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I met Comic-Con a few years ago, while I was living in San Diego. Around those parts, it’s a significant pop culture event, and I came to learn this actually held true across the vast entertainment industry and comic book world.
To say Comic-Con has a following really is an understatement. Its fans are fanatic –devoted and faithful.
The behemoth convention recently ended and with the release of the movie Guardians of the Galaxy – which “exploded out of the gate Thursday,” earning $11.2 million, according to Forbes – I felt this was a good time to look closer at comics blogs.
The Beat is the “news blog of comics culture.”
How it came to be is among the more creative stories I’ve seen: “Born in a tiny grass hut in Nepal, The Beat studied wu shu and Carl Barks at the Shaolin Temple before boarding a tramp steamer and arriving in the US sometime before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Assembling a team of high level operatives from every walk of life, The Beat has since become dedicated to fighting the sinister influence of Doktor Kaos and his minions, disseminating coded messages to her worldwide network via her blog postings, and ensuring liberty for all. The Beat can currently be found at her headquarters, Stately Beat Manor, where surrounded by the latest in internet tubing and technology, she gathers intelligence, only occasionally leaving her island refuge to protect the weak and innocent and maintain the eightfold path of righteousness.”
Readers will find The Beat covers quite a bit of information, including show business, cartoonists, conventions, news, and reviews.
Some of my favorite recent posts include this piece on Comic-Con SDCC ’14: Journal – 4 Days and 10 Years Later, What I’ve Seen and Learned and 10 Steps to Make Your Creations Real.
The latter is an interesting piece about fans with an unfinished artistic project – be it a novel to write, comic book to draw, or film to be made – and what it takes to get them complete. In it, author Douglass Neff recently gave Comic-Con convention goers pointers on finishing projects.
Follow @comicsbeat on Twitter.
The Mary Sue sits at the “nexus of pop culture and the uncharted universe.” It was founded by Dan Abrams.
“We love and live geek culture, comic book movies, genre television, space exploration, emerging technologies, the coolest video games, and the weirdest finds on the internet,” the blog says. “We promote, watchdog, extoll, and celebrate women’s representation in all of these areas and work to make geekdom safe and open for women.”
I liked several posts on The Mary Sue. They include Snow White and the Huntsman Sequel Is Actually a Prequel, Will Focus on the Huntsman and Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen, Dorkly Suggests the “Simplest” Way to End the Batman v Superman Debate, and Marvel Announces Princess Leia-Led Star Wars Comics Mini-Series at Comic-Con.
Follow @TheMarySue on Twitter.
Bleeding Cool offers comic book industry news, reviews, previews, features, and interviews. Founded by “the internet’s original and best-known comic book reporter” Rich Johnston, it’s managed by editor-in-chief Hannah Means-Shannon.
A couple of interesting recent posts include Guardians of The Galaxy Has Best Late Night Opening of 2014, and Marvel Comics Comic-Con Recap.
Follow @bleedingcool on Twitter.
Kentucky Geek Girl serves up “geek life and culture with a side of Southern charm.”
It’s the work of historian and blogger of popular culture, Natasha Collier. The site began as an outlet to discuss gaming and today features all types of geekery.
Collier particularly enjoys “examining the fusion of history and popular culture.”
A couple of posts I immediately took to include Geek Chat: Interview with Steve Johnson and Leighton Conner of Hex Games Parts 1 and 2, and Sneak Peek: Two new Doctor Who Series from Titan Comics.
Follow @GeekGirlinKY on Twitter.
In other comics-related news, PR Newswire media relations manager Amanda Hicken covered last summer the blog, Girls Gone Geek.
“G3” was founded by Erika Peterman and Vanessa Gabriel, “two fangirls with as many opinions as comic books.” They share these opinions on G3, along with news and reviews, interviews with writers and artists, and galleries of comics-related art, Hicken writes.
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Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. She has a newfound respect for the comic book industry and fully gets why some of her friends (who shall not be named) are passionate about it. Follow her @cpcube.