31 Days of Halloween: Mark Rahner on ARMY OF DARKNESS/REANIMATOR One Shot


[Wrapping up this week’s Dynamite sponsored series of peer-to-peer interviews, Jim Zub interviews writer Mark Rahner on the Army of Darkness Reanimator team-up one shot!] ZUB:  The horror genre seems cover a huge spectrum from psychological terror all through to exaggerated gory stuff. What are some of your favorite horror films and how do they […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Coffin Hill Interview Special


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 interview special, Kate Fitzsimons talks with writer Caitlin Kittredge about her book – Vertigo‘s new gothic horror comic Coffin Hill, co-created with artist Inaki Miranda. Meanwhile guest […]

31 Days of Halloween: Akira Toriyama’s COWA! and seven other new digital series from Viz


Viz had been plugging along with its digital comics available via Viz.Com and their app they just announced eight new series. Including one by DragonBall Z’s Toriyama about a cute half vampire were-koala. That guy is a frickin’ genius. Prices run from $6.99 to 13.99 Here’s the whole list. AISHITERUZE BABY, Vol. 1 Rated ‘T’ […]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: September 2013 – Big 3D 10th Anniversary Collector’s Item Spectacular


First things first: September 2013 is, by quite a margin, the most successful month ever for DC Comics since Diamond started providing data on actual comic-book sales to retailers in March 2003.

In September 2013, DC Comics sold an estimated 4.2 million new comic books to specialty retailers, for a total of $15.3 million in retail sales value. To date, the record was held by October 2011, with 3.8 million new comic books for a total retail sales value of $11.9 million, followed by September 2011, with 3.6 million new comic books for $10.9 million.

The Alan Moore/Marvelman Interview: Part III: “I Definitely Wanted My Name Taken Off It”


This is the third and final part of a three-part interview I did with Alan Moore in October 2010 about Marvelman, and indeed Miracleman, and his experiences with that character. The first two parts are here: PART I, PART II. As ever, anything in [square brackets] is added by me, just prior to publishing this […]

CAB Preview: Keep Fresh by Zejian Shen


  From the ongoing serial PARTY PLANS to her editorial handiwork in the anthology DIMENSIONS, the resounding and gripping nature of Zejian Shen’s work have marked her as a luminary young cartoonist to keep your eyes peeled on. At the core of her comics is the undeniably imaginative and surreal design of her characters; their […]

Best Relaunched Blog: Zainab Akhtar’s Comics & Cola


If, like The Beat, you have been mourning the absence of Zainab Akhtar’s byline around here, it’s because she’s relaunched her own blog, Comics&Cola, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Zainab has her eye on the graphic novel and indie publishing scene with some of the most exciting new stuff coming out. For instance, […]

Beware The Batman should have bewared Cartoon Network


I haven’t really been following all the animated DC cartoon news, but Beware the Batman, the dark (!) CGI cartoon telling Batman’s early days and team-up with Katana, has been pulled by the Cartoon Network, although tweets indicate it may return in January, when the heat will be on. It’s scarily reminiscent, in fact nearly […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits: 10/25/13 — Now I remember what it is like to be cold


It’s 43ºF at Stately Beat Manor, but they haven’t turned the heat on, because…they don’t do that. So forgive me if the shivering forces brevity. § I’m so behind on the news, but having had success with is ROOKIE Magazine collections, D&Q is going all in withThe WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, […]