Oni Press Announce Bad Machinery Vol 2

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Blummin’ great news out today, as Oni Press have announced a release date for Volume 2 of Bad Machinery, John Allison’s webcomic. This follows on from the success of volume one, which collected together his story The Case of the Team Spirit. Due in March next year, volume 2 will collect The Case of the […]

INTERVIEW: Paul Duffield Announces ‘The Firelight Isle’

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Paul Duffield has been working on a huge new project for a long time now, following the finale of his co-created web series Freakangels with Warren Ellis. But today we can exclusively reveal his next big work – The Firelight Isle, a webseries which will debut online and then subsequently be published through David Fickling […]

Allie Brosh is probably the best selling cartoonist of the year

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Allie Brosh’s debut book Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened came out earlier this week, and it’s selling very well. I took a snapshot of Amazon sales on Wednesday and just now. On Wednesday it was the #5 book over all, and it’s still the #8 […]

24 Hours of Halloween: Samhain Night

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Peggy Wolohan von Burkleo sent me along a link to her manga-style webcomic Samhain Night, which she describes as “a dark modern Celtic faerietale set in modern times.” Samnahain is of course the origianl Celtic name for the holiday we call Halloween, a time when the borders between worlds become thin. van Burkleo has contributed […]

INTERVIEW: Entering the Digital World of Tapastic

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Digital comics have been growing at a tremendous rate over the past years, with initiatives like Thrillbent gaining prominence on top of individual projects like Dinosaur Comics, or Dr McNinja. People are trying new things with content and accessibility, as well as community – which is where Tapastic comes into play.

Webcomic Alert: Bani Garu, Lea Hernandez’s history of Gainax

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BoingBoing has just introduced a new webcomic and it’s a doozy: Bani Garu, a history of Gainax Studio, the legendary Japanese animation studio. There’s an intro to the strip here and here’s the first episode. BOOKMARK IT. In 1989, I was an Ascended Anime Fangirl: I was picked to be the vice-president of General Products […]

First peek at Jeff Smith’s Tuki Save the Humans!, with CBLDF future unveiling

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With RASL running up the sales chart and soon to start racking up awards, Jeff Smith’s next project—a webcomic called Tüki Save the Humans! has been kept under wraps. But a teaser image has finally been released, and it’s been announced that Smith will officially unveil it November 10th a benefit brunch for the CBLDF […]

BKV, Marcos Martin and Private Eye return with “pictures of lunch unlike any you’ve ever experienced.”

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Brian K. Vaughan has alerted his mailing list that a new issue of Private Eye, his webcomic with Marcos Martin, is on the way any day now. Issue #4 will be out and to mark the occasion, Vaughan will take over the @PanelSyndicate twitter feed for all of October 9th. Happy October, friends!  Because you’re […]

Recommended: Something Terrible by Dean Trippe

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Superheroes sometimes come in for some criticism here at The Beat—I was a teenaged superhero reader but haven’t read them regularly in a looooong time. I understand the tropes but don’t them in my life at this point in time. Sometimes I think I need to, as the King James translator put it, “When I […]

Internet Meme Shocker: Did Grumpy Cat Rip off Kate Beaton?

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In a story on how Grumpy Cat—the dwarf cat that people (including The Beat) will line up for hours just to see—is worth $1 million, it’s revealed that one of her signature catch phrases first appeared in a cartoon by Kate Beaton. Which wouldn’t be so odd except that Grumpy’s manager, who is a “meme manager”, is very litigious about other people stealing his own memes. Beaton, who hasn’t received any money from the cat or her manager, is philosophical about the whole thing, writing:

Webcomic alert: Darryl Cunningham does Ayn Rand bio comic

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How had we not noticed that Darryl Cunningham has been serializing a comics biography of Ayn Rand over at Act–i-vate?

The Beat Podcasts! – Heidi interviews Jeff Smith!

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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 a More To Come interview special episode,  Heidi talks with acclaimed indie comics creator Jeff Smith about his Eisner-winning kids’ fantasy epic Bone, his adult sci-fi tale RASL, the […]

New book by Matthew Inman is popular

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A new book by Matthew Inman is coming out, collecting his comics from The Oatmeal. It’s called Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants, and the title alone includes two funny things: bears and underpants. Put them together and you have a guy who obvioulsy knows his way around a comedy sound or two. Inman has […]

Hyperbole and a Half the book is coming in October

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This news has been around for a while, but it never got it’s own item, so here it is: Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh’s blog/webcomic/highly-structured stream of consciousness whatever-it-is, is getting a book collection in October called Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. Brosh has […]

The Amazing Cynicalman Vol. II is coming from Matt Feazell

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Mini-comics and stick-figure philosophy pioneer Matt Feazall has been turning out his delightful mini-comics since the 80s. Now he had an Indiegogo campaign going for The Amazing Cynicalman Vol. 2, a collection of his weekly strips from 2002 on.201308210242.jpg

Vaughan and Martin release The Private Eye behind-the-scenes

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The Private Eye, the webcomic by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente about a world without the internet, is up to the third issue of its planned 10-issue run, but to keep you busy between installments, Panel Syndicate has just released a special 85-page issue of behind the scenes stuff, including Vaughan’s original […]