Loot Crate Star Wars #1 confirmed with Gabriele Dell’Otto cover

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With sales of more than a million copies and the number of confirmed variant covers at 89, Marvel’s first Star Wars #1 in nearly 40 years is already one of the best selling comics of the decade. It was assumed that a Loot Crate edition was part of what propelled the sales to the million dollar […]

And now you can subscribe to Image Comics

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Remember people talking about how Image Comics will once again be the #1 comics publisher? Well, they just announced that you can now subscribe to your favorite Image Comics via Image Direct. Saga, Chew, Walking Dead, Sex Criminals and the Wicked + The Divine fans can now subscribe directly to their favorite comics. And the […]

St. Louis’s Star Clipper Comics to close

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This is really sad. In a letter to customers, Ben and A.J. Trujillo, the owners of Star Clipepr COMis in Stalous, have announced the store is closing, with a liquidation sale beginning on Saturday. Opened in 1988, and going through three ownership changes, Star Clipper was always in front of retailing trends, and the Trujillos had definitely built up a great relationship with their community—as evidenced by the outpouring of support on their FB page—carrying a wide selection of comics for adults and kids, with a strong emphasis on female customers. Recent signings include Neal Adams, Cullen Bunn, Chris Samnee, Michael DeForge, Kate Leth, Tim Lane, Jeff Weigel, so you can see how eclectic their domain was.

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Marvel: Heed the cry—we need a new swimsuit special

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As mentioned earlier, I’ve been on a deadline and haven’t had time to jump all over breaking industry news, but that worked out just fine in the case of the disappearing Marvel Swimsuit Issue update. It seems artists Kris Anka and Kevin Wada posted some images of what would be a NEW Marvel Swimsuit issue, updating the strangest comic of the 90s with a much needed new look at lycra and tencel. The initial pin-ups of some lissome lads were tasty, but the women had not even been drawn when the project had been KILLED. KILLED DEAD, taking with it the hopes and dreams of a thirsty nation.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/15/15: 87-year-old cartoonist crowdfunding 800 page graphic novel

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§ Jack Katz, 87, creator of the oddball self published space fantasy epic The First Kingdom, and Golden Age artist, is indiegogoing a new project, called, encouragingly, Beyond the Beyond. It will run to some 800 pages, but he’s good for it. The tale is streamlined from an riginal 1000+ outline, but his agent told him he might not have time to finish it. Not much is revealed of the story, and the art shown is tiny, but…it is certain to be wild.

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I’ve been slaving away on an outside project ever since the holidays wrapped, and I’ve had very limited time to write anything too substantial here. Luckily the new kids have been keeping things going reading comics, posting news and generally running wild in the place. So thank Brandon, Alex,
Kyle, Hannah and Dave! The project is wrapping up and I’ll be back in the saddle I hope. The new features like reviews and entertainment news won’t be going away but I hope to get back to the regular Beat recipe which has been altered a bit of late.

Diamond 2014 Stats: top manga, indies and small publishers

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Diamond released a bunch of year end charts yesterday including the top 1000 comics and GNs. I may load those up at some point but here are some charts that won’t make headlines. First a piece count: Title counts Publisher Comics GNs Magazines Total DC COMICS 1107 340 6 1453 MARVEL COMICS 953 387 3 1343 […]

Moore and O’Neill finish the Janni Dakkar trilogy with Nemo: River of Ghosts

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Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s Nemo trilogy wraps up in march with Nemo: River of Ghosts, recently acquired Top Shelf just announced. Like all of its Alan Moore publications, Knockabout will publish the book in the UK. The trilogy, which follows Captain Nemo’s daughter Janni, began in Heart of Ice, continued in The Roses of Berlin and wraps up here, with now aged Janni exploring the Amazon.

Archia previews Plunder from Lang and McKinley

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If nothing else, Archaia’s new horror series Plunder has the best named team in comics, Swifty Lang and Skuds McKinley. “Hey have you seen Skuds and Swifty?” is what everyone will be saying at Comic-Con 2015.

The book arrives in February, and offers us a tale reminiscent of both Captain Phillips and The Thing.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/14/15: There are too many comic books!

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New Teen Boat! Retailer charts! and two lesson sin real world history!

A stroll down memory lane: Dan DiDio’s personal history of The Crisis Era

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Say what you will about Dan DiDio: in his time as DC’s first executive editor then co-publisher, he’s remade a lot of what made the company tick, starting with Identity Crisis, the controversial but best selling mini series that kicked off what we at Stately beat Manor call The Crisis Era. (Infinite Crisis and the misleadingly named Final Crisis would follow). As DC’s spring move to the west coast closes the cover on more than 75 years of comics history, DiDio is revisiting his own 13 years at DC on his FB page, as so many do as the new year starts and the cold wind howls outside…so step inside with us for some cocoa and Dan DiDio’s fireside chat:

Emerald City Comicon joins ReedPOP family of conventions

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In an announcement on the Emerald City Comicon site, it’s been announced that the show is joining the ReedPOP family of conventions.

As announced, this is not s straight out acquisition, as the ECCC team will continue running the Seattle-based show, and also work on existing Reed shows, presumably including C2E2, New York Comic-Con, PAX and so on.

IDW signs with WME for representation

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IDW Entertainment, the production arm of the company, has signed with the WME talent agency for representation. WME will represent all film and television projects for IDW, which was formerly repped by Circle of Confusion. THR has a bit more on the deal:

D&Q To publisher Kate Beaton’s ‘Step Aside, Pops’ in September 2015

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The long awaited second collection of Kate Beaton’s madly popular Hark! A Vagrant comic is finally on its way, and it’s called Step Aside, Pops, a phrase we’ll all be saying a lot come September. Tom Devlin acquired the book for Drawn & Quarterly.

“Kate’s wit is sharper than ever in Step Aside, Pops,” said Devlin in a statement. “She’s found the perfect way to explore her love of history, while effortlessly deflating the pompous, self-righteous figures of authority we were taught to respect in school. Her restlessness has made her drawings even funnier.”

Preview: Rat God #1 by Richard Corben brings the backwoods horror

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This preview of the new Richard Corben book from Dark Horse came in my email yesterday to promote the FOC of the book—the last day that retailers can adjust orders. So I missed posting it when it would do any good (I was in meetings and on deadline yesterday). But perhaps consumers will be interested as well! Corben is a powerhouse of the first wave of self-publishing and “ground level” publishing in the 80s, and he’s still rocking out with the art.

Madeleine Flores’ Help Us! Great Warrior coming from Boom Box!

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Boom!’s creator-driven Boom ox line is expanding next month with Help Us! Great Warrior from Madeline Flores. It’s based on her webcomic and follows a Great Warrior who keeps her village safe., and the appeal to the crowd that likes Lumberjanes is obvious. Covers and variants: Help Us! Great Warrior #1 Main Cover by Madeleine Flores Help Us! […]