Preview: Dark Horse Brings More Hollywood Talent to Comics With Shaper

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Eric Heisserer aims to tell a tale in the tradition of Arthurian legends and Star Wars. With artwork by Felipe Massafera (Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, Captain Midnight), Shaper looks to carve a niche for itself in the rich tapestry of sci-fi adventure.

Preview: Valiant Continues Next With Bloodshot Reborn

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Valiant has their own plans to build on their popular Valiant Next initiative

Preview: Rat God #1 by Richard Corben brings the backwoods horror

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This preview of the new Richard Corben book from Dark Horse came in my email yesterday to promote the FOC of the book—the last day that retailers can adjust orders. So I missed posting it when it would do any good (I was in meetings and on deadline yesterday). But perhaps consumers will be interested as well! Corben is a powerhouse of the first wave of self-publishing and “ground level” publishing in the 80s, and he’s still rocking out with the art.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/13/15: Secrets of the new Avengers trailer REVEALED!

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§ After watching the new Avengers trailers several dozen times, going frame by frame, I think I can reveal a shocking twist:

Charlie Hebdo: News and Notes

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The Charlie Hebdo murders, and the subsequent shoot outs and man hunts, have led to an unprecedented discussion over the role of satire, art and cartooning. It is also, of course, a horrific event that will change tactics against terrorism within France and elsewhere. Much has been written, and while it has often seemed the […]

Kibble ‘n’ Bits 1/12/15: Micheal Kupperman vs the New York Times

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It’s long been known that cartoonists David Rees and Michael Kupperman didn’t have a great time when they were cartooning for the New York Times last year, and it ended badly. Now, Kupperman recounts the whole sad story which involves a lot of editorial meddling (or censorship) and not the greatest deal:

Je suis Jane Austen

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By Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

If I had my druthers I would mostly live in a Jane Austen world. I say mostly because of course it would be necessary to be wealthy and male, from a proper upper class family with good social standing and white goes without saying. I prefer gentility, good manners and pleasant behavior. I don’t like crass, vulgar, adolescent immature anything. So what am I doing in the world of comics?

Angoulême festival planning memorial and seeking contributions

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It will be a very difficult Angouleme comics festival they year, as the French comics world—and the entire world—deals with the senseless death of five cartoonists. I’m told the festival is planning a memorial and also seeking contributions via their  Facebook page.  While they are asking for “Je suis Charlie” contributions, I’m sure the cartoonists of the world can […]

Valiant hires Tom Brennan as Associate Editor

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Former Marvel editor Tom Brennan has joined Valiant as Associate Editor, joining several ther former Marvel and DC editors on staff. Brennan will be working closely with eic Warren Simons. PR below. Valiant is proud to announce that veteran editor Tom Brennan has been named to the position of Associate Editor. Brennan begins his new […]

Sacred and Sequential group releases statement on the Charlie Hebdo attack

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Sacred and Sequential, a group of scholars who study the intersection of religion and comics has released a statement on Wednesday’s still reverberating attack on the officer of Charlie Hebo that left 12 dead. The statement was posted by A. David Lewis, author of The Superhero Afterlife. Nothing can justify the attack on the French […]

The Beat Annual Creator Survey Part Five: Is Star Wars a guilty pleasure?

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And so we wrap up this year’s with the last round of replies, and if one thing is clear it’s that a lot of  people are looking forward to a new Star Wars movie. Once again, thanks to everyone who took the time from their busy schedules to respond. Previous parts can be read here: Part […]

The cartooning world—and the rest of the world—reacts to the Charlie Hebdo attack

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January 7th, 2015 will always be a grim date in for free speech, tolerance and French cartooning. As we all know, 12 people, including 10 staffers and four cartoonists were killed in a terrorist attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo yesterday morning. The attack—which some called the 9/11 for France—left grieving and reeling for those lost and for a world in which such a senseless act could occur. The four cartoonists killed—Georges Wolinski, Charb, Tignous, and Cabu—included one Angouleme Grand Prize winner, Wolinski, who won in 2005. It was a grievous toll.

The Beat’s Annual Survey 2015, Part Four: “Grandpa Con versus In-name-only-Con”

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More thoughts on the future of comics, the intersection of media, conventions and just sitting at a table drawing, by folks ranging from publishers to creators to journalists.  What will 2015 bring? Surprises, like yesterday IDW/Top Shelf deal, which no one saw coming.

Guardians of the Galaxy gets Best Adapted Screenplay nod from WGA

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Well, this is a shock. The script by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman for Guardians of the Galaxy has been nominated for the very prestigious Writer’s Guid of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Superhero movies very rarely get award nominations outside of tech categories. so this is quite a kudo for a movie that […]

12 killed including four cartoonists in attack on Charlie Hebdo offices

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In an act of unspeakable horror, three gunman are at large in France after a brief deadly attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine. The attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, and it’s believed to be part of a long running controversy over various depictions of the prophet Mohammed going back […]

The Beat’s Annual Survey 2015 edition Part Three: with added sneak peaks at Sfar and Blutch!

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Yep it’s part three of our annual look at the year coming and going. My trip to Angouleme in 2014 enabled me to add more international participants to the survey, so look for some perspective the global comics business and even a wee Joann Sfar preview in the answers below. Part One and Part Two of the survey can be found here.