Events this weekend, East Coast: Desert Island, WW3, etc

Despite the snow, the show is going on all around New York: TONIGHT FRIDAY: Desert Island 2-year anniversary! Friday, February 26th < our 2-year anniversary > featuring a 15% discount on all books and a comic signing with Brea and Zane Grant for their historical Zombie comic We Will Bury You #1 7 – 9 […]

Lee and Johns tweet it up

Its no secret that newly installed DC Co-publisher Jim Lee and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns are two of the more charismatic and popular comics creators out there, and there is every reason to believe they will continue to be charismatic comics creators-turned-executives. Sean T. Collins has a roundup of Johns’ “charm offensive” twitter hatchet […]

Looking at the Handley case

Whatever you do today, read these essays by Charles Brownstein, Jason Thompson, and Carl Horn on the Christopher Handley case. Searching high and low, it is impossible to find an actual crime that has been committed…and yet a man is in jail for six months. “Thought crime” indeed.


While continuing with work at Vertigo (SWEET TOOTH), Canadian artist Jeff Lemire hasn’t forgotten his indie roots and has just announced a new graphic novel, THE UNDERWATER WELDER, which is due later next year from Top Shelf. Pressure. As an underwater welder on an oilrig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used […]

Simmons swiping raises larger issues

Among mamy comments on the Nick Simmons plagiarism case, Chris Butcher has the strongest words for the connection between those who swipe art panels and those criticizing him who illegally scan and distribute manga and anime: Here’s the thing: I’ve got infinitely more respect for obvious thief Nick Simmons than I do for the legions […]

Beat Giveaway: Hasbro’s Marvel toys — NOW CLOSED

Welcome to what we hope is a new Beat tradition, the Getaway Giveaway! We have so much stuff that needs a good home — and many generous partners who are offering us giveaways — that we hope to make this a weekly feature. This week, in honor of Toy Fair and all the toy news […]

The Swipist #2: Vera Brosgol and Hot Topic

In yet ANOTHER case of stealing, artist Vera Brosgol noted via Twitter that Hot Topic had totally ripped off her T-shirt design. Brosgol’s drawing had been created for Erika Moen’s birthday. As Valerie D’Orazio pointed out, this is sadly common. But by the end of the day, Hot Topic had pulled the T-shirt (below). Depressingly, […]

The Swipist #1: Nick Simmons — UPDATE

UPDATE: A few places are reporting that the “Nick Simmons” who showed up at a Facebook page called Calling for legal action against Nick Simmons for plagiarism of other workswas the real deal with a lot of obviously outrageous comments, but he was not. Word broke yesterday via Live Journal that Nick Simmons, best known […]

Two views of Captain America

We’re informed that Captain America will soon be appearing on an artistic print: Street artist and superhero collager Miss Bugs will soon be releasing a print version of “Carry Your Sins” featuring Marvel patriot and enemy of teabaggers, Captain America, who appears to be summoning his inner Jesus. The details about the 2-color silkscreen with […]

Mighty Boosh toys DO exist!

The other day we were moaning that there aren’t any Mighty Boosh toys, but it turns out Pete Wilson made some which are available in England, and you can order them via StrangeCo. With Vince Noir, Howard Moon, Bollo, and Naboo the Enigma, it’s a great start but we still need Dixon Bainbridge, Bob Fossil […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits – 2/26/10

§ The future is…“?” The transition within the book publishing industry from physical inventory stored in a warehouse and trucked to retailers to digital files stored in cyberspace and delivered almost anywhere on earth as quickly and cheaply as e-mail is now underway and irreversible. This historic shift will radically transform worldwide book publishing, the […]