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 […]

The catch-up post

Too much to catch up on, but here’s a teeny sampling: § Via Colleen: Ross Rojek may soon be at large again! Ross Rojek, formerly of Another Universe, formerly of Comics and Comix, formerly the guy who served four years of a nearly 7 year sentence for screwing a bunch of investors who were fooled […]

Who has hurt comics more: WFH or creator-owned work?

Retailer Robert Scott has his own response to Robert Kirkman‘s call for more creator-owned concepts: Well, I’m not sure how folks like Lea, Ellis or even Kirkman have missed it for twenty two years but Marvel, DC, WFH or retailers have not damaged the industry nearly as much as creator owned work (and the publishers […]

James Jean leaves FABLES

James Jean announces he’s leaving FABLES to concentrate on his own art: “This is a difficult email for me to write. Don’t worry . . . as far as I know, I don’t have any tumors or crippling neuroses, and my taxes are in order. But I feel like I’m breaking up with the prom […]