Episode 7: The Acquisitions Meeting What happens once an editor at a publishing house has a book on submission that they want to buy? What are the steps that they need to take between that and making an offer? At many publishing houses, the procedure is to present the book at an Acquisition Meeting — […]
DC Comics is trying something new. In the wake of their Rebirth initiative, the publisher has rapidly expanded its content to include diverse new imprints such as Young Animal, Wildstorm, Black Label, Ink, and Zoom. As their lineup expands, it can be hard to figure out what to pick up each week. That’s what the […]
Over the years that I’ve contributed for The Beat, I’ve gotten to preview some pretty-interesting projects in the making, as well as talk to their equally-interesting creators. A little more than two years ago, I had a phone interview with two women who called themselves the “Gibbs Girls.” They were working on a steam-punk inspired comic that takes place at the dawn of the 20th century and during the Industrial Age. The story followed a female, African American inventor named Ada Turner who creates the first flying machine. Last week, the Gibbs Girls reached out and informed me that the comic had finally come out.
Published by Titan Comics, Tank Girl Full Color Classics 1988-1989 #1 celebrates the 30th anniversary of the tank loving and mutant kangaroo dating female outlaw. Though they were first released in “glorious” black and white by writer Alan Martin and artist Jamie Hewlett, these re-released classics now are in full color, fulfilling how its creators would have loved to see them 30-years ago.
Headed by Mike Towry and Chairman Matt Dunford, this convention pays homage to the early days of Comic-Con. Organizers of Comic Fest pride themselves in its intimate setting. In many ways, I find it to be quite charming, lacking the Hollywood of Comic-Con and instead allowing attendees and invited guests to mingle together. A lot of love goes into this convention.
Let’s face it, there’s been some great work at the House of Ideas this year. Squirrel Girl delighted us, Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock wowed us, Captain America has been the bee’s knees, but one issue from this week stands alone as the cream of the crop! Is it Wolverine’s fateful return? Find out this week in […]
“I remember the absolute last copy of the first print run, which I sold at Comic-Con. It was to a middle-aged, straight woman who was buying it for her teenage, gay son. She told me that she was getting the book for him because she wanted him to know his history and lineage, and she couldn’t tell that story to him herself. She thanked me for creating the book for the both of them and I promptly burst into tears. Then we hugged it out. It was an incredible moment.”
“It was quite a challenge because it was unlike anything DC had done,” said Bruning. Though they had been in the industry for years, they didn’t know how to deal with online talent and online competition. In many ways, they had to “rebuild” and rework their established view of comics.
“You can count the comic book editors on one hand who are so influential to the medium and whose vision for their material is so strong that they really define a brand that gives the audience that kind of confidence. And one of them is here to my left, Karen Berger.”
With the release of his massive hit webcomic hitting the bookshelves, I had the opportunity to speak with Andrew Hussie, the elusive and hilarious creator of Homestuck, one of the most ambitious and interactive independent comics ever created. ~ Q1. You say in this intro that this book is for enjoyment, perhaps a leisurely companion […]