2015 MoCCA Festival announces first guests and move to a new venue

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After years of awkwardness regarding temperature, comfort and general feng sui, MoCCA is leaving the Lexington Armory for a new venue in 2015. Mocca Fest’s new home is Center 548, which based on the photos on its website, looks like an open, airy modernish venue more like The Puck Building, where MoCCA was born.

Tonight to do: Julia Wertz and MariNaomi reading at Bergen Street

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The week between SPX and the Brooklyn Book Festival s usually crowded with events and this is no exception. Tonight, things kick off at Bergen Stree Comics with A Live Reading with Julia Wertz and MariNaomi!:

SPX ’14 party poop: this is the year of the Prom and the Wedding

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This weekend the Small Press Expo takes place in North Bethesda, MD. The show is known for its collegial, summer camp vibe, but this year, it is going ALL OUT. There will never again be talk about the pig roast or the softball game or the karaoke or anything else, because this year there is […]

Hanselmann, Deforge and Kyle on tour

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Simon Hanselmann, Patrick Kyle and Michael DeForge are going on tour together, an event that will doubtless span a thousand autobio comics. DeForge is the best known of the group, acclaimed for Lose, Ant Comix and many more of his abstractly horrifying enquiries into social systems human and animal. Hanselmann’s Megahex presents a sit-com for […]

Brooklyn Book Festival has huge lineup of comics events

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Just as soon as you recover from SPX, you’ll be drinking in the comcis events at the Brooklyn Book Festival, the annual literary love-in which will be held Sunday, September 21st this year. Not only is there a full slate of comics panels, with Brandon Graham, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Mike Dawson and MANY MORE, but there will be a signings, a screening and parties galore. You can check out the totally excellent (I will steal their theme) Tumblr jsut for BBF comics and graphic novels, but here is the whole schedule for posterity:

Meet the Beat at Baltimore Comic-Con, SPX and the Brooklyn Book Festival

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It’s the crazy fall season for comics and graphic novels, as the Baltimore Comic-Con blends into the Small Press Expo and then barnstorming cartoonists head north to the Brooklyn Book Festival, before everyone dons their waders for New York Comic Con. Baltimore is underway as you read this! What a great show1 I’m a bus […]

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!   […]