WB/Target release horrible products with different art styles for each gender

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Sue at DC Women Kicking Ass has a post on the fruits of that WB/Target licensing deal that was announced last year, with emphasis on the Wonder Woman aspects of it. Some of it is typical Target fare you’d find in the $4 aisle—a Wonder Woman water bottle filled with candy because health: But then […]

SPX Exhibitor 2014 Lottery is underway!

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That’s right the first ever lottery style exhibitor application process is underway— a mad dash for table space at the one of the exceedingly few premiere indie shows that is not entirely curated. But there is no need to make a mad dash! IT IS A LOTTERY! Whether you were sitting there at 12:01 with […]

The BEST ‘best of': 2013 in comics overview

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Okay, here we go: no ‘best of list’ but a completely subjective round-up of the comics I enjoyed most in 2013. Of course, I’ve not read every comic produced in 2013- March, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth and Boxers and Saints being some notable books I’ve yet to get round to, but then who has?  I’ve reviewed quite a few of […]

It’s Colorist Appreciation Day 2014!

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Colourist Appreciation Day started last year, essentially, from the mind of Jordie Bellaire – who subsequently spent the rest of the year becoming one of the most famous and well-known colourists in comics. In celebration of the anniversary, I’ve compiled a short list of prominent and brilliant comic colorists – who they are, where you […]

The Angoulême Dining Guide: it’s a lot more than crêpes

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by Abby Denson, with Jessica Abel and Xavier Lancel So you’re going to Angoulême? Lucky you! I’ve exhibited with Xavier Lancel for the past several years and thought I’d share some of my favorite places to eat while at the festival. Even better, Angoulême resident Jessica Abel kindly agreed to vet my suggestions and add […]

TCAF announces more guests: Smith, Blaine, Pearson, etc.

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I’m not sure when this rolled out, but the Toronto Comic Arts Festival has announced more guests. While I think if you’re going to TCAf you’re already definitely going, no one will turn up their noses at this list, including the great French cartoonist Christophe Blaine. I may have to bring my copy of Speed […]

Casual comics readers vs. superheroes

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Children’s book illustrator and sometime cartooner Jed Alexander read my piece on top selling graphic novels the other day, and spun it off into his own piece entitled The Future of Comics: A Casual Readership. While I agree with the basic premise, I think Alexander went a bit far in condemning superhero comics as purely […]

My 2014 Angoulême Diary: Day -1

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I think I mentioned a few times that I will be going to Angoulême this year—the 41st annual Festival International Bande Deseinee, held yearly in Angoulême, France. This is the biggest comics show in Europe, as I’ve heard tell, with some 200,000 people attending. There are also 260 exhibitors and some 7000 professionals on hand. […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/24/14: Warren Ellis’s mystery project

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§ Warren Ellis has trashed another laptop, prior to moving to LA SOMEWHERE for six months to work on a mystery project. I repeat, Warren Ellis is moving to LA for six months. If you had asked me to pick “Sentences I will never type on The Beat” that would have been one of them. […]