Preview: Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

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Tweet I’ve been following the progress of Sonny Liew’s (Malinky Robot, My Faith in Frankie) upcoming biography of Singaporean comics pioneer, Charlie Chan Hock Chye for a while now, which he’s been producing for publishers Epigram Books:

The BEST ‘best of’: 2013 in comics overview

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Tweet 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 […]

The Killing Joke ending revealed?

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Tweet The ambiguous ending of Alan Moore and Brain Bolland’s Killing Joke, in which the  Batman and Joker famously share a laugh and some hearty back-slapping, has always been a talking point for fans, the subject of speculation as to what exactly occurs in those final few panels, where the rain ceases to fall on that […]

EXCLUSIVE preview: Baltic comics anthology s!14 Sports

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Tweet  Boy, does time come around fast- it seemed like just a few days ago I was writing up the preview for s!13 Life is Live. A comics fan must never complain about time speeding by though, as it means the release of good material is ever more imminent. And so it is with the upcoming […]

Kerry Callen returns with the secret of the Bat-cave…

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TweetKerry Callen’s back with another of his great super parody strips, this time solving the mystery behind Batman’s cluttered Bat-cave. If you’ve ever wondered just why a rather grim soul like old Bats keeps around things like giant pennies, typewriters and T-Rex models (although T-Rex models are just COOL aren’t they?), you have come to […]

The beautiful, starry adventures of… Astro Dog!

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Tweet I’ve been meaning to flag up Paul Harrison-Davies‘ new web-comic, Astro Dog since its launch on June 28th. I know of Paul’s work from his contributions to great British comic anthologies ink + Paper and Solipsistic Pop, and his unqiuely coloured artwork is really, quite simply, lovely, and recognisable off the bat. Astro Dog, a beautiful silent comic […]

Awesome, dude! Moody and Goellner’s free TMNT comic

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Tweet I’ve been looking forward to this TMNT fan comic by Buster Moody  and Caleb Goellner since Moody posted the above cover art for it back in April. Now available for you to download for free in both PDF and DMZ format, it’s a really fun 6-page short story with amazingly stunning visuals; the colouring is gorgeous […]

Big Interview: Julia Gfrӧrer: ‘I don’t get why people write stories without sex in them’

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Tweet One of the advantages in writing for The Beat is the opportunity to provide under-appreciated comic creators with a platform, to share work which genuinely excels, work which excites you. This interview with Julia Gfrӧrer, whose comics and art work I have been a fan of ever since I came across it over a year […]

Daily dose of awesome: John Allison’s Hulk comic, Smallville tribute

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Tweet When someone is comic-ly consistently excellent as John Allison is -and he truly is excellent, folks- updating his ScaryGoRound web-comics, Bad Machinery and more recently, Giant Days , 4 times a week (!)  with excellently written witty and sharp cartoons, it is easy, as readers, to slip into a state of take-it-for-granted-ness.

Editorial: Why I won’t be watching Man of Steel

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TweetOkay, I’m prepped for ridicule. I know people say you can’t judge a film without having seen it, but if a trailer acts as an advertisement to entice viewers to pay to watch the full thing, I knew I wouldn’t be watching Man of Steel early on.

No Ordinary team up: Rob Williams and D’Israeli announce new title

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Tweet An exciting new creator-owned comics is always a thing to celebrate, and this one  is certainly packing some talent, bringing together writer Rob Williams (Amazing Spiderman, Wolverine, Star Wars, 2000AD) and illustrator extraordinaire, D’Israeli- aka Matt Brooker (Stickleback, Leviathan, Scarlet Traces, 2000AD). Like me you, may be tired of yet another spin on the […]

Review: The Suitcase: what not to do with dead pets

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Tweet The Suitcase by Dan Berry Blank Slate Books It begins with an ordinary, yet unfortunate, circumstance. After agreeing to feed her neighbour’s cat and dog while they’re on a weekend break, Helen, on a visit to feed the pets, finds the dog dead. Nothing untoward; Cruncher had had, by all accounts, a long and […]

Hot stuff: Farel Dalrymple is Delusional

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Tweet Oh, Adhouse, why must you torture me so? The publishers of fine comics and art material have been on a streak of fire recently, releasing quality book after quality book. And now here’s another to add to your ‘buy’ list: a stunning  hardcover collection of art and comics from Farel Dalrymple ( Pop Gun War, […]

Pre-order alert: Ludovic Debeurme’s Renee

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Tweet I never really understand people who complain about not having enough good comics to read- I feel (despite trying pretty damn hard) I can never keep up with the amount of quality stuff released and so much passes me by.

Two for Tuesday: Mare Odomo’s Internet, Sam Alden’s Backyard

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TweetI like pre-ordering comics- not for any particularly altruistic reasons, but if I know I’m going to end up buying a certain comic anyway (due to the artists or writer involved) pre-ordering simply helps everyone involved. I then, of course, promptly forget about it until a mystery package turns up on my doormat weeks later, […]

Tiny Pencil: the forest is lovely; dark and deep

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TweetTiny Pencil Edited by Amber Hsu and Katriona Chapman Tiny Pencil is a brand new, all-graphite, comic and art anthology edited, produced and bought to life by artists and creators, Amber Hsu and Katriona Chapman. It is also, quite simply, one of the most exquisite publications you will see this year.