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26. Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez’s Work on the DC Style Guide is the Coolest Thing You’ll See Today

Ever wondered what the exact Pantone shade of Batman’s cowl is (circa 1980)?  How about Superman’s skin?  Or perhaps what parts, exactly, are visible in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet?  Well look no further, because legendary DC artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez has you covered.  He posted the 1982 DC Comics Style Guide on his Facebook page today. The Style […]

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27. Kangaroo Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Pull for 8/26/15

After restoring our collective brain patterns from last week’s insane Podcorn visitation, the men and women hand selected by the government to write the world’s premiere comic book news website, The Beat, sought a nap. A new member of the team known as Frank Oliver aligned himself amongst our ranks, and after some comic book […]

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28. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: July 2015 – Life, the Universe, and Everything

Greetings, sales charts fans! It's time once again to look at DC's sales figures. (Warning: This month's column contains a higher amount of ranting than usual...) July was not a good month, sales-wise, for DC Entertainment. Compared to June, the average sales per title dropped by over 8K, and they sold 300K fewer total units in the NA direct market, despite offering nine more titles. Sales were down across the board, in many cases significantly, except for one title: Batgirl. Why did things drop so significantly? Three main reasons:

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29. The Legend of Korra to Receive Complete Series Box Set, See the Cover Art!

  The Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon’s four season follow up to the beloved Avatar: the Last Airbender, is receiving a full series DVD box set.  It was recently announced that Avatar would also finally be collected as a 16 DVD complete series box set this fall, so this move comes as little surprise. No release date was assigned […]

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30. Industry Watch: How much are Hip Hop and other variants propping up Marvel’s sales? — UPDATED

We've already seen today that just jumping on a new, fresh direction isn't enough to make a sales success, but what about over at Marvel? As I've noted their whopping sales have been led by the astonishing success of their Star Wars comics, but variant covers are also strong in this one. Star Wars #1 had over 100 variants, for instance. The upcoming hip hop variant program wasn't just problematic from a creator standpoint, however, it's also set new levels of frustration for retailers who have to order high on other books just to be able to ORDER copies of the variants, as revealed on Reddit by retailer Calum Johnston and explained at the Outhouse. Apparently a frustrated retailers posted the above annotated order sheet for the variants, showing how high order would have to be.

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31. Secret Wars expands to a ninth issue

Although the book is already shipping late, these Secret Wars just can’t be contained, and the Marvel blockbuster of exposing universes is adding a 9th issue—because 8 was NOT enough. Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic and cover artist Alex Ross ride out the storm with the issue, which ships in December. “Apparently, Secret Wars is even […]

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32. Industry Watch: Editorial changes coming to DC?

(Above, Ryan Sook’s cover for Superman: Alien American #1) If you’ve been following our sales charts here at The Beat you know that June was the big relaunch month for DC following Convergence and the move west, with 20 new #1s and new storylines and new costumes for old favorites. And sales were pretty good […]

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33. Bergen Street Comics is closing

Here’s a story I never hoped to write: Bergen Street Comics, the lovely and much loved comics shop right up the street from Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center is closing, according to a blog post by co-owner Tom Adams. After six amazing years Amy and I regret to announce that we will be closing the shop next […]

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34. Dylan Horrocks announces first US tour in ten years

It’s a little late since the book came out earlier this year, but an appearance by Dylan Horrocks in the US is always welcome. In fact, it’s been more than 10 years since he came to the US and 15 since Hicksville was the toast of SPX. Fantagraphics has just announced a tour for Sam […]

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35. She Lives Again: Switch Press and Bond Double Down on Lois Lane

While the Lois Lane one-shot from Marguerite Bennett, Emanuela Lupacchino and DC in 2014 may have failed to inspire interest in DC from an ongoing series starring Lane, it hasn’t stopped Switch Press from publishing not one, but two novels featuring the character. The second, an upcoming novel story entitled Lois Lane: Double Down will launch […]

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36. MATT CHATS: Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman Building Their ‘Invisible Republic’

Though it’s called Invisible Republic, the Image series from Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko has quickly made its presence felt. In five issues the husband and wife duo (along colorist Jordan Boyd and designer Dylan Todd) have managed to introduce a rich futuristic setting and a compelling set of characters. To celebrate the release of the first volume […]

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37. ‘Vixen’ debuts on CW Seed and ‘The Flash’ adds Jesse Quick

Today, The CW’s streaming network CW Seed debuted the first animated extension of their televised “Arrowverse” in Vixen, starring Megalyn Echikunwoke and featuring guest talent from the network’s lineup of superhero series (including Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin). For those curious, you can now watch the full episode and get a look at the newest addition to […]

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38. Some things End, Some things Begin: Vaughan and Martin Return to Panel Syndicate

With The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente concluded after ten installments, fans are likely wondering what’s next for both Martin and Panel Syndicate, the publisher of the title. Panel Syndicate’s first original title was The Private Eye, released digitally in a pay what you want model. Today, the same creators […]

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39. Miura Brings New Series “GIGANTO MAXIA” to Dark Horse in 2016

You heard it folks - the creator of the sensational Berserk series, Kentaro Miura, is bringing his first new work in 20 years to Dark Horse (and the US) in 2016. No word on how long this story will be, but going by Miura's track record, you may want to reserve a shelf or 3 for this one.

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40. Super Week rolls out: The Walking Dead premiere at MSG and much more

The complete line-up for Super week, ReedPOP’s city wide celebration of her culture has been announced and the centerpiece is an impressive showing of the Season Premiere of The Walking dead at Madison Square Garden. This will not be the first time the Garden has hosted zombies, as the Knicks play there 41 times a […]

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41. Flame Con announces 2016 return: twice as long, new location

2016 Flame Con will be held for TWO days this time. And that's not all: they're moving to a bigger location too

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42. SPACE announces 2016 dates: April 9-10

SPACE (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) , Columbus’s longest running die comics show, has announced its 20156 dates: April 9 and 10, 2016, as well as a new free admission policy. The venue will be the Northland Performing Arts Center. This year’s SPACE had a problematic date the weekend after the San Diego Comic-Con, […]

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43. Crowd Watch: Mike Dawson’s Rules For Dating My Daughter

A new day a new Kickstarter but this one is notable: a collection of comics essays by Mike Dawson called Rules For Dating My Daughter. Although the book will contain new material, som of it originally ran on The Comics Journal, Slate Magazine, and The Nib. Here's one from The Nib which we admired before, "Longstreet Farm." Dawson's take on things is very funny but he spend a lot of time asking a lot of questions:

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44. Studio Ghibli’s ‘Only Yesterday’ to hit theaters in 2016

In the past year or so, I’ve become quite the fan of Studio Ghibli (of course, just in time for the whole thing to shutter around me), and while I recognize most fans find themselves drawn to the work of the master Hayao Miyazaki, I’m one of the people that, by and large, prefers the […]

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45. Dark Horse Brings the Art of Fallout

After you explore the Wasteland, explore the art behind the Wasteland with Dark Horse.

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46. Exclusive Preview: “Betty & Veronica’s Cheer Squad” Brings Classic Stories into a New Era

A whole generation, myself included, grew up in an era where Archie Comics were relegated to supermarket newsstands.  Recently, however, Archie has found new life in the direct market.  From the widespread attention that Death of Archie received, to rousing success of the Dark Circle imprint, and finally to the flagship title relaunch with Saga superstar Fiona Staples on […]

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47. Dissecting Puppies: The 2015 Hugo Awards, Voting Slates, and Graphic Novels

Before we get into it… Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, was awarded the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, besting: Saga Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)) Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery, […]

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48. Nice Art: Adrian Tomine’s New Yorker cover gallery a snapshot of gentrification

Adrian Tomine, whose collection Killing and Dying is what everyone is going to be talking about this fall, has the cover of this week's New Yorker and it's s typically note perfect image of gentrification in the face of raw sewage, otherwise known as Life In These Here Five Burroughs. The above link has a gallery of Tomine's other covers and they are all equally perfect, although I'm particularly partial to the one about moving to Jersey. Others love this updated "Shop round the Corner" image from 2008.

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49. Fear the Walking Dead sets cable rating record in premiere

What is the ONE thing that is most important for cast members of a show set in the zombie apocalypse? Read on to find out!

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50. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/25/15: Duke students object to reading Fun Home

§ Once again, Alison Bechdel’s award winning graphic novel Fun Home is at the center of a Carolina college controversy. The book has been assigned as freshman summer reading for Duke University’s Class of 2019, but some Christian students are objecting: “I feel as if I would have to compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs to […]

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