NYCC sells out Saturday

The website made it official: Flying in the face of a bad economy. this year’s New York Comic-Con is sold out for Saturday: Saturday and weekend passes are sold out. Sunday-only passes are available for $40. The cautious optimism that has gripped the comics industry remained in full force at the show. Although the worsening […]

DC Month to Month Sales: December 2008

by Marc-Oliver Frisch The question whether the economy has any effect on DC Comics’ periodical output is increasingly difficult to answer. On the one hand, many titles not right at the center of the publisher’s big superhero line are losing units by the truckload, and new series debut with abysmal numbers — case in point […]

Graphic novels sales up in ’08

ICv2 has a condensed version of the white paper presented at yesterday’s conference, and graphic novels sales were UP in ’08, from $375 million in 2007 to $395 million in 2008. Sales rose four percent in comics shops and six percent in bookstores. Elsewhere: After years of growth, manga sales actually contracted in 2008, dropping […]

Fantagraphics offers PDF previews!

Via Flog, gladsome news that FBI is offering PDF previews of several upcoming books Download links are available on the product listing pages for the books listed and linked below. Try before you buy with these nice juicy chunks: • Hank Ketcham’s Complete Dennis the Menace 1959-1960 – read all the strips from January 1959!• […]

Hibbs on Diamond

Retailer Brian Hibbs comments on Diamond’s recent decision to impose a higher benchmark for products they carry — following fears that great comics will be strangled in their cradle. His viewpoint is somewhere in the middle of those commenting, and pretty much backs up our own feelings: No, really, we don’t need your shitty zombie […]

NYCC: The Beat — Templesmith, McNeil and Moore join Storytelling panel

Just to remind everyone, we’ll take part in two panels at the show, both on Sunday: The Beat Presents The Art of Storytelling Sunday 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM 1A06 As comics have become a more influential part of pop culture, their stories and characters are known more widely than ever. Step inside the minds […]

NYCC: Secret Identities

GIvane all the talk over stereotyped casting and racial images going on here at The Beat of late, we wanted to draw attention to two panels at NYCC this weekend, both concerning SECRET IDENTITES, an upcoming anthology of comics described as: This groundbreaking anthology brings together top Asian American creators in the comics industry — […]

NYCC: Abrams offers Yoe and Lee autographs

If you’d like to get a book by one of comics’ founding fathers featuring naughty fetish art, AND get an autograph by Stan Lee AND meet Craig Yoe, then the Abrams booth is the place to be at NYCC: Each day at New York Comic Con, just 20 advance copies of Secret Identity: The Fetish […]

Mark Millar headlines Wizard World Chicago

Wizard World announced that “charismatic” Mark Millar will headline what’s now being called the Chicago Comic-Con: Veteran comic scribe Mark Millar is currently setting Hollywood on fire with properties like Wanted and Kick-Ass, and now the Scottish sensation will be meeting and greeting fans at Chicago Comic-Con. Known for his larger-than-life characters and action sequences […]

Cartoon Art Museum announced WATCHMEN benefit screening:

Needless to say, if we lived a few thousand miles west, we’d be here: The Cartoon Art Museum presents an advance screening of one of the most anticipated films of 2009, WATCHMEN, in a special benefit fundraiser sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures. This is your opportunity to avoid the opening night crowds and pledge your […]

KIbbles ‘n’ Bits, 2/6/09

§ Kiel Phegley has just launched a new interview blog, Four Color Forum, and given his track record, we suspect it will be worthy of a bookmark. § Al Nickerson investigates the classic mystery, “Who Really Created Spider-Man?” Many comic book fans have heard of the story of where, one day in 1962, Stan Lee […]

Crappiest con ever

The Beat has been felled by a pesky bronchial infection and missed all of yesterday’s ICv2 conference and party slate. Boo hiss. After a regime of juice and tea, we hope to be on the floor tomorrow, even if at reduced strength. We haven’t seen many online reports on the conference yet, aside from a […]