SDCC ’16: ComiXology Release Con-Exclusive Titles to their Unlimited Service

Not everything that happens to Comic-Con happens AT Comic-Con, as evidenced by the news announcement just passed across to The Beat by ComiXology’s Chip Mosher. This year saw ComiXology launch “ComiXology Unlimited”, a subscription service which allows readers to keep up with digital copies of their favourite comics. And, with SDCC here, they’ve decided to […]

Europe Comics and Cinebook come to ComiXology

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If you’ve been craving more amazing Euro-comix in your life. Comixology just made that dream come true. Europe Comics, the collective of French language publishers, and the much-under appreciated Cinebooks, are debuting today on the Comixology platform. You can see the lineup below and there’s some gold in there, both classic and contemporary, from Spirou to The Survivors to XIII.

Edison Rex returns today

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Chris Roberson writes on the return of his Monkeybrain title, Edison Rex with a long delayed issues #17 which can be purchased here:   Well, it’s been two years (!) since the last issue of Edison Rex was released, but the story isn’t over yet. Dennis and I have been busy with other projects, but we’ve […]

LINE Webtoon rolls out Superhero Month with Stan Lee, Heroine Chic and more of Brooklyn’s own superheroes

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LINE Webtoon’s series of theme months continues with July’s “Superheroes” launch. The mobile-based comics platform is rolling out several series including the second comic in the New Brooklyn superhero universe, the return of Heroine Chic, and the debut of The Badguys, winner of the Stan Lee/POW! Entertainment Superhero Comics Contest.

UPDATED: Ch-changes at Stēla: new Stēla Unlimited branding and editor Ryan Yount departs

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UPDATE: A little friend pointed us to this tweet by Mark Waid referring to a story on CBR about Yount’s departure: I'm told this is what happens when your investors suddenly demand creators sign over their rights. Pity. https://t.co/7MxaVGXeH8 via @cbr — Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) June 28, 2016 So…sounds like a LOT of changes are […]

The current comics industry in two charts

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If you’re ready to take a breather from the comic book culture wars, a couple of articles this week examined various vital aspects of comic book sales. CBNC pointed out what we’ve been saying here on and on for years, with the succinctly titled Comic books buck trend as print and digital sales flourish, and they […]

Free on the internet: The Eisner nominated “Black Death in America” by Tom King and John Paul Leon

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“Black Death in America” is an Eisner nominated short story that originally appeared in the Vertigo CMYK: Black issue. Written by Tom King with art by John Paul Leon it follows the true story of Henry Louis Johnson, an African-American soldier in World War I who was held up as a war hero but died […]

Dynamite ‘Bundles Up’ for exposure and bucks

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If you’ve been reading the Beat regularly – and I know you have – you may have noticed that Dynamite is the King of Bundling – that is, the kind of pay-what-you-want services such as Humble Bundle that give consumer vast access to digital comics for a pretty low fee. Dynamite has two notable recent bundles, the  “Bundle […]