Help David Pirkola

People are rallying once again, this time to aid retailer David Pirkola who was shot and seriously injured in a robbery attempt. Pirkola has no insurance, and the comics world is giving to help: 4/29 UPDATEAn amazing day yesterday, as last night we crossed over the $2000 mark in donations. Thank you to everyone who […]

Francisco V. Coching’s Early Cover Art

We are like, so utterly super swamped today that we can only leave you with the golden oldie from Pilipino Komiks, early cover art from Coching, the Jack Kirby of the Phillipines.

Iron screening causes ruckus

Everyone has IRON MAN fever! The film, opening Friday, has gotten fab reviews from everyone but the New Yorker, and Robert Downey Jr’s performance is being hailed as one of his best ever, and a new benchmark for a superhero movie. However there have been a few glitches along the way. Tireless Jeff Trexler alerts […]

SPOILERS: Marvel edition

Meanwhile Marvel is colluding with EW to reveal a new version of Venom and fill in future Spider-Man storylines. There comes a time when even a storied supervillain needs a do-over, and that moment has arrived for Spider-Man arch-nemesis Venom. Well, sorta. The extraterrestrial symbiote — which most famously glommed onto embittered Spider-friend Eddie Brock […]


Big comics story in today’s NY Daily News whose very url spoils something huge. SERIOUSLY DO NOT CLICK IF YOU HAVE NOT READ DC UNIVERSE #0. Val has more to say in another URL spoiler. Also, I find it interesting that the direct market is depending on the spoilers not to be spoiled in order […]

No hugs, no lessons

This old Donald Duck one-pager has been making the rounds lately. Or should we say, this Donald Goddamn Duck one pager. He shows them how it’s done. To our untrained eye it appears to have been drawn by Jack Hannah. Can anyone correct our woeful ignorance?


§ Tom Spurgeon interviews Charles Brownstein about the Gordon Lee win and other matters. Shortly after the calendar passed they contacted Paul Cadle and said they’d be willing to drop the case if Gordon wrote a letter of apology. Gordon was willing to do that from the start, and frankly, we’ve been saying all along […]

New DARK KNIGHT posters

Five of them!

GTA IV end of life as we know it

The Beat’s temporary slowdown on blogging is not, as might be expected, because of the arrival of Grand Theft Auto IV, which will probably be the biggest grosser of the year, movie, book or game. However it must be said that the complete cultural victory by the geek/nerd/video game set is now assured. Admit it, […]

Scribefire, you almost did it.

As previously reported, we still haven’t found the blogging software of our dreams. However, Scribefire recently went to 2.0 and it’s sooooo close! More options, better interface, the blockquote tag finally closes. However, they added tabs and instead of adding newly blogged matter to the old tab, it now defaults to a new tab, defeating […]

Beanworld To Dark Horse!

The big news coming out of Stumpown this weekend is that Larry Marder‘s resurgent Beanworld comics will be published by Dark Horse: Steve Duin of the Oregonian did a nice write up of today’s panel–including the announcement above and includes the following summary:”Dark Horse plans to republish the first 21 issues of Tales of the […]

Around the Web

§ Hope Larson has a new website up for her more adult art: Personal Ho. (left) § We totally forgot that the Pittsburgh Comicon was held this weekend, but it is now apparently dubbed “Murder con.” Someone wrote about it to the Comics Reporter and from the sound of it, it was pretty desolate. § […]

Manga report: Felipe Smith in Morning 2; Viz’s new line

How cool are American cartoonists? So cool that they are publishing them in Japan! Felipe Smith (MBQ) will have a monthly series starting in Morning 2 next month. (The ads for it are reproduced above, courtesy of Ed Chavez who writes: His manga is going to be on the cover of the June 21 issue […]

What will Wonder Woman wear in Dubai?

This interesting AP article looks at the move to grab the low-hanging fruit of giving the cash-rich Middle East their own amusement parks, and the cultural difficulties therein. Politically sensitive characters such as Captain America could be left at home. Prayer rooms will join the list of accommodations, and menus will likely feature falafel and […]

Comics shop owner wounded in robbery

David Pirkola, owner of Apparitions Comics and Books in Kentwood, MI wasshot in a a robbery on Friday evening . Pirkola is in critical but stable condition. According to the police, a man entered the store abut 7 pm, demanded money, shot Pirkola and fled. The police are still investigating the crime, and anyone with […]

Stumptown Stuff

Sounds like Stumptown was totally teh awesome, and we wish we could have been there. Tom Spurgeon: Portland is also the home to dozens of cartoonists, a good sign for a city as comics folk can live practically anywhere and are drawn like flies when a comfortable and cosmopolitan city reaches that tipping point where […]