The Art of Batgirl and Where We Go From Here

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This is obviously prefaced with a heaping helping of “what the hell does a straight white male know about these issues?”. The simple truth: I don’t know anything. I likely never will – or at least not in a way that can be internalized. At best, I can gather other people’s feelings and memories and […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 12/15/14: What Grant Morrison has to say about diversity is like a unicorn

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§ A white, straight man named Grant Morrison said something that wasn’t stupid. I think. Q: I love that the first issue of “The Multiversity” is full of people of color, from black superheroes and politicians to aboriginal gods and gay geeks. Why did you do this, and does it have anything to do with […]

DC Movie Variants Include Greatest Damn Cover Of All Time

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As a reminder that not everything in comics is doom and gloom—and that we as a country can still laugh, smile and drool, DC has released a list of its March Movie Variant covers, and they include this Justice League cover by Emanuela Lupacchino inspired by Magic Mike, the greatest film of the 21st century.

On that note, it is definitely time to call it a weekend. And the complete list, courtesy of Newsarama — more smiles to come we hope.

Back This: ‘Moonshot’ – The Indigenous Comics Collection from Alternative History

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by Zachary Clemente Kickstarter has been the way for me to find new comic projects and boy am I glad to have come across this project. Moonshot from Alternative History Comics and edited by Hope Nicholson, is a 200 page collection of short stories from Indigenous creators across North America showcasing the rich heritage and identity of First Nations, Inuit, […]

Comics We Want: Lydian by Sam Alden

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Good news! Sam Alden has  collected his pixel-comics in a print edition called Lydian!  60 pages of full color goodness! Bad news: It was only available at Comic Arts LA. Bah humbug. But you can order Haunter from Study Group! It all turned out okay after all.      

Webcomic Alert: An Illustrated A to Z of Torture by Krent Able and Oscar Rickheit

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Illustrated version of real torture techniques used by REAL CIA operatives drawn in an old school Basil Wolverton style for added punch.

Webcomic Alert: Stjepan Sejic does Superman and Lois’ “First Time”

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Link NSFW.

As long as there have been comics, there have been people imagining what happens when Superman and Lois Lane have sex. Larry Niven’s “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex” set the standard, with a sobering, scientific look at Kal-El’s supersonic baby paste, and the potentially horrific effects of a human/Kryptonian hybrid pregnancy. And now the new artist of Rat Queens made his own little version.

Meanwhile, After Nine Years, Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven Is Back…

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Gary Spencer Millidge‘s Strangehaven may well be the best comic you’ve never read. Originally self-published in eighteen issues over the course of ten years, between 1995 and 2005 (with three collected editions, Arcadia, Brotherhood, and Conspiracies), it has been on what seemed like a permanent hiatus since then, despite the plaintiff pleas of tear-drenched fans […]

Gift Guide: TOON Books gift sets and sale

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It’s gifting time, and the Beat team is showcasing some suitable gifts for everyone in your family. Among those are theseTOON Books gift sets which are now 33% off. Toon Books, the line of comics for young readers edited by Francoise Mouly, offers a whole rage of books at different reading levels—the set shown above, […]

Dover to publish a new edition of Secret Teachings of a Comic Book Master: The Art of Alfredo Alcala

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The other day I mentioned how Dover Books is bringing back a bunch of out of print graphic novels including Puma Blues and A Sailor’s Story.

Well, you can add one more book to that list.

I’m thrilled to be able to announce that Dover is reprinting a new edition of Secret Teachings of a Comic Book Master: The Art of Alfredo Alcala by myself and Philip Yeh

Gift Guide: buy a print from Gerhard

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While Dave Sim is the best known participant in the Cerebus experience, he had a collaboratorL gerhard, who drew backgrounds in a richly detailed manner. Gerhard (he uses one name) he been making a comeback of sorts—although he has been doing illustrations right along—with convention appearances and prints, and how he’s selling some of them […]

Ben Towle on the webcomic to print process

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Web serialization of a comic intended for print is one of the standard models of comics production now (Although it still isn';t profitable but that’s a whole other post) and here’s avery insightful post by Ben Towle on the conclusion of his webcomic, Oyster War. I’ve been enjoying his account of local skirmishes between 19th century Chesapeake Bay oyster farmers since he started it in 2008, and much has changed in how he put the comics out in that period, including the rise of Tumblr and yet more social media. Towle offers some VERY practical advice including how running it on GoComics affected the comics, mistakes in character design and URLS (get a separate URL for your comic) and also preparing for print:

Webcomic Alert: Roy in Hollywood by Gilbert Hernandez

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Gilbert Hernandez has a new weekly comic at Vice. So one good thing happened this week.

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: A. David Lewis Interview

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  Brought to you by 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 More to Come’s Calvin Reid interviews comics scholar and creator A. David Lewis about his new book ‘American Comics, Literary […]

Gurewitch is back with a new book on Kickstarter

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Return with us to the simpler days of 2007 when Nicholas’s Gurewitch’s The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories, a collection of his Perry Bible Fellowship comics was a best selling delight, and Gurewitch was the next Gary Larsen. AlAlthoughne more PBF book appeared—The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack—it was the last as Gurewitch investigated […]

A new PRIVATE EYE is here—and the cover may remind you of a body part

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Brian K Vaughan writes to inform us of some Panel Syndicate related business: Hot on the heels of the release of our new series UNIVERSE! from creator Albert Monteys (which we’re proud to share has been a phenomenal global success so far), Marcos and I are pleased to announce the imminent arrival of THE PRIVATE […]