Interview: Isaac Cates Talks Weaving All-Ages ‘Cartozia Tales’

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By Matt O’Keefe There’s no one doing as pure a form of worldbuilding as indy fantasy comic Cartozia Tales. Not only does it have a map that it intends to explore every part of (unlike the majority of fantasy stories that leave most of their maps untouched), it has a rotating list of creators who take turns furthering […]

Jim Lee and Dan Didio speak! About moving, demographics, royalties and more

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I imagine that every sentence of this ICv2 interview with DC Comics co-publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee will be gone over with a fine tooth comb. I think it’s the first time the two have sat down for a somewhat frank interview in six months at least. And what a six months it has been! Certainly, from the scrum of New York Comic Con, the essential public personas come out, Lee, the glass half full cheerleader, DiDio, the without me the glass would break authority figure. Lee addresses the new demographics with a shout out to Batman editor, Mark Doyle, whose future—at DC in Burbank or leaving the company— is still very much up in the air:
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Jen Van Meter explores the First “New” Valiant Leading Lady in the Death-Defying Dr. Mirage

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By Alexander Jones The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage Issue #1 marked an important change in the history of Valiant Comics. The publisher finally opened up their stable of characters and swapped the gender of Dr. Mirage, turning the character into a widowed super heroine searching for her late husband in the afterlife. The first installment featured […]

Interview: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack on ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

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Afterlife with Archie has proven to be one of the biggest successes in recent years for the 1/3 eponymous publisher, with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla’s take on a zombie-infested Riverdale proving to be a surprisingly reflective take on the characters – putting them in a different genre of story in a mature, smart, and […]

Chris Ware reveals his love of sitcoms

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  Chris Ware is only the second cartoonist to get the Paris Review interview treatment—Robert Crumb was the first—and it’s said to be one of his longest and most revealing interviews ever. With scholar Jeet Heer doing the interviewing, how could you expect less. But in a surprise twist, you can only read the whole […]

Milo Manara speaks (in English) and reaches out to the farms of Oregon and Maine

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Italian fanzine Fumettologica has made an English transcript of their interview with Milo Manara available, and offered it to run at The Beat. And it’s…a thing. Like I’ve been saying all along, Manara is Manara and he can draw all the butts in thew air he wants. However, he trots out every bingo card argument […]

Frank Miller speaks from the NY Times to Playboy, on sex, violence and masculinity

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With Sin City 2 finally opening this weekend, creator and co-director Frank Miller is making the PR rounds, speaking out at length publicly for the first time since The Spirit, which he directed, was extremely poorly received and his incendiary Occupy comments. First up was a very nice front page of the Arts & Leisure piece in the Sinday Times — which is as close to anointment as a cultural figure as it gets. There was a polite Dave Itzkoff profile (ALERT: I am quoted in the piece):

SDCC ’14: Ben Costa on Kung-Fu, Gelatinous Goo, and Good Game Design

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By Matthew Jent Ben Costa is a maker. He makes comics, games, and deadpan jokes. I caught up with Ben at the tail end of this year’s San Diego Comic Con to chat about the Kickstarter-funded second collection of Pang, the Wandering Shaolin Monk, his new webcomic Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo, and making […]

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 5: Chuck Palahniuk

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Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part five of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special podcast, Calvin Reid interviews award-winning author Chuck Palahniuk about his decision to write the […]

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 4: Geof Darrow and Kinokuniya

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Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part four of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special podcast, Calvin Reid interviews comic artist and writer Geof Darrow about creating Shaolin Cowboy […]

SDCC ’14: An Interview with Black Milk Clothing

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By Hannah Lodge Black Milk Clothing appeared at the San Diego Comic Con DC Entertainment booth to show off their licensed line of DC-inspired clothing and to announce a second release in October, which will feature Harley Quinn and The Riddler. The new release will include A Riddler catsuit, and a Harley Quinn skater dress, […]

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 3: Jennifer Stuller & Brave New World

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Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part three of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special podcast, Heidi interviews Jennifer Stuller, organizer of Geek Girl Con about starting a con, […]

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 1: Eric Powell & Richard Starkings

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Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In day one of our special San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage, Heidi interviews Eric Powell – artist/writer creator of The Goon – about his […]

Interview: Wait, What? Graeme McMillan and Jeff Lester?!

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150 episodes in, and the Wait, What? podcast is undertaking a huge shift. No, it’s not relaunching, although it is spinning off in a whole new direction, and nothing will ever be the same again. Why? Well, because hosts Jeff Lester and Graeme McMillan, who have spent the last few years dissecting and reviewing all […]

Interview: The Whole Creative Team for ‘And Then Emily Was Gone’!

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Who even is Emily and where did she go? Those are the first two questions that spring into the mind when reading ‘And Then Emily Was Gone’ by John Lees, Iain Laurie, Megan Wilson and Colin Bell. A mystery series which quickly leaps into the horrific and fantastical without a word of warning, this month […]

INTERVIEW: Dylan Todd on Designing Monkeybrain, Creating Covers, and Art Direction in Comics

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Comics design is something everybody appreciates whenever they walk into a store – in many cases, it’s one of the central reasons why they try a comic series they’ve never seen before. And yet it’s something which doesn’t get discussed as much as it perhaps should do, considering the importance of a good logo or […]