Can’t Lose: Indie Cartoonists cover Friday Night Lights

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I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting a show about small town football culture to be a subject of nostalgia for indie cartoonists, but, hey, this is the social context I was moaning for the other day. Plus Friday Night Lights WAS one of the great TV shows of the Aughts. Thus Melissa Mendes (Freddy Stories) has […]

First ICv2 Conference 2013 details announced

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HYPE AERT: Each year Milton Griepp presents  his ICv2 Conference  the day before New York Comic-Con, including his White Paper on the State of the Industry and a series of panels exploring trends and issues in the industry. (And The Beat is a sponsor, hence the hype tag.) This year’s sessions have just been announced and […]

Rose City Comic Con wrap-up

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This PAST weekend saw the Rose City Comic Con in Portland, OR, which was notable as the first show since it teamed up with its huge brother up north, Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con. PDX is a troublesome spot on the convention calendar—despite being home to most of the cartoonists in North America, the comics […]

Video Alert: CCAD’s MIX 2012 panels with Chris Ware, Charles Hatfield, etc.

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MIX 2013 kicks off this weekend — The Columbus College of Art and Design’s annual tribute to comics this year features Jeff Smith, Carol Tyler, and more in many fascinating-sounding panels. Don’t you wish you could watch them even if you couldn’t be there? More and more comics symposiums are taping their panels, and here […]

What’s up with that San Diego Convention Center expansion anyway?

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The long planned expansion of the San Diego Convention Center—an expansion crucial to keeping the Comic-Con there—is still moving along, as this video explains. (Thanks for not letting me embed it, Yahoo.) Basically there was another press conference where all the local players, including the acting mayor (the creepy sex harassin’ mayor having resigned a […]

Nice Art: Francesco Francavilla’s minimalist poster for the penultimate Breaking Bad episode (mild spoilers)

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How does he do it? Every weekend, artist Francesco Fracavilla watches Breaking Bad and somehow manages to not only avoid being so devastated that he crawls into bed to weep, but also manages to create a minimalist art poster based on each episode. And to top it off the posters are beautifully rendered and conceptually […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 9/23/13: Everyone everywhere

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§ The National Book Festival was this weekend, with several comics guests, some sponsored by SPX. YOu can probalby find out everything you want from mining the Twitter hashtag. But the Washington Post had a bunch of articles, including Lynda Barry’s The 20 stages of reading, which I tragically cannot embed. § It was also […]