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Webcomic Beacon Newscast: Comic News & Discussion for April 8, 2012

Ben Carver joins the crew for this week’s episode. This week, due to Easter weekend, we only have Thomas Revor and Alex Heberling, for this week’s edition of The Webcast Beacon Newscast.

Promo: Animation Aficionados

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WebcomicZ

ReviewZ: The Super Fogeys
Review by Caitlin Hart

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Top Stories

Oni Press becomes official Publishers of Penny Arcade
Original Source: Comics Alliance

Bucko headed to Dark Horse for publication
Original Source: Comics Alliance

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Buzz

Brian Bendis to write “How to” Comics Book
Original Source: Comic Book Resources

Nominees for 2012 Eisner Awards

Best Digital Comic
Bahrain, by Josh Neufeld,
Battlepug, by Mike Norton,
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, by Tony Cliff,
Outfoxed, by Dylan Meconis,
Sarah and the Seed, by Ryan Andrews,
… among others.

Original Source: Comics Alliance

Eisners drop Best New Series Category
“The judges chose to not have the New Series and Painter categories this year because they didn’t find enough contenders that reached the level of quality they were looking for,” says Eisner Awards Administrator Jackie Estrada
Original Source: Robot 6
Additionally: Eisner Nominees Announced (Robot 6)

 

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Business

Graphicly shutters iOS & Android comic book apps to focus on self-publishing service
Found via: @AllComicShow – Original Source: Venture Beat
Additional Related News: Comics Alliance
Additional Related News: Bleeding Cool

Mark Waid on the cost of print
Found via: Comic Book Resources – Original Source: Mark Waid

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Legal

Arizona Legislature Passes Sweeping Electronic Speech Censorship Bill
Found via: Robot 6 – Original Source: Comic Book Legal Defence Fund
Additional Related News: Media Coalition
Additional Related News: Yahoo!

Apple finally meets its match (Hint: It’s called the DOJ)
Found via: @PublishersWkly – Original Source: cNet

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Education

Changing the story based on fan input
Original Source: The Escapist

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Tech

Paper: the iPad sketchbook app from the brains of Courier (video)
Found via: Comics Alliance – Original Source: Endgadget

Turns out there was no Marvel $5 coupon for digital purchases
Original Source: Bleeding Cool

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People

Interview with Ursula Vernon
Original Source: BeumontEnterprise.com

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Opinions

Comics on the iPad: will the new iPad attract paper readers?
Found via: Robot 6 – Original Source: arcs technica

Comic artist should diversify
Original Source: Washington Post

Marvel’s Quesada says the value of digital comics is the graphics?
Found via: Bleeding Cool – Original Source: GizMondo

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Tidbits

Skin Horse Kickstarter achieve goal in 12 hours
Original Source: The Beat

Daily Trojan introduces the idea of webcomics
Ok not something to mock.  This guy is just a reporter at a college newspaper.  It’s a good introduction to for someone who has never read webcomics although I don’t know how many of those people will be on a college campus. – Eric/Jason
Original Source: Daily Trojan

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Oddities

‘The Hunger Games’ is the Young Adult Fantasy Version of Achewood’s ‘The Great Outdoor Fight’
Original Source: Comics Alliance

Paper robots
Not webcomic related at all but just cool.
Found via: Slashdot – Original Source: Extreme Tech

Google’s augmented reality glasses
Found via: Slashdot – Original Source: The Verge

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Comments

How is nominating complete works a slap in your face? None of the nominees are palooka who only have a handful of pages in them. They’re all hard workers with a history of consistently good cartooning, and it’s absurd that they are somehow lesser for not banging out a daily soap opera strip.

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