All-New, All-Different Avengers Assemble with Kubert, Ross and Waid

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When Marvel takes news to big outlets like The Wall Street Journal, they usually have something sizable to announce, a new artist for the main Avengers title after Secret Wars, shipping schedule, an Alex Ross cover debut, and roster confirmation are little details that add up to news. The Free Comic Book Day Avengers issue […]

Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Long Lost ‘Captain America: White’ to Begin in September

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In the long forgotten year of 2008, Captain America: White #0 washed up against the shores of time.  Traditionally, zero issues herald the arrival of #1s (or in the case of the New 52, insert themselves into the time stream a year after the reboot).  White, however, never got a #1.  Until now. Today, Marvel announced […]

BookCon 2015: The Con Expert Gets Conned and Learns a Lesson in Management

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Last Saturday, I headed to the NYC Javits Center to spend a day at BookCon 2015, part of a five day publishing industry extravaganza.  While I consider myself a convention veteran, having attended New York Comic Con for the past four years, New York Anime Festival when that was a thing, and various other smaller […]

UPDATED: DC to Begin Placing Ads on Story Pages

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UPDATE 2:  According to sources inside DC, the half-page ads will only appear in books releasing this June.  This makes the advertising experiment concurrent with the Divergence relaunch of DC’s comic line. UPDATE: An earlier version of the article indicated that Chris was upset with the job DC did integrating the art with the advertising. […]

Connor Willumsen on Marvel’s ban on implying “a blast in the can”

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One of today’s most iconoclastic cartooning voices is Connor Willumsen, a traveling ninja who periodically busts out experimental and beautiful comics. He’s also known for turning his back on mainstream work, including a run on Punisher Max that he left early on. Prompted by Ronald Wimberley’s powerful “Lighten Up” about being asked by a Big […]

Visit for Poison Ivy, Stay for Black Hand: DC shakes up the New Suicide Squad Roster

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DC’s New Suicide Squad team is about to get shaken up yet again. In the aftermath of Convergence, DC is rebranding the team with an all-new set of villains. No, the comic will not renumbered, but will see a roster change. The news was announced in the Channel 52 backmatter page on this week’s releases […]

Advanced Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Deals With Serious Matters

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There’s an air of impossibility surrounding this book. It begins with a song and vibrant neon crime fighting. It deflates the hyper-serious and allows for a sense of whimsy. When I started working behind the desk at a comic shop, something like this would have barely snuck through Marvel editorial as a one-shot – a reaction to an audience that had an appetite for Serious Comics about Things That Matter and very little else. Today things are clearly different.

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: 2014 in Comics

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Brought to you by Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald! In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew discuss the big stories of 2014 month by month, including gains and growing pains in the […]

The Free Comic Book Day Silver Titles are Pretty Awesome

By: Alexander Jones After revealing the first wave of Free Comic Book Day titles, it was only a matter of time before the rest of them started to pop up. This next batch is very exciting, and full of fun offerings from all your favorite publishers with the big guns like Marvel and DC, along […]