On the Scene: ‘The Cartoonist in Comics’ at Housing Works with Haspiel, Fingerman, Gulledge, Young

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Autobiographical comics used to be a feature of zines and small private presses, but readers are increasingly able to follow their favorite genre of the comics medium in graphic novel editions from mainstream book publishers. There’s no doubt that the artistic appreciation for autobiography and semi-autobiographical works is on the rise, but amid commentary on […]

INTERVIEW: ACTIVATEcomix at 7 Years with Fraser, Dougan, Dvorak, Kendall, Ortiz

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For a webcomics platform to reach the ripe age of seven years in the daily-changing world of the internet is a remarkable accomplishment, and for it to keep producing  original, fresh, and engaging work even more of a triumph that accounts for its survival. Founded by Emmy award-winning artist and comics creator Dean Haspiel in […]

Carousel brings comics and their creators to the stage

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About four times a year, noted cartoonist Robert Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) hosts Carousel: Cartoon Slide Shows and Other Projected Pictures. This is an event where artists and writers present their comics though a slide show while vocalizing the dialogue and narrative, sometimes incorporating music and sound design. For those in attendance, the resulting experience comes closer to watching a play than a movie or an animation. Sikoryak describes it as “a cross-pollination of theater and comics.”

On the Scene: “One Thing Leads to Another” Comics Art Exhibit at Medialia Gallery

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On February 9th, from 4-7 PM, Medialia Gallery at 335 West 38th street hosted an opening reception for it’s 7th annual Panel to Panel Comic and Cartoon Art exhibit, this year entitled “One Thing Leads to Another”. Though the exhibition has been going for seven years, many comics event goers may not have heard of […]

The Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Experience with Studio YOLO

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In October of 2012, eight cartoonists spent three creatively game-changing weeks at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida as part of a Master Artist-in-Residency program with Emmy Award winning artist and educator Dean Haspiel (BILLY DOGMA, CUBA MY REVOLUTION). The ACA has hosted non-profit artist-in-residency programs since 1982 in various […]

New on the Scene: Studio YOLO

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New comics collective of the day, Studio YOLO which spun out of a cartooning residency with Dean Haspiel held at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. It consists of 8 cartoonists from around the world:

Creator Owned Heroes #7: A Penultimate Review

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Earlier this week, Jimmy Palmiotti announced that the noble experiment CREATOR OWNED HEROES would conclude after its 8th issue. Over the course of the magazine’s publication, outreach on social media emphasized the need to raise awareness and increase solicitation from comic shops to keep the multi-contributor series in motion. Consistently strong reviews appeared on media, […]

On the Scene: Saving Sunny’s, the Bar at the End of the World

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On Saturday, December 1st, the Hamilton Gallery Theater in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, hosted a benefit for a Red Hook landmark, Sunny’s Bar, in attempt to help bring it back from the verge of storm-ravaged closure. Sunny’s Bar, only a short distance from the waterfront, was filled with water and sludge by Hurricane Sandy, and its […]

TRIP CITY at One Year: From Seth Kushner’s Male Uterus

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TRIP CITY at one year old is quite a verbal-visual-aural beast containing over 600 items of content including comics, podcasts, essays, stories, poems, and all points in between. Where does a massively productive digital arts salon go from here? This anniversary week, co-founders Chris Miskiewicz and Jeffrey Burandt have talked to us about their digital […]

TRIP CITY at One Year: Around the Digital Campfire with Dean Haspiel

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As the “Brooklyn-filtered Literary Arts Salon” TRIP CITY rounds home plate on its first year of existence, the four co-curators Dean Haspiel (BILLY DOGMA), Seth Kushner (CulturePOP, LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS, SCHMUCK), Chris Miskiewicz (EVERYWHERE), and Jeffrey Burandt (AMERICANS UK) have agreed to be interviewed by The Beat about how this unusual multi-arts experiment came about […]

TRIP CITY at One Year: Chris Miskiewicz and Jeffrey Burandt Talk Multi-Media

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It’s anniversary week for TRIP CITY, the Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon that launched digitally one year ago in November 2011 under the guidance of founding members and curators Dean Haspiel (BILLY DOGMA, BORED TO DEATH), Seth Kushner (CulturePOP, LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS, SCHMUCK), Chris Miskiewicz (EVERYWHERE), and Jeffrey Burandt (AMERICANS UK). TRIP CITY has also chosen […]

TRIP CITY at One Year: The Shock of the New

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Disclaimer: this journalist is one of the newest additions to the TRIP CITY collective. When I first heard the name TRIP CITY, since I have lyrical turn of mind, it fired my imagination. A digital city? What might that entail? When I first visited the TRIP CITY website, I found what seemed to be a […]

A Letter Lasts Longer

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Dean Haspiel went off with a specially selected group of artists and cartoonists to Florida a few weeks ago, as part of a comic-arts residency at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts. As part of the mentoring scheme, he tried an artistic experiment, which yielded some pretty interesting (and, well, pretty) results. Haspiel wrote a small […]

On the Scene: Dean Haspiel Storms Long Island

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“An Evening with Dean Haspiel”, held at the Cinema Arts Center, in Huntington Long Island on October 4th, was as much a tour of the last twenty years of comics history as a look at Haspiel’s long and varied career thus far. His immense oeuvre presented plenty of fodder for discussion, as well as the […]

On the Scene: Small Press Expo 2012 Day Two

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By Hannah Means-Shannon The revelries following the Ignatz Awards continued long into the night and crowded the lower levels of the conference center took over the bar and spilled out onto patios, steps, and walkways, but that didn’t stop expo-goers from taking in another day of star-powered panels on Sunday. The big names and signings […]

On the Scene: Independent Creators at Asbury Park Comic Con

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By Hannah Means-Shannon Asbury Park Comic Con wowed fans last May at it’s inaugural event with its atmospheric venue and bevy of guests who had one particular trait in common: a penchant for creator-owned projects. The founder of the con, comics creator Cliff Galbraith set out to interpret comic cons in a new light, away […]