NYCC 07 announces first guest: Stan the MAN

With this year’s Conmageddon behind us, it’s time to look forward to next year’s Nerdpocalypse, the second New York Comic-Con in February ’07. And it’s never too soon for guests, as Stan Lee is the first announced guest. New York Comic Con will host an appearance by legendary comic book writer and creator Stan Lee […]

First look: Darwyn Cooke’s Spirit

Darwyn Cooke has been working on his new SPIRIT stories for a while, and in an interview with Will Eisner: A Spirited Life’s Bob Andelman he talks about the book and there are some pencilled page previews. Nice. It is interesting, because I think everybody who is consumed by storytelling within this medium has had […]

Marvel Q2 report: not as bad as expected

Marvel’s been predicting a slow ’06 for some time, so it comes as no surprise that Q2 was down substantially from last year: Comic book publisher Marvel Entertainment Inc. said Monday its second-quarter profit slumped 37 percent, weighed down by lower licensing sales, but beat Wall Street’s estimate. The company also boosted its full-year earnings […]

Comics Multi Media frenzy!

Leah Moore and John Reppon interviewed by Paul Holden at On The Drawing Board. Joe Kubert profile: “Jew Gangster” is one of these. There’s also “Yossel, April 19, 1943,” in which he imagines what his fate would have been if he — still an aspiring cartoonist — had not left Poland as an infant. And […]

Adultwebcomics launches with Fink

And speaking of webcomics, the new has launched today with Jess Fink’s Dirty Limericks, which is too dirty for us to repost here, and yet still good clean fun. Editor Joe Botts sent along some PR: is a new portal designed to serve as a solid, attractive, and stable home for erotica and […]

Chemistry Set launches today

The Chemistry Set , a new online collective of webcomics launched today with all new episodes of five comics. Following the big launch, they will update as follows: Mondays: STUCK by Vito Delsante and Thomas Williams Tuesdays: VULTURE GULCH by Jim Dougan and Eric Kim Wednesdays: 1 WAY TICKET by Chris Arrant and Daniel Warner […]

Rosemont wrap-up

Ragnell and Kalinara were there. We’re hoping they’re not in the above photo. Praying, really. So was Johanna who has three posts. Along the way she has an unsourced report on Wizard making a high claim for the attendance at the show. 200,000 is the number given for the magazine circ, which may be where […]

Worst Fan Ever?

Colleen Doran reports on a Very Bad Fan who stalked Billy Boyd at the LotR con: All of the women having dinner at her table were apalled by the Fan From Hell’s behavior. “She gives fans a bad name!â€? No kidding. I have been on the convention circuit for years, and I have never seen […]

Morrison was right: Manatee takes Manhattan!

[As a public service, we here at the The Beat are pledged to keep readers up to date on real-life events that prove that writer Grant Morrison is in possession of secret knowledge which he is slowly revealing to the world at large by spotlighting weird things that we imagine would be really cool if […]

OPOLIS: While you were in Rosemont…

We were in Queens at the Flux Factory for the closing night of “Opolis“. Curated by cartooner Jason Little, with Jean Barberis, and Morgan Meis, it’s his third exploration of comics taken to utter extremes of form and narrative, following Cartünnel and Comicx Ex Machina. OPOLIS presents Comix-Fluxture-as-city. A street plan of Opolis, an imaginary […]