Review: Batman and Robin Annual #1


One accusation thrown at DC is that their comics are very stern, and there’s little room for silliness and fun jokes in their Universe. And it’s an accusation which does tend to hit the Batman books hardest, given that arguably one of the themes of the franchise is “stern hero punches joke-tellers”. Batman’s villains are […]

The Fables Cross Over into The Unwritten in May


Or rather, as seen in this gorgeous Peter Gross/Mark Buckingham-drawn teaser image, the cast of Fables literally drag Tommy Taylor into their world.   Vertigo have released this promo for May’s issue #50 of Mike Carey’s excellent series, kicking off an arc which will see the book head into the world of Bill WIllingham’s Fables, […]

On the scene: Amazing Arizona Comic Con kicks off 2013 on the right foot


The only cons I like better then ones that I can ride my bicycle to are cons that only take an hour and a half  drive.  Sometimes the commute is intimidating and it’s much easier to just stay home.  Amazing Arizona Comic Con gave me too many reasons to not miss this event.

Poll: How Many Issues Do You Give a New Title?

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There have been a lot of new #1 issues in the last couple of years.  DC rebooted.  Marvel is in the middle of a relaunch.  There  are new independent titles every month.  That means you’ve probably been trying new titles.  I’ve got a question for you: how many issues do you give a new title […]

Watch nerdlebrities spill it all on PBS Superheroes documentary


In case you missed last night’s PBS documentary on Superheroes, you can watch it above—or at this link if the embed isn’t working. The program includes Wizard World all-star festival of folks like Lou Ferrigno, Burt Ward, Adam West and Lynda Carter talking about playing superheroes. They are all veteran charmers, and when we have a spare 53 minutes, we plan on watching the whole thing. A supporting webpage has background and stills—such as the above one of Julie Newmar as Catwoman—and some extra videos.

TCAF announces guests, creator workshops, library day and more


Oh boy, so much TCAF news! If you didn’t want to go before, you will now. The show will beheld May 11-12 at the Toronto Reference Library.

DC previews Kenneth Rocafort’s Superman #17


I guess all the Superfolks are still involved in this “H’El on Earth” storyline, which finds Supers Man, Boy and Girl battling a evil alien named H’El. It all wraps up in Superman #17, which is out next month, and DC released some pencils by Kenneth Rocafort to get everyone in the mood for the finale:

News and notes: Jeff Bonivert, Jupiter’s Legacy, NFL RUSH, Max Steel at Viz, Face Off


News has been piling up like cordwood…this is where we stack it up in the woodshed.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 1/30/13: Heck Yeah, Doctor Strange


§ The 25 Comic Books You Need To Read Before You Die — this piece should be called “The 25 Vertigo Comics you Need to Read Before Your Library Card Expires” but not a terrible list for what it is.

Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang in production with Gore Verbinski attached

It seems that Hollywood studios are now so desperate for material that they are turning to smart, nuanced graphic novels with intelligence and insight for material. To wit: New Regency has optioned PYONGYANG, the first in French-Canadian cartoonist Guy Delisle’s acclaimed series of travelogues/social commentary. The book concerns his sojourn in North Korea while working on […]

Badge-o-ween update: SDCC pro passes are STILL available.


I’ve been informed that despite 2013 Comic-Con professional badge registration being shut down yesterday that was only a logistical consideration, and you can in fact apply for you pro badge right now. There is not an infinite supply, but there are many available. So get in there.

Review: Young Avengers #1

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People who know me are generally surprised when they find out I’m a huge fan of Phonogram, the ode to the power of music from Kieron Gillen and James McKelvie. Britpop does not seem to coexist easily with a love of Rob Zombie and Sparta, but only if you don’t realise that a love of […]

Rhino rampages in Marvel Select


Just in time to celebrate the Raimi-esque casting of Paul Giamatti as The Rhino in the next Spider-Man movie, Diamond Select Toys has released 9-inch Rhino action figure.

Titan Comics Share ‘Declassified Military Files’ regarding Chronos Commandos #1

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Titan Comics, surging up like a dinosaur from a swarm of sleeping butterflies (that’ll make sense in a second, promise), have sent out some promotional material regarding the July launch of Stuart Jennett’s Chronos Commandos. A four-issue miniseries, the story (completely created by Jennett) sees the aforementioned Commandos fight dinosaurs, as they struggle to save […]

Die hard Young Justice fans stand up to studio execs

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For those of you that don’t have cable or watch television, CBR broke the heart breaking news that Green Lantern and Young Justice was not renewed for another season to make room for Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! There are some die hard fanboys and girls are not going to let the Warner Bros. studio […]

Why you should fund BETTER THINGS: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones


Okay rarely at the Beat do we issue a direct order but we’re playing that card. We want you to STOP reading this post immediately and go to this link and pledge some money for Maria Paz Cabardo’s film BETTER THINGS: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones. DO IT. All finished! Great get a cookie!