2012 was a wacky year here at Stately Beat Manor and we look back at the good and the bad.
Archives for December 2012
A leetle news to ride out the new year. The second printing of the much-discussed storyline hits on January 30th with this cover by Humberto Ramos. Heidi MacDonald Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can […]
Writer Peter David’s wife Kathleen has more on the stroke he underwent while vacationing at Disney World: What happened was that we were in Disney Hollywood Studios having just had lunch at the Prime Time Café. We were walking to the front gate because we were off to Animal Kingdom to see a friend of […]
Vermont Cartoonist laureate James Kochalka is ending his long-running American Elf strip today after 14 years—the strip began in October 1998. During this time, every day (with one exception), without fail, Kochalka would write, draw and post a four panel cartoon about his daily life. It was a remarkable run, and as he tells local […]
The Comics Reporter’s year-end interview series is full of notable quotables, as usual, and spans quite an array of newsmakers and creators. I was happy to see Uncivilized Books’ publisher Tom Kaczynski interviewed because the company had such a strong roll out this year—Gabrielle Bell’s The Voyeurs, True Swamp, James Romberger—but did it in a […]
Every week, the New York Times runs bestseller listings, which include “Graphic Books”. There’s a listing for Hardcover, Paperback, and Manga titles. The Times dates the charts a week ahead of publication, while tabulating titles a week behind. That means that the chart from January 1, 2012 “reflects sales for the week ending December 17, […]
Over the past year creators’ copyright crusader Marc Toberoff took some serious hits in the various Superman and Kirby lawsuits. Yet there was also a deceptively routine procedural matter that could have already assured him a victory in the Siegel estate’s Superman appeal.
When the New York Times first started their “graphic books” bestseller lists, they included one for manga. Why manga? Why not one for superheroes, or comic strips, or any other segment of graphic novels? Torsten Adair I’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010. I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, […]
DAN SLOTT! Way back in 1993, circa January, Dan Slott was a journeyman comics writer, toiling away writing stories about Marlin T. Höek and Stimpson J. Cat. While the meddlesome meddling of the corporate overlords of Nickelodeon eventually convinced Mr. Slott to explore creative opportunities elsewhere (writing a character with long green hair, for example), he […]
Realworld superhero Peter David has published a blog entry on his website today, explaining that whilst on holiday with his family in Florida, he suffered a stroke. We were on vacation in Florida when I lost control of the right side of my body. I cannot see properly and I cannot move my right arm […]