The night nerds became cool

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In case you hadn’t heard, tonight on TV, nerd culture becomes enshrined for all time as REAL CULTURE. Please note that is a joke, since I can’t go 15 seconds without hearing someone quote Star Wars at me. But nonetheless, it’s an exciting night for Marvel fans and fan culture as two shows are debuting […]

DeForge’s Kid Mafia to be reprinted by Secret Headquarters

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Three-time 2013 Ignatz Winner Michael DeForge is a prolific cartoonist — very prolific. So if you’re wondering just which strip is Kid Mafia, it’s the one about skateboarding teens who are also Mafia kingpins who go around cutting deals and then cutting up bodies when things don’t go so good. It’s drawn in DeForge’s signature […]

Mark the Tenth Birthday of ‘Hey Ya!’ with Peanuts

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Joe Hughes points out the painful fact that Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya!’, the song that led us from post 9/11 PTSD, that taught us how to shake it in the early years of social media, that signaled everyone get on the floor for months and then years, is now 10 years old. And whether it’s the […]

Graphic Policy: Facebook Fandom Spotlight: The Comic Company Employees!

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by Brett Schenker — It’s Monday, which means it’s a new edition of Facebook Fandom Spotlight, where I break down the demographics of a particular group of fans. For this week I attempt to figure out who exactly is creating and delivering us out comic books. That’s right, I attempt to break down those employed in the comic book industry. We’ll compare this group to the greater comic fandom.

Sandman’s 25th Anniversary celebrated at the Cartoon Art Museum

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With the 25h Anniversary of The Sandman coming up and a NEW Sandman prequel on the way, SF’s Cartoon Art Museum has just announced a retrospective exhibit of more than 75 pieces of original art from the seminal fantasy series. The show will run October 5, 2013 – March 16, 2014, with details of the […]

Adventure Time Vol. 2: Pixel Princesses due in November

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The first Adventure OGN Playing with Fire by Danielle Corsetto and Zack Sterling was a hit—it was Diamond’s #1 selling GN for May—and there’s no reason to think the next one won’t be a success either. It’s called ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 2: PIXEL PRINCESSES, and it’s by the same creative team, with a cover by […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 9/25/13: Convention culture comes crashing to a halt with PalmCon

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§You know how at this very website we keep talking about the ascendance of comic-con culture? PalmCon down in Florida has ended it, full stop. The dream died. Or so says the author of a piece entitled: PalmCon Probably the Most Depressing Comic Book Convention in History. Allie Conti writes for the Broward/Palm Beach New […]

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 […]

One More: Sam Alden’s cover for It Never Happened Again

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As we mentioned earlier in the week, Uncivilized Books won the Sam Alden Derby and will be putting out the first collection of the up-and-coming cartooner’s work. And now he’s tweeted the title and the cover: Here's the cover for "It Never Happened Again", my first collection from with Uncivilized Books! eeee pic.twitter.com/9DlnvTe3vm — Sam […]

Miami Book Fair International features Paul Pope poster

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No one is quite sure how the Miami Book Fair International—held in a city known for its wild and crazy lifestyle—got to be the biggest book festival in the US, but…it’s true and probably has something to do with the tireless and hard-working staff that puts the event together, and the great authors who show […]