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

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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 […]

Ed Brubaker on leaving Marvel Comics, writing Maniac Cop movie, and the new issue of Kill or Be Killed

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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.

Hang Dai, Hypothetical Island and DrawBridge art studios are getting evicted at the end of the month

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At the end of the month, the thriving scene of artists studios centered in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn will be no more. As reported last year (but not imediately connected to the comics world) a massive collection of old warehouses that have been turned into artists studios, in the classic NYC sense, are now being turned into…well condos, probably. The area is located near the toxic Gowanus Canal and not considered safe for habitation but that won’t stop anyone. Maybe a bank or a organic dog treat store or a prozen yogurt shop will open up.

Dean Haspiel gave a speech at the Harveys. What happened next had people in tears.

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Dean Haspiel gave the keynote speech at the Harveys and although there were a lot of joking catcalls from the audience, his speech had most people stunned by the end. It was a heartfelt tribute to the power of the comics community, while also refelcting the uncertain times that artists have in New York and, really, any community where real estate has soared beyond their reach. With eprmission, here’s the entrie text of the speech.

It can suck to be a middle aged comics pro case study #1: Phil Hester

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Phil Hester is the artist on Shipwreck, the upcoming book written by Warren Ellis about a very strange shipwreck, so he seems to be doing jsut fine in the comics world, especially with a large and well liked body of work behind him. BUt as he revelas in an interview at Comics Bulletina vision problem […]

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

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It seems that in response to long time rival CBR.com rebranding and getting a redesign and new logo, Newsarama.com 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 […]

CBR.com has new design, rebrand, no blogs

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Oh speaking of comics media consolidation, which we do weekly here at Stately Beat Manor, comicbookresources.com, the longest running and biggest site about comics, has rebranded as cbr.com, 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, […]