By Its Cover Special: Image Expo 2014

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This will be the last By Its Cover for a few months, so I thought I’d do something special. Today we’re going to look at the Image Expo teaser images shown at SDCC 2014. To be clear, these aren’t necessarily covers. In theory, they’re teaser images intended to get people interested in each series, though half of […]

SDCC ’14: Is Cosplayer Harassment a Real Problem?

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How do we solve the problem of cosplayer harassment? Is it even a problem at all, or are we simply dealing with a few isolated incidents? Let’s take a look.

Announcing Comic Arts Los Angeles on December 6.

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As the indie show/CAF circuit gets more popular, one market seems to be without its own show and that’s Los Angeles. It’s always Los Angeles. They have book fairs and Comickaze but indie shows tend to founder there. Well, a new kid just hit the block and it’s called Comic Arts Los Angeles. Like the best CAFs it has an acryonmic name that makes shandy shortcut: CALA.

SDCC ’14: Inside, Outside–A Visual Recap

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by Pam Auditore While at SDCC I could not help but notice the grumbling across Social Media of how little seemed to be coming out of SDCC in real time, and how deeply missed G4 was as a result.  For those of us trying to bridge the gap, their seemed to be insufficient band width […]

The Beat Podcasts! – Looking Back at Comic-Con 2014

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Recorded at 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 episode,  the More to Come Crew discuss 2014’s San Diego Comic-Con including the long-awaited Eisner award vindication of Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Image Expo […]

SDCC 14: Gene Luen Yang on the First Asian American Superhero, Faith and the East/West Dichotomy

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By Kyle Pinion Gene Luen Yang is the writer/artist of critically acclaimed graphic novels like American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, as well as the writer of Level Up, The Eternal Smile, and adaptations of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yang’s work has been awarded with multiple Eisners including “Best New Graphic Album” for American Born Chinese […]

SDCC 14: Batman’s 75th, My 20th, and a Lot of First Experiences

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By David Nieves We’re all still recovering from copious amounts of walking around taking pictures with people and wishing the people in front of us taking pictures would just move. Yes another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. By now all the news is out and we’re still reeling from the Batman V Superman […]

SDCC 14: Fiona Staples… Artist, Icon, Saga Fan

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By David Nieves On SDCC Friday, after a rousing Brian K Vaughan one man show, Saga co-creator Fiona Staples took the room stage for an hour of career and advice for young artists in her own spotlight. Fiona’s time was led by Jennifer de Guzman director of Image Comics Trade Book Sales. Fiona’s introduction read like […]

SDCC ’14: Tula Lotay on Supreme, Thought Bubble, and Career

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by Zachary Clemente Tula Lotay (aka Lisa Wood) is a comic artist hailing from the UK. Her work includes Elephantmen, Bodies, and the new Image book Supreme: Blue Rose with writer Warren Ellis. She also consults for the well-regarded Travelling Man comic shop and heads the annual comic arts festival Thought Bubble. I was fortunate enough to speak with Tula […]

SDCC ’14: Jeff Lemire on creating a new universe in ‘The Black Hammer’

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By Kyle Pinion In part two of our weekend long discussion with Jeff Lemire, we sat down with him to discuss his newly announced Dark Horse creator-owned title The Black Hammer to find out more about the influences of the title, its potential metaphorical under-pinnings and why he chose to go with Dark Horse for […]

SDCC ’14: Michael Cho on ‘Shoplifter’ – Influence of Advertisement & Social Media

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by Zachary Clemente Michael Cho is an illustrator, cartoonist, and writer currently residing in Toronto. He has worked with Marvel, DC, and others. His graphic novel, Shoplifter is out this September from Pantheon Books. Comics Beat: How much is this story and these sort of emotions at this age [of the character] come from personal experience? […]

SDCC 14: Becky Cloonan, The Killjoys of Moving…

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By David Nieves Since 1999 Becky Cloonan has been breaking down doors; whether they be from moving to new places or the ones every creator has to go through to make comics for a living. I had the overwhelming  joy of sitting down with her on the SDCC show floor last week. To no one’s […]

SDCC ’14: Journal – 4 Days and 10 Years Later, What I’ve Seen and Learned

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By Victor Van Scoit I planned on writing journal updates based on my daily experiences, but the time vortex that is San Diego Comic Con always wins at some point. With its voracious appetite it eats up every second of time that isn’t reserved for basic human survival – like sleep and sustenance – and […]

You have two hours to get your New York Comic-Con panel submissions turned in

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5pm EDT is the deadline for this year’s New York Comic-Con panel submissions. I’m sitting on a train desperately trying to be coherent and lucid enough to put together a proposal that will pass this kind of scrutiny: Panel and screening slots at NYCC are in high demand, but are extremely limited. Last year, NYCC […]

SDCC ’14: Dysart, Kindt, Simons, and Venditti on Valiant’s Current Direction

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By Alexander Jones Valiant is an incredibly dynamic and interesting superhero publisher that isn’t afraid to take risk after risk with their properties. Comics Beat had the opportunity to sit down with some of the brightest minds working at the comics company including Joshua Dysart (Harbinger: Armor Hunters & Harbinger: Omegas), Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar […]

SDCC 14: Neil Druckmann… For a Comic Book Writer, He Makes One Hell of a Video Game

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By David Nieves Few stories have truly transcended the bounds of their original media in meaningful ways. Sure movies have become games and vice versa, even we comic book faithful are no stranger to our favorite stories becoming cannon for Hollywood. The catch is few of these attempts ever delivered something that can truly be called […]