Photographer/cartoonist and friend of comics Seth Kushner is still battling leukemia, and currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant. He’s a tough fighter and a great guy and this shouldn’t be happening. But it is. A benefit for Kushner will be held tonight at Union Hall in Brooklyn. The evening will include a full line-up of […]
RT @MikeCovers: The @interventioncon auction is about to kick off, the only auction moderated by Jesus pic.twitter.com/Aeubu2D3Y5 — Intervention (@interventioncon) August 24, 2014 While the legend of DashCon and its bouncy castle continues to elicit laughter and jokes as perhaps the worst run con ever, it’s still a mixed bag out there. A lot of […]
One of the eagerly awaited books of fall is The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino, a graphic novel length account of his health issues and battle with OCD, depression and other ills. Despite the heavy subject matter, it’s fascinating reasons with Porcellino’s bare bones storytelling keeping anything from becoming maudlin or self pitying. Porcellino will […]
RISD (The Rhode Island School of Art and Design) is hosting an art show—now open and running until January 9, 2015—“What Nerve!” and it spotlights alternative artists, several of them with one foot in cartooning: What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present proposes an alternate history of figurative painting, sculpture, and […]
By Bob Calhoun Harlan Ellison showing up at “Star Trek” Las Vegas is a hell’s frozen over moment. It’s something that seemed impossible just a year ago, or ten years ago, but there he was walking through some shuttle bay doors and onto the spacious stage at the Rio Hotel and Casino on Thursday after […]
As the indie show/CAF circuit gets more popular, one market seems to be without its own show and that’s Los Angeles. It’s always Los Angeles. They have book fairs and Comickaze but indie shows tend to founder there. Well, a new kid just hit the block and it’s called Comic Arts Los Angeles. Like the best CAFs it has an acryonmic name that makes shandy shortcut: CALA.
OK, it is happening. A comics-themed off-site the Wednesday of Preview Night, this time Image’s huge Image Expo event. Expect announcements and Image pride. Also this is why you have to get in TUESDAY these days. For the first time ever, the highly-anticipated Image Expo, a showcase for one of the biggest publishers in the […]
It hasn’t been the best couple of years for the last surviving book super-chain Barnes & Noble, but they are still in it to win it, and to tap into the big month of nerd-esque excitement surrounding San Diego, they’ve just announced “Get Pop Cultured” a month of events celebrating popular books, comics TV shows and movies. Events include Frozen sing-a-long, Matman Day, Marvel Day, and Comic Convention Collectibles weekend.
by Aaron Humphrey The fifth annual Comics and Medicine conference kicked off today at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus in Baltimore, which raises the question: how did one of the world’s most prestigious institutes for medicine and research wind up hosting a conference about comics?? Back in 2010, The Beat covered the first […]
As convention centers around the nation max out their capacity due to the public’s rabid frenzy over comic-cons and “nerd” culture, off-site and spin-off events are becoming more common. The way that San Diego Comic-Con takes over downtown all the way to the freeway is the clearest example of “If the convention center is packed, […]
Exhibitors include Dean Haspiel, Nick Bertozzi, Jess Ruliffson, Gregory Benton, R. Sikoryak, Keren Katz, and many other locals, which means some of the best cartoonists in the US. This is a fun, locally sourced affair, farm to drafting table. And it’s FREE. More info: @GrandComicsFest, and here . BONUS: The Comic Book Theater Festival is […]
I’m not exactly certain how many US comics shops can celebrate a 38th anniversary, but it isn’t a whole lot. Fat Jack’s Comicrypt is not only Philadelphia’s first comics shop, it’s an institution in its own right. But you never stop learning and growing and they are throwing their first ever anniversary party—so what if […]
Although my take on the first BookCon was positive, it was definitely crowded and unorganized, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that some people had a total crap time: BookCon was horrible. It was the worst bookish experience of my life. Maybe that’s not saying much because my bookish experiences have been […]
This Saturday the previously business only trade show Book Expo America will turn into the very first BookCon, an event that is open to the public (8000 advance tickets have been sold) and very much modelled on the successful New York Comic-Con. Both shows are run by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s biggest business-to-business (B2B) event […]