Hill hired, Gonia promoted at Top Cow

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Top Cow has just announced a few personnel changes, with writer Bryan Hill coming on board as Story Editor, and Betsy Gonia promoted from Managing Editor to Editor. Hill co-wrote Postal with publisher Matt Hawkins and had been helping Hawkins on a a number of projects. This is a new position, “created specifically to use Bryan’s talents to best facilitate making Top Cow stories better,” says Hawkins.

Casey’s progress: or, must everything relate to gender?

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Back in November there was a stirring in the interwebs when James Sturm posted a one page comic called “The Sponsor” that dealt with issues of jealousy and competition amongst cartoonists. There was quite a hubbub of response, with many different interpretations held out. Ken Parille offered fourteen versions all by himself. While I saw […]

Marc Silvestri and Michelle Phan team with LINE Webtoon

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And another new business venture for SDCC Week: LINE Webtoon is a digital comics service, powered by NAVER, Korea’s biggest search engine. They have a pretty huge library of Korean content, and have been in tyhe us for about a year—but now they are adding original English language materials, starting with a digital relaunch of CYBERFORCE by Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins, and a new comic written by YouTube fashion and beauty maven Michelle Phan. The Enchantress is a 26-chapter story “delving into a near-future world of oppression, where elemental magic and ancient alchemy in the hands of one hero may save humanity. ” Random quotes from PR:

Dynamite to open a Manhattan office

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Dynamite is joining Valiant, Marvel and Secret Acres as comics companies with a New York City presence as they’ve announced a branch office opening in the ultra trendy Flatiron District. Try the Tiger Shrimp Salad at Num Pang guys, it’s da bomb. Also opening here soon, a newly rennovated Rizzoli Books outpost. Dynamite’s head quarters […]

June Sales: Secret Wars, Wytches top another good month

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Marvel’s Secret Wars crushed it for periodical, while Images graphic novels crushed it in June sales just released by Diamond. Secret Wars #3 was the top over all comic, and Marvel had 7 or the top 10 slots and held a commanding 15% lead over DC in both units and dollars. DC You seems to have yet to find its footing.
The other stat that jumped out at us: GN’s were wayyyyyy up for the month — like 31.35% up. Image was the reason and normally you see this kind of leap when a new Walking Dead comics out, but this time it was Wytches by Scott Snyder and Jock, along with a strong debut for Fraction and Ward’s ODY-c—and perhaps more interestingly, a month of Marvel titles, including perennial Civil War and a new Thanos GN by Jim Starlin. Could Marvel actually be shoring up their backlist?

Exclusive Preview: Cosmopolitan life with Josephine by Pénélope Bagieu

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We just told you about the huge deal between French comics publisher Delcourt and Comixology to being a line of French comics to English via digital. Now here’s one example of why it’s big, an exclusive preview of the English language version of Pénélope Bagieu’s Josephine.

Bagieu is hugely popular in France for her down to earth comics about contemporary life. Her Exquisite Corpse was just published earlier this year by First Second; Josephine is her long running comic about a young woman with the usual complicated and annoying life—at least one of the strips below describes just about every day of my life, but I’ll let you guess which.

Delcourt bringing comics to US via Comixology

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First big announcement of the week: Delcourt, the biggest independent comics publisher in France, will release a line of their book in English for the first time via Comixology. The initial line of books includes books by Charlie Adlard (The Curse of the Wendigo) Pénélope Bagieu (Josephine), Alfred (Some Prima) and much more. A total […]

Happy Fourth of July!

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Image by Ward Sutton Happy fourth to all! I’m taking it easy on the pre San Diego news to run errands, upgrade my laptop and do all those real world things I’ve been putting off, but the maelstrom of pre Comic-Con news starts again tomorrow! In the meantime have a safe and happy holiday from […]

James Robinson releases statement on Airboy #2 to GLAAD

As anticipated, writer James Robinson has made a statement to GLAAD  about the controversy over the issue of Airboy #2, which we reported on earlier today. And as also expected, he knows that he fucked up. It will certainly be interesting to see how this affects reprint volumes of AIRBOY. When Batgirl has a similar controversy, the trade […]

Airboy #2 criticized by GLAAD for transphobic storyline

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When creators James Robinson and Greg Hinkle showed me a copy of the first issue of Airboy back at NYCC last year, my jaw dropped. A fourth-wall breaking 8 1/2 storyline about two creators bringing back a Golden Age hero while engaging in all sorts of drug taking, alcohol abusing and balls-out (and shown) sexual […]

TOLJA! Tokyopop is back with publishing plans

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As I noted a few weeks back, Tokyopop, the company that came in changed comics and then crashed and burned, suspending publication for the most part back in 2011, is coming back as announced on a panel at Anime Expo with plans to begin publishing again in 2016″ announced by founder Stu Levy.

LIVE from Image Expo! New books fromO Rucka, Scott, Wimberly, countless others

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Our reporters are on the scene are updating! #imageexpo closing out the first half A photo posted by The Beat (@comicsbeat) on Jul 2, 2015 at 12:00pm PDT Bryan Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung announced Snotgirl, a dark comedy. #ImageExpo pic.twitter.com/vHCsQtpk88 — Alexander Jones (@AlexandComics) July 2, 2015 Vaughan is writing a Walking Dead story […]

PREVIEW: Corto Maltese: Beyond the Windy Isles

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What better way to celebrate the Beat’s 11th anniversary than with a preview of one of our all time favorite comics, Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, now being reprinted in lovely English language editions from IDW and Dean Mullaney’s Euro comix imprint. This volume goes on sales today and follow’s Corto’s ravishingly romantic and lushly […]

SDCC ’15: Bengal and Tony Sandoval signing at Magnetic Press

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Woot, now this is cool. The amazing artists Bengal and Tony Sandoval will be appearing at the Magnetic Press Booth (#5534) and many cool books will be on display. In case you’ve missed it, Magnetic has turned out some of the best looking books over the last year—Love The Tiger to name just one—and this booth is well worth checking out. Deets:
 

SDCC ’15: Abrams Books signings and schedule

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As usual Abrams Books will have some dandy books and signings at booth #1216, with authors including Cece Bell, Nathan Hale and Tom Angleberger. PLus many signed books and prints by the likes of Jules Feiffer. And if you’re luycky, you might even get a galley of Trahsed, Derf Backderf’s hilarious and disgusting account of a garbageman’s life. Other galleys and samplers will also be available from the likes of John Leguizamo and Tom Kinney.

Catching up with Dynamite: Voltron, Aliens/Vampirella, more Swords of Sorrow, Jose Gonzalez, Alice Cooper and MORE

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We’ve fallen a little behind on our Dynamite news so here’s a big catch-up post with all the news — and rest assured more is to come. • Corrina Bechko (the excellent Invisible Republic from Image and Star Wars: Legacy) will write the Aliens / Vampirella horror crossover. Javier García-Miranda does interiors while Gabriel Hardman, […]