SDCC ’14: Michael Cho on ‘Shoplifter’ – Influence of Advertisement & Social Media

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Tweetby Zachary Clemente Michael Cho is an illustrator, cartoonist, and writer currently residing in Toronto. He has worked with Marvel, DC, and others. His graphic novel, Shoplifter is out this September from Pantheon Books. Comics Beat: How much is this story and these sort of emotions at this age [of the character] come from personal experience? […]

SDCC 14: Becky Cloonan, The Killjoys of Moving…

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TweetBy David Nieves Since 1999 Becky Cloonan has been breaking down doors; whether they be from moving to new places or the ones every creator has to go through to make comics for a living. I had the overwhelming  joy of sitting down with her on the SDCC show floor last week. To no one’s […]

SDCC ’14: Dysart, Kindt, Simons, and Venditti on Valiant’s Current Direction

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TweetBy Alexander Jones Valiant is an incredibly dynamic and interesting superhero publisher that isn’t afraid to take risk after risk with their properties. Comics Beat had the opportunity to sit down with some of the brightest minds working at the comics company including Joshua Dysart (Harbinger: Armor Hunters & Harbinger: Omegas), Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar […]

SDCC 14: Neil Druckmann… For a Comic Book Writer, He Makes One Hell of a Video Game

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TweetBy David Nieves Few stories have truly transcended the bounds of their original media in meaningful ways. Sure movies have become games and vice versa, even we comic book faithful are no stranger to our favorite stories becoming cannon for Hollywood. The catch is few of these attempts ever delivered something that can truly be called […]

SDCC ’14: Image Dares to Give Us an All-Artist Panel (It Was Great)

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Tweetby Zachary Clemente Sometimes, it’s the smaller details that stand out most. Sure, Image Comics is pushing for changes in the comics industry and has really been an a great example of how different publication platforms bolster the climate for making comics. Sure, they’re making new programs for retailers to make it easier to manage […]

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 5: Chuck Palahniuk

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TweetLive 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 five of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special podcast, Calvin Reid interviews award-winning author Chuck Palahniuk about his decision to write the […]

By Its Cover (07.09.14 – 07.16.14)

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Tweet A computer crash that I still haven’t been able to get fixed has resulted in my not being as thorough this time around as I would’ve liked. I hope you’ll let me know if there were any really good indie or GN covers I missed. DETECTIVE COMICS #33 This is a fantastic composition. Shape of […]

SDCC Discusses Blake J. Harris’ “The Console Wars,” with guests.

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TweetBy: Nick Eskey Once upon a time, Nintendo resurrected what remained of the home console market, and thus ruled the gaming world. Almost 95% of the market belonged to them. People didn’t play videogames, they played “Nintendo.” But then, a competitor slowly loomed in sight. Sega’s star was on the rise, threatening the hold that […]

SDCC ’14: Careers in Creativity

Industry people discussing roles open in creativity.

Tweet  By: Nick Eskey In today’s world, with the level of connectivity we all share, and all the available options for entertainment, there is a greater need to stand out from the competition. To achieve this, there’s a greater need for creativity. Creative jobs exist in all different avenues, whether it be comics, movies, television, […]

SDCC ’14: Why Saga Continues To Be The Best

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Tweetby Zachary Clemente There’s something special about Image’s book Saga. You know it, I know it, the people who voted for the Eisner awards know it – heck, my mom knows it! On Saturday of SDCC ’14, Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson sat down with co-creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples to discuss their […]

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 4: Geof Darrow and Kinokuniya

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TweetLive 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 four of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special podcast, Calvin Reid interviews comic artist and writer Geof Darrow about creating Shaolin Cowboy […]

SDCC ’14: The Business of Geek Fashion

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TweetBy Hannah Lodge As the popularity of geek culture and comic book movies surges, retailers have seen a significant increase in the demand for stylish, tailored geek clothing. That demand is responsible for the niche market of cosplay-centric, fandom-inspired fashion retailers, who compete to score the best licensing deals for their customer base. “When I […]

SDCC ’14: Fantagraphics to Collect Liz Suburbia’s ‘Sacred Heart’ as Graphic Novel

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TweetMore news through from San Diego, as Fantagraphics have announced that they’ll be collecting the webcomic ‘Sacred Heart’, by Liz Suburbia, as a one-shot graphic novel in 2015. The publication of this collection is pretty interesting, as Suburbia will be completely redrawing the story for the book – which presumably would also give her a […]

SDCC ’14 Art of Videogames Panel

Dark Horse leads the way in transporting videogames into the comic world.

TweetBy: Nick Eskey Art has gone hand in hand with videogames almost since the beginning. Oh yes, the earliest games were either text-based adventures, or pixilated jumbles; Not really “artistic.” But the boxes they were packaged in were usually masterpieces of fantasies. It wasn’t that developers didn’t feel games were worthy of art as part […]

Beyond the Page: Writing in the Digital Age

These authors talk about technology, and how it's influenced their work.

TweetBy : Nick Eskey Ever since the creation of the printing press, authors finally had an avenue to get their works out into the world. But it wasn’t until the creation of moving pictures that authors had another venue for their work aside from their printed forms. A book had the chance to find itself […]

SDCC ’14: Spotlight on Bryan Lee O’Malley Panel Recap

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TweetBy: Alexander Jones Even without the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World film, author Bryan Lee O’Malley would likely still be a talent who is universally adored. However, after the movie, he is one of the most interesting creators who has ever graced the comic book scene. After finishing the Scott Pilgrim series of novels and […]