Must Read: Take the Annual Devastator/Beat Indie Exhibitor Convention Mega Survey

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It’s here! Once again, The Beat has teamed with The Devastator magazine for the annual Indie Exhibitor Convention Mega Survey 2015. This is an in-depth look at who is exhibiting, where they are exhibiting and how they are exhibiting at various pop culture shows across North America; whether con, CAF or autograph show. It’s the […]

Salt Lake Comic Con claims trademark win; SDCC: “Not so fast.”

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The ongoing legal battle over the trademark of the term “comic-con” between The San Diego Comic-Con (or to give it it’s official name: Comic-Con International: San Diego) and the Salt Lake Comic Con flared up a bit yesterday when the SLC group claimed a win by being granted a trademark:

Anime Matsuri showrunner accused of sexual harassment

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This has been alluded to over the last few days on social media, but the Houston Press sums up charges against Anime Matsuri head John Leigh, who, from multiple accounts, seems to be a serial sexual harasser. Anime Matsuri is held in Houston and is considered one of the top anime events in the US, […]

Eventbrite Survey: conventions have achieved gender parity but some still feel unwelcome

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EventBrite, the ticketing agency, caused a lot of talk last year when they released the results of the first survey of convention attendees with breakdowns on gender, spending and more. They’ve done another survey this year, and the results are even more detailed. Rob Salkowitz has done a round-up over at ICv2 but the Beat […]

Flashback Friday: historic photos of San Diego in the 80s

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While I was poking around the internet for the history of Marriott Hall the other day, I chanced upon some photos of San Diego in the 80s taken during and just after the construction of the Marriott Marquis and Marina. The first photo is prior to the hotel’s completion in 1987. I’m not enough of an expert in San Diego history to know the history of the marina, but as you can see, it bears very little resemblance to the glitzy high rise neighborhood of today. There’s no convention center, no Hyatt, no Embassy Suites, no Petco PArk, no Omni…nothing really.

The Suicide Girls’ $7500 auction for tickets to Comic-Con cancelled

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A trip to Comic-Con with a good hotel room, two passes, dinner with the Suicide Girls and VIP access to a special burlesque show — sounds like a good deal. How much would you pay for it? Suicide Girls, the website that offers saucy, consensual webcam girls as well as some excellent journalism and more, […]