The Beat Podcasts! – Looking Back at Comic-Con 2014

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TweetRecorded at Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode,  the More to Come Crew discuss 2014′s San Diego Comic-Con including the long-awaited Eisner award vindication of Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Image Expo […]

Gilbert Hernandez and Marguerite Sauvage are drawing Wonder Woman

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Sensation Comics, you may recall, is the digital-first Wonder Woman series that will feature diverse folk doing diverse stories about everyone’s favorite star-spangled Amazon. Digital comics will be collected into print issues every few months. So dropped into this rather barebones exclusive story about issue #3 is the stunning news that Gilbert Hernandez will be drawing a Wonder Woman story! And Sean E. Williams and fashion-y illustrator Marguerite Sauvage will be doing another!

Attention world: Gilbert Hernandez’s BUMPERHEAD previewed

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TweetHow has it escaped the notice of the world for a week that Drawn and Quarterly announced that Gilbert Hernandez’s Bumperhead will debut at San Diego this year? And a cover and preview were released? For shame, comics industry, for shame. Would you ignore the new David Lynch movie? Gilbert Hernandez is our David Lynch. […]

Gilbert Hernandez wins PEN Center honor, will publish Bumperhead through D&Q

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Gilbert “Beto” Hernandez’s status as One Of Our Greatest Living Cartoonists got yet more validation today when it was announced that he’s the recipient of The Pen Center USA’s 2013 Graphic Literature award for Outstanding Body of Work. The Pen Center Awards are given out each year to deserving authors in multiple categories, and as the name suggests, it honors a notable body of work.

Review: CREATOR-OWNED HEROES #8 and BLACK BEETLE #1

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Tweet[warning: mild spoilers ahead for CREATOR-OWNED HEROES #8 and major spoilers ahead for BLACK BEETLE #1] Well, here it is. The final issue of CREATOR-OWNED HEROES. When you think “last issue”, particularly on a series meeting an untimely end, you might expect the rough edges left behind by a team just going through the motions […]

On the Scene: Small Press Expo 2012 Day Two

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TweetBy 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: Small Press Expo 2012, Day One

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TweetBy Hannah Means-Shannon Things were buzzing at the Small Press Expo even before it officially began. A crowded hotel lobby, constant chatter, and a general sense of anticipation partly due to this year’s much-hyped stellar guests, erupted in substantial lines to get onto the floor once doors opened Saturday morning. Along with the outstanding list […]

On the Scene: The 2012 Ignatz Awards at SPX

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TweetBy Hannah Means-Shannon The Ignatz Awards are known for their quick-fire pace and sense of humor but that doesn’t mean they downplay the often very personal extremes indie comics creators face in pursuit of publication.  Jerzy Drozd acted as MC of the 2012 awards and crammed a lengthy shopping list of emotional highs and lows […]

Jen's 2012 Indie Comic-Con Photo Diary

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Fun photos from San Diego Comic-Con! I’m no ‘virgin’ to cons but this was my first time at the BIG SHOW and working at a publisher (Fantagraphics) instead being a freelance cartoonist. Still, I managed to sneak in some photos during my bathroom breaks. More fun below:

Nice art: Gilbert Hernandez's Master of the Universe

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Everyone else has lauded this illustration of the Masters of the Universe by the great Gilbert Hernandez, and we will not be the only ones to miss out on the action.