End of Days: Comics on The View

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2012 came a little early today: Vinnie Tartamella writes to tell us that Bluewater’s comics biographies were discussed on The View today, specifically the Barbara Walters edition, for which Tartamella provided the cover. For those who work during the day, The View is an hourlong discussion show in which a variety of colorful yentas talk […]

Publishing news and notes: One Piece is #1; Seven Miles a Second; Comic AG

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• The Examiner reports that Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is about to set a record for the biggest first printing ever for a manga in Japan with 2.85 million copies of volume 56 of the series. One Piece Vol. 56, which will officially go on sale on December 4th in Japan, will eclipse the previous […]

SLG announces San Jose Comics Festival

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Although now known as part of the San Diego Comic-Con’s portfolio of events, APE, the alternative Press Expo, as the brainchild of SLG president Dan Vado, and was held in San Jose for its first few years. Although Vado’s involvement with APE ended a while ago, he’s back at it with the San Jose Comics […]

Play along with Scott Edelman: Guess the Mystery Artist!

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At his LJ, which often explores comics fandom and history of the early ’70s, Scott Edelman unearths an issue of Comics Reader from June 1973 with a cover by a “future comic-book writer and editor, not at all known for being an artist.” We’ve posted a bit of the cover — go over to Scott’s […]

Art and such: Rick Veitch’s The Spotted Stone

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Via Bleeding Coolm a peek at a new Rick Veitch project, The Spotted Stone. Veitch describes The Spotted Stone as a “kissing cousin” book to Can’t Get No – it is currently without a publisher.

Art and such: Mike Dawson’s new project

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Troop 142. Click for a larger version.

Art and such: Hellen Jo’s Lady Gaga

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From her entries in Giant Robot’s Post It show.

Studio coffee run 11/30/09 — THE LOSERS, Smallville

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• Despite a 70 percent drop-off, TWILIGHT stayed atop the Thanksgiving box office. But it got some competition from a film where Sandra Bullock mentors an offensive tackle, proving that teaming up somebody small and cute with somebody big and scary (but likable) still works! • The first official photos from THE LOSERS have been […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits — 11/30/09

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§ Charles Hatfield reminds us that JH Williams IIIis a total badass who is able to mix formalist experimentation with affecting and evocative storytelling. And then there’s JH Williams III, in whom graphic experimentation, the demands of narrative drawing, and the conventions of genre are perfectly counterpoised. These days, in the wake of the so-called […]

Truly thankful

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The Beat definitely lapsed into blog-silence this holiday weekend, but it was for a very good cause — the ongoing re-shelving and organization of our Hoarders-like graphic novel library. While we had the idea of the end result being the comics equivalent of Cribs — a Shelf Porn pictorial — we realized that releasing too […]

New ABANDONED CARS covers

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Last year’s ABANDONED CARS by Tim Lane, was a solid debut that didn’t get a lot of attention, which is a shame because Lane’s gritty, hardboiled stories were a nice counterpoint to comics’ occasional excess of shoe-gazing. Anyway, a paperback edition is coming out next year, and it will have two variant covers, recalling the […]

Batdog beyond

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Worth 1000 is having one of their Photoshop contests. This one involves animals as superheroes, and if you thought we would link to a picture of a monkey, you thought wrong.

How to make a cover

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Tomer Hanuka explains his approach to the cover for The Kiss Murder: Illustration is like acting. you need to invest a strand of authentic emotion to make it work. otherwise it feels artificial. So you try to embody, in your head, the protagonist. Let’s see: you’re a slender man of Turkish descent who’s a computer […]

I came in here for the special offer

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It’s Black Friday, people. Remember to be kind to the harried and overstressed retail employees.

Happy Thanksgiving to all

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We have much to be thankful for this year, and hope that everyone reading this is enjoying a safe, happy holiday. One of the things we have to be grateful for is that Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom From Want” — of a series of four paintings saluting the Four Basic Freedoms– has to be one of […]

Two thoughts for the day

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“In the Core Marvel Universe, a “gritty crime story” is one where a blind lawyer ninja dressed as the Devil fights a massive Sumo wrestler with a cane that shoots lasers…” –Chris Sims on what is and isn’t acceptable to the “Core” universe of Marvel. “Why is the living embodiment of love something called the […]