ADV and Geneon enter distro pact

PR: Today ADV Films and Geneon Entertainment (USA) announced a new distribution agreement. From October 1st on, ADV Films will be Geneon Entertainment USA’s sole distributor. ADV Films will handle all sales and distribution duties for the combined catalogue as well as certain marketing functions. Geneon Entertainment (USA) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based advertising giant […]


Found this in our catchup and although it’s kind of old news, it’s still of some interest. Newsarama has a preview of Amy Hadley’s art for the upcoming MADAME XANADU book from Vertigo. It’s written by Matt Wagner. Hadley’s previous book was FOOL’S GOLD for Tokyopop. The move of American manga artists into the mainastream […]

Battle for Summer Fun

Two nerd things that go great together

For you folks surfing The Beat late tonight, check out tonight’s “Superhero” themed episode of MYTHBUSTERS, another favorite of the nerderotti out there. As we type this (9 PM ET), the first showing has just started. It repeats again overnight at 1 AM and again tomorrow night at 7 ET. Topics include: Building a Batman-like […]

To Do tonight 8/29: Comic Foundry release party

If it’s New York, there must be drinking, as Comic Foundry celebrates its first issue with A LAUNCH PARTY: The first time is always special. Thus, we’re having a party to celebrate Comic Foundry’s August 22nd debut. WHERE?The Irish Rogue356 W 44th St. WHEN?Wednesday, August 29th6 PM – whenever BONUS: We’ll be giving out a […]

“Comics are not literature” now online

Via Colleen Coover the “Comics are not literature” panel from San Diego that was practically the only provocative one, as far as we can tell, is up. We haven’t listened yet, but it’s very high on our catch up list. Image of Douglas Wolk, Dan Nadel, and Sara Ryan stolen from Coover. Who just got […]

McClouds return to base

While we were out of town, the McCloud clan returned from a year-long tour that saw them traveling this great nation of ours and visiting all 50 states: Yes, we actually did it! Even though we still have one more event — the wrap party at Golden Apple in LA listed below — we’ve now […]

Peter Bagge’s whereabouts

Peter Bagge writes to reveal a series of public appearances for the rootin’ tootin’ tooner: Big Doin’s for me starting next week! First up is: DRAGON CON in Atlanta, GA, Aug 31st- Sept. 3rd. It’s hosted by 3 hotels: The Atlanta Hilton, Hyatt Regency, Marriott Marquis all in the heart of downtown, and all right […]

Valiant Harbinger reprint runs into trouble

Here’s one of the subjects we really need to read up on: the legal tangle surrounding the return of Valiant comics. It seems the tangle has already caused one problem: Diamond will not be distributing the HARBINGER reprint due to legal concerns: In the latest development in what has seemingly become a quagmire of intellectual […]

SPX adds Smith, Deitch, Wagner

Joining already announced guests Gilbert Hernandez, Rutu Modan and Bill Griffith, this year’s SPX has added three more intelligent and exciting guests: Matt Wagner, Jeff Smith and Kim Deitch. This is one of the best balanced guest lists we’ve seen at a small press show, and we’re definitely looking forward to hitting Bethesda October 12-13. […]

HYPE: Nightmare Factory preview at IGN

But while we’re at it, IGN has an exclusive preview of THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY, a collection of horror stories by Thomas Ligotti adapted by some of comics finest. As the editor of this book, I’m as proud as a peacock of it, and once you certify that you are old enough to look, I think […]

Doggin’ it

We’re back at Stately Beat Manor, but everyone is taking it slow for the last week of summer, and so will we. In the mean time we’re catching up on our reading, taking the pulse of the people, and gearing up for exciting announcements, or at least droll japery.

Jack Kirby Day

It is the 90th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth. Mark Evanier remembers Jack Kirby would have been 90 years old today. I know I write too much about Jack but that’s because people are always asking me about him. And as more time passes on this planet without him, more people ask. I don’t know […]

Marvel Month-to-Month sales: July 2007

by Paul O’Brien The era of big events continues apace, as Marvel’s WORLD WAR HULK squares off against DC’s COUNTDOWN. And while WWH isn’t a sales juggernaut on quite the same scale as CIVIL WAR, it’s comfortably enough for Marvel to once again flatten DC in the North American direct market. The gap is narrower […]

A few links

§ Toronto Fan Expo link round-up at Sequential. § Round-up of cupcakes in comics courtesy Rachel Kramer Bussel: § Jon Spencer Geek explosion interview at Daily Cross Hatch. BTW, Spencer’s wife, if we recall, is Boss Hog’s Christina. What are you reading [comic-wise, naturally]? The Pushman & Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Silverfish by David […]

TO DO 8/29: POSTCARDS signing at Margate Elephant

Venerable Victorian postcard subject serves as setting for POSTCARDS signing: Ventnor, NJ writer Chris Stevens and Brooklyn, NY artist Gia-Bao Tran will be signing copies of Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened (Villard Books; On-Sale Now), at Lucy the Margate Elephant historical landmark on August 29, 2007. Stevens and Tran are the creators of “Blue,” […]