NYCC ’15: Boom announces panels and creators

Boom is kicking off NYCC with a signing at Forbidden Planet Thursday, October 7 from 7-9pm (NYCC badge NOT required), featuring the following creators (additional creators may be announced): Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes) Frank Barbiere (Broken World, Black Market) Matthew Daley (Lantern City) Michael Dialynas (The Woods) Eryk Donovan (Cognetic, Memetic) Brian Joines (Imagine Agents) Simon Spurrier […]


Disney Parks Reveal More Details About Star Wars Plans!

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As reported last month during the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Disney will be creating new theme park attractions based on the Star Wars franchise. Both Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida will feature 14-acre immersive experiences. In California, land along the north side of the park will be repurposed, and some nearby […]


More people hired at comic book companies: Image, Boom, Valiant, Dynamite


Although the comics industry seems to be hitting a rough patch, one thing that I noticed at last week retailer summit is that a bunch of people have just been hired as staffers to actually work in the comics business! And interestingly, many of them are working directly with comics retailers. I think if you’re going to invest money in your business at a time like this, investing in new employees who work directly with the people who buy your products is a pretty smart move. Here’s the new faces:


Jeff Boison joins Image Comics


Former Vice President, Publishing Planning & Collected Editions at DC Entertainment Jeff Boison has just been hired by Image Comics and will join them Monday, October 5 as Director of Publishing Planning & Book Trade Sales. Bison worked at DC since 2009 and was at Rondom House for 11 years prior to that.


DC Superhero Girls animation debuts, creator revealed

    Perfect timing! THE DC SUPER HERO GIRLS UNIVERSE IS LIVE! “Welcome to Super Hero High” the very first DC Super Hero Girls animated short, has just been launched on  Many other features went live today with an eye to a global rollout of the digitally immersive world beginning later this month. The toys will be displayed at NYCC […]


DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: August 2015 – Bombshells Return


Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

Back in June 2014, DC kicked off their freely-orderable variant (f.o.v.) cover program (or as DC has taken to calling them, open-to-order variants) with Bombshell variants with covers by Ant Lucia that evoked pin-up art from the 1940s. It was a big success, with the comics sporting them seeing huge gains and has spun off into a line of statues. So it makes sense that DC would want to return to the Bombshells theme, and this month sees a batch of all-new Bombshells covers as well as the launch of a DC Comics Bombshells comic (reprinting the digital-first comic of the same name). It’s a moderate success this time out, especially compared to last month’s Teen Titans Go! variants (all of those sporting both variants see a jump up in sales this time out), and the comic itself sells very well for a digital-first comic. While we can be fairly sure that the f.o.v.s are giving a boost beyond the natural sales level for titles bearing them, it is clear that the size of that boost is greatly dependent on the demand for that month’s theme (or rather the perceived demand by retailers, which as in all cases on these charts has to stand in for actual consumer demand).


Exclusive Reveal: Tula Lotay’s Cover to REBELS #10!


Brian Wood’s and Andrea Mutti’s Rebels and I have a special relationship.  Way back before issue one came out in March, I wrote an advance review of the title as my first assignment for The Beat.  More than half a year in and Rebels is still going strong, recently wrapping up its first arc. One of the highlights of […]


Marvel is “Whittling” Down the Publisher’s Next Event Post-“Secret Wars”


As great as Secret Wars has been over the past couple of issues, the story isn’t going to be the end of the Marvel Universe as we know it — the series will also not serve as the last event ever told by the publisher. Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso confirmed the existence of a new […]


Trade Paperback Staff Picks for the week of 9/30/15


As much as we here at The Beat love single issues shipping each month, sometimes certain comics and stories tend to get the best of us as we try to keep up with new titles shipping each week. As a result, this week wanted to offer readers some of the best comics content available in […]


Diamond Summit ’15: The slowdown is here


Comics sales have been growing and continue to grow, but we’re definitely entering a period of retrenchment and contraction for many, as I reported from this year’s Diamond Retailer summit for PW in a story called At Diamond Summit, Cracks in Comics Market Come to Fore. Pretty much every company has some kind of adjustment […]


Lemire & Nguyen’s Descender to Begin 2nd Arc in November


Descender is back!  After a slightly longer than average hiatus, the series’ second arc, entitled “Machine Moon,” will begin in November. The first arc of Descender made waves when it debuted at the beginning of this year.  Writer Jeff Lemire turned the classic premise of a boy and his dog on its head, setting their adventure in a […]


Speaking of Squirrel Girl, here’s a totes adorbs look at the new #1


They said it couldn’t last, but The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl made the cut to all new, all different, all post Secret Wars Marvel and here’s a peek at the first issue, which hits in October. Writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson have made this a kicky title in the Batgirl/Lumberjanes tradition that has sold […]


Marvel Month-to-Month Sales- August 2015: The Secret Quality of Quietness


by Xavier Lancel Welcome to a new analysis of the Marvel sales.  I’m French, that’s why I’m talking funny. Please address your complaints to my home-of-human-rights-but-not-of-migrants country. Reminder: those sales are estimates, sales to comics shops situated in North America. American comics do get sold somewhere else in their original floppy edition. Keep in mind […]


Interview: Cracking Secret Coders, Balancing Education and Entertainment, and What’s Next for Eisner Winner Gene Luen Yang


Gene Luen Yang, multiple Eisner winner and National Book Award finalist, has released his latest work for younger readers, a collaboration with Adventure Time artist Mike Holmes entitled Secret Coders. This exciting new volume from First Second, the home of Yang’s award-winning American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero, centers on a young […]


ICYMI: First Official Footage of Marvel’s Jessica Jones Revealed!

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In two weeks, we’ll be getting some quality time with the cast of Netflix’s next Marvel Defenders series, Jessica Jones, at New York Comic Con.  The followup to the incredibly lauded Daredevil, the series will focus on the titular metahuman, portrayed by Krysten Ritter, as she attempts to salvage her life as a detective after a brief […]


X-Men ’92 is Promoted to an Ongoing Series Post-Secret Wars


Sitting atop Doom’s throne as the surprise hit of Secret Wars is an X-Men series loosely based off of the cartoon, X-Men ‘92. The mini-series is becoming an ongoing after the marquee crossover. The new title will begin in 2016 announced via Newsarama. The tale will be written by the same creative team on the […]