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.)

DC announces Gotham by Midnight by Fawkes and Templesmith

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The Bat office continues to break the mold! FINALLY a Bat book drawn by Ben Templesmith! People in my comic book circle have been suggesting this as a no brainer for about five years. His creepy, moody work is tailor made for Gotham. It’s a horror book natch, called Gotham by Midnight, featuring a bunch […]

Ben Templesmith Explains It All

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by Pam Auditore Traditional line art is the most utilized method for making comics, relying on a multiplicity of styles to produce variety in the art form.  It is the most economically graphic way to tell a visual story.  Which is possibly why few in the field attempt an expressive painterly method to produce sequential panels.  […]

Ben Templesmith Replaced on ‘Ten Grand’ After Cutting Off Contact with JMS

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An interesting story’s been picked up by Multiversity today, as it appears that artist Ben Templesmith has been replaced on Image’s Ten Grand series with CP Smith. The reasoning appears to be because Templesmith has allegedly gone MIA, and stopped responding to emails from writer J Michael Straczynski or his Joe’s Comics team.

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Pioneering Souls in Artists Valley

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The floorspace for Artists Valley at Denver Comic Con was expansive, and positioned between the vendor and publisher areas in the front and the celebrity signing booths and food court at the back. It was almost arranged like a centrepiece, and to judge from the ethos of the con, that was intentional. A wide range […]

REVIEW: You Really Should Have Read TEN GRAND #1 by Now

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And if you haven’t, I strongly recommend that you don’t read this full review, or maybe not even any of it, since not knowing anything about the comic before reading it makes for a pretty astonishing experience. TEN GRAND reads like a Choose Your Own Adventure story and you feel convinced somehow that you did […]

REVIEW: A Whirlwind Tour of the DOCTOR WHO OMNIBUS, Volume 1

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IDW’s first volume of the collected DOCTOR WHO OMNIBUS is a compact but substantial little tome gathering two long story arcs (“Agent Provacateur” and “The Forgotten”) and six one-shots that appeared in single issue form featuring, for the most part, the adventures of the 10th Doctor. The production values on the collection are reasonably high, […]

Kick-Watcher: Martin Monsterman, Black Idol vol 1 and LUST (NSFW)

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By: Henry Barajas Project: Martin Monsterman- Graphic Novel Talent/Project Manager: Manny Trembley Days to Go: 27 Goal: $7,000 The spiel: Manny Trembley is debuting his latest ALL AGES graphic novel with his company Fish Tank books.  Before he started his own company in this free comic book market he co-produced PX! Book one and two […]

Nice Art: Ben Templesmith's BLACK SKY teaser

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“Black Sky” is a new “illustrated film” project by Ben Templesmith from Halo-8 Entertainment, the production company that seems to have a hand in a lot of interesting comics-esque related things, like the Grant Morrison documentary and so on. The first teaser image have just been released:

The 13th Doctor by Templesmith and Guerra

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There can be only 12 regenerations of Doctors, so, the 13th Doctor will be the the final one in the Doctor Who universe. A part of a series of character re-imaginations, Warren Ellis recently asked Whitechapel message board readers to visualize the appearance of the 13th Doctor. While there were many artists who had fun, […]