To do tonight: Portland

Portlanders will have the chance to meet Jim Woodring and his Seattle cartooning compatriots of Friends of the Nib tomorrow night at the opening of a FOTN group show at Floating World Comics. Details and links to more info below: Floating World Comics 20 NW 5th Ave Portland, OR Thursday, Feb. 7th, 6-10PM

A day of triumph…and tragedy

The Beat‘s Wednesday couldn’t have stuck to a better schedule. Whereas on some days we struggle to get up before noon, we woke up before the alarm clock even went off, refreshed and energetic. By 11 we were showered, fed and caffeinated with a brisk cup of Vietnamese coffee. All of our computers were up […]

To do Friday 2/8: The Color of Comics opening

A new exhibit kicks off to look at the sociological implications of comics: OPENING RECEPTION of THE COLOR OF COMICS EXHIBITION: A Look at the Images of People of Color in Comics When: Friday, February 8, 2008 Where: Bronx Community College (Bliss Hall Art Gallery) 181st Street & University Avenue Bronx, NY Time: 5 to […]


Some storytellers on storytelling: Todd Alcott: The protagonist of 2001: A Space Odyssey is: a) Moon-Watcherb) The Monolithc) Dr. Heywood R. Floydd) Dr. Dave Bowmane) Dr. Frank Poolee) HAL 9000f) The frozen astronautsg) None of the above Neil Gaiman: The oddest moment of today was finding a slip of paper in The Graveyard Book book […]

If we just wait a while

Dick Hyacinth answers Mark Andrews and reiterates: One last thing. I’ve only got the data for 2007, but I think it’s a reasonable assumption that Fun Home would have been last year’s consensus best comic/graphic novel and that Persepolis would have won in 2003. That’s three out of eight for this decade so far. Would […]

News and notes

§ Image gallery for the Y: The Last Party auction. Left, Cameron Stewart. § San Diego’s David Glanzer talks to ICv2 about WonderCon, and San Diego. § Josh Neufeld promotes AD on the Huffington Post § Colleen Doran recalls the ups and downs of the Self-publishing era: Contrast the solitary, long hours we spent drawing […]

Wolf Boy movie in the works

Evan Kuhlman’s Wolf Boy: A Novel has been optioned by the Weinstein Co. for a possible film. The novel — which deals with a young boy’s grief after his brother is killed in a car crash — is of interest to our kind because that grief is channeled into creating a superhero comic. The novel […]

Giuliani the collectible

In what has to be one of the most devastating cardboard slapdowns of all times, someone at Topps thought it would be funny to put Rudy Giuliani on a Red Sox baseball card. And not just any baseball card, but one where The Beantowners are celebrating last season’s World Series victory, a moment which cast […]