Amazon’s best selling graphic novel for today is…Fart Wars

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As you may know, I keep a little feed of Amazon’s best selling graphic novels in my desktop, just to see what’s charting. It’s usually the same seven or eight books—Klling Joke, Watchmen, The Dark Knight, Saga, Fun Home, Persepolis and so on. But this week, along with a strong week for anything by Scott Snyder about Batman, there is a new #1 book, and it comes with a whiff of the new: Fart Wars by J.B. O’Neil. O’Neil who has self published this and several other volumes in The Disgusting Adventures of Milo Snotrocket series, has found a formula so profound it’s truly astonishing no one came up with it before: mix one part Star Wars parody, one part Wimpy Kid simple drawing, and 20 parts fart humor and you have something that is smelling, er, selling briskly in the Kindle format.

You Need To Watch: Caldecott-Newbery-Wilder Awards Speeches

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I’ve attended the annual conference of the American Library Association every year since 2010, when the conference was in Washington, DC. For whatever reason (probably because it required an expensive banquet ticket), I never attended the Caldecott-Newbery-Wilder Medals banquet, even when the winner was a graphic novel.

Z2 Comics launches Modern Prometheus production company

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Z2 Comics is on a roll, having announced a new line of graphics novels, a line of periodical comics and now a productions company, Modern Prometheus, which got inked in THR.

(Preview) Boruto: Naruto the Movie Manga are you a True Fan?

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With the incredibly popular manga and anime Naruto coming to an end, (true) fans are being treated to a brand new one-shot featuring Boruto, the son of the titular character in the last series in manga form. With Naruto fulfilling his dreams and becoming the seventh Hokage (the strongest ninja in the Hidden Leaf village,) the […]

Harvey Pekar Park: the complete banners

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Specifically Derf Backderf’s Facebook photos which show the event held on Saturday and the transformation of a dilapidated Cleveland park into a new, vibrant space, all honoring one of Cleveland’s not memorable citizens. The park has a plaque (above) but also six banners drawn by Joseph Remnant and designed by Pekar’s widow, Joyce Brabner, that tell […]

EXCLUSIVE Preview: DC’s Gotham by Midnight Annual #1

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This Wednesday, July 29th, DC’s Gotham by Midnight Annual #1 will hit store shelves.  This title, written by Ray Fawkes with art by Christian Duce Fernandez, promises to take readers on “a tale of love and vengeance in this centuries-old mystery” featuring the Gentleman Ghost.   The Comics Beat has an exclusive preview.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 7/26/16: In 1944, comics were quite diverse

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Area men are getting things done, I check another one off the bucket list, a comics contest, who was in costume at Comic-Con and what comics looked like in 1944.

Harvey Pekar Park dedicated today with fest, installation in Cleveland

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Cleveland is getting a park dedicated to its comics laureate, Harvey Pekar, whose long running American Splendor comic captured the quotidian lives of Clevelanders. The celebration will run all afternoon with music and a screening of the film American Splendor (for my money the best comic book movie of all.) The afternoon will see a […]

Nice Art: Archie #2 Preview: A Burger for Little Jughead

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The first issue of Archie rang triumphant in the comic book space with the creative team of Fiona Staples and Mark Waid delivering something akin to an earnest take on a beloved American icon. Archie Andrews is everything but traditional himself nowadays that he’s clean cut and and an earnest comic book lead. There’s no grit on […]

SDCC ’15: We talk cape snaps, controversy and cons with the Batgirl of Burnside team

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At SDCC ’15 I talked with the Burnside Batgirl crew about their creative origins, how the look that launched a thousand cosplays came to be, how to handle creative criticism, and their earliest con experiences.

More details on Doctor Who Comics Day: new website and variant covers

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The latest details on Doctor Who Comics Day including variant covers and in-store events.

In Defense of the Little Guy: Three Big Reasons Why You Should Go See Ant-Man

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Last weekend, the Paul Rudd led Ant-Man flick took home $58 million, shy of parent company Disney’s estimates of $60-65 million.  This was enough to give it the number one slot that weekend,, but it also gives the insect-inspired hero film the dubious honor of having the second worst opening of any of the MCU movies, beating out […]

Nice Art: The Espionage of Ninjak #5

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Ninjak has been one of the most highly anticipated releases from Valiant Entertainment to date and…spoilers…we have been loving every issue of the comic here at The Beat. Each installment of the title has been full of intrigue and wonderful ideas that serve to enrich the character of Ninjak even further than before. With someone […]

Bryan Singer Plans to Make a Team Up Team Up out of X-Men and the Fantastic Four

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If Fox had a house motto, it would be: “we do not sow. Now let us spit on your Quicksilver, Marvel.” Bryan Singer loves a few things.  Director’s Cuts, long walks on the beach, and movies centered around Time Travel, to name a few.  Now we can add crossovers to that list as well.  In an […]

Matt Fraction speaks on collaborators and credit

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Can NO ONE get this “credit” thing right? A few days ago we noted artist Chip Zdarsky standing up for Matt Fraction, writing of Sex Criminals, after only Zdarsky was mentioned on the Harvey Awards ballot. Now an io9 article entitled 6 Reasons Why Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye Is One of Marvel’s Greatest Comics touched off another […]

Cyborg #1 (Review): Reis, Walker and Horror?

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Can an ongoing series set in the New DC world really work for Cyborg? It’s a question that Ivan Reis and David Walker tackle in the first issue of the hero’s ongoing series. When he graduated from the Teen Titans and became an MVP in the Justice League world, Victor Stone took on new life. We’re closer to seeing the hero on-screen than ever before — as one of the fabled “seven” players in the JLA, now seems as good a time as any to spend intimate time with one of the newest characters on the League.