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 […]

Artist Randy Queen threatens legal action over unfavorable Tumblr posts

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Randy Queen is a skilled comics artist who often draws attractive women. He’s best known for Darkchyde but he’s worked on many other books over the years like Red Sonja and Witchblade. Escher Girls is a tumblr that posts pictures of ridiculously drawn comics women. As you do.

Some of Queen’s art was featured on the site, and he didn’t like it. So he used the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) to sport these posts to Tumblr and get them removed.

Ultimate when a con is crap: DashCon 2014 solicited people for money to pay the hotel bill while the con was running

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This will almost certainly be the ultimate Con Disaster story for our times, as least for a year or so. DashCon held over the weekend in Schaumberg, IL, was a first year show aimed at Tumblr culture, planned as a meet-up for Tumblr users and such favorites as Welcome to Night Vale, a transmedia podcast that is sort of a Lake Woebegone for Tumblr-ites, Baker Street Babes, cartoonists such as Noelle Stevenson and…Doug Jones? You know the guy who was in Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth.

Tumblr-gedden as Tumblr removes Disqus and custom code from some sites

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Tumblr users who have been reveling in its ability to share content—and block trolls via the plug-in Disqus—got a rude shock today when due to code problems, users found their custom themes disabled and their comment boards wiped out. Among the missing—DC Women Kicking Ass’s lively comments section. DCWKA’s Sue took to Twitter to mourn the loss, and just as I write this it looks like she may have found the missing posts, but others were still searching.

New comic of the day: LUMBERJANES #1

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While I don’t know what was the book of MoCCA at ECCC it was DEFINITELY Lumberjanes, which launched in a convention exclusive edition. With superstar Noelle Stevenson, and new talents Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen plus variant covers by Boom’s tumblr brigade all-stars like Kate Leth, Maddie FLores, Kalie Ciesemeir, etc this book has “hot […]

David Brothers: “I’ve got to keep banging the drum for more” [Interview]

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David Brothers is one of the most accomplished writers-about-comics around, a blogger who recently moved into the industry himself as a member of the Image Comics staff. Having made a name for himself on websites like 4thLetter and Comics Alliance, his writing on (in particular) creator-owned comics, artwork, Manga and race have provided some of […]

Nice art: Very early Jack Kirby

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Via. More if you poke around.

It came from Tumblr: Talya Modlin

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Talya Modlin is a Chicago based cartoonist/art type.

New comics website launches: 13th Dimension

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Like a Phoenix from the ashes…in our recent obituary for MTV Geek we noted that the NY Post’s Parallel Worlds site also seemed to be gone. And indeed, a NY Post website design claimed its young life. However, undeterred, editor Den Greenfield has teemed up with Asbury Park Comicon’s Cliff Galbraith for a NEW SITE, 13th Dimension.

The great blog death of 2013 claims another victim: MTV Geek shuts down – UPDATE

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I noticed this morning that they hadn’t updated and that, coupled with the recent editor search, sent my Heidi sense tingling and yes indeed, MTV Geek is no more. Friends and fellow geeks — We’re shutting up shop and heading to the great arcade in the sky. Our friends over at MTV News will provide […]

iFanboy joins the 2013 comics media disruption

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As you probably heard over the holiday, iFanboy is packing in its “day to day” operations, which seemed like a euphemistic way of saying they won’t be running a costly and unprofitable daily website any more. 2013 has been a reality check for several “blogs” — a few months ago Newsarama quietly ended its blog, […]

Tumblr alert: INTRAPANEL

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You have to actually go to the site to experience it, but Matt Maxwell’s new tumblr INTRAPANEL includes giant close up macro lens photos of classic comics (as well as references to past “Future comics”) and is quite mesmerizing. The above image is only an excerpt–but it should be our new motto.

RIP: Blog@ Newsarama?

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Blog@Newsarama is both a long-running site in itself and the remains of one (The Great Curve) and the father of another (Robot6) blog that will all be remembered when the million selling “History of Comic Book Blogs” is written. Of late Graeme McMillan had been the sole poster, and he’s actually moved on to writing […]

The NY Post is joining the nerd blog fray with Parallel Worlds

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Official launch seems to be tomorrow, but in case you missed the bold-faced names, the NY Post seems to be launching its very own nerd/comics/gaming blog, called Parallel Worlds. The logo features the senseless yet thrilling image of Alexander Hamilton in a spacesuit. And if that’s how they roll, I’m on board. Thus far so […]

Check it out: Sloane’s Tiny Tiny Stories

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Comics have always been a collaborative medium (though you can dispute the extent of contributors input and editing til the cows come home) but the internet has certainly opened up the concept, allowing it to be explored in new and different ways and making it much easier for artists to connect.  Sweeping general statements aside, […]

John Martz ends DRAWN, but we’re getting DESTINATION X

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Ulp. I guess blogging is dead. Artist John Martz just announced he’s ending his art blog, Drawn which was one of the most influential art blogs of the last 10 years or so. Martz started it in 2005 linking to tons of creator websites, and art pieces over the years. But as he notes, 2013 is not 2005: