HYPE ALERT!!! Over the summer one of the projects taking valuable time away from The Beat was work on a second volume of THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY, Vol. 2, a spine-tingling, mind-warping anthology of work by offbeat horror master Thomas Ligotti. I am happy and proud to say that the book is coming out NEXT WEEK […]

Even more on Anne Cleveland

Shaenon Garrity takes a look at the history of her fellow Vassar alum Anne Cleveland: So who was Anne Cleveland? Hardly anyone remembers. In addition to drawing cartoons about Vassar life, she published It’s Better with Your Shoes Off, a lovely and very out-of-print collection of Gluyas Williams-esque cartoons about Americans living in Japan. A […]

Grant Morrison is God

Or talks to God or whatever. IGN-UK has a big interview with him which has tons of pull quotes on everything and anything. We’ll quote the bit everyone else has, but you have to read the other parts, too: I’ve been listening to people talk about ‘saving’ the ‘industry’ for over 20 years while comics […]

Superheroes rule the summer

This story from Variety rounds up the summer’s box office leaders, and surprise, surprise, every studio has its superhero hit. Of course, Warners led the way with DARK KNIGHT, but the other studios followed suit: Paramount is a close No. 2 in summer market share thanks to “Iron Man…” …Universal is No. 3 in market […]

Death comes suddenly…unexpectedly…

This week’s DC purist thorn of pain comes from the new issue of TEEN TITANS, in which Wendy and Marvin, two characters birthed from the insufferable SUPERFRIENDS cartoon, return, only to be savagely slaughtered by Wonder Dog, who then feasts on their grisly remains. That is how to do it! I understand that SUPERFRIENDS is […]

Happy Friday!

Yes, we are still loafing. In a summer in which we spent ZERO hours lying in the sun, reading a book, going to the beach, or simply sitting in the park, we can be allowed some late posting, especially when we’ve been so excited by conventions, speeches, sexy VPs and so on.

Happy 91st birthday, Jack Kirby

More: Spurgeon, Evanier, Khouri!

LIQUID CITY anthology from Image

How many cartoonists from Singapore and Thailand can you name? After the new anthology LIQUID CITY comes out from Image, you’ll probably be able to name many more. Edited by Sonny (MY FAITH IN FRANKIE) Liewthe book will include many new faces alongside the familiar: Image PR is below, but you can follow along at […]

WOWIO woes continue

ComicList is reporting that Q2 payments are late, and our email inbox is filling up with reports from publishers who have not been paid. Oh well. UPDATE: We just received this from T Campbell and are running it as received: My name is T Campbell, and I’ve been doing comics, in partnership with various artists, […]

And there was great rejoicing…Ogden Whitney collection

Methinks this news has been out there before, but Dan Nadel makes it official: PictureBox is doing Ogden Whitney: PictureBox is going to publish a collection of Ogden Whitney’s romance and sci-fi comics in late 2009 or early 2010. Co-edited by Frank Santoro, Bill Boichel and little ol’ me. We are scouring the earth for […]


Ron Chan of Periscope Studio posts his artwork for a once-upcoming issue of Virgin’s GAMEKEEPER. Related: Snark from Steven Grant: As I’ve mentioned before they’re not the first company predicated on titles created by “stars” with the grunt work performed by work-for-hire comics talent, with the goal of generating mass media franchises from the properties; […]

Shop at Ralphs for the Hero Initiative

As The Beat wanders each week through a cramped Gristedes, pushing a tiny, child- or midget-sized cart through narrow, stacked-up aisles, hoping against hope to find a fresh pepper or garlic clove in the bedraggled produce area, our thoughts often return to the wonders of Ralphs, the California-based chain which has — let’s be honest […]

Morimoto at NYAF!

Okay, here is one celebrity we can get excited about — or more accurately, his king yellowtail stew. The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced Chef Masaharu Morimoto — star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America — will attend its 2008 event as a Guest of Honor. The New York Anime Festival, an […]

Requiem for a Virgin

Looking at my calendar for today, there was a single item, planned about a month ago: 12:00 — Lunch with Virgin Comics The meeting had already been postponed once — it was a planned confab between Publishers Weekly’s team with Virgin’s people to talk about upcoming projects and how we could “work together.” Pretty standard […]

The final word on KRAMERS ERGOT #7

Editor Sammy Harkham finally talks in an interview with Tom Spurgeon: SPURGEON: Who’s in the book? HARKHAM: The complete contributor list is: Rick Altergott, Gabrielle Bell, Jonathan Bennett, Blanquet, Blex Bolex, Conrad Botes, Shary Boyle, Mat Brinkman, John Brodowski, Ivan Brunetti, C.F., Chris Cilla, Jacob Ciocci, Dan Clowes, Martin Cendreda, Joe Daly, Kim Deitch, Matt […]

New Buenaventura titles

Two new books from Buenaventura Press: The gay elves in Uncle Alvin’s workshop have been working overtime and Buenaventura Press is going through ch-ch-ch-changes. Not only do we have a spectacular new office space, new staff additions, and seriously exciting upcoming projects, but we will be seeing some of you live and in person at […]