The Legend of Korra to Receive Complete Series Box Set, See the Cover Art!

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  The Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon’s four season follow up to the beloved Avatar: the Last Airbender, is receiving a full series DVD box set.  It was recently announced that Avatar would also finally be collected as a 16 DVD complete series box set this fall, so this move comes as little surprise. No release date was assigned […]

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Industry Watch: How much are Hip Hop and other variants propping up Marvel’s sales? — UPDATED

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We’ve already seen today that just jumping on a new, fresh direction isn’t enough to make a sales success, but what about over at Marvel? As I’ve noted their whopping sales have been led by the astonishing success of their Star Wars comics, but variant covers are also strong in this one. Star Wars #1 had over 100 variants, for instance. The upcoming hip hop variant program wasn’t just problematic from a creator standpoint, however, it’s also set new levels of frustration for retailers who have to order high on other books just to be able to ORDER copies of the variants, as revealed on Reddit by retailer Calum Johnston and explained at the Outhouse. Apparently a frustrated retailers posted the above annotated order sheet for the variants, showing how high order would have to be.

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Industry Watch: Editorial changes coming to DC?

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(Above, Ryan Sook’s cover for Superman: Alien American #1) If you’ve been following our sales charts here at The Beat you know that June was the big relaunch month for DC following Convergence and the move west, with 20 new #1s and new storylines and new costumes for old favorites. And sales were pretty good […]

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Bergen Street Comics is closing

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Here’s a story I never hoped to write: Bergen Street Comics, the lovely and much loved comics shop right up the street from Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center is closing, according to a blog post by co-owner Tom Adams. After six amazing years Amy and I regret to announce that we will be closing the shop next […]

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Flame Con announces 2016 return: twice as long, new location

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2016 Flame Con will be held for TWO days this time. And that’s not all: they’re moving to a bigger location too

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Dissecting Puppies: The 2015 Hugo Awards, Voting Slates, and Graphic Novels

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Before we get into it… Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, was awarded the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, besting: Saga Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)) Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery, […]

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/25/15: Duke students object to reading Fun Home

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§ Once again, Alison Bechdel’s award winning graphic novel Fun Home is at the center of a Carolina college controversy. The book has been assigned as freshman summer reading for Duke University’s Class of 2019, but some Christian students are objecting: “I feel as if I would have to compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs to […]

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Exclusive Preview: “Betty & Veronica’s Cheer Squad” Brings Classic Stories into a New Era

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A whole generation, myself included, grew up in an era where Archie Comics were relegated to supermarket newsstands.  Recently, however, Archie has found new life in the direct market.  From the widespread attention that Death of Archie received, to rousing success of the Dark Circle imprint, and finally to the flagship title relaunch with Saga superstar Fiona Staples on […]

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Ms. Marvel wins Hugo Award amid controversy

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The Hugo Awards, honoring the best in science fiction, were presented this weekend surrounded by a nebula of controversy. Amy Wallace has a lengthy write-up at Wired explaining everything, but the short version is… Well, there is no short version. The award nominations, which are open to attendees and supporters of the annual WorldCon, became […]

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Exclusive: ‘The Well’ by Jake Wyatt and F. Choo is coming from First Second in 2018

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It’s been thirteen years since the disappearance of the ogre that attacked the village of Aragon, where a young witch named Lizzy was raised; and thirteen years since her parents, a woodcutter and a powerful witch, set off to defeat it and were never seen again. Now, Lizzy lives with her Grams in a small […]

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Two arrested in apparent gun threat at the Pokémon World Championships

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With cons and fan events growing in popularity, and shooting an almost everyday occurrence here in the US, one wonders if there will ever be an “incident” at a con. Well here’s one that MAY have been thwarted. It seems two invited participants in the Pokémon World Championships were arrested after making some online threats and showing up armed to the teeth:

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/24/15: Kirby is still the King

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§ Comics scholar Charles Hatfield has curated an exhibit of art by Jack Kirby, now on display at CSU Northridge: Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby | California State University, Northridge: Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby August 24 – October 10, 2015 Public Reception: Saturday, August 29 4-7 […]

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Marvel reveals photographic Cosplay variant covers

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Cosplay is a thing. Variant covers are a thing. And now cosplay variant covers are most definitely a thing. Marvel will have 20 cover adorned by photos of cosplayers depicting the titular characters.

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SPX adds international guests: Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke

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Although this year’s Small Press Expo’s theme is “Cartoonists of the 21st Century,” they are allowing cartoonists older than 30 to be guests as well. Just announced, the international slate, which consists of Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke —with more to come. And peep the Gemma Correll drawn poster above. This will be […]

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Kid Robot teams with Ron English and Kenny Scharf for new Simpsons figures

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Simpsons figures designed by top pop culture fine artists and sold by Kid Robot. Is there nothing not to love in that sentence? Kid Robot is teaming with icons artists Kenny Scharf and Ron English for new Simpson vinyl. Scharf has designed a 6” Bart figure while English has designed two 3” figures, Bart Grin […]

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NYCC ’15: Bryan Cranston, Game of Thrones Stars, and “Two Brothers” authors Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon Announced as Guests

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So Walter White; Loras Tyrell; and Obara Sand, daughter of Oberyn Martell, walk into a bar.  The bartender asks, “who do you fight for?” ReedPOP just announced a bunch of new guests for New York Comic Con 2015.  On the filmed media front, fans will get to lovingly gaze upon Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, Marvel writer […]

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