Announcing The Beat’s new Crowdfunding campaign on Patreon!


The Beat has joined the crowdfunding revolution! Now you can support the stuff we do here directly with your dollars via the Patreon platform. Lot’s of folks have suggested that we do some kind of crowdfunding campaign over the last year or so, but I’ve chosen Patreon because it’s method—recurring monthly payments—seem like a more usable model for an ongoing website than the one and done big bang of a Kickstarter.

Is Diamond Selling Digital Comics For DC?


Is Diamond going to be selling DC’s digital comics?  It certainly looks that way.  As you may recall, Diamond entered into a new digital partnership with Trajectory in May.  Here’s a bit from the Publisher’s Weekly piece on it: Jim Bryant, CEO of Trajectory, said the new deal reflects “a significant amount of demand around […]

Archie unveils its first Dark Circle line-up


Archie’s revamped superhero line, Dark Circle Comics has just solidified its first wave lineup of three ongoings to launch early next year:

THE BLACK HOOD from writer Duane Swierczynski (Judge Dredd, X, Birds of Prey) and artist Michael Gaydos (ALIAS)
THE SHIELD from writers Adam Christopher (The Burning Dark) and Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds) and artist Wilfredo Torres (The Shadow: Year One), THE FOX from writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) and scripter Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come, founder of Thrillbent).

Quentin Tarantino Talking Django/Zorro at SDCC


You probably already heard, but Quentin Tarantino is co-plotting a Django (Unchained)/Zorro cross-over with Matt Wagner.  If you’ve seen his movies, you’ll find plenty of comics references in him, so it should be no surprise to you Tarantino is into the medium.  He’ll be on Dynamite’s panel at the San Diego Comicon on (Sunday) July […]

So Sam Wilson is the New Captain America


Stephen Colbert sat down with Joe Quesada and joked through the confirmation that Sam Wilson, nee The Falcon will be the New Captain America, or as Colbert suggested, “Captain African-American.” This was necessitated because Cap was artificially aged so people could feed him Ensure due to Rick Remender’s disgusting geriatric fetish***. In a burst of […]