RIP Peter O’Toole

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The late actor was the subject of a pretty good graphic novel called, Hellraisers by Robert Sellers and JAKe (SIC), and adapted from Sellers’ prose work of the same name, which featured adventures of excessive drinking from O’Toole, Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

We’re going to Angoulême!

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At long last, I’m going to the Angoulême Comics Festival! Or to give it its proper name, the FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA BANDE DESSINÉE. The Angoulême Festival is the largest non-manga comics gathering in the world, as some 200,000 comics lovers flood the medieval town to look at displays, listen to concerts, get books signed, […]

Joost Swarte, Marion Fayolle and Brecht Vandenbroucke join 2014 MoCCA Fest

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Next year’s MoCCA Fest is shaping up to be a very interesting show as admission has been lowered to $5, and Bill Kartalopoulos has been brought on on programming director and international liaison. And given Kartalopoulos’s interest in foreign comics, the addition of three acclaimed guests from overseas—Joost Swarte, Marion Fayolle and Brecht Vandenbroucke—can only […]

INCOMPLETE WORKS to collect long unseen comics by Dylan Horrocks

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New Zealand cartoonist Dylan Horrocks is a favorite around Stately Beat Manor, and a master of short comics stories. While his website has been busy serializing his new comics The Magic Pen, his works from the last 20years has been long unavailable. However in March, the Victoria University Press will publish INCOMPLETE WORKS, collecting his […]

Advance Review: Snowpiercer – The Escape

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The film is already a smash hit in Korea and France, the uncut dystopian thriller earning rave reviews, and in January the award-winning French comic will be published in English for the first time, thanks to Titan.

Peter Pan, a Prequel by Régis Loisel: Dark, Discomforting, and Delightful

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Earlier this year, Soaring Penguin Press published the first complete English translation of Régis Loisel’s classic French series of bande dessinée, Peter Pan, a dark prequel to the JM Barrie fairy tale that pushes the boundaries of Neverland’s sinister origins.

Titan Unveils Snowpiercer in English

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With the upcoming film starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill and John Hurt due for a US/UK release in 2014 after rave international reviews, the original comic, Le Transperceneige, is due for publication as Snowpiercer on January 29.

24 Hours of Halloween: Amanda Vähämäki

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Besides having maybe the best name for a cartoonist ever, Finnish artist Amanda Vähämäki is one of those creators whose work alays has an edge of creepiness even when it isn’t overtly terror. She’s best known in North America for her work published by D&Q, including her debut, The Bun Field, but in Europe she’s […]

Best Relaunched Blog: Zainab Akhtar’s Comics & Cola

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If, like The Beat, you have been mourning the absence of Zainab Akhtar’s byline around here, it’s because she’s relaunched her own blog, Comics&Cola, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Zainab has her eye on the graphic novel and indie publishing scene with some of the most exciting new stuff coming out. For instance, […]

The rest of the weekend in comics conventions: Cola-Con, Alamo City Comic Con, Dhaka Comicon

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Even if you’re not at the Detroit Fanfare there is plenty to do around the world in comics this weekend!

Kryptonite, Cairo’s comics shop

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As we’ve been noting more and more, comics are a global culture, and there’s even a comic shop in Cairo, Kryptonite located in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt. Here’s the description from the English language “Yelp” of the region.

Irish Comic News Awards nominees announced

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Irish artist Will Sliney may be sad today about Fearless Defenders being cancelled, but on the plus side he’s a Hall of Fame nominee in the third annual Irish Comic News Awards. Selections were made via a secret seven-person panel; voting on the winners is open to the public and ends on November 1. Sliney […]

AMARILLO: New Blacksad book is coming and here’s the cover

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Our own Zainab Ahktar has scoped out the arrival of a new Blacksad book. It’s called AMARILLO and it has obvious allusions to the great American Coming Of Age Ritual: driving across the country in an ace vehicle. Zainab gave a rough translation of the blurb:

The 2013 Joe Shuster Awards in audio

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Jamie Coville was at it again and has provided us with audio and photos of this year’s ceremony, which was held at the Fan Expo in Toronto. Joe Shuster Awards 2013 (August 24) – 23 Photos Full 2013 Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony. (59:52, 54.8mb) Presented at the Ontario Art Museum – Jackson Hall, The awards […]

Snowpiercer to be Dumbed Down for American Audience

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Snowpiercer opened in South Korea earlier this month to rave reviews and box-office breaking sales. But the 126 minute film, based on popular bande dessinée Le Transperceneige and starring Chris Evans, is to be cut by a whopping 20 minutes for the eventual English language release – removing the intelligence and leaving a simplified action film […]

Taipei Comic Exhibition draws more than 582,000 people

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If you asked us what the world’ biggest comics show was, we’d say Comiket, which just wrapped up in Tokyo the other day, and drew a record 590,000 fans of doujinsji over three days. But according to the Taipei Times, the Taipei Comic Exhibition may be making a run for the top, drawing 582,000 people […]