SPX: Laser Eyes & Fire-Breath, Annie Koyama on Koyama Press

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  by Zachary Clemente On Sunday of the 20th annual Small Press Expo (SPX), The Beat grabbed a strange, backless hotel couch surrounded by vacated folding tables with Annie Koyama, the past, current, and future Publisher at Koyama Press, the renown Toronto-based small-press publisher dedicated to promoting and supporting a wide range of emerging and established artists. […]

SPX was lovely, as usual

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The indie comics world and The Beat are recovering from the yearly love in also known as the Small Press Expo. You can see lots of photos on the SPX tumblr including the above of the alt-weekly summit of (clockwise) Derf, Shannon Wheeler, Dan “Tom Tomorrow” Perkins, Charles Burns, Mimi Pond, Keith Knight, Jen Sorenson, […]

Chris Ware is serializing “The Last Saturday” in The Guardian

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The Guardian is serializing a new Chris Ware comic, called The Last Saturday. If there was a contest to chose the most Chris Ware-like title for a new Chris Ware comic “The Last Saturday” would be near the top. According to the site: A brand new graphic novella by the award-winning cartoonist Chris Ware, tracing […]

Annihilator #1: Where the Personal Meets the Weird

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By Matthew Jent Annihilator #1 Writer: Grant Morrison Illustrator: Frazer Irving Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher Book & Logo Designer: John J. Hill Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror   “Get this black mass on the floor.” Annihilator begins with a black hole, but the thrust of its story concerns Ray Spass (pronounced space, as in outer), a screenwriter whose […]

Fantagraphics launches new micro imprint FU Press with Fukitor and The Emperor’s New Clothes

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Rumors about Fantagraphics launching a smaller, micro press had been floating around for a while and in advance of SPOX they’ve made it official. FU Press will publish small limited editions (100 to 500 copy print runs) of material that is more “off the beaten path” than Tim Lane or Lucy Knisley. “Work by relatively […]

When cartoonists get famous: Randall Munroe on Colbert

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The Colbert Report Last week Randall Munroe of xkcd fame apepared on the Colbert Show to promote his new book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions which is ccurrently#37 on Amazon, so I guess it’s a hit. The book reprints his essays on absured scientificquestiosn given exhaustive answers.  The union of dry Colbert and […]

Alan Moore has finished first draft of 1 million+ word novel, ‘Jerusalem’

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Post by Alan Moore. According to the FB post from his daughter, Leah, Alan Moore has finished the first draft of his long gestating novel. Jerusalem, which he’s been talking about for years and years. It’s billed as the history of a small patch of Moore’ native Northhampton, with characters coming and going from history, […]

Last Call: All messages go better with Star Trek “Capt. Kirk vs. the internet”

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Tom Tomorrow has done it again with a classic Trek-theme cartoon.

Brooklyn Book Festival has huge lineup of comics events

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Just as soon as you recover from SPX, you’ll be drinking in the comcis events at the Brooklyn Book Festival, the annual literary love-in which will be held Sunday, September 21st this year. Not only is there a full slate of comics panels, with Brandon Graham, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Mike Dawson and MANY MORE, but there will be a signings, a screening and parties galore. You can check out the totally excellent (I will steal their theme) Tumblr jsut for BBF comics and graphic novels, but here is the whole schedule for posterity:

Marvel to publish never-seen Miracleman stories by Grant Morrison and Peter Milligan

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Although the Miracleman reprints by Marvel have more or less been business as usual and not the apocalypse, news of never-before seen Miracleman stories by Grant Morrison and Peter Milligan is still exciting. Vulture has the deets on a new Miracleman Annual #1 which will be out on December 31st and include a long-lost story […]

MICE is a go October 4-5 in Cambridge

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Here’s another stop on the busy indie comics circuit: MICE the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, will take place this October 4-5. It’s free and you get to buy great comics. Poster by Paul Hornschemeier . More info in the PR: MICE is back! On October 4th and 5th independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge […]

Small Press Spotlight: Breakdown Press and Mutiny Bay

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When TCJ.com co-editor and former PictureBox publisher Dan Nadel goes on a rampage ANYTHING can happen but he had a pretty good one today, about cutting edge comics: Here’s a report on the new London comics festival, Safari, hosted by my candidate for most-promising young publishing house, Breakdown Press. What makes an exciting young comic […]

Last Call: Rocket and Groot make The New Yorker

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When I first saw the Rocket Raccoon and Groot toys at Toy Fair back in February—or maybe earlier when I first saw the Guardians of the Galaxy footage—I was pretty sure that they would become, to use a banned word, “iconic” but I had no idea they’d be embraced as part of the pop culture […]

Must Read: Gene Luen Yang on the importance of diversity

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Okay this isn’t “The Comics Diversity Times” but, issues of diversity and identity seem to be the most pressing ones these days. And so to cleanse the palette, here’s a transcript of Gene Luen Yang’s speech at the 2014 National Book Festival this weekend. With American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints and now The Shadow Hero, Yang has become one of the best selling and most important graphic novelists and he’s also one of those heroes I was alluding to earlier, standing up for people who don’t have as big a voice.

Bookmark: Small Press Previews

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Here’s a good idea: Small Press Previews, a new site that I was informed of by Jared Smith. They have 46 publishers signed up to create a single spot to see previews of small press comics coming out each month.
For instance I didn’t know there was a new Derf coming from Alternative Press!

“A Cosmic Fairytale” – D.J. Kirkbride incites The Bigger Bang [Interview]

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Author D.J. Kirkbride has been an important force in the comics’ industry for years now spearheading projects like Amelia Cole for Monkey Brain Comics with Co-Author Adam Knave and artist Nick Brokenshire. As Amelia Cole continued to grow larger, the author then shifted gears along with Adam Knave to work on Never Ending, a book […]