To Do Tonight: BKNY PictureBox signing

SEE what the fuss is about and check out PictureBox’s stunning lineup of books that set SPX on its ear. More here. A mega book signing featuring: Frank Santoro : StoreyvilleBrian Chippendale : MaggotsC.F. : Powr Mastrs Vol. 17:00 – 9:00 pm Monday, October 15, 2007Spoonbill & Sugartown 218 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211 Tel. […]

APE moves to November '08?

One of the big topics on the floor at SPX among exhibitors was the seeming move of San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo from its April slot to November, as shown in the above graphic, found on the San Diego Comic-Con website. Needless to say, the Spring-Summer-Fall rhythm of the indie show circuit as set up […]

"Their brains were on fire."

Whoa! What the heck! Based on the level of opprobrium aimed at me in the last few days, you’d think I’d come up with a plan for health care or something. Instead, I just posted some ideas and hoped for debate. Well, I got it! I guess the internet works after all. As regular readers […]

Essential Fred Hembeck due in '08

Fred Hembeck reveals that a gargantuan collection of his work is on its way from Image which is great news for fans of knee squiggles. Come February, 2008, Image Publishing will be gearing up to release THE NEARLY COMPLETE ESSENTIAL HEMBECK ARCHIVES OMNIBUS, featuring over 900 (!) pages of material written and drawn by cartoonist […]

Watterson on Peanuts bio

The Wall Street Journal corrals Bill Watterson to review the new Charles Schulz biography: It’s a strange and interesting story, and Mr. Michaelis, the author of a 1998 biography of artist N.C. Wyeth, paces the narrative well, offering many insights and surprising events from Schulz’s life. Undoubtedly the most fascinating part of the book is […]

Michael George hearing

Pittsburgh Comic-Con co-owner Michael George has been arrested in the 17-year-old murder of his wife, and a preliminary hearing was held last week at which both sides presented some of their evidence. Although reopening a case after 17 years would seem to indicate new physical evidence was found, that isn’t mentioned; the salient facts of […]

Persepolis stuff: Comics gave Satrapi worms

The Persepolis movie continues to win raves and plaudits, as creator and co-director Marjana Satrapi does the rounds, including an interview at Vulture: What about the things that the character’s obsessed with in the movie: Bruce Lee, heavy metal, Adidas….Oh, yes, these are for real. French fries with ketchup, and I wear Adidas sneakers and […]

BEAT in Top 100!

PC Mag has named its Favorite 100 Blogs 2007 and The Beat is on the list, as are Comics Curmudgeon and Blog@Newsarma. Thanks, guys, it’s an honor just to be hotlinked!