Tweet When the MoCCA Awards of Excellence were announced, an art exhibit of the winners was promised, and the opening is tonight. The winners turn out to have been pretty excellent, so I suspect this will be a fine showing. The Society of Illustrators is excited to announce the inaugural MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of [...]
Tweet Well my inbox this morning was stuffed with people telling me how big an announcement this is: Basically, Amazon has licensed Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries from WB’s Alloy division, and will allow people to write legal fan fiction based on these properties and sell the result on Kindles. The profits [...]
It’s been a while since we looked at one of those motiony-comicky-giffy-dealies that take comics and extend them in a browsable movable way. Here’s one from the Netherlands. It’s actually an animated book trailer for De Vriend (Friend) by Dutch thriller author Charles den Tex. It was animated and illustrated by Aimee de Jongh and it was coded by Submarine, using a technique called “Skrollr” which unfolds as you scroll through it. (Pro tip: you can also use the down button.)
TweetThe Glyph Awards, honoring the best in African American comics, were handed out over the weekend at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Creators convention, and here are the winners: Story of the Year MONSTERS 101; Muhammad Rasheed, writer and artist Best Writer Brandon Easton, writer,SHADOWLAW Best Artist Chris Samnee, artist, ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #6 [...]
Tweet Unexpectedly long lines and preemptive attempts to avoid the same have caused some ruckus on the con circuit. This past weekend’s Motor City Comic Con in Detroit was the latest show in a growing number to have more people than they knew what to do with—even folks who had brought tickets meant to avoid [...]
If you are like The Beat, you have always wanted to see a graphic of San Diego Comic-Con’s attendance growth and now thanks to this infographic presented by Film School Rejects and BuyCostumes.com, you can! (click for big) There’s much more in the complete chart including masquerade info and how Comic-Con compares to a Super Bowl in economic impact.
Tweet Disney continues its road to profitability by cutting staff, this time at ESPN, where as many as 400 people lost their jobs in a cost-cutting measure to offset increased licensing fees for various sports. Although ESPN is sort of a fiefdom of Disney, it is still subject to the same kind of bottom line [...]
Tweet¶ In a review of Donald Duck; The Old Castle’s Secret, K.C. Carlson explains a bit about why the work of Carl Barks has such staying power: I’ve read this story before, so I’m not surprised that I recall some things about it. But I’m remembering everything exactly as I read it before — not [...]
As usual I’m the very last out of the gate with my TCAF wrap-up (although I was early with my newsier report). But like many I feel compelled to write a memoir about it because it was so generally awesome. Last year’s TCAF — my first—was among the top five comics-related experiences of my life, and maybe partly because I hyped it so much, more people I knew made the first time trek this year. TCAF ’13 wasn’t quite as glorious as TCAF ’12, but it was still fairly glorious.
And now, because both blogging and illustration are dead here’s a link to an awesome art site, Brushwick Studio which unites six fantastic illustrators who you can all see under the cut. As you might guess, the stdio is located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, so maybe there is live in those boros after all.
In this week’s More To Come 50: Brooklyn Loses a Conme—the Beat!—Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons discuss this year’s Toronto Comics Arts Festival, the demise of the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, the new Anime Sol anime crowdfunding site, the Comics Chameleon webcomic app, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Kevin Keller’s GLAAD Media Award, our 50th episode memories and much more. And if you listen to the whole thing you are eligible to enter a drawing for a SPECIAL PRIZE!
Ulp. I guess blogging is dead. Artist John Martz just announced he’s ending his art blog, Drawn which was one of the most influential art blogs of the last 10 years or so. Martz started it in 2005 linking to tons of creator websites, and art pieces over the years. But as he notes, 2013 is not 2005:
Brad Ricca digs into Siegel and Shuster comics from More Fun and Fun Comics that featurevarious precursors to Lois Lane from comics they did before Superman.
And just like that, Yahoo head Marissa Mayer become the most important person in comics.
As you may have heard, Yahoo is planning to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion, a move that aims to make the recently moribund internet giant a bit more relevant to the social media world.
Tweet Print on demand supplier ComiXpress has shut down after nine years. In a statement on their site, they wrote: When we started ComiXpress back in 2004 it was just a handful of comic book creators with a dream to use new technologies to help their fellow creators get their books into print. We were [...]