Where Are Lion Forge’s Female Heroes?

I’ve been interested in finding out more about the publisher Lion Forge. As Heidi MacDonald (whose site the Beat is now owned by a subsidiary of Lion Forge) says, their Catalyst Prime superhero line aims to represent “a diverse and inclusive world of superheroes that reflects the changing demographics of the real world.” That’s a terrific goal. It’s tricky to get concrete information, though. If you click “Titles” at their website, you get a set of names and pictures with […]

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One Month to TCAF!

I am not as on top of things as I should be this year, or I would have told you about TCAF before now! The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is one of my favorite shows of the year because 1) it’s free (and held in a library) 2) it’s amazing and 3) it’s in another country, so it feels like a real vacation. This year it’s taking place May 12 and 13. There’s also a craft seminar day for comic […]

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Resident Alien: An Alien in New York #1

I always enjoy reading a new installment of Resident Alien. It’s a strong, simple concept — an alien, marooned on Earth, tries to live an undiscovered life as a retired country doctor, until the neighbors in the small town he’s settled in start incorporating him into their lives. This usually involves revealing and solving some kind of crime. Why I like it: There aren’t enough mystery stories in comics (as opposed to thrillers), for one thing, so this series scratches […]

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Black Panther DVD Date, Details Announced

As I suspected, Black Panther will be available on home video on May 15, with digital release a week earlier on May 8. The Blu-ray Combo Pack has been renamed the Multiscreen edition, which means it comes with a digital copy (but no DVD). It’s currently available for preorder at many retailers for $23 or so. There’s a 4K Ultra HD edition that comes with Blu-ray and digital copy for $30. (Does anyone know anyone who’s shelled out for 4K […]

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Diamond Pullbox Releases Pricing, Release Information

I thought I was late in talking about Diamond’s Pullbox software plans last week, but it seems I was right on time, since they’ve just released pricing information (one of THE most important factors when talking about services for the direct comic shop market, since those stores often don’t have a lot of funds to play around with). Pullbox is going to be an add-on to the existing Diamond Distribution PreviewsWorld.com website, with some background processing tools for retails to […]

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Now THAT’s a Season Finale!

The only superhero TV show I’m actively eager to watch these days is DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, because it’s crazy fun. The “time-traveling losers” premise — the team members were selected because removing them from the timeline wouldn’t have any effect — allows for all kinds of stories in all kinds of places and times. They’ve done episodes about how important the movies of George Lucas were to inspiring people to become scientists and one where the women and people […]

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Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay demonstrates how strong the movies in the DC Original Animated line can be when they’re not tied to the best-known characters or repeating widely read storylines. It’s a road trip/object chase movie with a ton of villains chasing after a magical MacGuffin. It’s rated R for “strong bloody violence throughout, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and some drug material”. And they mean it. The opening segment, a mission with Deadshot (Christian Slater, doing an excellent […]

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Diamond Pullbox Aims to Automate the Subscription List

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced plans to create “a cloud-based software application” that will allow customers to update subscription lists and preorder items from their local comic shop (assuming it subscribes to the product). It will be called Pullbox (TM), but no word yet on release date or pricing for retailers or other details. It will be free to use for customers. (Update: Heidi MacDonald tweeted from the Chicago Retailer Summit that “Diamond is offering Pullbox and ComicsSuite FREE to […]

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