The Beat Annual Creator Survey Part 1: What will be the biggest story of 2016?

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It’s time for our annual look at what’s happening in comics and where creators see things going and what impacted them in the past year. This time as always we have a wide range swath of creators, publishers and retailers, with all kinds of opinions. And if you look closely you’ll see lots of news […]

Want to learn about comics? Santoro and Shutz are offering classes

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A few of preemptive notes about starting some education classes in 2016, since many of you will be beginning a new course. § Frank Santoro’s online comics making course is starting up again in 2016. His course is $500 for eight weeks, but if you apply before cChristmas you get $100 off. A good deal. […]

News and notes: new comics from Soto, Tsurumi, Wertz, Trippe, Kleid and more

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New comics! SF madness from Zack Soto, boxing fantasy from Neil Kleid, Jake Allen and Frank Reynoso; NYC history from Julia Wertz; a collection from Andrea Tsurumi; an intense Italian micropress; and a controversial kickstarter is finally coming to print.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits: What they found in this cartoonist’s apartment will blow your mind

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§ Dave Itzkoff elides the Dark Knight III experience for the NY Times. It was pointed out a few times that this piece only interviews men and while I’m fully aware that many woman like Batman, I think this can be labeled a “guy thing” without too much outcry. § Forge magazine presents a short […]

AfterShock hires Nilson and Wu

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AfterShock Comics, the line of periodical comics that launches next month, has made a couple of new hires. Stephan Nilson has been hired as Publishing Operations Manager, and Lisa Y. Wu has joined up as social media coordinator.    Nilson’s background includes writing and editing for DC Comics, Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros, […]

31 days of Halloween Cover Reveal: Books-A-Million variant Deadpool by Mike McKone

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One of the more intriguing developments in recent years in comics retailing has been the resurgence of comics sales in national book chains. Yes I know there are fewer of them, but they are still here and Virgin Records and Blockbuster Video aren’t. Barnes & Nobles has expanded its graphic novel section a great deal, […]