The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – DC’s 3D Cover Woes


Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss DC’s 3D novelty cover shortage and how it […]

Retailer Brian Hibbs quits ComicPRO, but it wasn’t over DC Villains allocation


In a comment on his post regarding DC’s allocation of their Villains month promotion, veteran retailer Brian Hibbs mentioned that he had quit the retailer organization, ComicsPRO. I’ve, uh, decided to stop my membership with ComicsPRO because of the reactions of the Board to recent DC moves. I may or may not go to this […]

Leaked Guardians of the Galaxy footage is online for a minute or two


Here. This is the footage that was shown at Comic-Con and at D23. It’s…. Whoa. That’s Peter Serafinowicz who voices the “what a bunch of A-holes” line, equalling in one blow his entire dialog quotient in Phantom Menace. Wow. I’m in love. Not since The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou have I seen a bunch […]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: June 2013 – In Defense of Bob Harras


DC is in a weird place right now.

You can practically watch the publisher’s retail and talent relations take a nose-dive on the Internet. Just last week, retailers Brian Hibbs and Leo McGovern called DC out on its handling of a line-wide publishing stunt in August; a “head of DC Comics” was quoted as admitting that his target audience are “45-year-olds”; popular artist Kevin Maguire announced on Twitter that he’d been “just fired” from an upcoming DC title, asked for work — and was hired, lickety-split, by a gleeful Marvel editor in chief a few hours later; and the brave souls who read the actual comics that somehow still get made, published and sold in this environment conclude that everything kinda reads the same at DC.

Artist Laura Braga joins Witchblade team with issue #170


Oh yeah while we’re announcing new comics teams, Laura Braga, the very talented Italian artist, is the new artist on WITCHBLADE as of issue #170. She joins writer Ron Marz and colorist/editor Betsy Gonia on the book, meaning the book will be 2/3s people not named Ron. You may be amazed to know WITCHBLADE—the story […]

Vanesa R. Del Rey: Comics publisher hires female artist; industry stands up and cheers…not


I got a PR email today from BOOM! Studios announcing a new title called HIT, which is out in September, from the team of Bryce Carlson, who writes Adventure Time, and a new artist named Vanesa R. Del Rey. The story is described as “a dark crime drama filled with murderers, rapists, and drug lords…and […]

D23 Expo was mostly dogs, not many ponies


Disney held their big D23 Comic-Con/Fanfest over the last few days and it drew some 18,000 people on Friday and 21,000 on Saturday, according to Variety. There were apparently many activities and hoopla but for news it was a bit dull. Okay Tom Hiddleston is Disney’s most favorite person as it was announced he wold […]