Magnetic Press announces DOOMBOY by Tony Sandoval…and here’s a preview

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Magnetic Press continues its mission to bring a bunch of great looking French comics to the US with announcement they’ll b publishing Tony Sandoval’s DOOMBOY, an official selection at the 2012 Festival d’Angouleme and winner of the “Coup de Coeur” Youth Jury prize. Magnatic’s first ever English edition will be out in September. The story […]

Quick TCAF 2014 thoughts

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While waiting for my Porter Airlines flight at Billy Batson Airport, I thought I’d dash off a thought or two. • It was an amazing show, with creators from more countries than ever before — 21 according to director Chris Butcher. Attendance was up, books were flying off the tables—85 copies of Andre the Giant […]

2014 Doug Wright Award winners

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“I’m not sure what Doug Wright would make of today’s comics,” said admin Brad McKay, as the awards got underway. But Wright would have been appreciative, we all feel. Winners in Bold! Best Book: • Palookaville #21 by Seth (Drawn and Quarterly) • Paul Joins the Scouts by Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum Press) • Science Fiction […]

Free Comics! The Comics Unmasked Digital Anthology

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Yesterday I wrote about the important Comics Unmasked art show on at the British Library. For those of us who can’t go see it in perseon, we can still get a 150 page digital anthology of comics from the show, via Sequential. Here’s what you get: This free digital anthology gives you over 150 pages […]

Comics Unmasked: a watershed for comics in Britain

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If there was ever a reason to go to England, as if more than real mushy peas was needed, this summer’s “Comic Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK” exhibition at the British Library is the one. Not only is it the biggest exhibit of British comics yet, it is by far the most official, and will be, I daresay, the most influential. Curated by Paul Gravett, along with John Harris Dunning, this is no mere “Oh look comics are cool!” exhibit, but a bracing investigation of the often transgressive gutter nature of comics in a specific culture. Since there is little chance I’ll be able to go see it for myself before it closes on August 19th, James Bacon’s photo heavy walk-through will have to do.

In India they are celebrating Free Comic Book Weekend with free downloads

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I thought this announcement of global comic book love was worth it’s very own post. This is the second time this event has been held, sponsored by the Comic Con India. And instead of going to stores, you download free comics from various Indian publishers. Sounds like a great way to experience some new stuff […]

To Do: Graphic Brighton with David Lloyd, Chris Riddell, Hannah Berry etc. on May 24th

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Alex Fitch tell us that he’s one of three people organising a one-day comic symposium set for the University of Brighton in England. The day will include panels, talks, workshops and so on.

London, Ontario’s TING Festival unveils Jesse Jacobs poster

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The Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival in London Ontario is yet another of the comic arts festivals (CAFs) springing up around the world. It will be held for a full TWO WEEKS (April 22-May 3) and showcase local artists, from past and present including Seth, Marc Bell, Aaron Costain, Scott Chantler, Willow Dawson, Jessica […]

NBM to Publish Enki Bilal’s Phantoms of the Louvre

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For a few years, top European cartoonists have been creating a special series of graphic novels done in conjunction with the Louvre Museum in Paris, all dealing with various aspects of this great institution. NBM has been publishing them here, and the latest is Phantoms of the Louvre by Enki Bilal. It’s a series of […]

Joyful Shigeru Mizuki

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Just in case anyone has the Monday Blues … here's Shigeru Mizuki in a wig for you. pic.twitter.com/BHfROnd3VP — Zack Davisson (@ZackDavisson) February 17, 2014 Shigeru Mizuki was born in 1924, meaning he is 90 years old. He served in World War Ii for Japan and lost his left arm in the conflict. His fictionalized […]

Photo Gallery: Indian Comics Convention draws throngs

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Yep, it’s convention season again! And over in New Delhi the 4th Annual Indian Comics Convention, one of the shows organized by Comic Con India, just wrapped up, with, as the PR said: • Kids and adults dressed as their favourite comic, superhero and gaming characters. • Workshops with creators, artists and writers of popular […]

Grand Prix winner Bill Watterson and the rest of the 2014 Angoulême Official Prizes

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The Official Prizes of the 41st Festival International de la Bande Desinée were handed out in Sunday at 4pm. The big news was Bill Watterson winning the Grand Prix, but afterwards people were talking about how the “International” part of the festival title had truly been reflected, with three winners from the US, one from […]

My Angoulême Diary, Day 0: Planes, Trains and Camembert

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Bonjour, Beat readers, after two days of travel and jetlag, I’m pretty much embedded here in the Rights Center at Angouleme, with free wifi and free Nescafe.

I haven’t had a chance to see most of the Festival yet, but that will take several days as the entire town has been taken over by the world of bande desinée.

The Angoulême Dining Guide: it’s a lot more than crêpes

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by Abby Denson, with Jessica Abel and Xavier Lancel So you’re going to Angoulême? Lucky you! I’ve exhibited with Xavier Lancel for the past several years and thought I’d share some of my favorite places to eat while at the festival. Even better, Angoulême resident Jessica Abel kindly agreed to vet my suggestions and add […]

Angoulême 2014 : Bill Watterson, Katsuhiro Otomo and Alan Moore are the finalists for the Grand Prix

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Well, it looks like I picked a good year for my first ever visit to the Angoulême comics festival, because this year is already seething with intrigue. Take the choice of the Grand Prix winner for instance. This award—presented to one and only one cartoonist each and every year—is one of the greatest honors in […]

The Comic King of Guatemala

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Guatemala just got its first comics shop.

And filmmaker George Clipp made a short film about it.