Yes, the Nightmare Factory marathon ends tonight, with a big blowout panel at MoCCA: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2007 – NEW YORK, NY MOCCA – MUSEUM OF COMIC & CARTOON ART — 6:30 p.m. 594 Broadway/Suite 401 (bet. Houston & Prince) New York, NY 10003 (212) 254-3511 *Writers Stuart Moore and Joe Harris, artists Michael Gaydos […]

Gordon Lee takes the law into his own hands–when possible

After many, many fits and starts, the trial of retailer Gordon Lee begins today in Rome, Georgia. Lee is charged with the misdemeanor charge of distributing harmful materials to a minor, stemming from giving a 2004 incident in which he gave a comic book with a nude Pablo Picasso to two 6- and 9-year-old brothers. […]


Dash Shaw has just posted an excerpt of a new webcomic called BodyWorld and it cements his reputation as one of the most formally daring cartoonists out there. His graphic novel THE BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON is due from Fantagraphics in June.

Eisner has eye on Bazooka Joe

We sort of missed out on the drama over who would own Topps, the venerable gum and trading card company, but in case you missed it, Michael Eisner’s company came out on top, and according to this article in USA today, he’s got big plans for the company mascot Eisner has his new Mickey: It’s […]


While we’ve been going on and on about the space problems here at Stately Beat Manor, there are still a few things which we would let pass beneath our lintel…one of them is this amazing Jimbo Vinyl Figure from Dark Horse, designed by Yoe! Studios, with extensive input from the award-winning creator Gary Panter himself. […]

Awesome! I needed the space

CBG is putting three years of issues on a searchable DVD! This is so super! I can now put all my cumbersome paper copies in storage. Now if only they could put all the newspaper sized issues on a DVD, we’d have even MORE room. Three years’ worth of Comics Buyer’s Guide’s magazine-sized issues are […]

Anno’s Hataraki Man continues to make waves

The Times Online (UK) looks at Hataraki Man, a controversial manga by Moyoco Anno that examines gender roles: For decades the Japanese comic industry has done a roaring trade in cartoons that chronicle the miseries and triumphs of the salaryman. Anno’s comic is a deliberate role reversal. The mould-breaking comic, Hataraki Man (Working Man), tracks […]

Iron Chef Gelatomettista – Cloak & Dagger

There’s a new Iron Chef Gelatometti contest over at the Wildstorm blog: Jim Lee vs Frances Manapul on Cloak & Dagger! The pics will be auctioned off for the CBLDF, so go and vote!

Comics and the real world examined again

The left-leaning American Prospect takes on The Revolt of the Comic Books: A superhero killed the president this summer. Moments later, a shocked White House press corps watched as John Horus, his gleaming white-and-gold costume still soaked in blood, explained why. Because “the war in Iraq is illegal and predicated on lies,” because “our people […]

Snyder reveals his “Watchman War Room”

Up at the Watchmen blog, director Zack Snyder has revealed some behind the scenes photos including this one of “The War Room” , which should give you some idea of the scope of the production. At the Zuda party last week, we heard from one DC bigwig who had visited the set last week and […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 11/4/2007

§ Jog reviews Frederik L. Schodt’s book on Tezuka § Maggie Thompson looks at SECRETS OF THE COMICS — from 1947. § Learn IDW head Ted Adams’s best and worst business decisions, the name of his mentor and MORE in this profile in the San Diego Business Journal. § Kazu Kibushi mourns the lost rides […]

Glyph Awards accepting submissions; Judges named

The Glyph AWards, which honor the best in black comics and creators, are open for submissions for 2008: This past May, history was made at the Glyph Comics Awards (GCA) when the graphic novel Stagger Lee walked away with a record-breaking four award wins, including Story of the Year. Now, the GCA Committee continues its […]

Monday AM spam praise

Last night, a bunch of spam comments made it through the filter (which is really acting up lately — anyone have a clue why?) We were sad to delete them, because the p*n*s-enlarging crowd just loves The Beat! — “Congratulations on finally setting up your site. I am sure the website will become a internet […]