Kangaroo Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Pull for 8/26/15


After restoring our collective brain patterns from last week’s insane Podcorn visitation, the men and women hand selected by the government to write the world’s premiere comic book news website, The Beat, sought a nap. A new member of the team known as Frank Oliver aligned himself amongst our ranks, and after some comic book […]

New Jem and the Holograms Music Video Trailer is More Pop than Glam…


Today, Universal released a new trailer for the film adaptation of Jem and the Holograms showcasing the song “Youngblood,” which debuted in the movie’s initial trailer. I was but an egg when Jem and the Holograms first aired in the 80s.  I have minimal point of reference for the series beyond the IDW comic and that Taric reference in League […]

MATT CHATS: Paul Allor on Making TET, An IDW Comic about Love and War


I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Paul Allor, mostly through Comics Experience, a workshop for people who want to create comics. He’s had a meteoric rise in the last few years, and next for him is a war/romance miniseries published by IDW and Comics Experience called TET. He sent me all four issues, […]

IDW’s parent company stock splits 10-for-1 and gets new ticker name


As we’ve mentioned here a few times, the majority owner of IDW is actually a holding company, formerly known as CTM MEDia Holdings, but now renamed IDW Media Holdings, Inc. because IDW is such a prominent part of their business. IT’s just been announced that CTM has completed a ten-for-one stock split and will be […]

Truly Outrageous art: Stephanie Hans does Jem and the Holograms


Via Tumblr, the amazing painter Stephanie Hans has gone totally pink for this variant cover for IDW’s Jem comic. Written by Kelly Thompson, with art by Sophie Campbell, this comic is a nice throwback to the Jem and the Holograms most Gen Xers remember as opposed to the Pitch perfect 3 treatment the movie is […]

SDCC ’15: ROM the Space Knight is Coming Back in a New IDW Series


Tonight, IDW announced that they had picked up the rights to perennial 80s characters Micronauts and ROM.  Two new series featuring these characters are slated for 2016. No creators or other news on the series have been announced at this time, but IDW is definitely on an 80s kick, relaunching Jem and the Holograms a few […]

SDCC ’15: DC and IDW Team Up to Present Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crossover


Whaaaaa???? In an unprecedented cross-company event, DC and IDW announced today that they would make millions of fans’ dreams come true by teaming the Dark Knight up with the Heroes in a Half Shell.  Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a six-part limited series slated to begin in November, will be written by James Tynion IV and […]

SDCC ’15: IDW Publishing & Top Shelf’s Comic-Con International 2015 Schedule


From the PR…  [I’ve highlighted the more exciting events. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments!] IDW Publishing (Booth #2743) and Top Shelf Productions (Booth #1721) will host an amazing list of talent this year at both their booths. Come by and meet some of the biggest and brightest stars working in comics today!

PREVIEW: Corto Maltese: Beyond the Windy Isles


What better way to celebrate the Beat’s 11th anniversary than with a preview of one of our all time favorite comics, Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, now being reprinted in lovely English language editions from IDW and Dean Mullaney’s Euro comix imprint. This volume goes on sales today and follow’s Corto’s ravishingly romantic and lushly […]