Sparkplug Books announces the end of REICH for 2014 and a fundraiser

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Sparkplug Books has has some changes in the last few years, following the death of founder Dylan Williams, but under new publisher Virginia Paine, it’s stayed in the game. In an email, Paine shared some plans for 2014…and also the news that times are tough at the indie, with Paine being forced to stop paying herself.

Comic of the Week: My So-Called Secret Identity

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TweetOne fiercely intelligent young woman, one city in which superheroes and villains are the norm, and one comic in which diversity is as natural as the real world, with one kickass female hero to cheer for. And now, in print!

Artist of the Day: Elias Ericson

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TweetYou’ve perhaps seen some of Elias Ericson’s comics and illustrations already as they have a tendency to pop up, uncredited, on many an internet comment thread. Thanks to the wonders of google image search I spent much of today engrossed in his work, which I highly recommend!

Thought Bubble 2013: A Reading List in Review!

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TweetThis isn’t a convention write-up. Instead, it’s a review roundup of every new comic I came across at Thought Bubble 2013. Because I want to share them with as many people as possible, and as part apology for forcing people at the event to go and pick up everything I had come across and loved […]

Raygun Roads, a Morrison-esque Trip into Insanity

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TweetDo you feel neglected? Then it’s time to get infected with this slice of psychedelic anarchism from Owen Michael Johnson and Indio.

Reviews: Comics from Comic Art Brooklyn and beyond

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Tweet  Here for your perusal, I examine a pile of worthy comics and graphic novelish books that I have found in my travels to Brooklyn; from a few book release parties at Bergen Street Comics, The Brooklyn Book Festival and most recently, Desert Island owner Gabe Fowler’s brand spanking new Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. ______________________________________________________________ […]

Advance Review: Dungeon Fun! The Story of One Girl and Her Sword

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TweetYou might not know that tomorrow is in fact Dungeon Fun Day, but if you’re a fan of fun comics like Adventure Time or cartoons like Regular Show, you need to mark the date in your diaries!

Fialkov and Infurnari’s The Bunker is Coming to Oni Press

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Tweet Back in August I was raving about this completely addictive creator owned comic from the Marvel maestro and indie hotshot team, and it seems as if Oni Press agree – in Feburary 2014 they will publish The Bunker #1, collecting the first five chapters of the hit digital series.

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Craig Yoe and Jeffrey Brown Interview Special

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s interview special, Heidi interviews comics historian, author, editor, and publisher Craig Yoe, author of the acclaimed Secret Identity and head of the Yoe! Books imprint as […]

Review: Cosmic Canine Capers in Astrodog!

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TweetOf the many comics I picked up at the recent Lakes International Comic Art Festival, there was one comic in particular that caught my eye as I turned around one of those giant rooms. A small little book, nestled amongst publishers large and booming, that shone out with a cover that immediately made me smile: […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Coffin Hill Interview Special

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s interview special, Kate Fitzsimons talks with writer Caitlin Kittredge about her book – Vertigo‘s new gothic horror comic Coffin Hill, co-created with artist Inaki Miranda. Meanwhile […]

Comic Arts Brooklyn announces events and guests

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Tweet Comic Arts Brooklyn (Or CAB as it soon to be known) released a schedule of events including art shows and panels and what not and it all sounds horribibly wonderful if you like good comics. CAB replaces the departed Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest on the indie circuit schedule, and takes place November 9 […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Comics on TV

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss their upcoming appearance at New York comic […]

Can’t Lose: Indie Cartoonists cover Friday Night Lights

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Tweet I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting a show about small town football culture to be a subject of nostalgia for indie cartoonists, but, hey, this is the social context I was moaning for the other day. Plus Friday Night Lights WAS one of the great TV shows of the Aughts. Thus Melissa Mendes (Freddy Stories) […]

One More: Sam Alden’s cover for It Never Happened Again

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Tweet As we mentioned earlier in the week, Uncivilized Books won the Sam Alden Derby and will be putting out the first collection of the up-and-coming cartooner’s work. And now he’s tweeted the title and the cover: Here's the cover for "It Never Happened Again", my first collection from with Uncivilized Books! eeee pic.twitter.com/9DlnvTe3vm — […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – SPX 2013

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons -  interview indie publisher and cartoonist Box Brown of […]