Nice Art: Behold Valiant Previews Featuring Ninjak, Divinity, and Ivar

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Valiant has just debuted a brand new round of previews from some of their biggest and best books. First up is Ninjak #1, which contained a solid debut with incredibly smart writing and art from Matt Kindt, Clay Mann, and Butch Guice. The story revealed Colin King hunting down a group of individuals on assignment from MI-6, wasting […]

Miami Vice: Remix by Casey and Mahfood continues to be wilder than it has any reason to be

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It’s almost quitting time here in EDT so let’s leave the week with something FUN for a change.

Why just do a comic book based on a classically of it time TV show when you can reinvent it as an acid trip that bends time and
space? And hooray for licensors who let you get away with it. Miami Vice: Remix by Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood is anything but a dull TV show comic…it’s an audacious tale on tropes and icons, and a gem in the Lion Forge line-up.

SF’s Cartoon Art Museum has to find a new home

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This is sad but not surprising—given the insane rise in real estate prices in San Francisco, it was only a matter of time before the Cartoon Art Museum, which occupied a spacious and accessible spot near Market Street has been evicted so its space can be converted to something expensive and greedy. The museum will stay open until June 28th, and in a release they note that the move was not unexpected and they had already begun preparations, just like Cutter and Skywise.

(Review) Bloodshot Reborn #1: White Skin, Red Eyes, and some New Friends

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Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Mico Suayan Colorist: David Baron Letters: David Lanphear Bloodshot has had difficulty finding his identity at Valiant since the relaunch of the company back in 2012. The title has switched writers a few times already along with art teams and general focus. The Valiant, a recent event series from the publisher changed the dynamic of […]

Review: Archie Gets to the Choppa in Archie vs. Predator #1

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Comics most famous ginger takes on the Predator.

Interview: David Lapham Talks About The Guts of STRAY BULLETS

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Stray Bullets creator David Lapham talks to us about what goes into making a good crime story, and it isn’t always crime.

Simon & Schuster Announce an “Amazing Fantastic Incredible” Comics Biography!

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While searching for new and exciting graphic novels soon to be published, I discovered something interesting… a new biography by a comics legend, co-written with another spectacular writer, and illustrated by one of the most talented and versatile artists in the industry! …but I’ll let the publisher speak…

New Comic Tells the Origin of BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT’s Mysterious Villain

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For Batman fans, it’s the most anticipated game of the year, Batman: Arkham Knight is just a few short months away and shortly after that gamers will get to explore the origin of the game’s title villain. In July, DC Comics will publish a six-issue mini series, Batman: Arkham Knight Genesis . The series will be […]

MATT CHATS: Comics Marketing with Cory Casoni

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Welcome to MATT CHATS, a weekly interview with someone working in the comics industry. This week that person is Cory Casoni, and his job isn’t to create comics but to make others aware of them. After five years of marketing for Oni Press he moved on first to Namco-Bandei and then to help run Scott […]

The Stately Beat Manor Staff Picks: Best comics for 4/15/15

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The Beat’s fearless staff picks the best comics and graphic novels of the week,including books from Image, DC, Dark Horse, NBM and more. It’s a Golden Age of comics and here’s the proof.

How Diverse is the Dewey Decimal Classification When It Comes to Comics? You’d Be Surprised What One Librarian Discovered!

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How diverse are graphic novels?  Not in themes, or character representation, but in actual non-fiction subjects? Is there a graphic novel about hot air ballooning?  How about the architectural history of bathrooms?  Or maybe you’d prefer an autobiographical history of Benihana?  Or maybe a history of Andorra? Those exist, and more.  I spent seven years (on […]

Mike Marts departs Marvel for startup Aftershock Comics

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The timing may have nothing to do with last week’s Twilight of DC’s office, but Marvel Comics Executive Editor Mike Marts leaving a post where he was clearly being groomed for big things to go to a START-UP, is an interesting comment on the state of the American comics industry. Marts confirmed on Twitter that he was leaving Marvel for AfterShock Comics, a new venture with writer Joe Pruett. Deadline has more details. Pruett has written X-Men titles for Marvel. Marts was working on various high profile titles including Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men comics. Marts will become Editor-in-Chief of Aftershock comics after pingponging back between MArvel and Dc for a career that started in 1996.

MoCCA 2015 in Pictures and memories

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The good news is that the 2015 MoCCA Festival moved to a new venue—Center 548 in the heart of Chelsea’s gallery district—and it was ideal! Windows, flattering white walls, three floors of comicksy goodness, tons of foot traffic, and a rooftop lounge where you could sit in the sunlight and look out over the Hudson to the far lands of Jersey. And the panels held at the Highline Hotel wee a hop skip and jump away. It was smooth sailing!

The bad news is that MoCCA will never be there again. (h/t Daryl Ayo) The building—once the home of the prestigious Dia Arts Center—has been sold and will be converted to condos, like everything else in New York. When all these people move into these condos will there be anything fun left to do in NYC except shop at the Stella McCartney store? I sure hope so.

Five More Marvel Characters That Need A Netflix Show

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This past weekend Marvel and Netflix brought the gritty street story of Daredevil back onto our screens to make us all forget about 2003’s… unpleasantness. While the streaming service rarely produces concrete numbers as far as viewership goes; the consensus among social media seems to be that the show was an unmitigated success. Not only was […]

Review: the Netflix and Marvel team up push Daredevil “Into the Ring”

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Netfix and Marvel’s first foray into comic book scripted series crackles with energy and hits all the right notes with series pilot “Into the RIng”

MoCCA 2015 Debuts Bonus plus a reminder about Best American Comics 2016

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Here are some new and notable books that will be debuting at today’s MoCCA Festival at Center 548. The previous round-up is here. The exhibitor list is here. But first a reminder:

The Best American Comics 2016 will be accepted at the Rebus Books table. Any new, North American work published between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 is eligible for The Best American Comics 2016. If Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos is not present at the table, material can be given to anyone working Table 226 and it will be included with BAC 2016 submissions.