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First Issue Schedule


Season 2 – Summer 2013:
Grimm Fairy Tales: Alice in Wonderland #1 (2012)
It Girl #1 (2012)
Captain Marvel #1 (2012)
Legion of Superheroes #1 (199x)
Dune #1 (198x)
Nova #1 (198x)

Season 3 – Fall 2013:
Sailor Moon #1
Akira #1
Appleseed #1

First Issue Rules

  1. Reviews limited to comic book “floppy” issues only. No trades/collections.
  2. Reviews limited to #1 issues, or the first issue of a new storyline.
  3. Should be near-average page length.
  4. One-shot issues not eligible.
  5. Reviews are of physical copies of a comic book, only.
  6. Any published print comic, regardless of publisher, is eligible.
  7. Comics newer than 6 months: No end spoilers. Limited story narration.
  8. Comics older than 6 months: No end spoilers.
  9. Comics older than 1 year: Limited to full spoilers.
  10. Final selections for reviews are solely up to the First Issue team.
Special exceptions might be made on a case-by-case basis and/or for special videos and/or events.

First Issue News

Season 2 is having some audio issues. Unfortunately we can’t go back and re-record a whole show (and we record 4 at a time). I shall look closer into the cause and hopefully get it fixed. Melissa is out for the Valiant Comics reviews since she was out of town for a couple weeks, at the time of recording.

Network News

Send the WCBN your Press Releases!

On the subject on guidelines about sending the WCBN and its programs emails, I decided to revamp the whole Press Release policy, while also trying something new.

While there are many ways to contribute to the WCBN and its shows, including submitting your own original article, one can also submit promotional information via Press Releases. While I would encourage everyone to read the entire FAQs page first, I’ll give a quick overview on what we are looking at.

Everyone wants some recognition, and that’s fine. But please email us enough information. Too many emails come in where it’s barely a sentence or two, and doesn’t really say much. We want to know who you are (and what you go by), what you want us to know (and be detailed but still brief), and really try to sell us on it.

Remember, part of being a creative is selling yourself and your brand. That means to work on your pitch!

Why does all of this matter? Well, I’m going to trial run monthly post regarding Press Releases sent to us, as well as other information around the webcomics industry and community that may be of interest to be. Anything more news-like will be pushed to The Webcomic Beacon Newscast (if related enough). Otherwise we’ll collect the other information (where appropriate) for a monthly post for the first of the month. So if you have an event coming out during a month, get the information to us a before the 28th of the previous month.

We would prefer Press Release style notices for your own work, or heads up about news articles and tutorials. We want to increase the content of the WCBN website as well as our individual shows. This means we want to get things a little bit back to how The Webcomic Beacon was first run. Meaning more community building and sharing. We’ll be looking to have more assorted guests on that would like to talk about particular topics or recent news or upcoming events. We want to get back to that sharing of information, and promoting each other.

But first we’ll start with this trial run project first. So the next Press Release post will be on December 1st. I will be looking forward to suggestions and more submitted information. I have always been on the side of experimenting. This goes from articles to podcast episodes, to entire segments or series, or a whole new show!

I will also remind people that the strength of The Webcomic Beacon in the past was when listeners became very involved, and many eventually became crew in some fashion for some period of time. But it starts with those individuals with a drive to do something and be share it. It’s not about us telling you want to do, it’s about you telling us what could or should be done!

Frequently Asked Questions
Including steps on sending us Press Releases.

Other ways to contribute:
Podcast Appearances
Original Article Submissioms
Cover Art and Becky Beacon Art Submissions
Original Music Submissions
Webfiction Submissions for Readings
Product Reviews / Giveaways / Prizes