Tweet§ It isn’t just here, folks: in India a cartoonist has been arrested for harassing a woman over the phone. A female translator who hired him to illustrate a cover for a book complained that the unnamed cartoonist was calling her late at night with crank calls. The perp was found to have four other […]
TweetMarvel have released their solicitations for December, including a lot of odd decimal placements, an apparent return for Peter Parker, the finale of Scarlet Spider, and a whole load of other stuff. Here’s a few bulletpoints about what you can look out for over Christmas: If you want the full set of solicitations rather than […]
Now that the outrage-o-tron has moved from torture to movie casting, here is a round-up of reactions to the “Torture Cover” post the other day. Actually I don’t even need to write anything, as the Outhouse already summed it up with CROSSED TORTURE VARIANT CONTROVERSY SPARKS SURPRISINGLY CIVIL DEBATE ON INTERNET. It’s true. No one was blackballed, castigated or petitioned. The effects and provenance of disturbing material were widely debated, but it was generally decided by everyone involved that those who like it can like it, those who want to throw up can move right over to the toilet.
Tweet Image will be publishing digital collections of the handsome webcomic Scatterland by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, it was announced as part of this Image Expo hoopla. You can buy the first collection right here in DRM-free pdf, cbz, cbr and ePub format. The first issue is $.99. It’s part of a larger move […]
TweetThe first Iron Man movie landed like a bomb blast in my personal pop culture universe, making me believe that superhero films could find their own voice while forming a dialogue with comics. Strict adaptations hadn’t been that great in the past and there needed to be another approach, one that had a deeper understanding […]
Tweet The fact that both the Iron Man character and the Avengers team has reached their 50th anniversary since creation hasn’t received a lot of attention in the press, and this could be because the immense success of the IRON MAN and AVENGERS films means that the powers that be don’t particularly want the public […]
Tweet Reading Marie Javins new IRON MAN: EXTREMIS prose novel, released April 16th, on my iPad, gave me an eerie moment of realizing how much had changed in the technological surface of our lives since Warren Ellis and Adi Granov released their Iron Man comic arc EXTREMIS in 2005 and 2006. Facebook was around then, […]
Tweet Interviewing Matt Kindt at WonderCon brought with it some unusual circumstances. Just prior to speaking to Kindt, I had the opportunity to hear him talk about his career history in a mammoth 90 minute panel interview, which I later covered for The Beat. This posed a serious question: what could I possibly ask him […]
TweetWell, he’s not been away really. He did a one page story with the brilliant Tula Lotay for Thought Bubble’s 2012 anthology, for one thing. But he certainly hasn’t had a major project in quite a while, that’s for sure — and now his novel The Gun Machine is completed, it looks like Warren Ellis […]
Tweetby Glen Downey Just over an hour into Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, the charismatic chain-smoking troubadour of transhumanism observes that he isn’t—as some have suggested—a cynic: “I think it might be truer,” he says with a grin, “to think of myself as just a constantly disappointed optimist.” But Ellis’ true feelings about the human condition, […]
In response to a reader, Warren Ellis passed along the following notes for writing dialog which strike us as very useful. With apologies, here’s the whole thing:
TweetLisa Wood is the founder of Leeds’ Thought Bubble Festival, which is now only ten days away (AIIEEEE indeed, readers), but last year also saw her compile a Thought Bubble Anthology book, with all proceeds going to the children’s charity Barnardo’s. Last year’s anthology, released throughImage, saw creative talent like Mike Carey, Anthony Johnson and […]
Tweet§ First off, big congrats to Beat colleague Whitney Matheson on the birth of her baby girl! § Tony Isabella celebrates his 40th anniversary in comics I met Stan Lee that day and managed not to embarrass myself. Stan told me I would also be assisting him with Monster Madness, which consisted of big photos […]
Okay not really. It’s just that Stephen King has just announcedthe looooong awaited sequel to The Shining and it’s called Doctor Sleep. It follows the grown-up adventures of Danny Torrance, the “redrum” lad of the original, who is now a middle-aged cat man.