Seth’s Dominion documentary is showing in Montreal

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A film has been made about Seth, the single named Autuer of Clyde Fans, It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken, Palookaville, and countless illustrations. It’s called Seth’s Dominion, it’s directed by Luc Chamberland and it is described as “a hybrid documentary/animation film exploring the life of master cartoonist Seth.”

Given that Seth is a perfectionist, you’d expect no less of a film about him, so to no one’s surprise the film has won the Grand Prize for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival.

NYCC ’14: Hero Initiative announces activites including Denny O’Neil

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Hero Initiative is the comics charity we wish we didn’t have to have, as it aids creators in need with financial help. It’s a great cause and they’ll have a booth at New York Comic-Con at N104-106, with Denny O’Neil making his only appearance at the con on FRiday at the HI booth from 1:00 […]

NYCC ’14: IDW announces Signings with Simonson, Rodriguez and more

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IDW will have a booth at New York Comic-Con—they don’t always set up, so make the most of it, with a line-up of signings including Walt Simonson, Louise Simonson, Joe Harris, Gabriel Rodriguez and some of the crew of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon:

Marvel announces Unbeatable Squirrel Girl from Ryan North and Erica Henderson

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  A young woman who goes around dressed as a squirrel. And defeats Doctor Doom and Thanos. Yes, it';s the ultimate cosplay Mary Sue, Squirrel Girl, and she’s getting her own ONGOING SERIES. SQUIRREL GIRL ONGOING SERIES. Clearly, Marvel has learned the Rocket Raccoon lesson well. The series will be written by Ryan North (Dinosaur […]

Twin Peaks is coming back on Showtime in 2016

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That gum you like IS coming back in style. Following that above not very cryptic at all really tweet by Twin Peaks creator David Lynch, today he and series co-creator Mark Frost both tweeted at 11:30

NYCC ’14: Things to do this week everywhere plus party poop

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Yowsa, things are kicking off big time. Super Week events are already underway, but there are a ton of comics events happening that aren’t part of Super Week. Starting tomorrow! If I left off your event just shoot me an email.

Girding our loins for NYCC

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Well NYCC Stupor Week is here, with all the excitement and dread that it brings. A bunch of locals were pre-gaming on Saturday and the consensus was that no one was vaguely ready. As a local show, there’s a big difference between NYCC and SDCC, the other domestic “Super con” in that when its in your own back yard it becomes part of your regular routine and not a thrilling trip to an exotic locale. You tend to put things off a lot more. But let’s look at the big picture.

Sales Charts: DC tops September and takes a victory lap

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DC enjoyed its traditional September sales bump thanks to the “Future’s End” lenticular covers event, beating Marvel by 4 points in dollars and 6 in units. While I’m told retailers went a bit lighter on this, and there was no comic shop run as there was with the scarcer villain variants last year, it was […]

Broke birds: Rovio cutting 130 jobs

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This week had its up and downs for Rovio, the Finnish company that makes Angry Birds mobile games. On the plus side the voice cast for the CGI Angry Birds movie was announced, with Jason Sudeikis as Red, Josh Gad as Chuck the yellow bird. Danny McBride as Bomb, Bill Hader as the pig, Maya […]

31 Days of Halloween: Under the Apple Tree by Sarah Winifred Searle

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Want to read a 96 graphic novel about a young woman and a time travelling ghost for FREE? You can read about the making of the book at the Under the Apple Tree webpage and download it here. Cartoonist Sarah Winifred Searle created it as part of a Children’s Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library. here’s the logline:

NYCC ’14: Lion Forge announces schedule

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Lion Forge, the digital upstart that brings you Punky Brewster comics, will be on hand at NYCC, with the premiere of their animated effort, Deep Sea 7. In addition, MK Reed, Joe Flood, Jonathan London, Carl Reed and Yaya Han will be signing at the booth.

31 Days of Halloween: Menton3 and 44Flood

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Fall is in the air, bringing a crisp step and the crunch of leaves under foot, and the inevitable—perhaps inescapable—presence of Pumpkin Spice everything all around us! Yes, it’s time for 31 Days of Halloween, The Beat’s annual tribute to our MOST FAVORITEST TIME OF YEAR. And let’s get things going with probably the most obvious link possible…but I have ever written about painter/cartoonist/musician Menton3 on The Beat before so here goes!

Based in Chicago, Menton3—aka Menton J Matthews III—is a painter of atmospheric and disturbing images. While you can find a lot of his work at his website, he’s probably best known these days as a partner in 44Flood, a publishing company that has teamed with IDW to put out art books and comics. Along with fellow artists Kasra Ghanbari, Ben Templesmith and Nick Idell, 44Flood has put out Tome, an artbook which was mostly Kickstarted, Templesmith’s The Squidder, the comic Monocyte, which you see on this page, and Libretto, an anthology of eerieness centering on vampirism. A new volume of Tome is on its way or already here (I couldn’t find a lot of solid news about the bunch.)

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 10/2/14: Film Festival!

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Cartoonists doing thing, blabbing about it.

NYCC ’14: Kids Comic Con presents activities and panels

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Kids Comic Con, the annual NY-based event celebrating kids and comics, will have a variety of activities at this year’s NYCC, including a SuperhEro Day at Ronald MacDonald House and panels showcasing what kids, comics and cons can do together. Kids Comic COn founder Alex Simmons will be at all the events. Here’s all the […]

NYCC ’14 debuts new harassment policy and new poster by Amy Reeder Hadley

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New York Comic-Con is coming at us, bringing dread and liver damage in its wake, but one thing that will be improved at this year’s show is anupdated harassment policy and far greater visibility for it. Last year’s con was marred by a bunch of disturbing incidents, and this year NYCC reached out to The […]

DC admits sexist t-shirts sent wrong message

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Over the weekend at the Long Beach Comic Con, Tamara Brooks found some officially licensed DC t-shirts that gave messages that were a bit outmoded, to say the least. Tom Spurgeon quickly labeled them “repulsive,” and everyone else was all like reducing Wonder Woman to a victory level on a sex video game, really? Well, […]