Tom Spurgeon launches a Patreon campaign and a digital magazine


After making some noises about it for a while, Tom Spurgeon has joined the crowdfunding world for his award-winning Comics Reporter site with a Patreon that is up to over $500 in less than 24 hours. I think I might have been in the first 10 supporters, and I urge all Beat readers to go […]


The Beat is 11 today!


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 […]


Laderman named EVP/GM for Comic-Con/Lionsgate SVOD service


That nerd-themed SVOD (subscription video on demand) service from Comic-Con/Lionsgate we told you about a while ago, just got an EVP/GM in the form of Seth Laderman, formerly of Legendary and Nerdist. This new service will offer programming themed to Comic-con attendees as well as archival footage from CCI’s library. Laderman was instrumental in growing the Nerdist brand via its podcast network and on YouTube, as well as programming such as All Star Celebrity Bowling, Magic Meltdown, The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Live Show and the upcoming reboot of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. At Legendary he ran operations and oversaw content acquisition and development for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party and Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry and worked with Spotify, Twtter and Xbox. So, It’s safe to say that he knows the terrain.


Comics site editorial shuffle continue with Pantozzi, Arrant, Lu


In the past 12 months, Newsarama, The Outhouse, Comics Alliance, Multiversity and Broken Frontier have all had changes at the top, with various editors in chief leaving. Well, you can add The Mary Sue to the mix, as EiC Jill Pantozzi has just announced she’s moving on. Some big news to report. July 3rd will […]


The Beat podcasts with Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins on publishing economics


Many people ask me, “Why don’t you do a podcast?” and I reply, “I do!” It’s called More to Come and it’s produced by Publishers Weekly. This week, I chat with Matt Hawkins, president and coo of Top Cow. Matt is more than just an inimitable Facebook poster (if you’ve read his stories about standing in line at the grocery store, you know what I mean.) He’s also an industry veteran who’s seen the highest highs and the lowest lows, and in this talk he dishes on the early days of Image and much more.


Andy Oliver replaces Frederik Hautain as Broken Frontier EiC


The Great 2015 Comics Site Editor-in-Chief Mass Step Down continues as Broken Frontier, a long running comics news and culture site, has announced that Andy Oliver will takes over the site from Frederik Hautain, who held the position since the site’s launch in 2002. Oliver was previously Managing Editor, and they are seeking candidates for that position now. Check out the details here or send an application to [email protected] Like every job in comics journalism, it is an unpaid position.


Matt Bors on changes at the Nib


As reported last week, The Nib, the political comics site edited by Matt Bors and run by Medium, is undergoing some changes, and on Friday, Bors explained what’s what. Basically, the site is moving away from daily publishing—and won’t be running weekly comic strips any more—but will continue to publish editorial, satirical and journalistic pieces. […]


The best comics site out there, The Nib, is changing focus


The Nib is the best comics site out there, with new comics every day from some of the greatest cartoonists working. Edited by Matt Bors, it’s a model of how a comics site can be sharply observent and politically relevant, and yet still be good comics overal, with both editorial cartoons—Tis Modern World, Tom the Dancing Bug, Slowpoke, Bors own strip—and new work by folks like Emily Flake, Lisa Hanawalt, R Stevens, Ted Rall, Brian McFadden, Erika Moen, Shannon Wheeler and more more more. A whole generation of incisive non-fiction cartoonists, given a paying platform to work for.

Unfortunately, it’s not going to be around in the same form any more.


On minding your social media manners and hot takes

The priceless Deb Aoki has created yet another masterful Storify called Twitter for Comics Creators – Do’s & Don’ts and rather than embed here, it just go read it. But here’s the nut graph:


Media notes: TRIPWIRE is back; is gone; and Hollywood Heroes debuts


A few things going on out there in nerd media land. § Tripwire Magazine has relaunched their website. Spo far mostly Mad Max, which is no problemn, but comics sstuff on there too. Editor Joel Meadows writes “We have created a website that we can be proud of and now that we have found a […]


Stan Lee joins with nerdlebrity all-stars for comedy film


Audi produced this short comedy advertisement with Stan Lee teaching how to do what he does best: appear in cameos in Marvel films. The short, directed by Kevin Smith with appearances by Smith, Jason Mewes, Michael Rooker, Tara Reid and, poignantly, Lou Ferrigno, sort of sums up where we’re at as a culture right now.

“I’ve studied a lot of acting methods,” Rooker says in the short. “I’ve studied the Stanislavski method, the method method, but I’ve never studied anything like the Stan Lee method.


WATCH: Marvel’s Sana Amanat and artist Phil Jimenez appear on The Nightly Show


The Nightly Show Last night’s The Nightly Show, the show hosted by Larry Whitmore, examined nerd culture and diversity. Guests included Marvel’s Director of Content & Character Development. Sana Amanat, artist Phil Jimenez (Spider-Man, Wonder Woman), comedian Mike Lawrence and rapper Jean Grae. The show included a “black Batman” sketch and some other discussion of […]


D’Orazio v Sims: Dawn of Justice


I Have an update already, but you’ll have to scroll all the way down for it. Or: the harassing call is coming from inside the blog If you are not up to speed on all this Jude Terror has done an incredible job summing up 90% of the most important points up until about 10 […]


Comics Worth Reading starts over at day 1


Just the other day on Twitter, I was comparing notes with Tom Spurgeon and Johanna Draper Carlson as members of a very selective club of the long running comics bloggers. AND NOW Johanna has announced that she’s starting her site from scratch because of technical difficulties:: After 10 years and well over 7,000 posts, my […]


Another editor-in-chief fleeing his website as Hoffer leaves The Outhouse


We get most of our mainstream comics news at The Outhouse, which despite being a little rough with the personal jokes, still has a jaundiced view of comis publishing that’s closer to the truth than many would suspect. However in a recent spate of comics news site turnovers, The Ourhouse is losing it’s editor in chief, Christian Hoffer, who’s moving on. Although he cites the usual—life changes, less time—it’s clear that the snarky tone of the Outhouse also took its toll:


Khouri steps down at Comics Alliance as Wheeler and Asselin-Moore take over


As announced on Twitter and expanded on via Tumblr Andy Khouri is stepping down as editor in chief at Comics Alliance, and the dynamic duo of Andrew Wheeler and Janelle Asselin-Moore will shares duties.