ICv2 and Comichron release 2014 sales report: comics now a $935 million business

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For the second year, ICv2’s Milton Griepp and Comichron’s John Jackson Miller have released a joint report on comics sales in the previous year, and they report that the state of the union is good, with graphic novel sales hitting a 20 year high. Sales are up in all channels except newsstand sales, where Marvel jumped ship and DC may have as well. SO STOP TELLING US TO GO BACK TO NEWSSTANDS, OKAY? Comics are doing just fine without “newsstands.”

Review: Terminator Genisys – What’s the point?

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Can the dormant Terminator franchise find new life?

The Beat is 11 today!

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It’s July 1st, meaning it’s the day we celebrate the Beat’s birthday and today marks 11 years of daily comics news! It’s a very special day—I even ganked some clip art for the occasion. I was going to write a long essay here about the State of the Blog but frankly, I’m too wiped out […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 7/1/15: Eight links you should click on and one you shouldn’t

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§ Fusion’s comics page has some great content, for example this piece where 8 LGBT cartoonists share their reactions to legal same-sex marriage, with comics from Hilary Price, Sophie Yanow and Howard Cruse’s which is really marvelous. The one from Christopher Keelty, above, made me laugh the hardest though. § Cartoonist/educator Frank Santoro has announced […]

Titan at SDCC: Assassin’s Creed, The Blacklist, Heroes, Lenore and, of course, Doctor Who!

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Titan has announced their full line-up of SDCC activities, and there’s lots to choose from with ten signing sessions and two panels, as well as a bunch of exclusive covers, merchandise and sneak-peaks of upcoming series.

Heroes: Reborn Gets a Synopsis, Trailer, and Character Portraits!

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Swiftly following last week’s debut of the “Where are the Heroes?” teaser trailer, NBC has released a flurry of Heroes: Reborn promotional material to get audiences excited about the return of the show.  First off, here’s our first glimpse of the heroes, some of whom you might recognize, in action: Then there’s the official plot […]

Eternal Warrior, Dr. Mirage and X-O Manowar #50: News from the #ValiantSummit

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The #ValiantSummit just wrapped, where the publisher announced a whole bunch of new titles and announcements from Valiant Entertainment’s comic book line in a live setting. One of the first and biggest announcements was X-O Manowar #50, a landmark achievement in publishing giving the current state of the industry. The issue will feature the writing talents of […]

Massive Update to the All-New, All-Different Marvel Scorecard

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Recently, a bunch of cover solicits from Marvel’s All-New All-Different preview book leaked.  We now have 46 titles on deck.  Besides some major shakeups we’ve previously covered such as Jeff Lemire debuting on X-Men and Rick Remender leaving Marvel to focus on his creator owned work, there aren’t any huge shakeups to the roster of […]

Check out the All-New, All-Different Amazing Spider-Man Costume

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Man, Marvel loves their hyphens. Dan Slott recently gave an interview to MTV regarding his and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli’s upcoming Amazing Spider-Man run, which begins following Secret Wars‘ conclusion in October.  In the article, MTV debuted new designs from the series including a brand new costume created by Alex Ross (Kingdom Come) and a Spider Mobile conceived by Camuncoli. As head of Parker Industries, the […]

SDCC ’15: GoComics and Andrews McMeel signings with a ton o’ cartoonists

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I remember the days when seeing a real live comic strip artist was rare indeed, but now they’re coming out of their shell! GoComics and Andrews McMeel (publisher of all those comic strips collections you love so much)will be at Comic-Con (Booth #1503) and lots of cool folks—from Dana Simpson to Stephen Pastis—and books—Peanuts! Cul de Sac!—will be there. Here’s the list: