Suffragette Lady: An Interview with Kate Charlesworth

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TweetOn International Workers’ Day, the 1st of May, Jonathan Cape published Sally Heathcote, Suffragette, the second graphic novel written by Mary Talbot, a semi-fictionalised history of the Women’s Suffrage movement in Britain, and a really well researched and gripping piece of work, in my opinion, and should be read by everyone, everywhere, as it is […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: MoCCA Fest 2014

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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 podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss this year’s MoCCA Arts Fest and Emerald City […]

Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute Reunite At NYU for a Distinguished Faculty Lecture

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Tweet It’s been more than a year since Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute publicly convened at 2012′s momentous Comics: Philosophy and Practice conference, an event personally significant to both Chute and Bechdel due in part to their collaborative efforts in originating the influential assemblage along with their own partnership in teaching a University of Chicago […]

Special Beat Investigation: Comics Critics Crisis!!!

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A few months ago there was a Kerfuffle over a comics which some indie comics enthusiasts thought was artistically exciting, while others couldn’t see that for all the racism in these comics. I wrote about it at the time, and wondered if indie comics—so lively and vibrant—were actually being given a larger social context.

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. ______________________________________________________________ […]

The Beat Podcasts! – Heidi interviews Jeff Smith!

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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 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, […]

Should we even try to give indie comics a wider cultural context?

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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.

2013 Ignatz Award Nominees led by DeForge, Carré and Alden

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Tweet The indie-focused Ignatz Award nominees have just been announced. Chosen by a panel consisting of Lisa Hanawalt, Jason Shiga, Dustin Harbin, Damien Jay and Sakura Maku the list comprises an eclectic and incredible array of comics from the year past. Winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly […]

SDCC’13: Heidi’s Sunday Podcast with Fantagraphics, Rick Geary and more.

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Tweet Live from San Diego Comic-Con, it’s More To Come! Heidi’s podcast from Publishers Weekly Comics World brings you special coverage from San Diego Comic Con. Interviews fresh from the convention floor, with new episodes daily during the con! In today’s episode,  Heidi interviews Eric Reynolds, associate publisher of Fantagraphics, on reconnecting with the market, […]

Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival is no more

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Tweet Even as the glow of great comics at TCAF is drifting away, some bad news for great indie comics festivals: according to a post on their Tumblr, The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival is being suspended. We have decided not to continue with BCGF. We had a great run and thank all of our […]

A very brief guide to TCAF 2013

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Tweet This weekend it’s the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2013, with the actual event to be held May 11-12 at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street in Toronto. Normally I would be listing debuts and parties and whatnot, but the TCAF site already has just about every shred of info you will need.

On the Scene: MoCCA Fest 2013, SelfMadeHero’s Englishmen in New York

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Tweet It’s a truism that comics culture and the comics industry varies radically from country to country, but MoCCA Fest’s efforts to bring in an international perspective is laudable, to get past the stereotypes of difference and hear the story first-hand. Needless to say, it’s valuable to avoid a myopic perspective of the American comics […]

ON THE SCENE: Was Will Eisner a Novelist?

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TweetTowards the end of his life, witnessing the rise of the graphic novel as a format, Will Eisner commented on the fact that his books formed a subsection of the graphic novels display at a large bookstore by clarifying that his desire was to see his books shelved in the literature section alongside works by […]

Ivan Brunetti memoir is coming in May

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The Chicago Weekly profiles cartoonists cartoonist Ivan Brunetti, who talks candidly about his teaching, low comics output of late, depression, and home town. Perhaps best known for his Fantagraphics collection Misery Loves Comedy, Brunetti is a much respected foundational indie cartoonist. His two comics anthologies from Yale Press —Graphic Fiction and Grahpic Fiction Volume II — are also just about the best introductions to literary and art comics of recent years.

Marvel/Hyperion Announce YA Novels Based on Rogue, She-Hulk

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TweetA curious but interesting move today, as Marvel and Hyperion have just announced that they will be releasing a series of YA novels this year based on some of Marvel’s most prominent female heroes. So far Rogue and She-Hulk books have been announced, to the delight of Dan Slott. 

Slate and CCS announce finalists for inaugural Cartoonist Studio Prize

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The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies have teamed up for a new cartooning honor: The Cartoonist Studio Prizes. There are two categories—Best Graphac Novel and Best Web Comic—with 10 finalists in each category. Winners will each receive a $1,000 prize