Webcomic alert: Maralinga 1956 by Jen Breach and Douglas Holgate

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Jen Breach and Douglas Holgate are Australian creators who have been working on a huge graphic novel called Clem Heatherington and the Ironwood Race for many years. To take a break from this long project, they started ANOTHER huge project, a webcomic called,Maralinga 1956. Here’s the pitch: Maralinga spins an alternative history from the 1956 […]

Kicktrolling is on the rise as funders become scammers

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“Kicktrolling” is a new word and one you may, sadly, be hearing a lot more about. The Beat broke the story last month about Kickstarter scammer “Encik Farhan”, who was funding over 100 projects at the highest level only to then dispute the charges and still get the goods. We’ve been hearing that this kind […]

More legal shennanigans in Archie Comics co-CEO sexual haarassment suit — with filings

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Archie Comics complaint against co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit for sexual harassment has been going around for a while. New information includes recent filings in which Silberkleit asked to dismiss the case because the white men she was accused of harassing aren’t members of a “protected class.” Archie lawyers affidavited back with claims that…this motion to dismiss […]

More affordable non-limited edition of Zenith coming from Rebellion

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Well, having gotten away with putting a toe in the water by publishing a deluxe limited edition Zenith—the long lost, highly contested superhero comic by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell—Rebellion is jumping right into the old swimming hole with a non-limited edition four volume hardcover reprinting he Zenith saga. Each volume will contain one of […]

Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute Reunite At NYU for a Distinguished Faculty Lecture

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It’s been more than a year since Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute publicly convened at 2012’s momentous Comics: Philosophy and Practice conference, an event personally significant to both Chute and Bechdel due in part to their collaborative efforts in originating the influential assemblage along with their own partnership in teaching a University of Chicago course […]

Top Shelf to donate MARCH BOOK ONE to every member of Congress.

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Well, a digital copy anyway. MARCH BOOK ONE, the comics autobiography of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, has had a heck of a run since its August release and is now making another charge at the Year’s end Best Of lists. And to put a cherry on it, publisher Top Shelf has teamed with […]

What should you buy from the PictureBox sale? A few recommendations

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While the art comix world is still reeling from the announcement of the closure of PictureBox, the innovative and fearless publisher that picked up the Highwater ball and ran with it, the end of this publisher does bring one good thing with it: a 50% off sale on absolutely everything on their site. Just use […]

INCOMPLETE WORKS to collect long unseen comics by Dylan Horrocks

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New Zealand cartoonist Dylan Horrocks is a favorite around Stately Beat Manor, and a master of short comics stories. While his website has been busy serializing his new comics The Magic Pen, his works from the last 20years has been long unavailable. However in March, the Victoria University Press will publish INCOMPLETE WORKS, collecting his […]

31 Days of Winter Festivals: KRAMPUS!

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Image has been on a roll, and they aren’t missing a chance to cash in on the hottest winter holiday of them all with KRAMPUS! by Brian Jones and Dean Kotz, a new series about the evil Saint Nick: Brian Joines and Dean Kotz team up to add a frosty touch to the festive season […]

Strangehaven is coming back in Meanwhile…

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After an eight year hiatus, Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven will return next May with new episodes appearing in a revived bimonthly comics anthology Meanwhile… published by Soaring Penguin Press. Originally self-published, Strangehaven is one of those eerie stories about a man who finds himself in a village where not everything is as it seems…the story […]

Ed Kramer pleads guilty and now under house arrest — UPDATED WITH VIDEO

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Yesterday was the long awaited trial date for the notorious Ed Kramer, and it was a bit of an anticlimax– after avoiding charges of child molestation for over a decade, he entered the type of guilty plea that does not admit guilt on three of six counts, and was sentenced to five years in jail. […]