To Do Tonight, Brooklyn: Save our Schmuck, Bone Marrow Benefit for Seth Kushner

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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 […]

Weekend con report: The kinds of cons that cartoonists avoid

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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 […]

John Porcellino tours for The Hospital Suite

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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 […]

What Nerve! open at RISD with awesome catalog

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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 […]

On the Scene: Harlan Ellison, The Flying Nun, and TMI at Star Trek Las Vegas

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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 […]

Announcing Comic Arts Los Angeles on December 6.

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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.

Image brings Image Expo to San Diego

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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 […]

Barnes & Noble announces a month of Get Pop Cultured events with Batman, Marvel and more

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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.

Events: Tying together the strands of Comics and Medicine

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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 […]

To do tonight: Pope, Haspiel, Fingerman, Bertozzi, Miskiewicz

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Forbdden panet is hosting a fairly epic singing tonight with PAUL POPE / DEAN HASPIEL / NICK BERTOZZI / CHRIS MISKIEWICZ / BOB FINGERMAN signing and it’s a fairly epic line-up of debuts — please note the Pope signing has special rules as seen in the link. Shaleton! Fear my Dear!   Thomas Alsop!   […]

ReedPOP Announces Super Week for New York Comic Con with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and more

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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, […]

To Do Today 6/7/14: Grand Comics Festival in Brooklyn

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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 […]

Fat Jack’s Comicrypt celebrates its 38th Anniversary tomorrow with wrestlers Daniels and Kazarian

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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 […]

For some, BookCon was…crap

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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 […]

Comic Arts Brooklyn exhibitor applications due SUNDAY June 1st

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  Just a reminder, the exhibitor application period for Comic Arts Brooklyn closes on sunday. Applications are here. It’s a curated show, in a small space, so no guarantees. But you’ve got to be in it to win it. CAB will be held Comic Arts Brooklyn November 8th, 2014 11 AM – 7 PM Mt. […]

Interview: The coming of BookCon

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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 […]