Neal Stephenson’s Cimarronin: A Samurai in New Spain is out on Amazon today

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Amazon’s Jet CIty Comics imprint has been chugging along with a series of comics based on predominantly SF authors. including Hugh Howey, George RR MArtin and now Neal Stephenson, whose Cimarronin: A Samurai in New Spain just came out today. It’s based in the Foreworld shared universe that Stephenson and others have been developing. Illustrated by Robert […]

ICv2 Conference announces speakers for “The New Comics Customer”

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Things are changing rapidly in comics retailing, and as we mentioned previously, this year’s ICv2 conference which will be held the day before New York Comic Con kicks off, will examine the “New Comics Customer”:on multiple fronts. (Disclaimer: The Beat is a co-sponser of the event.) The programming and and initial list of  speakers has been announced, […]

FULL Partial 2014 Stumptown Award Winners

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Tom Spurgeon has a partial, social-media assembled list of the winners of the 2014 Stumptown Awards which were apparently given out at the Rose City Comic Fest. The Stumptown Awards were formerly given out at the Stumptown Festival, which went south because of disorganization, and if anything speaks of disorganization and not-feelin’-it-any-more it’s not announcing the winners of your award to the world by even the TUESDAY following your ceremony.

2014 Shuster Award Winners—with audio

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The 2014 Joe Shuster Awards, honoring the best in Canadian comics, were handed out on Saturday and here are the winners. For more information on the legacy award winners, please check out the Shuster Awards home page. In addition, Jammin’ Jamie Covillerecorded the ceremony and has more photos and a list of the winners handily formatted. Thank you Jamie!

Jimmy Palmiotti on Kickstarting Sex and Violence II and why women are reading Harley Quinn

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Everyone should “Listen to JImmy” Palmiotti that is. The veteran writer, artist editor and publisher is one of the most knowledgeable comics people out there. With his collaborators from Paperfilms, Justin Gray and Amanda Conner, he’s made a small publishing enterprise out of kickstarting a series of graphic novels based on the European album format. The seventh, Sex and Violence Vol. II is ending in a few days and we advise you to get in on the Amanda Conner/Dave Johnson action as soon as possible — the books will not be sold in any other way. We talked to Palmiotti a few months ago when he was Kickstarting the SF tale Denver and got his overall thoughts on using Kickstarter as a platform. This time out we talk about the storytelling process,finding artists and also find out how Harley Quinn, which he co-writes with Amanda Conner, has become one of DC’s bestselling titles, with a huge female fan base.

World Comics: Lagos Comicon Turns Three

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The comics scene in Nigeria has been thriving since the 1980s, but has yet to burst into the mainstream. There are tastes of what may soon emerge as youth in Nigeria fully embrace the internet—check out this sci-fi short on YouTube here, which includes an animated spaceship—but comics are still an emerging industry. On Friday, the third annual Lagos Comic Con will launch in the commercial capital of 20 million people. I corresponded with comics creator and co-founder Ayodele Elegba about the event, where we wrote about attractions, popular comics, Ebola, and cosplay.

Jeremy Atkins ankles comics for beer

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Via Facebook, Dark Horse’s Director of Publicity Jeremy Atkins has announced he’s leaving Dark Horse after ten years:

Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant on National Book Awards Longlist

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The National Book Awards longlist for Nonfiction has been announced  and it includes a graphic novel for the first time.  Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, Roz Chast’s wry, honest memoir of her parent’s fading years, made the list; it was not only the only graphic novel but the only book by a woman to make the […]

Alison Bechdel wins a MacArthur Foundation Grant

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  Alison Bechdel has been named one of this year’s MacArthur Foundation grant winners, often known as a genius grant. Bechdel was cited for being …a cartoonist and graphic memoirist exploring the complexities of familial relationships in multilayered works that use the interplay of word and image to weave sophisticated narratives. Bechdel’s command of sequential narrative and […]

Broken legs, death threats and fatwas: the trials and tribulations of THE 99 

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By Naif Al-Mutawa [Reprinted from The National. An Arabic version is located here. We first met. Naif Al-Mutawa several years ago, and followed the story of The 99 and Teshkeel Comics, as he attempted to offer modern, constructive role models for youth in the Arabic world. At a time when the world seemed to be in a hopeless […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 9/16/14: a lot to chew on

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I’ve been travelling for the last three weeks and there are even more kibbles and bits than usual piled up. Some of these are pretty old, but it would be so sad to let all those bookmarks I squirreled away go to waste. But first… § Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth has died […]

Infographic: the evolution of digital comics in the US

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This infographic is also an ad for WEBTOONS, a portal short serialized digital comics that are native on mobile platforms. The site is run by NAVER, the Google of South Korea. Despite the proprietary nature there is still some interesting info on the graph including projected worldwide size of the digital comics market…no idea where that came from, but webtoons are an established entertainment format in South Korea, seemingly more than in the US.

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 pagentry of the awards unrolls, 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 people […]

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 […]

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? […]

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.