Reports: Linework NW was a hit

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Tweet Over the weekend Portland, OR saw Linework NW debut as a new indie-styled comic arts festival to replace Stumptown, which has merged with Rose City Comic-Con. Held at the more indie-complaint Norse Hall it sounds from all reports that the show had a great energy. Dark Horse’s David Scroggy was kind enough to send […]

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 […]

What we learned about getting a Comic-Con hotel room from Hoteloween 2014

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Tweet Yesterday was the day when Travel Planners sent out hotel notifications and it was joy for a few and grief for many more. I finished my own entry at 2:20 and got my first choice. Ben, who had the same hotel list, finished 20 second later and got nothing. Why? Well, I chose a […]

Three Days Remain to enter the Dorkly Fan Art Contest

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Dorkly is a sister site of College Humor that offers a lot of comics and gaming-related humor, but in a positive, not mean spirited, way. They’re ramping up a lot of their offerings including launching a a series of events based around nerd-centric gatherings.

One of the first is the Dorkly Fan Art Expo , where fan art will be displayed at C2E2 April 25-27.

MoCCA Party Poop: From Robert Williams to Pinball

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TweetCon be damned, it’s MoCCA Time — I’ll be running some previews and debuts througout the day — but here’s all the party poop you need to know about starting tonight. (I know there were a bunch of great events last night as well — On the Scene reports anyone?) FRIDAY Fiona Staples at Midtown […]

To Do Saturday: MoCCA after parties expand to include pinball

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Tweet If you are a MoCCA Fest old timer, you remember one of the fun parts of the Puck Building days was that after the show everyone went to Puck Fair, the excellent Irish Bar, across the street and the party continued there. This is a little odd for a New York show since events […]

Exclusive: The complete 2014 C2E2 panel schedule in one place!

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With ECCC only a dwindling memory and a box of kleenex from the con crud everyone caught, C2E2 is bearing down on us on April 25-27. Chicago’s biggest comics event will have the usual line-up of guests from all areas of the industry.

However, the website panel listings don’t allow you to see the whole thing at one, but courtesy of ReedPOP’s Marykate Nagourney, here is the whole list of programming in an easy to find way. Highlights include a storytelling panel with Amanda Conner and Cully Hamner, Mark Waid on his digital and retailing exploits, Christina Blanch and Carol Tilley on various comics and academics topics, and the usual MArvel, DC, Dark Horse, Boom and so on panels

To Do: Graphic Brighton with David Lloyd, Chris Riddell, Hannah Berry etc. on May 24th

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Alex Fitch tell us that he’s one of three people organising a one-day comic symposium set for the University of Brighton in England. The day will include panels, talks, workshops and so on.

Emerald City Comic Con Day 0-1: The most con-like con of all

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Tweet Now I know what you are thinking, Beat, you have been offline for two days and all you can post is six lousy photos? Well, there is a longer story but it involves airline traffic and jet lag and blah blah. Anyway, I am here in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con, and this […]

To so Tonight, NYC Dare2Draw at SoI

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Tweet Dare2Draw, the comics themed life drawing class is back tonight at the Society of Illustrators with special guest Cliff Chiang Attendees These events always include giveaways and contests as well as drawing and a fun time is had by all. More info in the link.

ECCC Who’s Where

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Tweet By the time you read this, The Beat will be on our way to Seattle for The Emerald City Comic Con, now just about the third biggest comic con in America (although I’m working on a new chart about that.) The show is already COMPLETELY SOLD OUT and has been for a while, so […]

London, Ontario’s TING Festival unveils Jesse Jacobs poster

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Tweet The Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival in London Ontario is yet another of the comic arts festivals (CAFs) springing up around the world. It will be held for a full TWO WEEKS (April 22-May 3) and showcase local artists, from past and present including Seth, Marc Bell, Aaron Costain, Scott Chantler, Willow Dawson, […]

Comic Arts Brooklyn announces date with bonus City of Glass video

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Tweet It’s not too soon to start planning: Comic Arts Brooklyn has just announced its 2014 dates: November 8th Mt. Carmel church and a few satellite locations. The above art by Benjamin Marra should get you in the mood. Exhibitor applications are available here. Applications will be open until June 1st. PLUS: here’s the video […]

Hawthorne High School Comic Convention is back on May 10th

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Hawthorne High School in New Jersey has been throwing a comic con for seven years, and thanks to the help of art teacher Alan Rosenberg’s great contacts, they always have a stellar line-up of great cartoonists. This year’s show, to be held May 10th, will be a Tribute to Joe Kubert, and I’m guessing it will be one of those small intimate shows that so many folks enjoy. Guests include Walt Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Joe Staton and more.

MoCCA Festival announces programming schedule and new advance tickets for two panels

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Tweet The programming for this year’s MoCCA Festival (April 5-6) just went up. Designed by Bill Kartalopoulos, it’s a masterclass in comics with participants from around the world. This is grad school level stuff and I can’t wait! And neither can many others. For the first time, two of the panels, Art Spiegelman & Joost […]

SPACE poster by Tom Williams unveiled

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S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) is yet another comics-related event in Columbus. This will be the 15th year for the show, making it one of the granddaddys of the indie “CAF” circuit and it claims to be “the midwest’s longest running exhibition of small press, creator owned  and art comics.” This year it will be held April 14 and 15th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus and sponsored by Back Porch Comics.