Rickey being Rickey: the greatest of all time

Congratulations to Rickey Henderson, arguably the greatest lead-off hitter of all time, on his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame today. As someone who grew up watching baseball in the 1970s and 1980s, Henderson was just amazing. Here’s what Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski wrote on his blog about Henderson: “I’m about give […]

Meet the Elite Beat Squad: Mark Coale

As we get 2009 rolling, we thought it would be nice to learn a little bit more about the Elite Beat Squad of writers and helpers who, believe it or not, assist The Beat in getting the important stuff out to the world. First up is Mark Coale, a faithful colleague who has been with […]

The Strange Case of THE WINTER MEN

Both Jog and Greg Burgas are moved to write long essays on one of the strangest — yet best — comic books of the decade: THE WINTER MEN. This miniseries written by the enigmatic but talented Brett Lewis and drawn by John Paul Leon started at Vertigo, ended at Wildstorm, started at 8 issues, ended […]

WIMPY KID phenomenon detailed

The New York Times looks at Jeff Kinney’s “Wimpy Kid” blockbuster status: The franchise has been a sleeper hit for Amulet Books, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, and for the author, Jeff Kinney, who started it as a series of online cartoons on the Web site FunBrain.com. The first book, published in 2007 and […]

Willingham calls for an end to “Superhero Decadence”

Thank God, a NEW controversy! Last week, Bill Willingham penned a piece for Big Hollywood, a newish website dedicated to presenting a more conservative view of the entertainment industry. The piece was entitled: Superheroes: Still Plenty of Super, But Losing Some of the Hero. While admitting his own part in superhero deconstruction back in the […]

Jaffee, Feiffer, and Pekar interview series

Danny Fingeroth tells us of a new interview series he’s conducting, and the people involved are about as interesting as it gets. Thee series kicks off with Mad’s Al Jaffee, and frankly, we’d listen to that guy read the phonebook. The YIVO Institute presents one-on-one interviews with three comics titans, whose work has had seismic […]

Wife Swap comic book casting call

Several pals sent us the following form letter received by many in the comics community last week: My name is [redacted] and I am a Casting Associate Producer for ABC families hit reality show ‘Wife Swap.’ We are currently casting for our fifth season and we are looking for COMIC BOOK ARTISTS! We cast everywhere […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits

Found some of it. § The Financial Times visits Stan Lee: The first thing that catches the eye when walking into Stan Lee’s Beverly Hills office is the life-size Spider-Man mannequin crouching in the corner, apparently ready to jump out of the window and scale the wall outside. The 86-year-old Mr Lee, whose comic-book conceptions […]

New Female Force comic!

Where there’s a female pol — or in this case a potential female pol — there’s Bluewater Comics’ Female Force series, as they have announced a Caroline Kennedy comic to follow up their Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama comics. Prescient Bluewater had decided to cover Kennedy before she became a front runner to […]

Golden Globes wrap-up

It all went according to the script: Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor for DARK KNIGHT, WALL*E won for Best Animated Film and in a little surprise, WALTZ WITH BASHIR won for Best Foreign Film. (Mickey Rourke also won Best Actor in a Dramatic role for THE WRESTLER, and thanked his dogs because the guy […]

Busby Berkeley still rules

This is one of those days when we had a HUUUUGE Kibbles ‘n’ Bits post we’d been working on all weekend that just got eaten by the browser, so screw it. Moving on, since we’re on a musical comedy kick, we’ll reiterate our love for the films of Busby Berkeley — we had a long […]

To Do: January 12 – 18

Lots going on this week, with Fantagraphics’ Beasts! show opening in Frisco, Charlotte holding a mini-con, popular webcomicker Danielle Corsetto going on tour, and lots more, including plenty of Wednesday signings. Read on for all the details… Monday, January 12 New York, NY, 6 PM – Danielle Corsetto at Trailer Park Lounge & Grill GIRLS […]