Interview: Mark Waid Talks Re-Establishing his “Empire”

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By Matt O’Keefe Over ten years in the making, Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s Empire is finally back. Volume 2 just debuted as on Thrillbent as a comic. I spoke to Mark about transitioning the series and updates on Thrillbent’s iOS app and new subscription model service. Can you describe Empire for those who haven’t […]

Interview: Joshua Hale Fialkov Dishes on “The Devilers”

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By Matt O’Keefe The first series out of Dynamite Entertainment’s Creators Unleashed program, The Devilers is a comic book about an apocalypse inspired by a number of different faiths. Joshua Hale Fialkov writes and Matt Triano illustrates a group of holy men going into battle against an enemy that’s a culmination of all their beliefs. I spoke with […]

Interview: Sean E. Williams on ‘Fairest: Return of the Maharaja’, Hinduism, and Giant Crocodiles

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Next week sees the release of the third trade of Fairest, the spinoff series of Fables which has seen a number of writers and artists tell standalone stories spotlighting the different female characters of Bill Willingham’s world. Return of the Maharaja, however, tries something a little different still – writer Sean E. Williams and artist […]

Interview: Box Brown on Andre The Giant: Life and Legend

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Standing at seven and a half feet tall, pro-wrestler Andre The Giant more than earned his title over a three-decade career which saw him wrestle in America and Japan and memorably then turn his attention to the silver screen. And this month sees the first substantive biography of André René Roussimoff published by First Second. […]

INTERVIEW: Mariko and Jillian Tamaki on ‘This One Summer’

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As Summer 2014 starts to break onto the horizon, one of the first big launches of the year sees Mariko and Jillian Tamaki working together for a new graphic novel, This One Summer, published this week through First Second. A story of two girls, Rose and Windy, This One Summer is a tale of growing […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: MoCCA Fest 2014

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Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss this year’s MoCCA Arts Fest and Emerald City Comic […]

Amy Chu Kickstarts a Third Volume of ‘Girls Night Out’ [Interview]

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For the last several years, writer Amy Chu has been a familiar face at comic conventions around the World – just last year I bumped into her at Thought Bubble! Among other things a contributor to The Beat, Amy is perhaps best known for her self-published anthology comics ‘Girls Night Out’, which have so far […]

John Ferguson on Saltire: “He’s Big, He’s Blue, and He’s Ginger” [Interview]

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Scotland has been missing some good superheroes recently, and especially giant hulking shirtless ginger ones. Luckily that’s all changed thanks to Saltire, a new character created by writer John Ferguson, who’ll be the star of a series of graphic novels over the next few years. A proud Scot, Saltire is a centuries-spanning hero who starts […]

Margaret Trauth on Decrypting Rita: “I’m in an Intensely Experimental Phase Right Now” [Interview]

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Every so often a comic arrests you on the spot, and you’re drawn wholly into a new world, style, and story. It happens sometimes completely by chance, which is what happened when I first came across the webcomic Decrypting Rita, by Margaret Trauth. Starting out with a single world, the series quickly develops and shows […]

Rachael Smith on House Party: “I’d Like to Answer this Question in the Form of a Play” [Interview]

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The British comics scene is in one of the healthiest places it’s ever been right now, with new projects coming from all angles, and new creators breaking onto the scene. Among them is Rachael Smith, who came to attention last year after publishing a series of mini-comics including How We Write, and I Am Fire. […]

Steve Ellis on The Only Living Boy: “He’s a Classic Hero” [Interview]

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A year or two ago I spoke to the creative team of The Only Living Boy about their project, a successful Kickstarter which led to a print comic coming out in two volumes subsequently. And now one half of that creative team – artist Steve Ellis, who works on the comic along with writer David […]

Danica Novgorodoff on The Undertaking of Lily Chen: “I Had to Go On Quite a Journey” [Interview]

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Out today from First Second is the latest project from writer/artist Danica Novgorodoff, whose previous works included Slow Storm and Late Freeze. A slight departure from her prior stories, The Undertaking of Lily Chen follows two young characters, Deshi Li and Lily Chen, as they head away from their separate families and out into the World. A […]

“They Won’t All Get Along”: Dan Slott and Nick Lowe on ‘SPIDER-VERSE’ [Press Call]

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It’s been an age since I went onto a Marvel conference call – heck, it’s been an age since I did anything over here which wasn’t an interview. So today when Marvel set up a call with Dan Slott and Nick Lowe to discuss the next Spider-Man event storyline, I decided to nip across and […]

“She Has to Adapt Right Now” Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone on Transformers: Windblade [Interview]

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Next month sees a launch which The Beat has been following on and off for the last few weeks. A new Transformers miniseries will be launching at IDW in April, chronicling the introduction of Windblade. A female Transformer – causing raised eyebrows from fans who think Transformers are genderless despite being obvious blatant big male […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: Brian Stelfreeze, Justin Jordan & Rico Renzi interviewed

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Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s interview special, Heidi goes to Mid-Georgia Con in Macon, Georgia and interviews comics creator Justin Jordan of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode and Shadowman, Rico Renzi – creative […]

“You Choose” Alison Sampson and Nathan Edmondson on “Genesis” [Interview]

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Out this April comes a one-shot from Image Comics by the creative team of Nathan Edmondson, Alison Sampson and Jason Wordie. Called Genesis, this is a story is all about imagination and creation, and restriction, and limits. When given unfettered ability to shape and create the world in your own imagination, how far would you […]