The Loot Crate Effect Reaches “Cartoonish Levels” on Comics Sales

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Note: The distribution numbers used below are estimates, not hard sales numbers.  They’re accurate to the trends, but take the exact unit measurements with a small grain of salt.   Recently, Comichron released Diamond distribution numbers for May 2015.  To little astonishment at the feat but some awe at the scale, Marvel’s Secret Wars #1 took the […]

Lumberjanes is about to become a major motion picture

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One of the big critical darlings of last year, Lumberjanes is a fabulous comic series written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis, with art by Brooke Allen and co-created by BOOM! Studios editor Shannon Watters. For those unfamiliar, it follows a group of young women spending the summer at scout camp, where they encounter supernatural […]

Matter-Eater Lad Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Comics Pull: 5/20/15

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The Beat Staff has been…busy lately with two events going on and the Ultimate Universe coming to an end (sort of) this week. All of us that write here at The Beat live at the Stately Beat Manor where our heads are stuck in the printed page from early morning to late in the day. […]

What’s Happening NYC: Forbidden Planet Rocks!

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WOW!  Forbidden Planet in New York City, one of the oldest and best comics retailers in the country, has an amazing amount of events planned this week! First off, on New Comics Wednesday: Dan Slott and Chris Miskiewicz will be signing from 6 PM until…? Then, on Thursday, the 30th, things get really interesting! Words […]

Emerald City news round-up: 10 new titles from Dark Horse, Mouse Guard and more

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Here’s a quick round-up of new projects from Boom, IDW, Dark Horse and Valiant, including new stuff by Eric Powell, David Petersen, Jen Wang, and many many more.

Review: strange things are afoot in Bill and Ted’s Triumphant Return

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I wanted to like Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1. And for the most part, I did. It’s got View Askew Productions veteran Brian Lynch on writing duties, who has done solid work for IDW’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer series spin-off Spike: Asylum. It’s got the art of Jerry Gaylord, who has lovingly personified other franchises like TMNT and Adventure Time. Yet while Bill and Ted were very much themselves, they also seemed to lose a little something in the translation.

Review: Big Con Job is a dark, meta, fandomy heist: and I can’t look away

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Palmiotti and Brady have created a group of characters instantly familiar to fans of comic books, science fiction and fantasy in general: aging TV stars wearily working the convention circuit to earn their daily bread. There’s the buxom, Princess Leia-like love interest to the pulpy, Captain Kirk-ish Buck Blaster in the aptly-named series ‘Treck Wars’. The pair look out into a sparse audience that has turned on them