Comics Journalism is alive!!! Pt II: Akhtar kickstarts new zine, Critical Chips


Not only is comics blogging still alive, but so is PRINT comics criticism! Zainab Akhtar, formerly of Comics & Cola and now of Short Box, is launching a Kickstarter for Critical Chips, a print magazine of comics criticism by some of today’s most important writers. The zine will contain both essays and comics, with a […]

Comics Journalism is alive!!! Comics Should be Good and Robot 6 alums set up new shops


The revamed phasing out its bloggy subsites, but a lot of the writers involved still have blogging in their blood. This is a calling and a curse you see. Kind of like beng a superhero. The Comics Should Be Good crew have announced they are launching their own site, Atomic Junk Shop, with Greg […]

Redesigns, rebranding sweep over the comics media landscape: who will survive?


Old New While I was running around last week, Newsarama rolled out its redesign, which isn’t really that different from the old site, as you can see above. Bigger pictures, more modern look. TBH, the navigation is actually a little better, so this gets the IMPROVED! rating from us. The funny symbol was just the […]

Newsarama is also getting a redesign and a new, mysterious logo…comics industry teetering on the brink


It seems that in response to long time rival rebranding and getting a redesign and new logo, is also getting a makeover starting with t anew logo, seen above. Newsarama will not be updating until Tuesday morning, August 30th, but please come back then for a little newness… And keep an eye on […] has new design, rebrand, no blogs


Oh speaking of comics media consolidation, which we do weekly here at Stately Beat Manor,, the longest running and biggest site about comics, has rebranded as, and with a complete redesign. For you nostalgics out there, I saved a screen shot of the old site. CBR was purchased by Valnet back in April, […]

Comics media watch: De Blieck debuts and more on Tilting at Windmills


In case you missed it, yesterday retailer Brian Hibbs’ long running Tilting at Windmills column found a new home here at The Beat after a long run at Comic Book Resources.

Augie De Blieck Jr’s long running Pipeline column has also moved: the regular column will run at and he’s just launched his own site Pipeline Comics:

SDCC ’16: State-of-the-State: The New Comics Journalism Panel


by Nancy Powell The Comics Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald moderated a Thursday evening panel discussion on the state-of-state of comics journalism, featuring Megan Purdy of Women Write About Comics, Brett Schenker of Graphic Policy and Mark Stack of Comics Bulletin. What they had to say about the challenges of writing against the backdrop of media […]

Comics blog death watch: The Hooded Utilitarian goes into the long hiatus of unknown length


Here’s a brief burst of non SDCC news: Noah Berlatsky announced that The Hooded Utilitarian blog is going on hiatus: Hey all. I wanted to tell you that HU is going on semi-hiatus, at least for the summer, and possibly for good. We’ll see what happens, but my family is moving in the next couple […]

Comics Journalism: You get what you pay for


We lost another one yesterday. David Harper of the oft-linked to and discussed Sktchd sitecalled it quits after a year of think pieces, surveys, podcasts and charts. He’ll continue doing his podcast after a break for the warm Alaskan summer, but those long investigations are a thing of the past. The reasons were the usual: burnout from writing about what you love.