Beauology 101: The Color Of Terror Is Black…. Black Terror! Part Two


Black Terror from the cover of The Westfield Newsletter

Black Terror from the cover of The Westfield Newsletter



Beau Smith continues his look back at his work on Eclipse Comics’ The Black Terror: Seduction of Deceit.

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Beauology 101 :Love/Hate And Being In The Middle


Beau Smith, Middleweight Champ Of Image Comics

by Beau Smith

Love/hate relationships are strange. For many years I had one with working conventions for the various publishers and companies that I worked for: Eclipse Comics, Image Comics, McFarlane Toys, Todd McFarlane Productions, and IDW Publishing. The Love/Hate part was working the booth.

Working the booth started with making sure everything got to the convention site, dealing with what didn’t, setting up the booth and displays, greetings and meetings through the convention, selling merchandise, doing panels, and tearing down the booth when the show was done.

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Beauology 101: Comic Books, Brawls, and Busting Up Hotel Rooms


Eclipse Table Mid-Ohio Con Circa late 1980's. Left to Right - Tim Harkins, Ron Frenz, Flint Henry (on floor) Beau Smith, and sitting at the table, Chuck Dixon.


by Beau Smith

In the last session of Beauology 101, I told you I was going to share a couple of “behind-the-scenes” stories about what it was like in various creative and business meetings that I’ve had in my time as a writer and marketing executive in comic book publishing. Well, here I am right before Christmas to share a few of these times with you. I hope you enjoy.

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Beauology 101: The School Bell is Ringing


A classic Bullpen Bulletins page

by Beau Smith

When I was a kid growing up in the 1960’s reading more than my share of Marvel Comics, I always pictured the Marvel offices just as Stan Lee used to describe them in his Bullpen Bulletin pages , Stan’s Soapbox and the letter columns. I thought that all the writers and artists came into the offices every morning and spent the whole day talking, writing, drawing and coming up with the fantastic adventures that I spent my very hard-earned money on. To me, it had to be the most wonderful job in the entire world next to playing flanker back for the Chicago Bears.

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For Your Consideration: Detectives Inc.


by Robert Greenberger
Detectives Inc. cover
Two things were happening more or less simultaneously in the 1970s. First, there was the rise of the direct sales market which helped fuel the options for publishers. Growing out of the underground comix movement came the “ground level” publishers, several of whom were helping shape and develop the American graphic […]

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