31 Days of Halloween: Madame Frankenstein

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The Bride of Frankenstein is one of the enduring archetypes of horror. Invented by James Whale in the immortal film The Bride of Frankenstein, and played with hissing horror by Elsa Lanchester, she symbolizes the essential isolation of the Modern Prometheus—even with a mate specially created for him, the Creature receives nothing but rejection.

Write Jamie Rich and artist Megan Levens have reinvented the character in Madame Frankenstein, a seven-issue series from Image Comics. Six issues are out and the 7th drops on November 5th, with the trade due in February. Interior art is by Levens and letters by Crank. The covers, seen here, are by Joëlle Jones and Nick Filardi.

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31 Days of Halloween: Diamond’s Comicfest and Boom! Studos Halloween Frightfest

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Comics biggest distributor Diamond has slowly been working to make Halloween a huge promotional day for comics shops, with special comics, contests and more. Let’s face it, it doesn’t take too much to get in the Halloween mood, and the promotion has been a big success. You can see a list of special Halloween comcis on the Halloween Comicfest website, such as this one spotlighting Boom! Studios spooky anthology with seasonal stories from Adventure Time, Fraggle Rock and more. This particular story features writing by Bryce Carlson and art by Frazer IRving in a VERY DIFFERENT Adventure Time story.

31 Days of Halloween: Chris Schweizer’s Monster Month

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As you can imagine, we’re not the only website counting down Halloween month. Chris Schweizer, comics educator and the man behind the delightful Crogan’s Adventures series from Oni, is posting a mostly daily monster picture  and here’s today’s the Florida Swamp Ape. You can see the rest in the link like this Ghost Rider in the Sky:

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31 Days of Halloween: Bobby Timony’s Monster Pin Up Girl Playing Cards

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Kickstarter alert! Bobby Timony (The Night Owls, The Horror Lovers, Detectobot and Goblin Hood) is Kickstarting a deck of playing cards adorned with cute monster girl pin-ups. That says it all right? Timony’s cartoon-esque art is just right to present monsters girls who are sexy without being over the top, and just the right sense of humor as well. If […]

31 Days of Halloween: Mike Mignola’s Witchfinder: The Mysteries Of Unland

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It seems we’re not the only ones obsessed with Halloween—Mike Mignola and Dark Hose have been running a 13 Days of Hellboy festival, celebrating all kinds of artwork and story reveals in the Hellboy.

And we’re officially crossing over with this exclusive reveal of Mignola’s cover for the trade paperback Witchfinder: The Mysteries Of Unland. This is the latest book in a Hellboy spin-off series that centers on Sir Edward Grey, a Victorian detective of the occult who figures in the past of the Hellboy timeline.

31 Days of Halloween: Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

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Nothing says Halloween like Charlie Brown, Linus and the Great Pumpkin. Fantagraphics, which has been publishing all of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts strips in chronological order, has also starting putting out charming gift books based on themes Earlier this year they did a baseball themed one, and for the holidays, they’ve produced Waiting for the Great Pumpkin and Snoopy’s Thanksgiving. The […]

31 Days of Halloween: Under the Apple Tree by Sarah Winifred Searle

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Want to read a 96 graphic novel about a young woman and a time travelling ghost for FREE? You can read about the making of the book at the Under the Apple Tree webpage and download it here. Cartoonist Sarah Winifred Searle created it as part of a Children’s Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library. here’s the logline:

31 Days of Halloween: Menton3 and 44Flood

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Fall is in the air, bringing a crisp step and the crunch of leaves under foot, and the inevitable—perhaps inescapable—presence of Pumpkin Spice everything all around us! Yes, it’s time for 31 Days of Halloween, The Beat’s annual tribute to our MOST FAVORITEST TIME OF YEAR. And let’s get things going with probably the most obvious link possible…but I have ever written about painter/cartoonist/musician Menton3 on The Beat before so here goes!

Based in Chicago, Menton3—aka Menton J Matthews III—is a painter of atmospheric and disturbing images. While you can find a lot of his work at his website, he’s probably best known these days as a partner in 44Flood, a publishing company that has teamed with IDW to put out art books and comics. Along with fellow artists Kasra Ghanbari, Ben Templesmith and Nick Idell, 44Flood has put out Tome, an artbook which was mostly Kickstarted, Templesmith’s The Squidder, the comic Monocyte, which you see on this page, and Libretto, an anthology of eerieness centering on vampirism. A new volume of Tome is on its way or already here (I couldn’t find a lot of solid news about the bunch.)

24 Hours of Halloween: Vampira

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  Sometimes you gotta go with the real thing. Vampira, aka Maila Nurmi, was one of the first TV Horror hosts, and a star of Plan 9 from Outer Space, friend of James Dean, a carpenter, and later a ficture on Melrose Avenue. Born in Finland, she remained pretty foxy all her life and remains […]

24 Hours of Halloween: Study Group’s Halloween Comics revisited

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We teased Study Group’s Halloween offerings a few days ago, but here’s the goods.

24 Hours of Halloween: Brian Moore’s Little Pointy Teeth

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Brian Moore‘s Halloween offering is “Little Pointy Teeth,” a rather surprising take on…well you’ll find out.

Photo Gallery: Mermaids, Lions and Snowtroopers at the Detroit Fanfare

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Detroit FanFare, which was held this past weekend, was the first show this year that I spent mostly behind a table, being a dutiful guest of the show. It was a welcome change from the usual running around and helping Ben McCool work his table meant I got to see comic-con culture from a new viewpoint. And I learned some things.

31 Days of Halloween: Brian Miller’s “The Ghostly Rider of Sleepy Hollow”

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Brian Miller is best known for his brilliant hues as part of the HiFi coloring studio, but he’s also an illustrator, and the seasonally appropriate illo above will be on display at an art show at Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle, WA. Their “A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words” show opens November 8th and is located at 307 E. Pike St. in Seattle, WA 98122. 

31 Days of Halloween SE: The Sandman is back today in SANDMAN OVERTURE #1

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He’s back. And he’s being written by his rightful author. The Sandman, one of the most beloved and groundbreaking characters in comics history, the moody member of the Endless who made it safe to be a goth in comics and secured Neil Gaiman as one of the greatest living mythmakers, is returning in a 25th Anniversary […]

31 Days of Halloween: Kate Beaton’s spooky Halloween cards

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Halloween is heating up. Kate Beaton has taken some old Halloween cards and imagined . the terrifying situations depicted

31 Days of Halloween: Stephen R. Bissette’s WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!

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Stephen Bissette is one of the morbid masters of horror comics, having gained fame for pencilling Saga of the Swamp Thing, publishing Taboo, and blogging about all sorts of horrific movies and comics!  Currently, he resides in bucolic White River Junction, Vermont, teaching at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Currently, over at his website, he […]