Kangaroo Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Pull for 8/26/15

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After restoring our collective brain patterns from last week’s insane Podcorn visitation, the men and women hand selected by the government to write the world’s premiere comic book news website, The Beat, sought a nap. A new member of the team known as Frank Oliver aligned himself amongst our ranks, and after some comic book […]

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New Jem and the Holograms Music Video Trailer is More Pop than Glam…

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Today, Universal released a new trailer for the film adaptation of Jem and the Holograms showcasing the song “Youngblood,” which debuted in the movie’s initial trailer. I was but an egg when Jem and the Holograms first aired in the 80s.  I have minimal point of reference for the series beyond the IDW comic and that Taric reference in League […]

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IDW’s parent company stock splits 10-for-1 and gets new ticker name

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As we’ve mentioned here a few times, the majority owner of IDW is actually a holding company, formerly known as CTM MEDia Holdings, but now renamed IDW Media Holdings, Inc. because IDW is such a prominent part of their business. IT’s just been announced that CTM has completed a ten-for-one stock split and will be […]

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Truly Outrageous art: Stephanie Hans does Jem and the Holograms

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Via Tumblr, the amazing painter Stephanie Hans has gone totally pink for this variant cover for IDW’s Jem comic. Written by Kelly Thompson, with art by Sophie Campbell, this comic is a nice throwback to the Jem and the Holograms most Gen Xers remember as opposed to the Pitch perfect 3 treatment the movie is […]

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USA Networks making a pilot from Brooklyn Animal Control

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Comics on TV! An emerging trend. While The WB and the Walking Dead-iverse seem to have been having the most success on broadcast TV, IDW is getting into the game with Brooklyn Animal Control, the comics by JT Petty (Splinter Cell) and Stephen Thompson is in development as a pilot at USA Network, with Petty […]

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PREVIEW: Corto Maltese: Beyond the Windy Isles

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What better way to celebrate the Beat’s 11th anniversary than with a preview of one of our all time favorite comics, Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, now being reprinted in lovely English language editions from IDW and Dean Mullaney’s Euro comix imprint. This volume goes on sales today and follow’s Corto’s ravishingly romantic and lushly […]

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SDCC ’15: IDW Publishing Announces a Bevy of Exclusives

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Today, IDW sent out a press release announcing the San Diego Comic Con 2015 exclusives.  In an interesting move, attendees will actually be able to preorder some of these exclusives from the IDW website for pickup at the con, hopefully reducing the amount of time you spend in their line and thus giving you more […]

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MATT CHATS: Samurai Jack Exit Interview with Jim Zub

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Even though I was never quite in love with the considered-a-classic Samurai Jack TV show, I’ve been infatuated by Samurai Jack the comic book since before Issue 1. The stoic, solemn character interacting with a colorful world works, in my opinion, better in sequential form than it does on the screen. Writer Jim Zub is […]

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IDW teams up with Madefire to Launch New iOS App

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IDW has created a new application with the help of a partnership with Madefire in order to open up their catalogue of comics to a wider group of fans. The brand new app store allows access to over 3,500 comics, as well as 15 free trade paperbacks available digitally. Several motion titles (as well as […]

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New IDW / Top Shelf Comics Humble Bundle offers some great comics

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The Humble Bundle model of “bundling” digital comics for a pay what you want price (while offering a percentage to charity) has had a pretty big impact on both comics readers and publishers over the past year, generating over $4 million in sales for ebook last year. You can see why publishers would be hep […]

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Walking the Game Beat: Batman, Disney Infinity 2.0, Call of Duty, RIP Silent Hills

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Comics will have to be enough for Silent Hill as the new game has been canceled, but the good news is more Batman: Arkham Knight!

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Walking The Game Beat: Star Wars, Possible Disney Infinity 3.0, New Arkham Trailer?

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Looking at the world of games through the comic lens.

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Tonight @ Society of Illustrators: Is That Art?

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This exhibit of works from Craig Yoe’s original art collection has already garnered stellar accolades – tonight you can see why. And that’s not all …

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Wondercon’15: IDW Artist Editions Are Art Unto Themselves

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IDW updates comics purists on all their upcoming Artist Edition books at wondercon

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Wondercon’15: Pre-Show Comics, Comics, and Robots

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Comics Beat snuck a peek of some exhibitors on the floor before the opening of Wondercon and this is what we saw.

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CTM Media Holdings To Become IDW Media Holdings 

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IDW’s “parent company”—actually a holding company consisting of a travel brochure publisher and IDW—has become renamed IDW Media Holdings, and IDW’s Ted Adams will be the CEO. While the entire backstory is a little convoluted, as I understand it with my unfrozen caveman business writer mind, IDW took on an investor years ago, IDT Corporation, […]

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