Boylston acquires Preiss assets

According to a press release sent out by John Colby, Boylston & Company has acquired the assets of the late Byron Preiss, including iBooks and BPVP. As previously reported, Colby/Bricktower had been the “Stalking Horse” to acquire the assets in a bankruptcy auction, with a bid of $125,000 on the table. Such an amount seems […]

John Wesley and The Bumsteads

We’re not exactly sure what this is, but it’s part of an art exhibit called THE BUMSTEADS by John Wesley, which is on view at Fredericks & Freiser (504 W 22nd St, 212.633.6555) from Fri 12.15 – Sat 2.3.06 (Tue-Fri: 11am-6pm). Image via Flavorpill.

Alex Ross on gay characters

Thanks to the blogosphere, it’s getting so you can’t get away with ANYTHING. In a recent interview at Wizard, Alex Ross had some comments about the gay character Obsidian, that some construed as anti-gay, anti Marc Andreyko or both: ROSS: I have no idea. I don’t know that that would be the case. Obsidian being […]

Titan is hiring

Titan Books is looking for a few good men — or women — to write licensed comics for the youngsters. Come on, people, put your money where your mouth is: Titan Magazines, the UK-based publisher of the originated Wallace & Gromit Comic and such best-selling licences as The Simpsons, Futurama, SpongeBob SquarePants and Star Wars, […]

MALLARD FILLMORE cartoonist drinks, then drives

From E&P news that a right-leaning cartooner was arrested for a family unfriendly activity: Edward Bruce Tinsley, 48, creator of the comic strip Mallard Fillmore — known for its conservative edge — was arrested in Columbus, Indiana, on Dec. 4 and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, the Indianapolis Star reports today. He […]

News notes and briefs

§ Yen Press, the eagerly awaited new line headed by Kurt Hassler and Rich Johnson, is hiring, according to Manga Blog, but you must be able to translate Japanese: Kurt Hassler just dropped me a line to say he’s settling in at Yen Press, Hachette’s new manga imprint, and he’s looking for an editorial assistant. […]

Jodorowsky profiled

Legendary avant-garde-filmmaker-turned cartooner Alexandro Jodorowsy is profiled in the NY Sun as new prints of EL TOPO highlight the NY Film Festival: Visiting this fall for the New York Film Festival’s revival screenings of the films, Mr. Jodorowsky was nonetheless an iconoclast, if a good deal stealthier in his soft-spoken expression. The three decades that […]

SPAWN conquers Bulgaria

If we were as mean as they say, we might say that if Borat wrote a comics press release, it would read something like this, but we would never insult the fine, fine people of Bulgaria by saying any such thing. It does seem that SPAWN is poised to become a sensation in Bulgaria: A […]

Picadilly Lounge R.I.P.

At the drawn and quarterly blog, Peggy Burns takes time out to remember the Picadilly, where all the indie cartoonists like to hang out in San Diego, making for some merry nights, indeed For the past few years, indy comics’ home away from home at the annual San Diego Comic-con has been the Piccadilly Lounge, […]

Oh, the Huge Manatee

Regular readers know we have always been manatee-friendly here at The Beat. These peaceful, lovable behemoths of the seas may lack cutes, but they make up for it in sheer can-do spirit as earth’s most unlikely sea mammals. Although thought of as an ocean-going beast, manatees actually favor drifting tranquilly through the brackish estuaries along […]