UPDATE: Ape Entertainment is still alive and planning

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Yesterday, we reported on the inactivity at Ape Entertainment, and wondered if the company was still around. Well, COO Brent Erwin responded to an inquiry to explain that they are just in reorg mode, but have a digital project coming out at the end of the month and more stuff in the works. Read on: […]

The 2013 Comics Industry Person of the Year is Kim Thompson

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This marks the fourth year we’ve run the Comics Industry Person of the Year Poll, and the results were very straightforward, as you’ll see. The guidelines for voting are as follows: “This can be the most important person, someone who had the biggest impact, an innovator, someone who set the pace, or had a banner year creatively.” The winner’s impact this year was bittersweet, but still something to celebrate.

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2014 Edition, Part 5 — let’s look at the big picture

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Okay this wraps up our annual tradition of surveying all levels of the comics industry for their thoughts on the state of the union. We still have the Comics Industry Person of the Year to announce in a little bit. A few hemes definitely arose from the answers this year: DC’s movie to the west […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 1/6/14: Have a great Epiphany, everyone!

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§ January 6th is the Christian feast known as Epiphany, also the 12th Day of Christmas, so the holidays are over AND you get to wish people a great Epiphany. It never gets old. Above painting by Abraham Bloemaert.

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2014 Edition, Part 4

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Here’s part four or our annual comics status report, with contributions from publishers, cartoonist, writers and execs. As usual, lots of news tidbits and previews in the upcoming projects here, Previous parts: Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Be back here tomorrow for the big wind-up!

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2014 Edition, Part 3 — more thoughts on DC moving west

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Yep it’s more picks and prognostications, with a few tasty previews thrown in. Ted McKeever, cartoonist 2014 Projects: THE SUPERANNUATED MAN  A new Golden Age format, B&W, 6-issue series from Shadowline/Image, coming out around June/July of 2014. The basic premise of The Superannuated Man is a contemplation on growing old in an unspecified future where […]

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2014 Edition, Part 2

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Here’s the second part of our annual look at what’s happened and what happening next for comics. Thanks to everyone for all the time and thought they put into their answers. Part 1 can be found here. Rick Lowell, retailer, show runner 2014 Projects: MeCAF (Maine Comics Arts Festival), May 18, 2014, Portland, ME What was […]

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2014 Edition, Part 1 – Kickstarter, harassment, digital and more

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Yep it’s the return of an annual Beat tradition that goes back nearly a decade, as comic folk from every level of the industry — creators, reporters, retailers, publshers—talk about the issues of the year past and look at the issues of the year to come. There are always a lot of thoughtful answers in this survey, but this year a LOT of very important and thought-provoking topics are looked at from crowdfunding to harassment.

And as always, there are previews and news scattered in the 2014 projects. So settle in and enjoy—there is so much more to come.

Japan launches worldwide assault via its own anime channel

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The Japanese government is taking matters into its own hands by spending 15.5 billion yen ($14.7 million) to launch its own TV network with an eye to foreign distribution.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 12/20/13: How to enter a bouncy house

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Thanks for all the great emails yesterday, people. They are much appreciated. § MUST READ: More on Neil Cohn’s experiments in how comics are read. He actually put electrodes on people’s brains to figure this out. Cohn says any language has a “holy triumvirate” of elements: expressive form, grammar, and meaning. Comics, he argues, meet […]

Help Bob Kahan Keep A Roof Over his Head

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Bob Kahan is a comics industry veteran and good person that I’ve shared many a laugh with over the years. Like many good people, he’s hit a rough patch, and needs help to keep his apartment. As a New Yorker myself I know how grim and ruthless the housing situation is now and don’t want […]

RIP Peter O’Toole

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The late actor was the subject of a pretty good graphic novel called, Hellraisers by Robert Sellers and JAKe (SIC), and adapted from Sellers’ prose work of the same name, which featured adventures of excessive drinking from O’Toole, Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

Industry veterans Harris and Kennedy launch Magnetic Press with a bunch of new titles

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People just can’t stay away from publishing comics. The merriment is infectious! And a new publisher is aiming to create “stories that stick.”

Two former comics industry veterans—former VP of Publishing for Boom Studios, Wes Harris, and former Publisher of Archaia Entertainment, Mike Kennedy—have caught the fever and teamed up to co-found Magnetic Press, which will roll out titles in 2014 including Dave Dorman’s WASTED LANDS, JD Morvan and Bengal’s NAJA and MEKA, F. Ruiz Velasco’s CULEBRA and LEGION OF BLOOD, Caio Oliveira’s SUPER-EGO, PROPHET HILL, and VIVID, Francisco Paronzini’s HUGOBROYLER, and Lucas Marangon’s THINKING OUT LOUD. 

Pitchfork will soon have a magazine and it will have comics

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While we were going over the imminent death/rasping attempts to breath of the print medium yesterday, a bold new print venture has sailed right past our Doppler radar rig: PItchfork, the opinionated but infuriatingly often correct music website has launched a print magazine, called The Pitchfork Review. Issues will be thick and handsome and quarterly, […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 11/18/13: RIP Doris Lessing

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§ Tim Gibson’s Moth City is a fine looking webcomic—it’a now running on Thrillbent— and Gibson talks some about the web/print paradigm shift here. It doesn’t sound sexy, but distribution is everything now. The ability to disperse comics to waiting readers all over the world for effectively no cost has the power to change the […]

Comics have hit puberty…and it’s not pretty

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For the last few weeks, a story has been going around, recounted by artist Tess Fowler, about how a comics pro seemed to be interested in her work, but when he asked her to come to his room, she declined, and he then said he had never been interested in her work, and disparaged her […]