Comics now for lesbians, too

AfterEllen has a well-researched piece on lesbian comics, with extensive comments from Ariel Schrag, Alison Bechdel and manga artist June Kim. A sample of Shrag’s musings on the sudden high profile for comics: While this certainly has its benefits, Schrag pointed out that the past also had its own set of advantages. “What is nice […]

Green Arrow to star in searing prison drama!

Or at least he will if David S. Goyer gets his new movie off the ground, Wizard reports. SUPER MAX will find Green Arrow wrongfully imprisoned in the maximum security prison that houses many of the criminals he once accosted. “He’s Green Arrow for the first 10 minutes of the movie, and then he’s arrested […]

Top Shelf news and notes: sales and parties!

A raft of news from Top Shelf on many matters, including a 10th anniversary sale going on and a 10th anniversary party to be held during MoCCA this year. To celebrate Top Shelf’s 10th Anniversary in publishing, and also to announce (and prepare for) our 2007-2008 publishing line, for the next ten days — from […]

Quotables: Sanderson, Gaiman

We know we just plugged Peter Sanderson, but his column this week has an interesting discussion of Dave Cockrum’s memorial panel and how the vagaries of taste effect creators: The Dave Cockrum panel reminds me of another panel discussion I recently heard about another important comics artist of the mid-1970s who passed away in the […]

Bryan Talbot on tour

Bryan Talbot has several East Coast appearances this week, including a presentation at the Lewis Carroll Society of America which is open to the public. He’s touring in support of his amazing new book ALICE IN SUNDERLAND, which we’re still only halfway through. Catch him where you can! Here’s his schedule for the rest of […]

Kodansha sponsors International Manga Competition

Japanese publishing giant Kodansha is apparently sponsoring an International Manga Competition: Competition entries being accepted now! Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and publishing over 500,000 copies weekly, ‘Morning’ is the biggest and most prominent manga magazine for grown-ups in Japan. In the 25 years since the very first issue, the magazine has been host […]

300 notes: Persian version and workout woes

English-language Iranian news outlet Press TV reports that 300 has been dubbed into Persian so it can be shown and discussed on Iranian channel 4. The slant of the story is quite fair and balanced, however: A flagrant affront to the pride of Iranian nation, the Hollywood movie has provoked the anger of Iranian people […]

TUF Season Five Episode 1 recap

To be honest, we’re a little worried about this comics thing going south, so we feel it’s time to finally diversify The Beat and start covering one or two non-comics subjects. We looked around and wondered “What is the hottest thing going?” and the answer was clear: MMA FIGHTING! We’re with Wizard on this: the […]