The Onion’s big scoop

Barack Obama Names Alan Moore Official White House Biographer “As evidenced by his epic run on Swamp Thing #21–64, Moore’s deft hand with both sociopolitical commentary and metaphysical violence makes him an ideal choice to chronicle my time in office,”

RIP Shel Dorf

Shel Dorf, comics fan, letterer, and the driving force behind the early years of the San Diego Comic-Con, passed away yesterday from complications related to diabetes. He was 76. Growing up in Detroit, the young Dorf organized fan gatherings and conventions, including the “Triple Fan Fest”, an interest he took with him when he moved […]

To do today: Austin, TX

Writer Chris Roberson (I, ZOMBIE) will be at Austin Books & Comics from 4 PM – 6 PM today to celebrate the release of the first issue of CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE, his FABLES spin-off miniseries featuring art by Shawn McManus. Posted by Aaron Humphrey.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 11/4/09

§ Calvin Reid reports that is acquiring graphic novels for online publication. First up, books by Dan Goldman and Jim Ottaviani. The two works are The Imitation Game, a biography of mathematician Alan Turing by comics writer and science biographer Jim Ottaviani and artist Leland Purvis; and Red Light Properties by Dan Goldman, described […]

Douglas Rushkoff is back with X

Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has been much in the forefront of the acceptance of comics and graphic novels as part of the new dialog of ideas. He made a splash in comics with his Biblical deconstruction, TESTAMENT. Now he’s back with X, a graphic novel being serialized online by game studio Smoking Gun. The first […]

The mystery of Thomasina


No biography of Patrick McGoohan is complete without mentioning THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA, and The Beat is no exception. The movie was on Hallmark the other day. We DVR’d for later viewing and, wow, was this full of surprises. A movie about a lovable tot who dresses her kitty in a bonnet? Yes, but […]