First Look: New York Comic Con 2012 Pre-Show and the breastfeeding-mobile


Beat Pal Paul Nomad has been roaming around the still-forming NYCC show floor, and took a lot of pictures. There’s a Saga car. Who wouldn’t want a car with a winged woman breastfeeding on the hood?

To Do Tomorrow: Chris Ware and Charles Burns Talk Shop With Chip Kidd


Not to keep adding to the pre-NYCC extravaganzas galore, tomorrow (WEDNESDAY), the Strand Bookstore is playing host to a talk that features CHARLES BURNS, CHRIS WARE, AND CHIP KIDD. It is definitely worth checking out if you want to get your NYCC brain-juices flowing; or perhaps if you weren’t able to get your hands on […]

Tom Sniegoski Returns To Comics (And Vampirella)


Tom Sniegoski has been away from comics for awhile.  He started out writing Vampirella and other books for Harris (the previous Vampirella publisher), moved on to co-write Angel at Dark Horse with his frequent writing partner, Christopher Golden, and then he slid over into the world of prose.  Of course, hitting the NY Times best […]

ADVANCE REVIEW: Uncanny Avengers #1


Mild spoilers below for the issue, which will be released tomorrow. Uncanny Avengers carries the weight of the Marvel Universe upon it. Not just the future for the Avengers side of the company, but now also the future for the X-Men side. Teaming X-Men Rogue and Havok with Wolverine, Thor, Captain America and Scarlet Witch, […]

Quote of the day: Terry Stewart via Sean Howe


Via the Comics Journal’s excerpt of the book everyone is talking about, Sean Howe’s MARVEL: THE UNTOLD STORY. On February 17, 1992, the day the article [about the departure of the Image founders from Marvel] ran, Marvel’s stock dropped more than eleven dollars a share. The Los Angeles Times, CNN, and USA Today all chimed […]

Perazza and Govar launch new Think Tank website


Artist Daniel Govar (Eclipse, Azure, False Positive) and former DC, Marvel and Comixology exec Ron Perazza have launched a new website called Think Tank that will look at digital comics created for the online and tablet environments. It includes some proof-of-concept stories, including one called RELAUNCH that’s up now. They’re also featuring Yanapax, the open-source, […]

NYCC: Events and Party Poop


It’s an already busy tornado of all things pop culture this week, as NYCC Week kicks off with a few events tonight. And it just picks up steam from there. Take your vitamins! And if we missed anything, please post in the comments. TUESDAY NYU’s GallaCon: 6:30-9:30 More info here: MARVEL: The Untold Story release […]

Andy Diggle To Dynamite, Writing Second Title In New Crime Line


Andy Diggle is now the second creator announced to be taking part in Dynamite’s upcoming line of crime comics.  Diggle isn’t exactly a stranger to crime comics.  His Ratcatcher original graphic novel for the now-defunct Vertigo Crime line was a very enjoyable tale of FBI agents trying to uncover an assassin preying on the witness protection […]

To Do Tonight NYC: GallaCon: A Pow! Wow! on Comic Book Culture


Here’s an event that snuck up on us: An comics symposium organized by New Uork University’s Gallatin School of Independent study called GallaCon: A Pow! Wow! . The event runs tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 and includes three panel discussions, one of which The Beat will be on. The event is free but you must […]

NYCC: Midtown Comics

Midtown Comics Booth Signings: FRIDAY 2:00-4:00 Brian K Vaughan (Saga, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways) and Fiona Staples (Saga, Mystery Society, Northlanders, Jonah Hex) SATURDAY 12:30-1:30 Matt Wagner (Sandman Mystery Theatre, Grendle, Mage, Madame Xanadu) 3:00-4:00 Mike Mignola (Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Baltimore, Amazing Screw-On Head) and Christopher Golden (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Baltimore, Joe […]