Valiant Comics have been building up an exclusive roster of creators over the last few months. From writer Joshua Drysart to artists Doug Braithwaite and Trevor Hairsine, the company have a number of creatives on exclusive contract. But unlike any other company I can think of, they didn’t stop with announcing writers and artists – […]
Archives for August 2013
I got an email yesterday urging me to link to this piece from Unleash The Fanboy that reasons that Jarvis, Tony Stark’s robotic AI helper (voiced by Paul Bettany) will turn into Ultron in The Avengers: The Age of Ultron. The writer bases this on both canon—in the comics, Ultron lured Jarvis, who was an […]
If you’ve been wondering why Todd Allen hasn’t been posting too much at the Beat any more, it’s for a good reason. He’s been hired by Aerbook as Director of Product Management. Aerbook is a start-up that offers software for creating your own ebooks, including graphic novels. Actually, we’re not entirely sure what else they […]
We’ve been under the weather of late, hence, the paucity of posting, but feeling better now, thanks. § Everyone has seen this Japanese dinosaur prank, right? The best part is how the guy really did fall down and try to scramble away just like people so in suspense movies. § Chris Haley and Adam WarRock […]
Marvel’s been offering all-you-can-eat access to its digital comics for $69 a year, but they’ve just announced Marvel Unlimited Plus, which adds a new level of perks like special Marvel events at cons and exclusive toys. All for $99 a year. Which is pretty cheap, all things considered. · Instant Access To Over 13,000 Digital […]
GI Joe maestro (and all around comics renaissance man) Larry Hama posted these on FB the other day. I stole them so we could talk about them. These are my ten rules for drawing a comic book page, that sums up what I have learned in forty odd years in the biz. They are not […]
Jamie Coville was at it again and has provided us with audio and photos of this year’s ceremony, which was held at the Fan Expo in Toronto. Joe Shuster Awards 2013 (August 24) – 23 Photos Full 2013 Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony. (59:52, 54.8mb) Presented at the Ontario Art Museum – Jackson Hall, The awards […]
After delays, house arrest and an endless sucession of lawsuits, former Dragon Con co-founder Ed Kramer is finally going to trial After a hearing, discussing Kramer’s health issues, Judge Karen Beyers announced Kramer’s trial for child molestation for Dec. 2 and 9. Following accusations by two teenaged boys that he had acted improperly towards them, […]
Comics Alliance have confirmed from DC Comics that the long-awaited Black Canary/Zatanna OGN from writer Paul Dini is to be published in May of next year. Originally expected to be drawn by Amanda Conner, the graphic novel will now be drawn instead by Joe Quinones. Steve Morrishttp://stardarkcity.wordpress.com/
by Paul O’Brien
July is Spider-Man month, with the launch of SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN and the relaunch of AVENGING SPIDER-MAN as SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP. We’ve also got the launch of AVENGERS A.I. and the miniseries HUNGER, both spinning out of AGE OF ULTRON.
For once, DC had the largest dollar share of the North American direct market, leading Marvel by 32.5% to 32.3%. In units, Marvel edge it by 36% to 34%. Either way, a much closer month than usual, with DC placing some high-selling books at the very top of the chart.