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1. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/28/15: Free comics by Lemire, Mignola, Snyder and Jock

§ I don’t often run Kickstarter checks, but I see Mike Dawson’s Rules for Dating my Daughter kickstarter is nearly fully funded after only a few days! Granted it was a pretty modest goal, but I’m glad to see a book of indie non fiction comics get this much support. Also, Mike, I told ya: […]

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2. The Guardians Family Welcomes an Infinite Amount of Heroes

Marvel is mixing up the publishing line with the surprise addition of another book in the Guardians of The Galaxy family: Guardians of Infinity. ComicBook.com broke the news. Previous Guardians author Dan Abnett is returning to the franchise with an art team including Marvel star Carlo Barberi on art. The roster includes new and old Guardians favorites: Drax, Rocket Raccoon, […]

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3. Marvel has entered into talks with Mads Mikkelsen to join Doctor Strange

I seem to recall a few years back that Marvel Studios was really hot on getting Mads Mikkelsen on-board with one of their productions, to the point where he was cast as Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the then-debuting Hannibal. Given what Christopher Eccleston […]

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4. Coming Attractions: Marvel Announces Graphic Novels for Early 2016!

Civil War Box Set! (Shipping three months after Christmas. Yeah, it ties in with the movie, but why not offer it for Christmas? Has Marvel solved their movie backlist problem? Do the reprints/tie-ins sell? Is there a Batman Effect for Marvel’s MCU?) Color Deadpool! Color Civil War! Deadpool Omnibus! (which starts in the middle?) Marvel […]

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5. First Second announces Science Comics line

“Applied comics” — using the words and pictures combination for education and non fiction — is a growing field, especially as comics become more accepted in educational uses. And First Sceond is going all in with a new line of Science Comics that launches with three books: Dinosaurs (MK Reed and Joe Flood; Spring 2016) Coral Reefs […]

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6. Check Out Who’ll Be Fighting Whom in “Captain America: Civil War”

Some big news came out of Marvel Studios today as they unveiled some concept art from next year’s Captain America: Civil War.  The art confirms the members of each side in the film’s hero on hero war and gives us some new information about the movie’s major players. Of note is Agent 13 Sharon Carter, who made her […]

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7. Black Mask goes on Comixology and Kindle

  Add Blask Mask to the list of publishers who will be available on both ComiXology  and Amazon’s Kindle Store. Starting today you can read titles such as We Can Never Go Home, Godkiller, Space Riders, Ballistic, The Disciples and upcoming titles  Young Terrorists and Sinatoro by Grant Morrison and Vanesa del Rey.  Black Mask launched a […]

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8. Khary Randolph labels this year’s NYCC and Super Week exclusive Brooklyn Defender IPA

New York Comic Con has made a tradition of its annual exclusive beer and here's this year's 2015 Brooklyn Defender IPA, with a label of the beer's eponymous superhero by Khary Randolph.

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9. 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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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. 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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20. 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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21. 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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22. 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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23. 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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24. 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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25. ‘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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