I Used To Sell You Comics: Rosie Recommends Comics For New Readers – Part One

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In an age of such widespread comic book popularity and prevalence, it’s a great time to begin reading comics. Working in comics retail, I would often get asked for good suggestions to introduce new readers into the world of sequential storytelling. So in this series I’ll be recommending some of the books that myself, my colleagues, and our customers have loved. Each week I’ll focus on ten books — five All Ages and five Teen+ — from Big Two comics to smaller independent titles, classic runs to contemporary cult hits.

Review: Seitchik’s ‘Exits’ offers invisibility as the beginning of transformation

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In Exits, Daryl Seitchik takes a fairly obvious, well-worn bit of symbolism and manages to make the readers’ familiarity with it into one of the work’s strengths. After a traumatic day Claire turns invisible, finding herself slipped into a phantom world, with her corporeal existence fading away, and what’s left of her consciousness, though unseen, […]

Kickstarter Spotlight: Thomas Edison & Amelia Earheart take on Fritz Lang in THE TRUST BOOK ONE: THE SILENT SCREAM

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Launching a new comic book IP is as arduous a task as it ever was, but today’s creators have more tools at their disposal to turn their passion projects into a tangible product. With the democratization of crowd-funding platforms, many creative people are circumventing traditional publishing methods and going straight to the grassroots level and communicating […]

Revealed! Inside the hottest market for graphic novels!

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  Cruisin my school's @Scholastic book fair. Not only a graphic novel section, but gns sprinkled throughout. pic.twitter.com/icbqa3gPkz — Tracy Edmunds (@TracyEdmunds) September 27, 2016 There’s been a lot of talk about Scholastic Book Fairs as a key market for kids graphic novels, but as The Beat does not have access to a child, this […]

PREVIEW / INTERVIEW: Sara Kenney talks about the moral code of medicine in Image Comics SURGEON X

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There’s the comics you read to escape reality, the ones you use to teach, and some you read for their historical significance. Once every few years, a comic comes out that does all three. Surgeon X from Image Comics is more than just the debut of writer Sara Kenney or the book which brought back […]