Grant Morrison and Steve Niles Headline Black Mask’s Second Phase

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Black Mask Studios started their NYCC with a bang, announcing a slate of exciting new titles that will be hitting the shelves in 2015. The biggest surprise? A brand new series from Grant Morrison featuring the incredible Vanesa Del Rey on art duties. The full slate of announced books follows, capped off by the original press release:   SINATORO […]

Koyama Press announces Spring line with Degen, Schubert, Lapalme and Harbin

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Spring catalogs are in the air ad so are book announcements, Koyama Press has just announced its Spring releases with several top-notch books including the return of Alex Schubert’s Blobby Boys and a collection of Dustin Harbin’s diary comics.   MIGHTY STAR AND THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER ISBN: 978-1-927668-16-0 $15.00 6 ½ x 10, 172 pages, b&w, […]

SPX memories…like a magical unicorn

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You can read my official SPC report at PW, with news and notes, but I’m guessing that everyone who was at SPX is probably, like me, realizing that the magic is over and we have a whole year to go, or maybe a few weeks if you count APE, but in the meantime, I can keep the magic going a few moments more by rounding up some of the magical, mystical memories of SPX. I said there were a few people who didn’t have a good time, and you can find one of two on Tumblr who sat outside hotel rooms sadly waiting for the person with the key to come back. But if you could open your heart, SPX would make you love it. As the above picture shows, SPX is the only con where you can find Julia Wertz and Renee French just sitting and smiling with each other. It’s also the only place where someone would leave their computer just sitting out on a table (as one prominent comics personage di don Friday)and feel pretty secure that it would be just fine. There is a reason why people puts up so many pics and blog so much about this show—it’s a full on love affair.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales July 2014: Let’s Kill Archie

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By Chris Rice A few interesting new entries this month, headed by, of all things, The Death of Archie! That’s joined by Rick Remender’s new book Low, and a pair of new Doctor Who books become Titan’s biggest selling comics yet. Lots of books not charting this month for reasons explained below. Marvel went a […]

How to Survive Micro-Press Publishing at SPX

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by Zachary Clemente This past weekend, the 20th annual Small Press Expo (SPX) brought an explosion of independent and small press comics to the Marriott hotel in Bethesda, MD. Literally overflowing with an abundance of talent, the weekend was filled with amazing creators, signings, panels, even a wedding and a prom. One of the panels, Micro-Press […]

Z2 Comics announces Henni by Miss Lasko-Gross for 2015

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Miss Lasko-Gross has gained attention for her two autobiographical comics, Escape from Special and A Mess of Everything, but her new book will be more of a fable. Henni is the tale of a young girl named Henni who lives in a structured society where religion is the last word of the law. She goes off on her own to discover truth and adventure. The story is drawn in s style reminiscent of classic children’s books, contrasting carefree childhood with the struggle against dogma.

SPX announces programming

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And it’s a doozy as always — PR provided some highlights but I can tell you I won’t miss that alt-weekly panel….90s NOSTALGIA PEOPLE. SPX will be held Sept. 13-14 in North Bethesda, MD. BE THERE. White Oak Room   TIME DESCRIPTION Noon – 1:00 Alt-Weekly Comics Roundtable Until recently the media landscape has been […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales June 2014: Outcast!

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Lots of new entries this month, including smash-hit new books from Robert Kirkman and Kieron Gillen and a first ever official comic for a cult film favourite. Elsewhere Valiant continue to falter despite the new Armor Hunters crossover, and Zenescope seem to be similarly slipping down and off the sales chart with their numbers dropping to new lows.

Here’s the cover to the Sam Alden issue of Frontier

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Youth in Decline’s flagship publication is Frontier, a slim but essential Risographed book featuring the work of one cartoonist. Past issues have spotlighted Uno Moralez, Hellen Jo, Sascha Hommer, Ping Shu and now Sam Alden. And here’s the cover. The issue goes on sales at SPX and will feature a new 36-page comic by Alden. […]

2014 Ignatz Nominees announced: Yang, Shiga, Deitch among nominees

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The 2014 Ignatz Awards have announced their nominations. As usual with this indie-comics focused award the nominees are an eclectic bunch, maybe even more eclectic than usual, going from the National Book Award-nominees Boxers and Saints in the Outstaind Graphic Novel category, to a mix of mostly little known outside indie circles nominees in Newcomer, […]

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: Jeff Smith Spotlight, the Head of Comic’s Cool Table

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By David Nieves If you’re a lifer, comics have always been the cool thing. Certain people personify what’s “out there” and distinct about comics more so than any other industry; and at the very top of that list is Bone creator Jeff Smith. On SDCC Saturday afternoon, moderated by his friend Tom Spurgeon(The Comics Reporter), Jeff […]

10 Steps to Make Your Creations Real

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By: Nick Eskey The thing about fandom is that on some level, we all wish we be a part of what we love: We want to write a hit novel because we love to read; we want to draw a comic book because we love to draw; we want to be a filmmaker because we […]

SDCC 14: Brian K Vaughan “The Greatest One Man Show Ever”

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By David Nieves There’s no spotlight like a BKV spotlight and today at SDCC faithful companion of Hamburger K Vaughan, Brian, indeed delivered a fast paced hour Q&A that delighted a packed house. BKV took on about 35 questions from inquisitive fans ranging from animals to gin cocktails. We’ll post the full audio in the […]

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 2: Don Rosa, Eleanor Davis, Lucy Knisley & Archie Comics

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Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part two of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special, Calvin Reid talks to Don Rosa about Scrooge McDuck, European fans and Carl Barks; […]