Move over Haspiel, there’s a new shirtless cartoonist in town

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@s_k_hanselmann decided to do his Paul Pope impression at @LocustMoon tonight. (He wrote "Paul Pope" on his chest.) pic.twitter.com/q1Rn723BOH — Fantagraphics Books (@fantagraphics) September 17, 2014 We’re all for body confidence here at Stately Beat Manor, so go Simon Hanselmann! A lot of brides tone it down after getting married, but he is staying fabulous. […]

Alison Bechdel wins a MacArthur Foundation Grant

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  Alison Bechdel has been named one of this year’s MacArthur Foundation grant winners, often known as a genius grant. Bechdel was cited for being …a cartoonist and graphic memoirist exploring the complexities of familial relationships in multilayered works that use the interplay of word and image to weave sophisticated narratives. Bechdel’s command of sequential narrative and […]

Michael DeForge’s shelf porn is made for action

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Zainab Akhtar’s excellent Comics and Cola blog runs a feature called “Comics Shelfies” which includes pictures of various comics collections. Usually the Expedit or Billy is called into play, but for Michael DeForge, the plastic milk crate is the basic storage unit. I can definitely relate, as for years my life was based around the […]

When cartoonists get famous: Randall Munroe on Colbert

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The Colbert Report Last week Randall Munroe of xkcd fame apepared on the Colbert Show to promote his new book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions which is ccurrently#37 on Amazon, so I guess it’s a hit. The book reprints his essays on absured scientificquestiosn given exhaustive answers.  The union of dry Colbert and […]

Hanselmann, Deforge and Kyle on tour

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Simon Hanselmann, Patrick Kyle and Michael DeForge are going on tour together, an event that will doubtless span a thousand autobio comics. DeForge is the best known of the group, acclaimed for Lose, Ant Comix and many more of his abstractly horrifying enquiries into social systems human and animal. Hanselmann’s Megahex presents a sit-com for […]

Chris Ware reveals his love of sitcoms

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  Chris Ware is only the second cartoonist to get the Paris Review interview treatment—Robert Crumb was the first—and it’s said to be one of his longest and most revealing interviews ever. With scholar Jeet Heer doing the interviewing, how could you expect less. But in a surprise twist, you can only read the whole […]

Happy Birthday Jack Kirby

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It’s The King’s 97th birthday today, but who needs an excuse to celebrate the mans vision, talent and tenacity? Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian is spearheading the Kirby4Heroes project which is raising money for The Heroes Initiative, which raises many for creators in need. There are events today and ongoing projects listed in the link. She also posted […]

Yale Stewart apologizes after accusations of harassment

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Oh god where to begin. The short version is that Judge Dread artist Ulises Farinas calling out Yale Stewart over what Farinas deemed ill-advised charity efforts then led to Stewart, the artist of the webcomic JL8, being outed as a naked selfie sender, and then apologizing while putting his webcomic on hiatus.

Denis KItchen on The Best of Comix Book–“One of the Greatest Things Stan Lee ever Did”

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The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground is in B&W/  and Full color, HardCover  an exclusive Kitchen Sink Press imprint under Dark Horse  ISBN:978-1-61655-258-9 Intro by Stan Lee Forward by Denis Kitchen Designed and Edited by John Lind by Pam Auditore Tall, affable, plain spoken Wisconsinite, Denis Kitchen smiles wistfully, “I loved putting this collection together.  It’s a nice […]

MariNaomi begins Cartoonists of Color Databse

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Cartoonist MariNaomi is starting a database of cartoonists of color (COC) and you can upload your details as explained in the link. There’s a FAQ: What is a Cartoonist of Color? Cartoonists of Color (COC) is a play off of the acronym “POC.” POC stands for “person of color.” A POC is anyone who identifies […]

Things to buy: Noah Van Sciver’s Heartbreak Sale

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Noah van Sciver is one of our finest young cartoonists, building up a body of work that displays hard work, insight, and a strong storytelling sensibility that doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable. I like The Hypo, his unconventional take on Abraham Lincoln, and Saint Cole from the Expositor.

The Beat Podcasts! – Mike Dawson interview

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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 podcast  Heidi interviews comics creator, Tumblr personality and podcaster Mike Dawson, creator of Freddie & Me and Troop 142 about his trials as a […]

More on Mike Dawson and finding an audience

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There’s been a lot o’ talk this week about Mike Dawson’s essay on his perceived failure to find an audience. Dawson followed up on it with more thoughts. The main point of this essay was to discuss my own shortcomings as person unable to build “an audience” for his work. I didn’t even bring up […]

Must read: Mike Dawson on being a mid-career cartoonist

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Mike Dawson is talented cartoonist, a witty raconteur and a fine podcaster— you can hear his work with Alex Robinson here at Ink Panthers. And as of yesterday he was a Tumblr king with a post calledAdvice to the mid-career cartoonist who has failed to build an audience. It’s honest and in some parts brutal.

Interview: Rick Geary on Kickstarter, Murder, and Billy the Kid

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Anybody who has read any amount of my writing, either here and elsewhere, will probably know who my favourite comics writer is*. But I also have a favourite comics artist, whose work is a constant delight to me, and by whom I have pretty much everything I can get my hands on. It’s Rick Geary. […]

SDCC ’14: Listen to all the best panels AND the Eisner Awards

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Jamie Coville has done it again, recording some of the most fascinating panels from Comic-Con just passed, AND the 2014 Eisner Awards to boot. In fact so many of these were on our own “must see” list, we’ll be listening to these while on the treadmill for weeks to come. You can Find Coville’s pictures […]