Separated at birth: Spider-Man and Spider-Woman?

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Tweet In commenting on his FB page on how drawing a sexy cover got attention at EW.com, artist J. Scott Campbell posted this classic Spider-Man cover, strongly reminiscent of the Milo Manara cover that everyone is STILL talking about. It is true that the butt-in-the-air arachnid is a classic pose… …but it is equally untrue […]

Nice Art: AlphaBands by Ben Towle

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Tweet Cartoonist/comics educator Ben Towle likes to take up half the year in alphabet themed art projects; once it was monsters then animals. This time he drew 26 different musicians in a project called AlphaBands. All 26 are up now, he explains and though not everyone was a hit single, it was also a technical […]

Denis KItchen on The Best of Comix Book–”One of the Greatest Things Stan Lee ever Did”

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TweetThe Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground is in B&W/  and Full color, HardCover  an exclusive Kitchen Sink Press imprint under Dark Horse  ISBN:978-1-61655-258-9 Intro by Stan Lee Forward by Denis Kitchen Designed and Edited by John Lind by Pam Auditore Tall, affable, plain spoken Wisconsinite, Denis Kitchen smiles wistfully, “I loved putting this collection together.  It’s a nice […]

Webcomics alert: Daryl Cunningham’s “You Might as Well Live”

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Tweet The national dialogue on the subject of mental health and depression following the suicide of Robi0n Williams continues. Daryl Cunningham, author of the really excellent Psychatric Tales, has been blunt about his own battles with depression in the past and offers You Might As Well Live, about the finality of suicide. The ink is […]

Nice Art: Roman Muradov’s (In A Sense) Lost and Found

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Tweet Let’s end this week with some art! No publisher puts out more consistently beautiful books than Nobrow, and "(In a Sense) Lost and Found&quot by Roman Muradov is no exception. Muradov is best known for his illustrations in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal; although he’s been in […]

The Retailer’s View: Greed, Avarice, Power, and Responsibility

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TweetThe first superhero comic I paid for with my own money was Sensational Spider-Man #0. It arrived at the pharmacy my mom worked at one cold December before school had let out for winter break. In those days, I would walk to my parent’s work after school and sit in the back reading comics until […]

Webcomic alert: Breaking Cat News

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Tweet Because we all need a laugh and because the internet was made for cats: BREAKING CAT NEWS by Georgia Dunn. 
I really have to restrict myself to posting only two of these. This is my favorite kind of humor where one element is satirized in the form of another. Or simpler: News tropes + […]

Interview: Marc Tyler Nobleman on Bill Finger and the Secret Origins of Batman

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Tweet For years, comics’ professionals have been hiding a well-kept Batman secret. Batman has been listed as being created by Bob Kane for decades, but the secret creator of the other half of Batman has been in hiding, signing bad deals and contracts, and being lost to the general public. Despite the immense popularity of Batman, only […]

Webcomic alert: The Spirit of BACARDÍ by Warren Ellis and Mike Allred

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Tweet One’s an atheist who lives on Red Bull and whiskey. One’s a Mormon who never drinks. But Warren Ellis and Mike Allred have teamed up onThe Spirit of BACARDÍ a 20 page comics about Emilio Bacardí, son of founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, and his doings in Cuba in the 1800s. When I first […]

By Its Cover Special: Image Expo 2014

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Tweet This will be the last By Its Cover for a few months, so I thought I’d do something special. Today we’re going to look at the Image Expo teaser images shown at SDCC 2014. To be clear, these aren’t necessarily covers. In theory, they’re teaser images intended to get people interested in each series, though half […]

The Beat Podcasts! – Mike Dawson interview

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TweetRecorded at Publishers Weekly, it’s  More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast  Heidi interviews comics creator, Tumblr personality and podcaster Mike Dawson, creator of Freddie & Me and Troop 142 about his trials as a […]

Announcing Comic Arts Los Angeles on December 6.

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As the indie show/CAF circuit gets more popular, one market seems to be without its own show and that’s Los Angeles. It’s always Los Angeles. They have book fairs and Comickaze but indie shows tend to founder there. Well, a new kid just hit the block and it’s called Comic Arts Los Angeles. Like the best CAFs it has an acryonmic name that makes shandy shortcut: CALA.

Boom! teases conspiracy book…who is behind it?

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Boom! Studios has been teasing some kind of conspiracy book about the usual suspects today…

Artist Randy Queen threatens legal action over unfavorable Tumblr posts

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Randy Queen is a skilled comics artist who often draws attractive women. He’s best known for Darkchyde but he’s worked on many other books over the years like Red Sonja and Witchblade. Escher Girls is a tumblr that posts pictures of ridiculously drawn comics women. As you do.

Some of Queen’s art was featured on the site, and he didn’t like it. So he used the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) to sport these posts to Tumblr and get them removed.

Interview: Rick Geary on Kickstarter, Murder, and Billy the Kid

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TweetAnybody who has read any amount of my writing, either here and elsewhere, will probably know who my favourite comics writer is*. But I also have a favourite comics artist, whose work is a constant delight to me, and by whom I have pretty much everything I can get my hands on. It’s Rick Geary. […]

SDCC 14: Batman’s 75th, My 20th, and a Lot of First Experiences

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TweetBy David Nieves We’re all still recovering from copious amounts of walking around taking pictures with people and wishing the people in front of us taking pictures would just move. Yes another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. By now all the news is out and we’re still reeling from the Batman V Superman […]