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, […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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

Because: Canada.

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.

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: 2014 in Comics

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Brought to you by Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald! In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew discuss the big stories of 2014 month by month, including gains and growing pains in the […]

The Retailer’s View // Top Sellers and Bottom Dwellers

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A couple of news bits and a personal announcement to tackle this week, so let’s get right to it. MILLION AIRS About a week ago, Marvel started to make a big deal over Star Wars #1 eclipsing 1,000,000 pre-orders from various retail outlets. While the company hinted at some of this quantity coming from less traditional […]

Gotham Greets the Justice League

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On Friday New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio met with protestors to discuss their demands for police reform after the shocking death of Eric Garner and the controversial grand jury decision that followed. The name of the activists’ organization will sound familiar to any comics fan: Justice League NYC. That this prominent group of social […]

The Art of Batgirl and Where We Go From Here

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This is obviously prefaced with a heaping helping of “what the hell does a straight white male know about these issues?”. The simple truth: I don’t know anything. I likely never will – or at least not in a way that can be internalized. At best, I can gather other people’s feelings and memories and […]

Thanks, Obamacomics!

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A graphic novel has become Exhibit A in the latest Obamacare controversy.

The Retailer’s View: A Confluence of Events (Part One)

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2014 is swiftly drawing to a close. In the midst of making sure my shelves will weather the upcoming Christmas season, I’ll be placing my final orders for the last dribs and drabs of product that will grace the new comic book shelves through to the end of this year. Most of the year’s events […]

The Retailer’s View // Scheduling Issues

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Navigating monthly orders is a bone-numbing pain. I feel as though this is something I write a variation of in most of these columns. The sensation clearly remains. It’s a thankless process that rarely ends happily, with hundreds of order codes to run through and thousands of bits of data to think of. In the […]