Dark Horse announces sampler for Dark Horse Day on June 4


The comic book holiday calendar is getting crowded, and here’s a new one: Dark Horse Day, which will be held on June 4th to mark the 30th anniversary of the publisher. Events will be held at comics shops around the country and a commemorative Dark Horse Day Sampler comic is but one of the promotional […]

The Beat Annual Creator Survey Part 2: Previews and News galore


Here’s the second part of our annual creator survey, and this time out we have some exclusive peeks at some new projects for 2016, as well as what might be hit of something cool to happen…but you’ll have to read everything figure out what that is.

Thanks to all for taking the time to participate in this survey especially during the busy holiday time. You can find Part 1 here.

The Beat’s Annual Comics Industry Survey, Part Two: from Kieron Gillen to Steve Morris

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Yet more previews and prognostication from a wide swatch of comics industry personnel, with picks from Kieron Gillen and Janelle Asselin to Bryan Talbot and Steve Morris. Lots of news of new projects are thrown in also for those with a keen eye!

Comics Media — introducing The Spire by Steve Morris


If you are like The Beat, you’ve noticed that the informed writing styling of Steve Morris have been greatly lessened on this site of late. While that makes us sad, we’re happy to report that he’s graduated to his OWN site, The Spire, where he’s covering news, reviews, English kids comics, bunnies and all the […]

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


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.

Best Relaunched Blog: Zainab Akhtar’s Comics & Cola


If, like The Beat, you have been mourning the absence of Zainab Akhtar’s byline around here, it’s because she’s relaunched her own blog, Comics&Cola, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Zainab has her eye on the graphic novel and indie publishing scene with some of the most exciting new stuff coming out. For instance, […]