NYCC ’15: Attendees Will Now Have to Walk Dreaded NYC Avenues to Attend Panels at Hammerstein Ballroom


In a new plan to expand an already sprawling convention, New York Comic Con is expanding its panel roster to an off-campus site.  No longer constricted to the behemoth that is the Jacob Javits Center, NYCC will now be hosting a series of Television-centric panels at the somewhat nearby Hammerstein Ballroom. Ironically, this new panel venue […]


DC Cancels Five Series including The Omega Men


DC Comics just announced to CBR that five ongoing series of the DC You launch are being cancelled. Among the books just announced for cancellation include fan favorite title The Omega Men by Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda. The others include Lobo, Justice League United, Doomed, and Gotham By Midnight. Catwoman has been assigned a new […]


Treat Yo’self to a Secret Treasure Trove of Neil Gaiman Rarities


  You’ve got your mimosas.  You’ve got your fine leather goods.  How about your rare, never-before-released Neil Gaiman Stories? The American Gods and Sandman author has teamed up with The Moth, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and Humble Bundle to present the Humble Book Bundle: Neil Gaiman Rarities.  For the next two weeks, users can pay as […]


When DC and Marvel cost less than indie comics


There’s been quite a bit of comment on the price of new comics and it seems to me that newer readers may not quite understand why readers over the age of, say, 35 are quite so flummoxed at the price of a comics.  Let me provide a little context for how DC and Marvel were […]


State of the Industry : The floppy abides


And with another “where are we at now” the revamped Trouble with Comics (or “Middle Aged White (mostly) Men on Comics”) looks at the state of the pamphlet, or periodical comic, as we like to call it here at Stately Beat Manner. The question, McLaughlin Group style, is


Did Watchmen Steal From The Outer Limits, Or From Jack Kirby?


[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Watchmen, The Outer Limits, and some old sci-fi you probably weren’t planning on reading.] At the end of Watchmen, a television set in the background announces a rerun of The Outer Limits episode “The Architects Of Fear.” This was a reference to a creative debate that occurred behind the scenes between writer […]


Unassuming Barber Shop: In Search of the Fantastic Four


On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin became the first human being to achieve Earth orbit, effectively winning the space race. At NASA, scientists sighed, poured more coffee, and redoubled their efforts. In New York, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the Fantastic Four. With a new FF movie coming out, readers and fans […]


All-New By Its Cover #6 (Covers For June 2015)


The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).   The Wicked + The Divine #11 by Jamie McKelvie & Matt Wilson I’ve gottta honest with you: I got bored pretty quickly of the “head” covers for each […]


ADVANCE REVIEW: The Wonderful Fever Dream of Hellboy in Hell #7

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England is gone, replaced by a new World Tree, promising to end this world and replace it with something new. Hellboy speaks with a spirit that may be his friend Alice, but who also appears to be something more. She delivers a prophecy of doom and beauty to Hellboy, who awakens, and finds himself in Hell once more. And then things start to get weird.


SDCC ’15 Interview: Marguerite Bennett talks DC Comics’ “Bombshells”

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By Nick Eskey DC Collectible’s popular Bombshells figures have recently been green lighted for its own comic, written by Margurite Bennett with art by Margurite Sauvage and set in an alternate reality of WWII where Super Heroes exist. Bennett talks about her experience with the book at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con 2015. How did you […]


Review: Negative Space Has A Positive Charge

Cover by Owen Gieni

Things start off looking grim. A chubby writer tries to write his suicide note, but is prevented by writer’s block. He longs to connect with the world around him, but is locked away behind walls of shyness. But around page 4, things take a turn.


Sean Murphy drops truth bombs on Comics’ ongoing money problems and more


In the debut issue of’s Off Panel podcast interview series, David Harper sat down with Sean Gordon Murphy, prolific illustrator of titles including The Wake and Hellblazer: City of Angels. Recently, he collaborated with Mark Millar on Chrononauts, a time-hopping action miniseries that was optioned for a movie deal before the release of its first issue. While Murphy is known as one of the most talented artists in comics, he’s also one of the most brutally honest, and this podcast is full of truth bombs about the harsh realities of working in comics.


All-New By Its Cover #5 (Covers For May 2015)


The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month). Note: Apologies for the delay this month. I’ll try to get the next installment out super quick!   Ninjak #3 by Lewis Larosa Wow, that is an extreme […]


E3 2015: Wrap Up and the Possibilities of Comics in Video Games

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Who won E3 and some thoughts about the comics and gaming industries coming out of E3. Where one can help the other.


Prez Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Comics Pull for 6/17/15


  With the new Prez series launching next week as part of the New DC You(niverse) members of The Beat were attempting to do everything they could to get an exclusive interview with Prez Rickard, the former DC teenage hero and star of the original Prez title. Reaching out to Rickard was difficult, after all, The Beat […]


Review: Nonplayer #2 Has Simpson Back in the Game


Nate Simpson makes a remarkable return to form in Nonplayer #2.