C2E2014: “I’m Batman” Pop Quiz!

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Oh no!  Batman’s dastardly diabolical villains have stolen the creator credits from DC’s Batman75 standee display at C2E2 in Chicago! Can you identify the creator(s) who created each iconic portrait of the Caped Crusader before the show closes on Sunday, guaranteeing each gets the credit they deserve for making Batman such an iconic figure for […]

C2E2014: Where Everything Is

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C2E2’s on once again, and this year, it’s being held in the South Hall.  (Oh, how I await the day when it takes up the entire complex!  2.6 MILLION sq.ft. of exhibit space!  60 acres! 45 football fields!  Can you imagine the programming going on all over the building?  The theater?  The ballrooms?) *ahem*  Sorry… […]

C2E2014: Day Zero

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Torsten’s Tip:  If you are taking public transportation to LaGuardia Airport, hop on the 7 train express to Roosevelt.  Then grab the Q70 bus.  It has only three stops (airport, subway, transit center), and takes the expressway to the airport.  Since I live in Bushwick, and there’s no easy north-south connector, I took the J […]

C2E2014: How To Get Around

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The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2, is set to begin Friday! If you’ll be attending, here are some helpful hints on how to make your way to the South Building of McCormick Place!

Writers wanted: C2E2 and beyond

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Are you going to C2E2? The Beat is not for the FIRST TIME. Torsten will be there for all the inside story as only Torsten can cover it, but if you have a hankering to listen to people make awkward banter about upcoming comics and then race to feverishly type it up, you may be just the person we’re looking for! If you’d be interested in covering it for The Beat, email me at comicsbeat at gmail dot com.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/8/14: RIP Jeff Pert

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§ Maine cartoonist Jeff Pert died suddenly at age 53. Pert was known for his local humor, and his cartoon books were a staple of Maine gift shops. Casablanca Comics Rick Lowell remembered him: “His work is so recognizable. I’ve traveled the East Coast down to Florida, walk into gift shops and see his work […]

Three Days Remain to enter the Dorkly Fan Art Contest

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Dorkly is a sister site of College Humor that offers a lot of comics and gaming-related humor, but in a positive, not mean spirited, way. They’re ramping up a lot of their offerings including launching a a series of events based around nerd-centric gatherings.

One of the first is the Dorkly Fan Art Expo , where fan art will be displayed at C2E2 April 25-27.

Exclusive: The complete 2014 C2E2 panel schedule in one place!

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With ECCC only a dwindling memory and a box of kleenex from the con crud everyone caught, C2E2 is bearing down on us on April 25-27. Chicago’s biggest comics event will have the usual line-up of guests from all areas of the industry.

However, the website panel listings don’t allow you to see the whole thing at one, but courtesy of ReedPOP’s Marykate Nagourney, here is the whole list of programming in an easy to find way. Highlights include a storytelling panel with Amanda Conner and Cully Hamner, Mark Waid on his digital and retailing exploits, Christina Blanch and Carol Tilley on various comics and academics topics, and the usual MArvel, DC, Dark Horse, Boom and so on panels

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/25/14: I snuck in some news here. Also snuck isn’t a real word.

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What shocking secrets will you learn in today’s thrilling episode of Kibbles n’ Bits?

“They Won’t All Get Along”: Dan Slott and Nick Lowe on ‘SPIDER-VERSE’ [Press Call]

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It’s been an age since I went onto a Marvel conference call – heck, it’s been an age since I did anything over here which wasn’t an interview. So today when Marvel set up a call with Dan Slott and Nick Lowe to discuss the next Spider-Man event storyline, I decided to nip across and […]

C2E2 News! Professional Registration Closes Friday! Show Floor Planner is LIVE!

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Are you a comics professional? (Comic Retailers, Toy Retailers, Librarians, Educators and Professional Creators (Professional Creator category includes Professional writers, pencilers, inkers, colorists, letterers and animators); Licensors, Non-Editorial Media, Advertising and PR Professionals, Publishing Professionals, Producers, Writers and Game Developers) Plan on attending the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2 to its friends) next April? The […]

Only four months until Comic-Con!

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While the next 120 days will, for comics pros, be filled with planning for all the shows between now and San Diego — C2E2, WonderCon, Emerald City, MoCCA, TCAF, Denver, Heroes, and so on—for those with their lasers locked on Comic-Con, the planning is nigh. And now that the majority of badges have been sold, […]

ReedPop teams with Oz Comic Con as rumors of New York show swirl

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ReedPop, the company that puts on New York Comic-Con, C2E2 and so on, has been hinting at international expansion for a while now and now it’s confirmed that they are partnering with Oz Comic Con, a company that puts on various Australian pop culture shows. Reed’s Lance Fensterman is apparently in Australia to kick things […]

Want to work at ReedPOP?

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If you are open to working in Norwalk, CT, ReedPOP, the branch of Reed Exhibitions that runs New York Comic Con, C2E2, Star Wars Celebrations and the PAX shows, among others, has a couple of openings. More info here. Brand Marketing Coordinator To develop, maintain and enhance the brands of all assigned events within the […]

INTERVIEW: Charles Soule on Writing “Letter 44″

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By Matt O’Keefe Charles Soule is beyond busy. Since Image/Shadowline published his rock fantasy 27 in 2010 he has gone on to write a number of comics from publishers including Archaia, DC, and Marvel. With his creator-owned Letter 44 he made his debut at Oni Press. I talked to him about the political science fiction series, making his […]

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2014 Edition, Part 3 — more thoughts on DC moving west

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Yep it’s more picks and prognostications, with a few tasty previews thrown in. Ted McKeever, cartoonist 2014 Projects: THE SUPERANNUATED MAN  A new Golden Age format, B&W, 6-issue series from Shadowline/Image, coming out around June/July of 2014. The basic premise of The Superannuated Man is a contemplation on growing old in an unspecified future where […]