Tales of the Batman: Gene Colan – The Difference Between an Art Book and a Graphic Novel


By Todd Allen Back in August, DC released the “TALES OF BATMAN: GENE COLAN VOL. 1” hardcover book. This book reprints Batman #340, 343-345, 348-351 and Detective Comics #510, 512, 517, 528 and 529. As we see a trend towards naming collections of a title by the creator(s),we come across a little glitch.  When collecting […]

To do: JACK DAVIS tonight and tomorrow


Damn. This is a once in a lifetime chance! Legendary — and we do mean LEGENDARY — artist Jack Davis is speaking at The Strand tonight and is headlining an opening of his art at the Scott Eder gallery tomorrow. Strand info here. Davis will be interviewed by Gary Groth but you must buy either his new art book or a $10 strand gift Card in order to attend.

Beat Holiday Giveaway #4: The Complete Manhunter by Marc Andreyko — SIGNED!


This one is a little different. Rather than a book coming from The Beat’s own archives of duplicates and books in need of a home, comics writer Marc Andreyko is offering ALL FIVE of the paperbacks collecting his run on MANHUNTER as a giveaway. Andreyko will sign them — and personalize them, if so desired. Included in the giveaway:

What's up with Andy Kubert on WATCHMEN 2?


There have been frequent sightings of the fabled “WATCHMEN sequel” over the years, but no photographic evidence, if you will. Now, Bleeding Cool claims to have a solid source that a series of four prequels are under way, and Andy Kubert is slated to draw at least one of them. Also believed to be involved: J. Michael Straczynski, JG Jones, and original WATCHMEN collaborators John Higgins and Dave Gibbons. Darwyn Cooke is said to be masterminding the whole thing.

Although unverified, Cooke and Kubert have been hinting at working on Top Secret projects for a while. WATCHMEN II supposedly got the nod after Paul Levitz left DC — he had personally blocked it for nearly 20 years, kind of like that dude guarding the one true Chalice in INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE. But like that dude, Levitz couldn’t hold on forever. With him gone, the story goes, Dan DiDio hopped all over it. But a lot of people at DC also thought the idea was blasphemy, and it kind of petered out — or at least leaks about it to Bleeding Cool did.

Stephanie Brown is back and Cameron Stewart is learning all about her


Artist Cameron Stewart has been posting a few pages from BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN STRIKES!, the Grant Morrison-written one shot wrapping up the long-delayed BATMAN INCORPORATED’s first season. Yesterday he posted a page which features Stephanie Brown — yes, that Stephanie Brown. Leading to the predictable outpouring of attention.

Which led him to tweet:

Here’s something I have learned from Tumblr today – PEOPLE LOVE STEPHANIE BROWN

2012 Eisner judges named


Once again there are six judges this year: Brigid Alverson, Calum Johnston, Jesse Karp, Larry Marder, Ben Saunders, and Mary Sturhann. Congrats to all these fine judges — you will get to read lots of comics!

JOHN CARTER trailer in full


Led Zeppelin: check
Avatar references: check
300 references: check
Vast CGI alien crowd scenes: check
Insane shots of Helium flyer fleet: Check.

IDW offers graphic novels on NOOK


DC isn’t the only publisher betting big on the new generation of tablets — IDW has made more than 30 of their GNs available for the NOOK, including Darwyn Cooke’s Parker adaptations, and works by Joe Hill, Max Brooks, Anne Rice, and Eric Shanower. Unlike DC’s exclusive with Amazon, this doesn’t seem to have pissed off any retail partners…yet.

Marvel updates app to 3.0 but you must redownload all your purchases


Marvel has updated its iOS app with a bunch of new features — however, the App store tells me that you will have to restore all your purchases after the upgrade. The new features sounds worth it, however. What could go wrong?

To entice you, Marvel is running a big sale on stuff like SCHISM, ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN, and other recent releases. That’s a nice way to get people up to speed with the current goings-on for future print or digital purchases.

Box Brown's THE GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT now available


An anthology of Box Brown’s much lauded EVERYTHING DIES mini-comic and webcomic is now available. Winner of two Ignatz Awards, EVERYTHING DIES deals with various historical and religious takes on the end of the world, second comings, death, and other eschatological matters.

This Lulu-produced collection includes selections from both versions of the strip. Brown’s THE SURVIVALIST is also available for pre-order and will be at BCGF this Saturday.