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) […]
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 — […]
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 […]
Tweet The new Comic Arts Brooklyn indie comics CAF, or CAB as everyone is calling it, kicks off on November 9th at the Mt. Carmel Church for exhibits and The Knitting Factory for talks. Information on the show is unrolling at their tumblr, and the guest list has been released: Paul Auster Heather Benjamin Michael […]
Tweet[Photo courtesy of SPX] By Adam McGovern One of the final panels of SPX 2013 was about fruitful points of departure. “Paying Tribute: Traditions of Style,” hosted by Joe McCulloch and featuring comics re-creators Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, Tom Scioli, Seth and R. Sikoryak, navigated the spacetime crossovers and dimensional leaps of writer-artists who assemble […]
Tweet AMC is jumping on the “spin-off” bandwagon. With Breaking Bad ending, a Bob Odenkirk-headlined spinoff called “Better Call Saul” is in the works, although whether anyone will want to revisit the Breaking Bad world after last night’s devastating, bleak, and horrifying “Ozymandias” is anyone’s guess. How dark was “Ozymandias”? It makes The Walking Dead […]
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 a More To Come interview special episode, Heidi talks with acclaimed indie comics creator Jeff Smith about his Eisner-winning kids’ fantasy epic Bone, his adult sci-fi tale RASL, […]
Tweet This week’s edition of PW Comics World contains news of a newish publishing company: Z2 Comics, formerly Zip Comics, which put out the Eisner-nominated Cleveland by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnant last year. It’s headed up by Josh Frankel and the first two projects will be a new edition of Paul Pope’s long out […]
This is the golden era of indie comic, artistically and even financially, at least in term of the number of publishers, CAFs and cartoonists who wake up every day excited to be cartooning. It’s a movement that is aesthetically and formally as exciting as anything else going on out there.
All of which makes the Jason Karns Kerfuffle all the more unusual.
Tweet MIX 2013 is yet another outstanding comics symposium, this one in Columbus, OH. It will be held Sept. 27–28, at the Columbus College of Art & Design campus. The keynote speaker is Jeff Smith; other guests include Tony Isabella, Tom Spurgeon, Carol Tyler, and Jonathan Gayles, PhD. You can see the complete schedule below, […]
Tweet Oh yeah but speaking on indie comics and arts festival., this weekend THE PROJECTS kicks off in Portland, but it isn’t so much a bazaar of indie comics as a maker festival: THE PROJECTS is a festival of experimental comics and narrative arts, happening at the IPRC and other locations in Portland, OR, on […]
Wow is it Spring already? In the publishing world it is. Koyama Press has just announced its titles for Spring 2014 aka TCAF time! and as usual they look irresistible. The lineup includes new releases by Michael DeForge and Jesse Jacobs. Information below:
Tweet “Humor can be funny,” cartoonist Sam Henderson once told us, and he was so right. Henderson has been giving us the giggles for 20 years now and his publisher Alternative Comics is marking event by relaunching his website, The Magic Whistle, and publishing three books in print and digital. The revamped website offers an […]
It’s mostly as you were this month, Walking Dead continuing its residency in the top twenty, while Image generally have a strong showing at the top, Lazarus joining Jupiter’s Legacy, East of West and Ten Grand amongst the best-selling indies. X-Files and Fabulous Killjoys also score very good debuts for IDW and Dark Horse respectively.
Tweet As the comics live event business diverges into Cons and CAFs (comic arts festivals), both seem to be thriving. In 2013 Fort Wayne got its own CAF, Appleseed, and the 2014 edition is ramping up with a Kickstarter. Showrunner Zack Kruse, has got some strong guests planned including Peter Bagge, and it sounds like […]
Tweet As we mentioned yesterday, the dear departed BCGF indie comics festival that ended earlier this year has been replaced by the Comic Arts Brooklyn fest, which will be run by Gabe Fowler of Desert Island. And here’s the official word. We’re there. FIRST ANNUAL “COMIC ARTS BROOKLYN” FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED TO FEATURE PAUL AUSTER, ART […]