Lela Gwenn on Born Dark: “Everyone is the Hero of Their Own Story” [Interview]

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TweetGoblins don’t get the respect they deserve, do they? They’re twisted creatures of malicious intent, born of dark magic and with creepy pointed ears – but nobody ever gives them their due as servants of evil. Not so writer Lela Gwenn, however! Lela has taken to Kickstarter to help fund a prologue issue for a […]

Mike Norton on Chew/Revival: “I Thought It Was Insane!” [Interview]

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TweetComics is an unpredictable world to wander through. One day everything is understandable and safe, Chew sits on the shelf next to Revival, and the world is as you’d expect. But then one day Mike Norton, Tim Seeley, John Layman and Rob Guillory announce that this May, rather than having everything in its right place… […]

Kelly Angel: “Put a tiny hat on a snake and people go crazy” [Interview]

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TweetKelly Angel is the writer and artist of Anything About Nothing, a webcomic which describes itself better than I ever could. But I shall describe it anyway! A collection of strips, longer-form comics, illustrations and worries about her cats, Anything About Nothing is one of the biggest and most popular web series on Tapastic. Down […]

Jim Zub “I Can’t Wait Until People See What’s Coming Up” [Interview]

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Jim Zub’s 2014 is picking up some real speed right now. Most well-known for his series Skullkickers with Edwin Huang and Misty Coats, which is soon heading towards the penultimate arc, he’s building up a head of stream to take him straight through into 2015. Alongside his creator-owned fantasy sword-swinging monster-kicking fighty fight series, he’s also now writing various projects for DC, Marvel, Dynamite and many others.

One of the most interesting things about Zub as a creator, and what first caught my attention, is his openness about his career and creative process. The extensive comic book tutorials on his website offer some brilliant advice on a range of topics, from publicity to building a creative team, and right through to the tricky stuff nobody else talks about – like, for instance money.

Which means there’s a lot to talk to him about! Ahead of issue #25 of Skullkickers – which you’ll get to see preview pages from below – he spoke to me about building Skullkickers, assembling the team, and how he’s managed to keep interest in the series so high.

Titan Announce “Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor” and “Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor”

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TweetTitan were announced as the new owners of the Doctor Who license last year, spurring many to wonder what their plans with the franchise would be. As it turns out, their plan is to have two books based on the space-travelling Time Lord, both of which have been announced today.

All-Star Western is NOT Cancelled

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TweetContrary to the reports from this past week, writer Jimmy Palmiotti has taken to Twitter – and The Beat’s comment section – to state that All-Star Western has not been cancelled by DC. And in fact, seeing as how it hasn’t been cancelled with issue #31 – how about we do a mini-campaign today to […]

FIRST LOOK: Ben Hatke’s New First Second Book ‘Little Robot’

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TweetWith the final part of his ‘Zita the Spacegirl’ trilogy hitting stores in May, you might have been wondering what Ben Hatke’s next project would be. Well wonder no more! Because First Second have given The Beat a first look at his new story ‘Little Robot’, which’ll see publication in Autumn (Fal) 2015.

Colorist Matthew Wilson: “It’s Better Than Diggin’ Ditches” [Interview]

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TweetIf you like comics, you’ve almost certainly seen Matthew Wilson’s work. Colourist for many of the most acclaimed comics of the last few years, his work has been seen on Wonder Woman, Young Avengers, Swamp Thing, Phonogram, Secret Avengers and many more comics. Colouring is getting more attention now than it has ever done before, […]

Frank Barbiere on Five Ghosts: “It’s About to Get Pretty Crazy” [Interview]

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TweetBuoyed by the success of the five arc of Five Ghosts, the ship-shape creative team of Frank Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham and Lauren Affe have been sailing forward these past few months on a wave of critical acclaim. Okay, sorry, no more ship puns. With the second arc of the much-loved Image series now underway, protagonist […]

Ryan K. Lindsay: “These are the sorts of stories I want to tell” [Interview]

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TweetRyan K. Lindsay has made that fabled journey from comic-critic to comic-writer, balancing both aspects of his writing neatly as he launches new books at both Monkeybrain Comics and Sequart. With his newest series now announced – Headspace, a Prisoner-esque mindtrip of a story which throws absolutely everything at the lead character – Ryan was […]

The Phoenix Presents: Daniel Clifford on TRACKS!

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TweetEvery Friday (well sort of), Stately Beat Mansion invites round a comic creator or two for a cup of tea, complementary Kit Kat, and a chat about their work in The Phoenix. The Phoenix is a UK series which features a range of the best all-ages comics available, from all kinds of wonderful creators – all compiled […]

David Brothers: “I’ve got to keep banging the drum for more” [Interview]

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TweetDavid Brothers is one of the most accomplished writers-about-comics around, a blogger who recently moved into the industry himself as a member of the Image Comics staff. Having made a name for himself on websites like 4thLetter and Comics Alliance, his writing on (in particular) creator-owned comics, artwork, Manga and race have provided some of […]

Alex Segura Rejoins Archie Comics – as Publicist and as Editor

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TweetArchie have announced that Alex Segura has rejoined their company as Senior Vice-President for Publicity and Marketing… as well as in a new role as editor for the Red Circle line of superhero titles. He moves to Archie from DC Comics.

Thought Bubble Announce 2014 Logo, Dates and First Guests

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TweetThis morning saw British convention season kick into high gear once more, with the announcement that Thought Bubble 2014 will be held from the 9-16th November this year, with the convention held on the weekend of the 15th and 16th. Amongt the first guests announced are Natasha Allegri, Danielle Corsetto, Jeff Lemire, Scott Snyder and Becky Cloonan.

Kickstarter Hacked – Users Recommended to Change Password

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TweetAn update – more of a signal boost, really – as news has come in that Kickstarter was hacked earlier this week. Although they say that the hack has not accessed credit card details, they do recommend that all users change their password for the site with immediate effect. In a blog post on the […]

Kicking the Kick-Troll: Shadowbinders Returns to Kickstarter! [Interview]

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TweetShadowbinders is a webcomic from creators Kambrea and Thomas Pratt. Having previously worked for Disney, the duo decided to take their latest idea to the internet, where it’s spent the last four years building up an impressive fanbase – and a vast, magical world, filled with monsters and floating ships and myths and legends. Focusing […]