2014 Doug Wright award nominees

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Tweet The nominees for the 2014 Doug Wright Awards have been announced, honoring the best in Canadian cartoonists past and present. The awards will be presented in what is sure to be a gala evening at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival on May 10/ To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Awards, a commemorative book […]

webcomic Alert: The Key by Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes

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Tweet   Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes have created a new webcomic called The Key as part of the BC’s Freedom2014 project spotlight free speech issues. “We have a rebel who wears a key around his neck. His key represents his own individual expression, explains Morrison in an interview. “With the state seeming to execute […]

Emerald City Comic Con Day 0-1: The most con-like con of all

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Tweet Now I know what you are thinking, Beat, you have been offline for two days and all you can post is six lousy photos? Well, there is a longer story but it involves airline traffic and jet lag and blah blah. Anyway, I am here in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con, and this […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: PW’s 2014 Retailer Survey

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Publishers Weekly’s annual Comics Retailer Survey, the fates of […]

Rachael Smith on House Party: “I’d Like to Answer this Question in the Form of a Play” [Interview]

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TweetThe British comics scene is in one of the healthiest places it’s ever been right now, with new projects coming from all angles, and new creators breaking onto the scene. Among them is Rachael Smith, who came to attention last year after publishing a series of mini-comics including How We Write, and I Am Fire. […]

To so Tonight, NYC Dare2Draw at SoI

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Tweet Dare2Draw, the comics themed life drawing class is back tonight at the Society of Illustrators with special guest Cliff Chiang Attendees These events always include giveaways and contests as well as drawing and a fun time is had by all. More info in the link.

Comic Book Men non-spin-off coming starring Robert Bruce and more Kevin Smith-verse stuff

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Tweet Here’s a run down of what Kevin Smith is up to, including news that Comic Book Men will be renewed for a fourth (!) season. Smith is also developing a late night talk show based on his Hollywood Babble On podcast with Ralph Garman. And Finally, there will be a Comic Book Men SPIN-OFF […]

Cully Hamner working on something pretty cool for DC

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Or so says this interview with The Square Peg Show from MegaCon. Hamner says he’ll be working on something “pretty big” for DC and writing and drawing it. Which is good news because Cully Hamner is quality. Among his past work: design work for DC for years, RED, with Warren Ellis, and its spin-offs, The Question, The Shade, Animal Man, Action Comics, etc etc etc.

ECCC Who’s Where

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Tweet By the time you read this, The Beat will be on our way to Seattle for The Emerald City Comic Con, now just about the third biggest comic con in America (although I’m working on a new chart about that.) The show is already COMPLETELY SOLD OUT and has been for a while, so […]

Unassuming Barber Shop: In Search of the Real Captain America

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Tweet Captain America has always been a story about survival. Frozen in ice for decades after World War II, Steve Rogers emerges to a world and country he barely recognizes or understands. His struggles help to redefine the America he is willing to fight for. Could such an iconic character have possibly been based on […]

Nice Art: Marvel offers some Elektra previews

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Normally I’m not in favor of digging up characters who were done perfectly by their creator, but Elektra has been revived so many times, we might as well give it a go again—this time as part of Marvel’s experimental push for female-led titles. This new version comes out in April and features writing by Haden Blackman and are by Mike Del Mundo. In fact these pages by Del Mundo look pretty sharp and remind me of….another book with a female lead.

Tom Beland is back with Chicacabra

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True Story, Swear to God’s Tom Beland is back with a new book, Chicacabra, to debut from IDW this June. It’s billed as a humourous series of graphic novels, about a Latina girl who turns into a monster — and yes the title is a play on the legendary creature the Chupacabra.

London, Ontario’s TING Festival unveils Jesse Jacobs poster

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Tweet The Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival in London Ontario is yet another of the comic arts festivals (CAFs) springing up around the world. It will be held for a full TWO WEEKS (April 22-May 3) and showcase local artists, from past and present including Seth, Marc Bell, Aaron Costain, Scott Chantler, Willow Dawson, […]

Steve Ellis on The Only Living Boy: “He’s a Classic Hero” [Interview]

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TweetA year or two ago I spoke to the creative team of The Only Living Boy about their project, a successful Kickstarter which led to a print comic coming out in two volumes subsequently. And now one half of that creative team – artist Steve Ellis, who works on the comic along with writer David […]

Dynamite books sells 115,000 copies

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Tweet Okay it isn’t a comic, it’s kindle ebook. And it sells for only $2.99. But SEAL TEAM SIX: NO MORE #1: by Doug Murray has sold some 115,000 copies, I’m told. It’s a spin-off of Chuck Dixon’s Seal Team Six novel, also a Dynamite ebook. Here’s the plot: When Randall ‘Flame’ O’Donnell is forced […]

Felix Comic Art offers rare Scott Pilgrim art

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Tweet Felix Lu writes to tell us he’s just opened Felix Comic Art, as art rep for Garry Brown, Nick Dragotta, Chris Mooneyham, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Nick Pitarra, Riley Rossmo, Cody Schibi, Ramon Villalobos and others. O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim art in particular isn’t offered much and after ECCC Lu will have several pages available (only one is up now, with price TBD), so […]