Tweet This weekend it’s the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2013, with the actual event to be held May 11-12 at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street in Toronto. Normally I would be listing debuts and parties and whatnot, but the TCAF site already has just about every shred of info you will need.
Tweet You might have caught wind of the fact that a multi-media iPad app has been released this week featuring The Doors as part of a “fan experience” that was created to coincide with the digitization of boxed sets by Warner Music Group. The app seeks to “tell the tale” of The Doors through a [...]
Tweet Lala Albert has already received a heap of praise here at The Beat; her bizarre and captivating comics and illustration often feature creatures that straddle the line between being elegant and stirringly frightening. Oftentimes when perusing her artwork, I’m fascinated with the visually articulated figures in her work and the manifold nuances of their [...]
Tweet This week Valiant are spring-boarding off their Free Comic Book Day offerings to announce “Summer of Valiant” previews of upcoming titles. Their first announcement was that QUANTUM AND WOODY would be coming back starting in July, their first super hero team to grace the Valiant charge into their highly regarded and fan favorite lines [...]
Following in the steps of a recent micro-trend, another comics shop has opened, the Spider’s Web at 887A Yonkers Ave in Yonkers, NY. According to this earlier story, its run by Paul Borrero, a longtime collector and Spder-Man fan who felt the area needed a place for kids and adults to collect comics.
TweetDC’s new series, launched by Gail Simone and Freddie Williams II, is a really interesting idea for a series. Essentially pitting a somewhat corrupt and immoral police force against a group of young superhero vigilantes, it makes for a fairly uncompromised story, which offers the most overtly political work Simone has done so far in [...]
Stop motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen has died at age 92. Before CGI there was Harryhausen, whose soaring imagination gave birth to creatures that inhabited the psyche of generations of SF and fantasy fans, and whose painstaking hand-done animation has never been surpassed for character and excitement.
Tweet I first came across L Nichols work via her comic for Retrofit: Flocks. To date, Flocks is one of the most powerful works I’ve read, and one which, to be perfectly honest, I’d most likely avoid on paper. It charts Nichols’ own experiences of growing up in a Christian household and community and realising she’s [...]
Tweet The second chapter of THE PRIVATE EYE by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin is up at the Panel Syndicate website. It’s available on a pay-what-you-want model. If you’re keeping track, the first chapter came out in the middle of March. You can subscribe to the feed for new episodes here. And here’s the [...]
As you may recall. last month Egyptian cartoonist Magdy El Shafee was arrested during a protest at Abdel Moneim Riyad Square in Cairo. El Shafee was freed after four days, but his arrest is a reminder of the difficulties with free speech and other basic civil liberties going on in Egypt right now.
TweetFree Comic Book Day on Saturday was an immensely successful event which saw hundreds of signings, thousands of comics given away and untold happy faces on people getting their free comic books. It was great. So, of course, we’re going to report on the two news-of-the-weird crimes that took place during the event. In Portland, [...]
Tweet Parker Adair was a guest columnist here last year, covering C2E2 as a first-time convention-goer. This year, the planned nuptials prevented a return visit, but instead, they celebrated their union on Free Comic Book Day. (Easy for me to remember!) Yes, the couple are bonafide geeks, as was proven when the wedding party made a stop [...]
Tweet[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse] In February 1992 Todd McFarlane, along with six others, announced the founding of Image Comics, after having failed to negotiate more favourable terms for themselves at Marvel [...]
TweetAnd here’s the last of the Free Comic Book Day titles for 2013! Hard to believe the first FCBD in 2002 had only four titles! ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— KELLERMAN L’AMOUR SAMPLER Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE (W) Jonathan Kellerman & Various (A) Tom Yeates, Michael Gaydos Kellerman / L’Amour features thrilling excerpts from 2 of the Random House Publishing Group’s [...]