Awesome Con joins LeftField Media as new con entity grows


A new con conglomerate is on the scene with LeftField Media LLC, launched last year by Greg Topalian, founder of New York Comic Con and some colleagues. They’ve been jetting around teaming with some of the smaller shows on the circuit as opposed to launching new ones — which on the crowded con circuit would […]


“Death Note” Creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata Announce “Platinum’s End”


  You, me, and everyone into manga around 2006 should remember Death Note, the fantastic psychological thriller about a bored teenage genius outwitting the police and a reclusive detective as he reshapes the world one murder at a time.  Following the series’ conclusion, creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata went on to create the light-hearted Bakuman, […]


Complete 2015 Harvey Award Winners: SAGA dominates once more


Here’s the complete list of winners from the Harvey Award banquet on Saturday, September, 26th. Saga dominated as usual. Some Pr about the awards left off Jules Feiffer being inducted into the Harvey Award Hall of Fame, alongside his mentor Will Eisner. Vivek J. Tiwary was the polished and personable host. And the winners are: […]


Live blogging the Harveys 2015


Welcome to the pageantry and passion of the Harveys! We’re here finishing up our crab cakes at the Banquet and awards administrator Paul McSpadden is welcoming attendees and thanking the sponsors. Soon we’ll have all the winners and moving moments as Vivek J. Tiwary hosts for the first time! Vivek is up and he’s thankful […]


Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 9/24/15: All your Batmobiles will be licensed from now on


§ The Ninth Circuit Curt of Appeal has ruled that DC owns the trademark on the Batmobile—file this under not too surprising. The case came when DC decided to sue Mark Towle’s Gotham Garage, a custom car outfit that made replica Batmobiles based on the 60s TV show and the 80s films. It also makes […]


Bitch Planet hardcover, Welcome to Showside and more unveil Local Comic Shop Day variants


Local Comics Shop Day is the latest holiday on the comics calendar, to be held November 28th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The date has been promoted as “Small Business Saturday” for a while, but this new date and focus will allow comics shops to tie in to the desire to shop locally and support small […]


DeConnick’s and De Landro’s “Bitch Planet” to Receive Limited Edition Hardcover Treatment for Local Comic Shop Day


In a special push to celebrate Local Comic Shop Day on November 28th, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, artist Valentine De Landro, and Image Comics have partnered with ComicsPRO, a retail association comprised of comic book shops, to release a special limited hardcover edition of Bitch Planet‘s first volume. The dystopian series, which focuses on a group of women imprisoned off-world […]


NYCC ’15: ICv2 to host White Paper Happy Hour industry event


In past years Milton Griepp’s ICv2 site hosted an industry event the day before NYCC. This year they’re scaling back a bit with an invite only happy hour event. PR: ICv2 has announced that it will be hosting an invitation-only event for business professionals, the ICv2 White Paper Happy Hour, on Thursday afternoon, October 8, […]




Snowpiercer by writer Olivier Bocquet and the artist Jean-Marc Rochette is a gorgeous thought provoking SF story about a world where the last of humanity is living on a train speeding across a frozen landscape. It was famously adapted into a film starring Chris Evans that in its overseas version was as smart as the […]


New “Heroes: Reborn” Trailer Features Character Death


She’s dead, Jim! Back in 2006, when the first season of the NBC superhero drama Heroes was debuting to rave reviews and mass audience acclaim, the show managed to turn its tagline, “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World,” into a meme.  It was incredibly prolific, albeit a little nonsensical– describing the show perfectly. It looks like the […]


Layoffs at Archie Comics


The Beat has learned that last week Archie Comics laid off five employees from their 30 person staff. Archie did not respond to enquiries. Earlier this year Archie launched a Kickstarter that sought $350,000 to help fund it’s updated Archie line that includes Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. After a a firestorm […]


Weekend Wrap Up: “Omega Men” No Longer Cancelled, X-Men Facing a Slow Death, and More

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This weekend turned out to be a very busy one for comics news.  As our chief steward, Heidi MacDonald, takes a well deserved rest this morning following the conclusion of Small Press Expo, let’s take a look at some of the big breaking stories from the last few days. Omega Men Lives When we broke […]


Foster-Dimino and Goldstein dominate as women sweep the Ignatz Awards


It was a clean sweep for female creators in the 2015 Ignatz Awards. Sophia Foster-Dimino won three of the bricks for her comic Sex Fantasy while Sophie Goldstein won two for her SF graphic novel The Oven. The complete list of winners is below, marked with a *** Outstanding Artist ***Emily Carroll – Through The […]


Dustin Nguyen & Derek Friedolfs to Illustrate Young Justice League for Scholastic in “DC Comics: Secret Hero Society”

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You first heard about it from us a few weeks back— a secret project being produced by Eisner-nominated Lil’ Gotham co-writers Dustin Nguyen and Derek Friedolfs in partnership with all-ages book publisher Scholastic and DC Comics.  Finally, we have the official announcement. The first of three illustrated novels licensed by Scholastic, Secret Hero Society: The Study Hall of […]


RIP Ken Feduniewicz


Long time comics colorist and con organizer Ken Feduniewicz has passed away.As a colorist Feduniewicz coloed Captain America, Dreadstar and many more as seen here. In 1976 he was among the first class of students at the Kubert School in 1976, going on to work in the Marvel Bullpen and with many companies, including Archie, […]


DC’s Diane Nelson: DC properties bring in $8 billion in licensing


Diane Nelson, the head of DC Entertainment, WB Consumer Products and many other things at the studio, gave a talk at an industry confab the other day, and it’s probably the longest public talk she’s been quoted at. Most of it was about TV and movies, things that Nelson doesn’t oversee, but the comics were […]