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


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 […]

Black Friday Comics: Sales! Sales! Sales!!


Today is Black Friday, when America celebrates their foundations through the buying of heavily discounted goods. The Beat, being a comics blog, strongly endorses the existence of sales and things being affordable, and in the spirit of that: here’s a list of the various comic book sales being held today.

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


§ 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


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 […]

The great blog death of 2013 claims another victim: MTV Geek shuts down – UPDATE


I noticed this morning that they hadn’t updated and that, coupled with the recent editor search, sent my Heidi sense tingling and yes indeed, MTV Geek is no more. Friends and fellow geeks — We’re shutting up shop and heading to the great arcade in the sky. Our friends over at MTV News will provide […]

Nearly 50% of the comic book market consists of variant covers


Although this is the best time in recent comics history for sales and quality, the current sales success doesn’t come without an asterisk: the huge number of variants that almost every publisher is pumping out. Industry observer Johanna Draper Carlson does some math and concludes “Variant Covers Are Propping Up the Comic Market”. A look […]

Retailer Brian Hibbs quits ComicPRO, but it wasn’t over DC Villains allocation


In a comment on his post regarding DC’s allocation of their Villains month promotion, veteran retailer Brian Hibbs mentioned that he had quit the retailer organization, ComicsPRO. I’ve, uh, decided to stop my membership with ComicsPRO because of the reactions of the Board to recent DC moves. I may or may not go to this […]

Fun Home called ‘Pornographic’ in South Carolina


A South Carolina watchdog group has criticized the College of Charleston (CofC) in Charleston, South Carolina for choosing Alison Bechdel’s award-winning FUN HOME as recommended reading for freshmen. The book was chosen as a book for freshmen to read before orientation as a sort of college “ice breaker” but the Palmetto Family Council has labeled […]

Bibbles ‘n’ Kits, 7/9/13: My #1 Most Important Tip For Comic-Con


The kibbles have gotten totally out of hand. § First off, I had this site bookmarked for a while: Work Made For Hire, clearing house of information on contracts, negotiation and much more stuff ALL freelancers and employers should have in mind. Perhaps it would pique your interest to see a story called Ghost Rider […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 7/2/2013: The Hobbit’s kitchen of corpses


§ By now you must have seen Tom Spurgeon’s incredible obituary for Kim Thompson. It’s history not only of a man but a company, a legacy, and much more. As has been noted, most of Fantagraphics’ European comics are on hold because of Thompson’s passing. So few people are irreplaceable, but Kim was. § Spurgeon […]

SDCC ’13: Comixology, the Hero Initiative, Palmiotti, Conner and pals make a giant comic book page


Okay we told you ComiXology has a lot of stuff going on at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Not only are they co-sponsoring the Eisners and teaming with the CBLDF, they are also putting on a two hour event called “The Blank Page Project” which will benefit The Hero Initiative. Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner […]

The week in women: do we write about gender issues too much?


I had about 20 posts in various stages on gender issues this week…let’s put them all into one big roil, complete with shocking personal confessions: § Villain Month is for boys: When the New 52 rolled out two years ago (!?!) it was pointed out that there was a lone female creator: inker Sandra Hope. […]

Kibbles & Bits, 6/3/2013: Denver Comic Con draws 48,000


§ While our own Hannah Means Sherman had full coverage of the Denver Comic Con, the Denver Post covers the biggest headline of all: a huge crowd of more than 48,000 people: About 6,000 fans waiting in line for hours to get into Denver Comic Con on Friday were turned away by order of the […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 5/22/2013: 101s galore


¶ In a review of Donald Duck; The Old Castle’s Secret, K.C. Carlson explains a bit about why the work of Carl Barks has such staying power: I’ve read this story before, so I’m not surprised that I recall some things about it. But I’m remembering everything exactly as I read it before — not […]

5 Recent Graphic Novels You Don’t Want to Miss


These graphic novels have been chosen because they were all released in the past 6 months and equally combine qualities of well-crafted concepts and remarkable artwork to create solid visual narratives. They aren’t the only great graphic novels that have been released in recent months, but they are notable, and worth considering as near-misses if […]

Two good people who need lots of positive thoughts


As if everything crazy going on in the last hell week wasn’t enough, life keeps kicking the ass of good people. All time nice guy, Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai writes that his wife Sharon is in the ICU with a serious illness…please send them good thoughts. Sharon and Stan are both the nicest, kindest […]