Today’s (Partial) Smallville Settlement and the Kardashians


Given the lively discussion of what folks don’t want to see on The Beat, I couldn’t resist noting that an attorney representing Smallville co-creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough in their dispute with Time Warner also represented the Kardashian sisters in the epic, never to be forgotten Kardashian Kard case. However, the Smallville dispute is also […]


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Okay let’s get down and dirty! As they used to say in AOL chat rooms, a/s check! Who are you???? We need to know.


Lauren Weinstein on the glumness of January 3rd


merrymulcher.gif Studies show January 17th is the most depressing day of the year, but Lauren Weinstein does a fun job of capturing January 3 with The Merry Mulcher .


Trailer for Ellis’s GUN MACHINE features Wheaton and Templesmith

In case you didn’t get the memo, Warren Ellis’s second novel is out tis week. It’s called Gun Machine, and it’s a dark story about a New York City detective who finds a room full of guns that proves a killer has been commiting high profile crimes for more than 20 years. It’s selling very […]


The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2013 Edition, Part Two


The yearly wrap up continues as folks from every area of the industry look back and forward and tell you what’s coming up in 2013. Who will live? Who will die? Who will publish a comic book? Read on! Part one can be read here. Chris Ryall, Editor in chief, IDW 2013 Projects: -The Hollows, […]


If you want to keep reading The Beat, please read this post


Over the last day or so, I posted two polls on what you do and do not want to see, content-wise, here at The Beat. Many many thanks to the hundreds of you who voted and commented. It generally confirmed what I know the regular, devoted readers of the site like to see, and we […]


Just how accurate is BookScan anyway?


Colleen Doran spills the beans gives some metrics on what everyone knows—Nielsen’s Bookscan Numbers are way low. Especially, it seems, where comics are concerned. She cites several books she has worked on, comparing her royalty statements and Bookscan numbers:


Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 1/3/13: Still living in ’12

People are doing it…EVERYWHERE> Let’s dive right in.


Peter David update and thoughts on starting off the year — UPDATED


I don’t intend to give daily update updates on Peter David’s condition following his stroke, but his wife Kathleen has a blog post yesterday called simply How do you tell a 10 year old that her father might never be the same? and its a powerful, affecting piece of writing. Those who know Kathleen know she’s a talented writer and creator herself and following her blog will undoubtedly be the best way to follow Peter’s progress and to send along continued best wishes. The good news is that Peter is showing signs of recovering, and things are not as bad as they might have been. But it’s still a long hard road for them.