2014 Happy New Year, Everyone!

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2014 Happy New Year, Everyone!http://ift.tt/1clbK2t Tweet Well the minutes are ticking down in this timezone, and as is tradition we see out 2013 with the JC Leyendecker Saturday Evening Post cover from 100 years ago. While 2013 wasn’t as profoundly crappy a year as 2012, it had its…challenges. But The Beat sailed on through. And […]

2014 Happy New Year, Everyone!

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Well the minutes are ticking down in this timezone, and as is tradition we see out 2013 with the JC Leyendecker Saturday Evening Post cover from 100 years ago. While 2013 wasn’t as profoundly crappy a year as 2012, it had its…challenges. But The Beat sailed on through. And you all made it here. Thanks […]

The 2013 Comics Happy List

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The 2013 Comics Happy Listhttp://ift.tt/1dntE9v Tweet I just can’t muster the hubris to do a Top 10 list.  Lists are subject to the tastes of the reviewer(s).  One person’s top 10 list doesn’t necessarily mean anything.  And, you know, Buzzfeed.  Instead, I’ll present a list of comics that made me happy in 2013, with an […]

Must Read: Becky Cloonan on self-publishing

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Must Read: Becky Cloonan on self-publishinghttp://ift.tt/1fYvcpX Tweet This is a good one to leave the year on, I think, a 4000 word essay by Becky Cloonan on the evolution and execution of her self-published minis, which have won Eisner awards and sold thousands of copies. The piece covers some of the intangibles, but mostly the […]

Japan launches worldwide assault via its own anime channel

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Japan launches worldwide assault via its own anime channelhttp://ift.tt/1ckgju1 Tweet The Japanese government is taking matters into its own hands by spending 15.5 billion yen ($14.7 million) to launch its own TV network with an eye to foreign distribution. The rollout includes Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia, but hope to spread to North America, Europe and […]

Charles Soule reveals how the heck he’s writing seven books a month

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Charles Soule reveals how the heck he’s writing seven books a monthhttp://ift.tt/1ck9oB4 Tweet If you wonder who is the hardest working man in comics biz, there is only one answer: Charles Soule, currently scripting seven monthly titles and running a law firm. As he admits in this post, people are always asking him “HOW ARE […]

The Private Eye Chapter 5 now available

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The Private Eye Chapter 5 now availablehttp://ift.tt/1dRkEr9 Tweet I’m sure you all saw this but in case you missed this holiday offering, a new chapter in The Private Eye, the futuristic tale of a world where privacy exists by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin, went up a few days ago. It’s based on a […]

31 Days of Winter Festivals Supplemental: Ty Templeton

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31 Days of Winter Festivals Supplemental: Ty Templetonhttp://ift.tt/1fYja02 Tweet Ty Templeton’s Bun Toons are always a delight. He currently running down the year in cartoons. #call_to_action h4{padding:0px 5px;}

31 Days of Winter Festivals: Kate Beaton’s Christmas Comics

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31 Days of Winter Festivals: Kate Beaton’s Christmas Comicshttp://ift.tt/1alcuoD Tweet Kate Beaton has put all her holiday comics in one massive post. These are finely observed moments of family life, the laughter specific to her loving family, but universal, as well. Beaton has been working on many secret projects for the last while; given these […]

RIP: Smithfield

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RIP: Smithfieldhttp://ift.tt/19F5MNa Tweet Well, another bar is closing in New York: Smithfield on 28th Street. This was mostly a soccer/sports bar, as the above photo of Six Alex Ferguson, legendary manager of Man United, hanging out with the owners shows. But as Ben and I knew these owners and much of the staff, this was […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 12/31/13: These links will blow your mind. And then they will make you lose control of your bladder. Sorry.

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 12/31/13: These links will blow your mind. And then they will make you lose control of your bladder. Sorry.http://ift.tt/1cjVpuN Tweet § I don’t know what the Brevard Times is, but they are hiring a cartoonist. Experience in caricature drawings.  Interested applicants should send their resumes along with a sample caricature drawing to […]

The 2013 Comics Happy List

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I just can’t muster the hubris to do a Top 10 list.  Lists are subject to the tastes of the reviewer(s).  One person’s top 10 list doesn’t necessarily mean anything.  And, you know, Buzzfeed.  Instead, I’ll present a list of comics that made me happy in 2013, with an emphasis on things that might have […]

Must Read: Becky Cloonan on self-publishing

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This is a good one to leave the year on, I think, a 4000 word essay by Becky Cloonan on the evolution and execution of her self-published minis, which have won Eisner awards and sold thousands of copies. The piece covers some of the intangibles, but mostly the practical side, from living with tons of […]

Japan launches worldwide assault via its own anime channel

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The Japanese government is taking matters into its own hands by spending 15.5 billion yen ($14.7 million) to launch its own TV network with an eye to foreign distribution.

Charles Soule reveals how the heck he’s writing seven books a month

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If you wonder who is the hardest working man in comics biz, there is only one answer: Charles Soule, currently scripting seven monthly titles and running a law firm. As he admits in this post, people are always asking him “HOW ARE YOU DOING THIS???”—in fact I asked him that the last time I saw him—so he has written a blog post to explain so he doesn’t have to waste precious time answering that question any more.

The Private Eye Chapter 5 now available

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I’m sure you all saw this but in case you missed this holiday offering, a new chapter in The Private Eye, the futuristic tale of a world where privacy exists by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin, went up a few days ago. It’s based on a pay-what-you-want model. $3.99 feels about right, if you ask me.