18. INTERVIEW: Farel Dalrymple on POP GUN WAR: GIFT, New York, & Brandon Graham’s ISLAND

PopGunWar_Gift-1The cartoonist sits down with us to discuss the legacy and future of his legendary series.

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19. BROTHERMAN and BOUNCE top 2016 Glyph Comics Awards Winners

The 2016 Glyph Comics Awards Winners were announced at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Creators show on Saturday and Brotherman, won Best Story and Best Character, while Bounce won Best Comic Strip, the Rising Star award and a Fan award. The awards are presented to “recognize the best in comics made either by, […]

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20. Dynamite ‘Bundles Up’ for exposure and bucks

If you’ve been reading the Beat regularly – and I know you have – you may have noticed that Dynamite is the King of Bundling – that is, the kind of pay-what-you-want services such as Humble Bundle that give consumer vast access to digital comics for a pretty low fee. Dynamite has two notable recent bundles, the  “Bundle […]

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21. BAM! Maybe Comixology will be the Netflix of comics with $5.99 Unlimited monthly service

For years we’ve been wondering when a streaming comics model would be introduced that really opened up comics to the popular Netflix model of reading. There have been many attempts, but Comixology just hit a slam dunk with Comixology Unlimited, a $5.99 a month streaming service that offers everything from The Walking Dead to Attack […]

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22. Preacher’s TV premiere boosts graphic novel sales

Speaking of Preacher, this headline hardly constitutes a shocking surprise, but checking Amazon’s graphic novel best sellers list , Preacher Volume #1 is now the #2 seller (and #124 book overall) just behind the Kindle edition of The Hedge Knight, a Song of Fire and Ice spinoff based on a George R. R. Martin novel. […]

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23. Are you ready for a 600 page oral history of Fantagraphics?

  That was rhetorical — of COURSE you are. At long last, after over a decade in the works, We Told You So: Comics As Art the oral history of Fantagraphics begun by Tom Spurgeon and finished by Michael Dean will be coming out this summer, just in time to celebrate the (gasp!) 40th anniversary of […]

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24. Review: Barbara Yelin’s ‘Irmina’ shows how history destroys us in little ways

Quiet and brooding, while still warm and with a great delicacy, Barbara Yelin’s Irmina takes the author’s own discovery of her grandmother’s World War II era diaries and letters, and applies the resulting biography to higher philosophical heights that really concern the way any of us encounter the world. Irmina is a young German girl […]

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25. Geoff Johns wants you to be monetarily satisfied with DC Universe: Rebirth #1

Johns_CashWhile readers tip-toe over spoilers from the DC Universe: Rebirth #1 special launching in T-minus eight(ish) hours in New York, author and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has offered to write checks to anyone who wasn’t satisfied with their reading experience. In an interview with ComicBook.com today, Johns urged readers who weren’t satisfied with […]

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