The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – SPX 2013

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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 episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons -  interview indie publisher and cartoonist Box Brown of […]

SPX Shocker: Jeff Smith and Kate Beaton are RELATED

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Tweet As revealed in Beaton’s comic recounting the momentous event, during some SPX chit chat, it turned out they are both related to a family in the same small Canadian town. Needless to say, those are some strong cartooning genes.

SPX 2013: 600 cartoonists walk into a bar…

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Tweet [Comic via Tumblr by Gabriel Calderon] That is not a joke. It is definitely not a joke. With the SPX floor increased by a third to encompass the whole exhibition space it meant there were 280 tables, and with 2-4 people per table it meant that there were some 600 registered cartoonists at the […]

The Beat Podcasts! – Heidi interviews Jeff Smith!

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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 a More To Come interview special episode,  Heidi talks with acclaimed indie comics creator Jeff Smith about his Eisner-winning kids’ fantasy epic Bone, his adult sci-fi tale RASL, […]

The lost world of Cartoon House profiled

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Tweet Indie comics folk around Brooklyn and beyond have been quietly grieving over the imminent end of Cartoon House, a giant loft in South Williamsburg inhabited by a bevy of cartoonists over the years, and scene of many someday legendary comic book people events. In the first in a series of micropress profiles for Publishers […]

Making of iconic cover examined in new book on Françoise Mouly

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TweetEsteemed comics scholar Jeet Heer has just written a book about RAW and New Yorker Art Director Françoise Mouly entitled In Love with Art: Françoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman. Art comics enthusiasts won’t need to know much more than that, but here’s an excerpt that reveals the behind the scenes story of […]

Kickwatcher: The Scary Godmother Doll by Jill Thompson

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Tweet Okay this is one project that really truly deserves all your support! IT’s The Scary Godmother Doll designed by creator Jill Thompson. As you can see from the pictures the detail and appearance is amazing. And for $5 you get A BRAND NEW JUST FOR THIS KICKSTARTER SCARY GODMOTHER COMIC. A brand new, 10 […]

Ben Templesmith: “I’m alive.”

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Tweet When the story broke about J. Michael Straczynski replacing Ben Templesmith with CP Smith, as artist on his Image series Ten Grand after Templesmith went into extreme radio silence, many wondered if Templesmith was okay. We reached out to him and he emailed back to say he had apologized to JMS, and the communication […]

Jeff Smith on tour for RASL all fall

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Tweet The complete RASL by Jeff Smith is out this week, and he’ll be touring all over the place—from SPC to CAB—throughout the fall. Here’s his schedule: September 12, 2013 Washington, DC – Politics & Prose Store Signing http://www.politics-prose.com/event/2013/09/28/month/all/all/1 September 14-15, 2013 Bethesda, MD – Guest of SPX http://www.spxpo.com/ September 22, 2013 Brooklyn, NY – […]

Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison having tea together

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We’ve seen some pretty funny mash-ups photos floating around the web of Grant Morrison and Alan Moore together, photos which are a little ironic since the two titans of comics are not actually besties IRL. However, the above photo of Morrison and Neil Gaiman is 100% real.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, August 29, 2013: Gitty-up Daddy

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§ Top news today! The city of Scottsdale, AZ, hopes to erect a statue in tribute to cartoonist Bil Keane who was a citizen of the town. While you’d think a statue dedicated to the artist Family Circus might include a diorama of footsteps strewn across a park, this one will feature a 9×7 bronze statue of Keane with the four Family Circus kids riding him like a pony. Hopefully this statue does not have a “torture variant.” The above photos are artist’s renditions.

It’s Jack Kirby’s 96th Birthday

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Today would have been the 96th birthday of Jack “King” Kirby. 26 years ago, on the occasion of Jack’s 70th birthday, I was in the basement of the Hotel San Diego with about 600 of my fellow professionals as we waited in a dark room for Jack to appear.

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Comics are for Everyone

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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 episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Mark Millar, Todd McFarlane and the relationship between […]

Interview: John Romita Jr. on career planning, Kick-Ass and rape scenes

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John Romita Jr. talks about facing a world of options for his career and addresses concerns over Kick-Ass 2.

Molly Crabapple signs to HarperCollins for a memoir

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Tweet Molly Crabapple is known for her comics, her drawing, her drawing salons—Dr. Sketchy’s—and her political activities, and now she’s signed with Harper Collins to write and draw her memoirs, which will be called Drawing Blood. Despite her relative youth, Crabapple has already lived much and it hsould be a jam packed book. In the […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – DC’s 3D Cover Woes

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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 episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss DC’s 3D novelty cover shortage and how […]