New canon? Website attempts to list 100 Best Comics of the First Half of the 2010s


I’ve heard some pretty strong arguments against having any “canon” in comics, and I tend to agree. What canon there is is mostly defined by the strong tradition of comics strips to superheroes to undergrounds, as exemplified by the Masters of American Comics show of a decade ago. I think a few old farts still argue about the Comics Journal’s Top 100 Comics of the Twentieth Century, but we’ve come a long way in just 15 years. These canons just aren’t diverse enough to reflect where comics have gone in just a very short time.



The Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest is nearing the completion of its 28th year.  Since the start of its run in 1987, the Archie Comics series has featured stories centered around Riverdale’s eponymous leading ladies.  In the latest issue, which comes out this Wednesday, cartoonist Dan Parent brings some holiday cheer to the Archie universe, breaking out […]

NYCC ’15 Dark Horse reveals “Tomb Raider II,” a “Sin City” collection, and new series


Dark Horse has just announced a slew of news at the publisher’s New York Comic-Con panel entitled “Dark Horse Creators: Crafting the Original Story” including a new collection for Sin City, multiple brand new series by (Beat alumni) Van Jenson, Tomb Raider II, a new Mœbius collection, and a new comic from screenwriter Eric Heisserer. The new Sin City collection […]

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 […]

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 […]