Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: May 2009

by Paul O’Brien It’s an uneventful month, in every sense of the word. By ICV2’s estimates, sales were down a massive 19% compared with the previous year. But then, that’s hardly surprising. May 2008 saw the release of FINAL CRISIS #1, SECRET INVASION #2, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1, GIANT-SIZE ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 and two issues […]

San Diego news and notes

§ Today is hotel deposit cut-off day, so there should be some rooms available. § The AVATAR panel will include James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, and Zoe Saldana. Later on, Cameron joins Peter Jackson for a panel. § The Prisoner panel takes place Friday at 11:30 and includes Jim Caviezel, Jamie Campbell-Bower, and Lennie James, as well […]

IDW to publish Archie collections

Continuing their growing line of deluxe reprints of classic comics, IDW and Archie Comics are teaming to put Riverdale’s daffy teens into IDW’s Library of American Comics. PR below: IDW Publishing is proud to announce a partnership with Archie Comics to reprint some of the property’s most iconic stories in deluxe hardcover and trade paperback […]

Tyrese creates MAYHEM at The Beat!

Remember near the end of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND when the ET research team tentatively plays the five note theme that has been haunting the UFO-chasers…and waits, and waits and then the mother ship ANSWERS BACK? Well that’s kind of what happened at The Beat yesterday! When we wrote about the marketing clout […]

Garrity's SKIN HORSE collection out from Couscous

The Couscous Comics collective is putting out their first trade paperback, a collection of SKIN HORSE by writer/artist Shaenon K. Garrity and co-writer, Jeffrey C. Wells. The 144-page book collects the first year of the strip — which follows an “overworked, underfunded secret agency dedicated to assisting America’s nonhuman citizens. The receptionist is a clockwork […]


Consider this a plug! Evan Dorkin delivers his pitch for BEASTS OF BURDEN, a four-issue miniseries written by him and painted by Jill Thompson: I do know what the deal on the comic is: It’s $2.99 for 23 pages of story and art (the first issue is 23 pages, the others are 22), wonderfully painted […]

Let's look around the internet, shall we?

§ The Wood/Frazetta head-to-head that we wrote about a while back gets further examination from Uncle Eddie’s Theory Corner and the UK Forbidden Planet International Blog Log. § The US comic shop Forbidden Planet has a new blog, written by David Press, that’s pretty fun. § The site Comic Book Conventions has relaunched as, […]

Inkwell Award winners announced

The winners of the Inkwell Awards, honoring the best in inking, have been announced. According to the PR: This year saw the voting process refined, streamlined and no longer career retrospective in theme (except for the Hall of Fame). New categories were added and redundant ones removed. Instead of an open ballot, ala 2008, this […]

RSS mysteries?

A few people have written in to say that The Beat’s RSS feed isn’t working. It looks fine in NetNewsWire, but if you are having problems, shoot us a line with the RSS reader you’re using and any other pertinent info. We think we fixed the problem, but…you can never be so certain. ALSO, please […]