Surprisingly, more Bat hype

Even the Washington Post is getting into the act. The paper, which is sending reporters to Comic-Con to cover the LOST Panel, has a write-up today about the popular notion of duality between The Bat and The Joker. Posted by Mark Coale

HYPE: Platinum, Flagg!, BPA in PWCW

We often forget to talk about each PW Comics Week’s newsletter — you have all subscribed, right, because it’s free? — but this week’s issue turned out pretty good, especially considering we had to put most of it together by ourself. A guided tour: First up: Van Jensen looks at Platinum Studio’s public statements and […]

Whitney wins

Details, here. She’s also officially a “superstar” now. Saturday: 2:00-3:00 Comics: Across Every Medium— Paul Feig (creator of Freaks & Geeks), David Goyer (Batman Begins), Chip Kidd (The Learners), Whitney Matheson (USA Today’s Pop Candy blog), and Brad Meltzer (The Book of Lies) are five superstars who make headlines in television, film, the graphic arts, […]

Don’t drink at the Hyatt

§ Chris Butcher reports that the owner of the Manchester Grand Hyatt — a fellow name of Doug Manchester, believe it or not — has made political contributions that supporters of gay marriage will find odious: A $125,000 donation in support of an anti-gay marriage initiative by a San Diego hotelier has drawn the ire […]

Does Geoff Johns know more than he’s saying?

Calling all Kremlinologists! If I had a dime for everyone who wishes they had been a fly on the wall for the big WB/DC summit on how to fix the DC movie slate I would have a hell of a lot of dimes. While we don’t know exactly who was at the meeting from the […]

Frazetta sues Vanguard

Legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta has filed suit against David Spurlock and Vanguard Productions for $2 mil, claiming the publisher used Frazetta’s artwork and signature without permission. Frazetta released a press release with his side of things yesterday: World-renowned fantasy artist Frank Frazetta filed a complaint today with the Supreme Court of the State of […]

Land o’ Links

§ By request: Let’s flash back five years with the original Beat’s famous essay on San Diego’s Book of Invasions. Part One: Last Fan Standing. Part Two: San Diego’s Book of Invasions. (I wish the pictures were still there — they were pretty good!) § Rich Johnston captures a Twitter battle between Scott Kurtz and […]

Spidey Musical update

One of these days, the Spider-Man musical is going to open and it’s going to be pretty incredible. With theatre genius Julie Taymor on board and songs by Bono and the Edge, people will be talking. That day won’t be for MORE than a year yet, but there is movement, Vulture reports. It looks like […]

The next few days…

As you can see, we’re running our San Diego preview stuff…so send it in but make sure it has the words SAN DIEGO somewhere in it, since those are automatically tagged by Gmail. There is a lot of stuff and we’re already tired to the bone. BTW: All tickets for the con are now officially […]

SD08: Top Shelf — #1721

Top Shelf has announced the following signings at their booth: — Alex Robinson (Too Cool To Be Forgotten) — Andy Hartzell (Fox Bunny Funny) — Andy Runton (Owly) — Christian Slade (Korgi) — Corey Barba (Yam) — Eddie Campbell (From Hell, Alec) — James Kochalka (Johnny Boo, American Elf) — Jeff Lemire (Essex County Trilogy) […]

SD08: IDW — #1705

IDW has panels, announcements, cool free things and appearances by Joe Hill, Ashley Wood, Ben Templesmith, and Darwyn Cooke. All the info is in the jump.

SD08: Pantheon

Chip Kidd and Austin Grossman headline Pantheon’s activities at the show: Chip Kidd will be discussing Bat-Manga! (hardcover and paperback versions on sale this fall) at a panel called Bat-Manga! Chip Kidd and the Secret History of Batman in Japan. In the book—and the presentation—Chip will be investigating official Batman manga stories from 1966 Japan […]

SD08: NBM — #1528

Appearing at the NBM booth this year: • Richard Moore (Boneyard) • Rob Vollmar (Bluesman, The Castaways) • Bryan Talbot (Alice in Sunderland, The Art of Bryan Talbot) • Ted Rall (Silk Road to Ruin, The Year of Loving Dangerously, To Afghanistan and Back) • Chad Michael Ward (Black Rust, Devilengine, Autopsyrotica) • Cornnell Clarke […]

SD08: Papercutz — #2046

If you’re looking for Bionicle, this must be the place. Booth #2046 will be hopping during Comic-Con International: San Diego from July 23 through 27! Kids-comics publisher Papercutz ( will present new comics from its bestselling BIONICLE graphic-novel line; signings by The Hardy Boys writer Scott Lobdell and Nancy Drew artist Sho Murase; and fresh […]

SD08: Spectrum — #4503

Arnold and Cathy Fenner will be staffing the Spectrum booth as usual, with a blad of the Dave Stevens tribute book, BRUSH WITH PASSION, for people topick up and free buttons (attached). In conjunction with they are sponsoring a series of live painting demos with these artists: Thursday, 3:00 – 4:30 Jon Foster Friday, […]

SD08: Man of Action — #2007

Man of Action, the team behind Ben 10, and many fine comics, has stuff for sale at San Diego! Man of Action Studios, the creative development company formed in 2002 by comic book iconoclasts Joe Casey (Godland), Joe Kelly (Spider-Man), Duncan Rouleau (Metal Men), and Steven T. Seagle (American Virgin) will be in full force […]