Thankful Thoughts 2014

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Best to all for a happy peaceful holiday. I’m thankful this year for a healthy family, good friends, cute cats, and a great job in the industry filled with the best people on earth. And I’m incredibly thankful for everyone reading this, especially the readers who have followed me from the original Beat through many […]

Link: The best round-up of Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving parodies

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At this time of year if there is one thing as certain as dressing and leftovers it’s parody verions of Norman Rockwell’s famed “Freedom From Want.” And I finally found the best round-up of parodies including the Justice Society one. A little of these goes a long way so here are a mere three.

Holiday mode engage!

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I’m hitting the road for Thanksgiving frolic, so we’re shifting into exciting HOLIDAY mode at the Beat! Oh there will be some news stories, and some GIft Guide suggestions, but also a lot of art and comics recommendations that I’ve been stockpiling for no good reason. Also, Beat contribours will be along with their own gift guide suggestions.

Marvel.com salutes Jack Kirby on Veterans Day

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This photo was posted on Marvel.com in a piece commemorating Veteran’s Day.

Obviously there is no one in comics more suitable for this kind of salute than Kirby who would tell his war stories to all.

And

JACK KIRBY ON MARVEL.COM

OH YEAH.

24 Hours of Halloween: The X-Files

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We’ve been engaged in a rewatching of The X-Files here at Stately Beat Manor for the last few months and wow, does it hold up.

24 Hours of Halloween: Study Group Halloween Haunting

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As they did last year, the Study Group cartoonist have rolled out a whole week of seasonal comics including: The Gemini Three – Part 1 – by T Edward Bak Flash Forward – by Sean T. Collins and Jonny Negron October 31st – by Will Dinski Final Meal – by Christopher Sebela and Zack Soto […]

24 Hours of Halloween: Charles Burns

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No one is better than Charles Burns, and his unnamed trilogy—X’ed Out, The Hive and the new Sugar Skull—may be an even greater achievement in horror than his masterful Black Hole. The horror is on the page—talking maggots, ruined faces, a grim grey land of cannibals and humanoid insects—but the true terror is the most […]

24 Hours of Halloween: OUTCAST by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta

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Few comics are as suitable for Halloween reading as Robert Kirkman’s Outcast, which opens with a gruesome, intense demonic possession, and continues with an exploration of a great central character,  Kyle Barnes, who has to deal with his own connection to possession and the demonic world. We all know Kirkman is a horror master, but Azaceta’s art on the book is sleek and controlled, aided by top notch colors.

The first collection of Outcast comes out in December.

24 Hours of Halloween: Hansel and Gretel by Mattotti and Gaiman—with events!

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This extraordinary book—surely one of the most beautiful picture books of the year— has a complicated history. It began with Mattotti’s phenomenal illustrations, originally commissioned for the Metropolitan Opera’s 2007 production of Engelbert Humperdink’s opera Hansel and Gretel. Later French publisher Gallimand commissioned Jean-Claude Mourlevat to write text to go with it. And now Neil […]

24 Hours of Halloween: The Last Halloween by Abby Howard

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The long running The Last Halloween is an engrossing tale about a girl and some monsters.

24 Hours of Halloween: Yet More Spooky Comics on Sale from Monsterverse and Humanoids

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These prices are so low they are terrifying!

24 Hours of Halloween: The Blobby Boys’ Treehouse of Horror

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Alex Schubert’s Blobby Boys go on a rampage of referencing Ben Jones and Charles Burns in this episode. And check out the rest of Vice’s comics—maybe Halloween themed ones this week!

24 Hours of Halloween: Emily Caroll’s When The Darkness Presses

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F YEAH!!!!!! If there is one Halloween tradition in comics that must be kept is a new digital comic by Emily Caroll! Her previous uses of the digital palette to create horror has made her one of the few true autuers of “future comics”—and the print iteration, Through the Woods is one of the best graphic novels of the year. Her previous horror comics like His Face All Red, Margot’s Room, Out of Skin and The Hole the Fox Did Make are all classics of terror and digital storytelling.

24 Hours of Halloween: Read David Hine’s STRANGE EMBRACE for free

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David Hine’s Strange Embrace has quietly become a classic horror comic. The eerie tale of a delivery whose weekly trip to a house full of dysfunctional shut ins reveals secret after secret and descends into madness, sexual obssession and death, it’s been published in various editions from Image, Active Images and even Atomeka since 2003. And now you can get the ULTIMATE version of the story via Sequential, the graphic novel app for iPads. This version is in the original black and white (at one point it was colored and though it looked great B&W fits the mood better). It also includes an intro by Paul Gravett, back matter and even AN AUDIO COMMENTARY FOR EACH PAGE. YOU heard that right. Sequential is aiming to make the “criterion collection” of digital graphic novels and they are doing a fine job of it.

24 Hours of Halloween: Happy Halloween from Valiant by Val Mayerik

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Art by Val Mayerik. Valaint wanted me to remind you that The (mis)adventures of Quantum and Woody and Archer and Armstrong continue in THE DELINQUENTS #4(of 4) – in stores November 26th.

24 Hours of Halloween: Francesco Francavilla’s 31 Days of Horror

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If there’s one person who loves Halloween and scary monsters more than us it’s artist Francesco Francavilla who has been running his own 31 Days of Horror event on his twitter feed with daily art and process posts. You can more or less follow along at the hashtag #fffear but here’s a sample: