SPX: Laser Eyes & Fire-Breath, Annie Koyama on Koyama Press

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  by Zachary Clemente On Sunday of the 20th annual Small Press Expo (SPX), The Beat grabbed a strange, backless hotel couch surrounded by vacated folding tables with Annie Koyama, the past, current, and future Publisher at Koyama Press, the renown Toronto-based small-press publisher dedicated to promoting and supporting a wide range of emerging and established artists. […]

SPX was lovely, as usual

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The indie comics world and The Beat are recovering from the yearly love in also known as the Small Press Expo. You can see lots of photos on the SPX tumblr including the above of the alt-weekly summit of (clockwise) Derf, Shannon Wheeler, Dan “Tom Tomorrow” Perkins, Charles Burns, Mimi Pond, Keith Knight, Jen Sorenson, […]

Chris Ware is serializing “The Last Saturday” in The Guardian

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The Guardian is serializing a new Chris Ware comic, called The Last Saturday. If there was a contest to chose the most Chris Ware-like title for a new Chris Ware comic “The Last Saturday” would be near the top. According to the site: A brand new graphic novella by the award-winning cartoonist Chris Ware, tracing […]

What it actually looks like when men are sexualized — NSFW

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“But the men in comics are sexualized too!” they have whined since time began, copletely ignring how boob-windows, brokebacks, boob socks and more are not the same thing as a man with a good physique in a dynamic pose. Well courtesy of Sears (!????!!?!?) and the listing for a UNDER THE BED RESTRAINT GEAR here’s what it actually looks like when a male is sexualized, just for your information.

Preview: Spider-Man meets Kamala Khan in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7

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Who would win, Spider-Man or Ms Marvel? We may find out when they meet for the first time in October’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7. Will Spidey share tips on how to get home in time for dinner while saving the world? The meeting of Marvel’s seminal “hero with problem” and the modern day “superhero for the […]

The Retailer’s View: Eventful

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In August, I went on vacation with my girlfriend (who is now my fiancée) and took some well deserved time away from the store and the world of comics in general. Being Mr. Manager for a shop and writing about comics on the internet doesn’t allow for a lot of extracurriculars, so stepping away for […]

2014 Ignatz Award Winners IN FULL

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We’re live blogging the 2014 18th Annual Ignatz Awards—there’s a palpable buzz in the air as not only the traditional agentry of the awards un rolls, but additional pageantry in the shape of a wedding and a prom are on tap. As a reminder, the Ignatzes are perhaps the ONLY awards in any medium where […]

CCS offers the The Applied Cartooning Manifesto at SPX

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I just arrived at SPX and the thrill of excitement over comics is a palpable thing, as the young and the young at heart (Saw Jules Feiffer walking around) gather to talk about what they love. but making a living at what you love remains a blithely ignored question mark (at best) or a looming storm cloud […]

Annihilator #1: Where the Personal Meets the Weird

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By Matthew Jent Annihilator #1 Writer: Grant Morrison Illustrator: Frazer Irving Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher Book & Logo Designer: John J. Hill Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror   “Get this black mass on the floor.” Annihilator begins with a black hole, but the thrust of its story concerns Ray Spass (pronounced space, as in outer), a screenwriter whose […]

Free Comic Book Day Promotes ‘Alien’ Metal Dildo Doubling as a Bottle Opener

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I think the money makers at Diamond Select Toys are secretly testing the market for an upcoming adult toy line. The Free Comic Book Day Facebook page posted a typical a nerd baiting question with no possible answer: who would win in fight between Spider-Man’s most popular nemesis Venom or the cult classic 80’s extraterrestrial nightmare Xenomorph? […]

SPX 2014 Debuts: a few choice picks

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In the olden days I would slave away all night putting up pictures of debuts, but now all CAFs do it on their website, and here’s the amazing SPX 2014 Debut Books page! BRING MONEY. But if you want some recommendations, Rob CLough has an essential list of seventeen creators to check out. I can’t improve on Rob’s […]

SPX ’14 party poop: this is the year of the Prom and the Wedding

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This weekend the Small Press Expo takes place in North Bethesda, MD. The show is known for its collegial, summer camp vibe, but this year, it is going ALL OUT. There will never again be talk about the pig roast or the softball game or the karaoke or anything else, because this year there is […]

Prometheus #1 Doesn’t Ask The Big Questions

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By Matthew Jent Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 Script: Paul Tobin Art: Juan Ferreyra Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot Cover: David Palumbo Variant Cover: Paul Pope, with colors by Shay M. Plummer Genre: Sci-Fi/Movie Tie-In   Last year, Dark Horse announced they were rebooting their licensed Aliens and Predator comics, launching the first Prometheus series, […]

Fantagraphics launches new micro imprint FU Press with Fukitor and The Emperor’s New Clothes

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Rumors about Fantagraphics launching a smaller, micro press had been floating around for a while and in advance of SPOX they’ve made it official. FU Press will publish small limited editions (100 to 500 copy print runs) of material that is more “off the beaten path” than Tim Lane or Lucy Knisley. “Work by relatively […]

First Look: Hawkeye Vs Deadpool #1

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This sells itself doesn’t it: hawkeye takes on the most popular Marvel character of the moment in a Halloween adventure. by Gerry DUggan and Matteo Lolli with a cover by James Harren (!) and a Jason Pearson variant.

Michael DeForge’s shelf porn is made for action

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Zainab Akhtar’s excellent Comics and Cola blog runs a feature called “Comics Shelfies” which includes pictures of various comics collections. Usually the Expedit or Billy is called into play, but for Michael DeForge, the plastic milk crate is the basic storage unit. I can definitely relate, as for years my life was based around the […]