We at The Beat are no strangers to conventions. Years of experience have taught us what is and is not necessary to take on our “nerd-orientated” excursions into extreme fandom. More importantly, trial and error have helped us to fine-tune our walkaround bags to suite our own convention needs, anticipating any hitch along the way. […]
Having worked as a journalist since the late 1990s, I have found that most people have no clue about how news organizations work, which leads to a lot of confusion about how the news gets delivered and why certain news gets delivered while other news does not. There are tons of intricacies we could go […]
Writer Kieron Gillen hasn’t succumbed to the newsletter thing yet (I think?) he sticks with the old fashioned Tumblr method of communicating with friends and readers! So old fashioned. While I Ws running around last week, Gillen posted a BOMBSHELL post about things he’s working on, including a New SEERIT Marvel project. And other secret […]
Newsletters have made a BIG comeback, in that pendulum swinging way. I guess people are so exhausted from surfing the web and checking out snapchats that they want everything to come in their mailbox. Ed Brubaker has an infrequently mailed out one, which you can subscribe to here. A new one went out yesterday, chock full of news and chatter and a preview of issue #2 of Kill or Be Killed, his latest team-up with Sean Phillips.
The winners of the 2015 Bill Finger award have been announced and they are Elliot S! Maggin and Richard E. Hughes. The award is presented annually to two writers, one living, one dead, in order to recognize writers who have not previously received proper recognition for their work. The award is named after Bill Finger, the ghost writer for the early Batman stories who invented much of the Caped Crusader’s mythos.
We recently noted that writer Marc Tyler Nobleman was on the hunt for a video of a particular panel from WonderCon about Bill Finger. He writes to tell us that he has a Finger-related event coming up in NYC on February 9th: As you know, 9/18 was the day DC Comics announced that (after 76 […]
There exist on the internet a good few resources on how to break into writing comics—many of them linked at The Beat’s own resource page—but there is always room for more, especially more by The Wicked + The Divine’s Kieron Gillen, who is writing some of the best comics out there these days. But if […]
The great exclusive wars of the Aughts were ferocious and ultimately, flawed. So it’s relatively rare these days to see a new exclusive. In this case it’s not new, but rather Jason Aaron resigning with Marvel for at least two years — although not mentioned in the release, one can assume this is really an […]
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 […]
By Nick Eskey Those who are watching the ticking clock of San Diego Comic-Con know that it’s less than a month away. This is one of the largest and busiest conventions in the world (sometimes just as turbulent and exciting as tornado season). A certain level of preparedness is in order for such an event. […]