New Black Lightning Archive: DC, Tony Isabella Reconcile

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“Dogs and cats, living together!” – that’s what immediately popped into my mind yesterday when I read Tony Isabella praising DC on Facebook for how it was treating him in regard to Black Lightning.

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SDCC ’15 Photo Essay – Cosplay Culture

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If you’re into cosplay, Saturday night is made for fighting the lines to get into the annual masquerade contest. Here are a few backstage pics from the show, along with a few other shots.

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SDCC ’15 – Comic Book People at Comic-Con

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SDCC ’15 – The Beat’s Panel on Ethics in Comics Journalism

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Reflecting on The Beat’s comics journalism ethics panel tonight at San Diego Comic-Con, my thoughts keep going back to the comics community – who we are, where we’re going, and what can keep us all connected however much we grow.

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SDCC ’15 Comics Journalism Panel – You-know-what vs. the Beat?

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What will you be wearing on Thursday night at 6:30pm? The answer could reveal where you stand on the theme of Heidi’s latest SDCC Comics Journalism panel, “It’s About Ethics in Comics Journalism.”

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Kickstarter Fail – A Federal Offense?

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The Federal Trade Commission has just sent a press release touting its first successful action against a failed Kickstarter campaign.

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The Retailer’s View // Opening Daze

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As I’m writing this, it’s Sunday and things are slow. At my former place of employment, Sundays were one of our busier days – people tend to have the day off, and wander into the store looking to blow some of their hard earned cash on comics and other sundry bits of pop culture. Here, […]

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Cruel Portents: Looking at the Past and the Future of The Wicked + The Divine

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In Kieron Gillen’s talk on Alan Moore’s and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, Gillen emphasizes themes of time and cyclicality present in Moore’s graphic novel.  Temporal symbolism recurs in everything from the Doomsday clock interstitials between chapters to Rorschach’s ever-shifting face to Dr. Manhattan’s past as the son of a watchmaker.  Gillen, working alongside artist Jamie McKelvie, […]

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The Retailer’s View // Bridging A Gap With The Archie Kickstarter

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So I launched a comic store on Free Comic Book Day. It was quite the trick, trying to get things ready for the day with things exploding all around. We had ordered a point of sale system from Diamond, but when we phoned to ask them where it was a week after the supposed delivery […]

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Baseball, Comic-Cons, and Paying Volunteers

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Yesterday The Mary Sue published an article suggesting that for-profit comic-cons could be violating federal labor law by not paying minimum wage to workers improperly classified as volunteers. However, a recent case involving Major League Baseball shows how ReedPop and other commercial comic-con ventures could beat the tag.

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The Retailer’s View: No Money, Mo’ Problems

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Turns out, starting your own comic store can be incredibly frustrating. Until it’s not.

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Ross Richie Wants to Push #ComicsForward (so I’m giving some direction)

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Last month, via the BOOM! Studios PR mailing list, I received a letter, containing a copy of a guest editorial by Ross Richie, CEO and founder. You can read it here.  Go ahead… I’ll wait. Here’s his reason for doing this: We know where we’ve been—our favorite eras, our favorite characters, our favorite runs. We already know […]

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Diplo Steals from Rebecca Mock: On Entitlement, Ownership, and How Not To Act

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Last week, musician and producer Diplo stole artwork by illustrator Rebecca Mock then harassed her when she called him out. In this op-ed, The Beat discusses digital artistic ownership, online harassment, and one of the reasons why people think it’s okay to act the way they act.

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The Retailer’s View: Punching the Ouroboros

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Have you tried to set up a business before, faceless mass of readers? Laying down groundwork for a business is like trying to punch the face of an ouroboros or wrestle a gordian knot.

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You’re Spinning an Event Out of WHAT? Sales Numbers from the Parents of Convergence and Secret Wars

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Event comics are supposed to be the big sellers and pull in the widest possible audience, correct? (Key word being “supposed.”) I’m looking at the December sales estimates and scratching my head over Convergence and Secret Wars. Convergence is supposed to be spinning out of Futures End/Worlds End (and Worlds End is practically an extension […]

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The Retailer’s View: This Time, It’s Personal

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A word of gentle advice to all those working at comic shops: it might be a pretty great gig, and you might enjoy what you’re selling, but always ask yourself if you fit.

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