INTERVIEW: Colorist Brian Reber on his Exclusive Valiant Contract

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Valiant Comics have been building up an exclusive roster of creators over the last few months. From writer Joshua Drysart to artists Doug Braithwaite and Trevor Hairsine, the company have a number of creatives on exclusive contract. But unlike any other company I can think of, they didn’t stop with announcing writers and artists – […]

Larry Hama’s 10 rules for drawing a comic book page

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GI Joe maestro (and all around comics renaissance man) Larry Hama posted these on FB the other day. I stole them so we could talk about them. These are my ten rules for drawing a comic book page, that sums up what I have learned in forty odd years in the biz. They are not […]

Must read: Evan Dorkin on dealing with rejection

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A few weeks ago on his “Ask me anything” on Tumblr, Warren Ellis gave his Herc Hansen version of how to keep working on creative projects speech. Over on Brian Blackmon’s Neptune City, Saturn Town tumblr he’s asking cartoonists about how to deal with rejection, and Evan Dorkin—who set a record for self-deprecation sometime in […]

Overview: Should Writers Pay Artists Upfront?

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This weekend saw a bit of discussion going on regarding the status of writers and artists. There’s already an ongoing debate about the way in which comic reviewers talk about the role of artists, and now the attention is moving more towards the relationship between a writer and an artist. When a new project starts […]

Must Read: Tom Scioli on good/bad coloring and Barry Windsor Smith

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Cartoonist Tom Scioli (Gødland) is obviously a devotee of classic comics styles; it should come as no surprise, then, when he wonders Whatever Happened to Barry Windsor-Smith?. Smith is credited with introducing the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite art school to comics, along with his studio mates Jeff Jones and Wm. Michael Kaluta. Swearing by William […]

INTERVIEW: Declan Shalvey on working with Marvel, Dark Horse, Boom, DC, IDW…..

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Artist Declan Shalvey has had an incredible year. Whilst working as regular artist for books like Venom and Thunderbolts at Marvel, he’s also created art and covers for books published at Dark Horse (Conan and The Massive), IDW (Half Past Danger and TMNT), Boom (Robocop) and Vertigo (American Vampire). In February his first-ever cover at Marvel […]

SDCC13: The Chris Samnee Spotlight Panel

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By David Nieves Amidst his first special-guest-of Comic Con appearance, the opening day of SDCC held Chris Samnee’s first spotlight panel. Jovially introduced by his Daredevil partner and moderator Mark Waid, Chris talked about his influences and beginnings, and answered some questions from fans.

SDCC ’13 #Tweetfolio Season 2.0 goes #Beatfolio at Comic-Con

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[Eds note: want to get a portfolio review at Comic-Con? READ ON.] by Bon Alimagno I’m Bon Alimagno, writer of the #Tweetfolio portfolio review column Heidi has linked to here on the Beat in the past. As a longtime reader of the Beat and even longer friend of Heidi’s, I’m pleased to bring this column […]

The Phoenix Presents: James Turner on Star Cat!

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Every Friday, Stately Beat Mansion invites round a comic creator or two for a cup of tea, complementary Kit Kat, and a chat about their work in The Phoenix. The Phoenix is a UK series which features a range of the best all-ages comics available, from all kinds of wonderful creators – all compiled into a […]

SDCC ’13: ComiXology sponsoring Comic Creator Connection

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Okay is it OK Cupid for Comics Creators? Not exactly, but if you are a CWC looking for a AA, DDF, then the Comic Creators Connection is for you. Comixology, as mentioned before, is getting more into the mix at Comic-Con, sponsoring a much of charity benefits, and co-sponsoring the Eisners and more. It’s all […]

Will Sliney Profiles The Fearless Defenders: Annabelle Riggs

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Marvel’s female characters do tend to be their very best, so here at The Beat we’ve been following Will Sliney (at a distance, so he doesn’t suspect) as he helps set up the all-female Fearless Defenders team. Whenever a new character joins the team, Will very kindly talks a little about them, and how he […]

INTERVIEW: Stephen Mooney Goes Creator-Owned for ‘Half Past Danger’

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Later this year IDW will be publishing Half Past Danger, a new series written, drawn, and created by Stephen Mooney. After working as artist on several IDW titles including Star Trek and Angel for the last few years, Mooney decided it was time to set up a creator-owned project, which he’d have full control over. […]

Will Sliney Profiles The Fearless Defenders: Dani Moonstar

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As a new character joins the cast of Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney’s Fearless Defenders, so she joins team members Valkyrie and Misty Knight in our growing group shot of the team! Today sees the release of Fearless Defenders #2, which sees Dani Moonstar enter the scene. The leader of the New Mutants for years […]

So just how do comics work, anyway?

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With comics having reached a hitherto unseen level of respectability, that’s the cue for the comics literati to go back to the begining and argue about how the whole thing works…or doesn’t.

Process: Jeffrey Brown’s Vader’s Little Princess

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Following up on last year’s bestselling Vader and Son, Jeffrey Brown is back this April with Vader’s Little Princess a series of gags based on Vader as dad to little Leia, from toddler to teen. Art Director Steve Mockus has a process post on putting together the book’s cover; since it covered an age range the idea wasn’t immediately apparent.

Will Sliney Profiles The Fearless Defenders: Misty Knight

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With Fearless Defenders #1 out today, artist Will Sliney has returned to The Beat to talk about the first recruit to Valkyrie’s cause: Misty Knight! Yes,  she of the afro-wearing sass, street-fighting fighting, and Jean Grey… college roommate-ing.