Tweet One more Baltimore link before we hit the road — AdHouse (#1904) will make Paul Pope fans happy by bringing the limited edition THB #2 to the show. Continuing the epic THB tale, Comic from Mars #2 is/was a Baltimore Comic*Con Exclusive. The comic contains 6.5 stories that take you further into the world [...]
Forget about THE LOSERS or IRON MAN 2 or SCOTT PILGRIM or any other 2010 comics movie, TAMARA DREWE is the comic book movie event of the year — at least for indie comics snobs. Based on Posy Simmonds’ much-admired graphic novel, the film debuts in the US on October 8th, courtesy of Sony Classics in the US. (It opens in September 10th in Simmonds’ native UK.)
By all accounts one of North America’s biggest fan events — along with San Diego, WonderCon and NYCC — the Fan Expo Canada in Toronto has kicked off as we speak. With five separate events under one roof — for comics, horror, sci-fi, gaming, and anime — The Expo draws a huge presence from major publishers, including full presentations from Marvel and DC. While there’s a huge media guest presence — cast members of TRON, BSG, and so on — the comics section remains healthy — quick fact sheet here — with an artists alley, a small press section, and so on.
We’ve said it a zillion times, but we’ll say it again, with the picturesque setting, great seafood, and top-notch lineup of comics creators, this is a totally relaxing and informative way to spend the weekend.
The Beat will be walking around, listening to all who would speak, and giving a piece of her mind to all who would listen. Please stop and say hi! It’s been a long year of travel, but Baltimore remains one of our favorite stops.
The entire programming list for SPX is up now, curated by Bill Kartalopoulos and reproduced below. It’s the usual outstanding mix with spotlights on R. Sikoryak, James Sturm, and Jaime Hernandez, and much more. SPX will be held Saturday, September 11 from 11 AM to 7 PM and Sunday, September 12, noon-6 PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $10 for a single day and $15 for both days. Please note: We’re moderating two panels, one a spotlight on the late Harvey Pekar and another on the creative storytelling process.
ComiXology app for iPads, iPhones and Ipods. IDW has a bunch of storefronts via iVerse, while Dark Horse mostly sells comics through their own standalone apps. New Image comics are selling for $1.99, which is about industry standard. Initial offerings include CHEW, YOUNGBLOOD, and SAVAGE DRAGON. In case you’re wondering what to get first, Chris Sims has a good guide to what to download.
Harem manga — the genre in which a helpless young man is surrounded by hot, hot girls who keeps getting naked and climbing in bed with him, despite his strong wishes that they not do so — is totally passé, according to manga-ka Ken Akamatsu who created two of the most popular examples, Love Hina and Negima. Over at Robot 6, Brigid Alverson examines this Akamatsu blog post translation, which gives the reasons for the declines of harem manga and moe:
Over on his Flickr page, the very talented designer Paul Buckley has posted a new batch of comics-inspired covers for thePenguin Classics Deluxe series. Contributors include Richard Sala, Killofer, Tara McPherson, Jen Munford, Ten Stearn, Gonzalo, and Grez.
Tweet Scott Morse has posted two posters which he created for the film portion of the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in Monticello, NY, Morse writes: The cinema section is being curated by the incredible CRITERION folks, with film selections by Jim Jarmusch. My two posters are for Jacques Becker’s Touchez pas au grisbi and Jules [...]
Marvel has a big writer’s summit going on this week, and they celebrated the creative process with cake, as this picture by editor Nate Cosby proves. Does the tribute to Daredevil have anything to do with his regular book ending in November? Only the dessert bar will tell.
Brian Bendis had more from the summit in a message board posting:
the superpowered nanny for Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ baby was voted on and unanimously decided by the entire Marvel editorial team and the attending creators. their first appearance will be in new avengers number seven.
Len Wong sent us info on Comix & Stories, a day of alternative & small press comics, zines, artwork & culture set for Sunday in Vancouver BC
Sunday, August 29
11 AM to 5 PM,