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1. Discussion Points: Line-Wide Crossovers are Great for Sales, Awful for New Readers

On my lunch break today, I decided to catch up on a few books I had fallen behind on.  Among them was Silk.  I picked up the latest issue, branded with the “Last Days of…” banner given to all Marvel mainline Secret Wars tie-ins, and while I missed the cleanliness of regular artist Stacy Lee’s lines, I found […]

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2. SPX 2015 programming is here, with new curators

The SPX programming went live today, with a plethora of great programs and a bit of news: Bill Kartalopoulos, programming director for the last nine years, is stepping into an advisory capacity, mostly with international guests. This year's programming was handled by a committee led by Esther Kim of Fantom Comics that includes Michael Cavna and Jen Vaughn, with Kartalopoulos continuing in a consulting capacity with a focus on international guests. 

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3. Preview The 1st Episode of Guardians of The Galaxy on Disney XD This Saturday

Disney XD brings the Guardians of the Galaxy from the theaters to your kids TV in their own series. Our thoughts on the series premiere.

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4. NYCC’15: panel schedule is live with new venues and 281 sessions

The panel schedule for New York Comic Con is live! Of note this year, some panels will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom up the street on 34th Street. The entire program isn’t live yet but you can check out what’s been lsited here.   281 sessions! It starts at 11 AM on Thursday, October […]

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5. On the scene: New Yorker Cartoonists and mediaites gather at Ann Tenna book party

Not too many comics or graphic novel make Page Six, the NY Posts’s venerable gossip page, but the book party the other night for Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s new graphic novel Ann Tenna (Knopf) did just that! It was also written up on the WSJ society page – an actual event! The hubbub was about Marchetto’s […]

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6. And here’s the first Dark Knight III: The Master Race variant cover by Dave Johnson

The Dark Knight Trilogy wraps up on November 25th with the first issue of DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1, written byFrank Miller and Brian Azzarello and drawn by Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson. You can bet there will be several variant covers as well, and here's the first, a retailer variant by Dave Johnson, based on a sketch by Jim Lee—when you order it as a store, you get your logo put on it.

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7. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 9/3/15: Comics facing risks; Skybound expands

§ I know it’s all good, but Todd Allen looks at some of the shaky ground that the comics industry growth is based on: As we head into Q4 of 2015, the comics world is facing several challenges. The market is changing and publishers are attempting to reinvent themselves–or at least give the appearance of […]

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8. Review: Mix “Stand By Me” and “River’s Edge” With Super Heroes You Get Plutona

A super hero falls in the woods and the sound turns the lives of five kids upside down.

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9. Report: One Marvel exec blocked making Black Widow toys

This past spring there was a a lot of hullabaloo over the lack of Black Widow toys from the Hasbro Avengers: Age of Ultron toy line. This was confirmed by some anonymous insider accounts and observation. In the massive crush of A:AOU merch only a handful even featured the Black Widow, one of the film’s […]

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10. THE IMAGE EFFECT: Are Editors Outdated?

This is the first in a planned series of articles about the “Image Effect.” Over the past 20+ years Image Comics has grown from a vanity publisher for the top talents of the 90s into a trendsetter and home to a diverse range of popular titles and creators. How did they accomplish that? Image’s well-known […]

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11. Micky Moran Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Pull for 9/2/15

Team Comics Beat, the world’s most important comic book website ever to grace the internet, sought out adventure and fun after a hard work week.  However, we were graced with the appearance of Micky Moran. As soon as he entered the halls within the residence of the Stately Beat Manor we knew that he was none-other-than […]

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12. Humphries and Del Mundo Introduce 16-Year Old Becca to Weirdworld

Marvel has just announced more details on the post-Secret Wars ongoing series for Weirdworld taking place in the All-New, All-Different Universe launching immediately after the publishing event. The series is switching creative teams from writer Jason Aaron to Sam Humphries of Legendary Star-Lord fame — previous Weirdworld artist Mike Del Mundo is returning to the […]

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13. The Marvel Studios “Creative Committee” is reportedly dissolved

While the films under the Marvel Studios banner have proven to be enormously popular with moviegoers (even in what’s presumed to be an “off” year for the studio, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man are both currently in the Top 10 grossing films of 2015), there’s no doubt that there are certain creative difficulties behind the […]

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14. New Hulk has stylish new shorts and a headband–but who is it?

I guess there's a nasa Hulk on the way, as shown in this new Marvel teaser, and he's got some on-trend athletic shorts but also a doorag or headband of some sort...not sure if that's in style or not. He also sports some kind of glove that would give away his identity.

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15. Preview: Glenn Head’s Chicago

Cartoonist Glenn Head is a comics lifer, with a sensibility filtered through the undergrounds and decanted into the best of 90s alternatives. And how he's crafted a autobiographical comic called Chicago (Fantagraphics) that should be called "portrait of the artist as a young jerk" -- with Jerk meant in the most loving sense possible. It's quite a statement from a creator who hasn't gotten the attention he should in today's comics-loving wold. But Chicago, on sale today, will change that. And here's why.

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16. Hastings teams with Valiant for “Craft of Comics” course

There are only a few nationwide book chains left but those that remain really like comics. For example, Hastings, the nationwide chain that sells both new and used books, is teaming with Valiant to offer, “The Craft of Comics” – live-streaming comics making worksh0p with James Asmus (writing), Clayton Henry (pencilling), Ryan Winn (inking) and David […]

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17. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 9/2/15: Don’t bring your guns to town, Beedrill

Those two yahoos who came to the Pokémon World Championships totally strapped have been denied bail, even though their lawyer says they just had a car full of guns for fun times and never meant any harm. A story in the Boston Globe has many more details of the duo's threats against other Pokémon players:

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18. All-New By Its Cover Special (Season Finale)

This will be the final installment of By Its Cover for 2015. Don’t be alarmed, it’ll probably return in 2016. Having a day job at a major online Halloween costume retailer means the second half of my year is always busier than the first, which makes it a little harder to keep up. While each column might […]

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19. MATT CHATS: Skullkickers Word Artist Marshall Dillon on the Life of a Letterer

It’s widely acknowledged is that a great letterer is one that you don’t notice. Marshall Dillon is often an exception to that rule. He made a big splash with his work on Skullkickers, a series with explosive action and silly sound effects.  Dillon has deepened his footprint in the comics industry on titles like Prince Valiant, the Thrilling Adventure Hour […]

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20. Vanesa R. Del Rey and Aja join Robinson on Scarlet Witch

Marvel recently announced that writer James Robinson would be tackling an upcoming solo series starring the Scarlet Witch spinning out of her on-screen debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Initially…the comic did not have an interior artist,  however, news came yesterday from Newsarama that Hit: 1957 artist Vanessa R. Del Rey will be pencilling the first […]

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21. Weekly Shonen Jump and Kodansha join Comixology

Digital manga—more available than ever before. Both Weekly Shonen Jump and Kodansha have just joined Comixology and the Kindle store. The digital Weekly Shonen Jump makes such favorites as One Piece, Bleach, Blue Exorcist available on the same day as the Japanese release throughout North America, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. […]

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22. Preview: Alex Robinson is back with Our Expanding Universe

Cartoonist Alex Robinson is a charter member of the pioneering :”indie comic graphic novel club” with Box Office Poison, an award-winning ensemble slice of life that covers the kind of Brooklyn life that existed before gentrification followed the Kale Trail out east. Originally published in serial form by Antarctic Press, Top Shelf published the collected […]

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23. “Mind MGMT” Editor Brendan Wright Leaves Dark Horse Comics to go Freelance

Today, Dark Horse editor Brendan Wright announced his departure from the company via Twitter.  The Grindhouse and Mind MGMT editor got an early jump on his comics career at the company, taking on an editorial assistant position at the age of 24, and has remained there for the seven years since then. The news is surprising, given that […]

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24. Interview: Ben Hatke meditates on friendship in newest graphic novel, Little Robot

Renowned for his wonderful children’s series, Zita the Space Girl and last year’s Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, Ben Hatke is one of the leading talents in young person’s graphic literature. His latest effort, Little Robot, which releases in stores today, tells the tale of a young girl who discovers a robot in the woods. […]

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25. Garbage Pail Kids Painter Programs His Computer to Create Comics!

Last month, Wired posted an update about John Pound, the co-creator of the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, and how he uses somewhat archaic software to create random comics! Many comics cognoscenti know that Art Spiegelman created the Garbage Pails Kids concept, as well as that of Wacky Packages. What most don’t know is that […]

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