Thought cloud: E.C. Segar and rent parties

Times are tough, people. Several folks in our comics community can’t pay the rent this month and are raising funds via selling cool things. Help them out if you see fit.

Vukojevich repanels Bell Comicumentary

Repaneled is a newish blog that recreates classic comics panels in new art styles. Up today:
Anthony Vukojevich’s reimagination of a key panel from Gabrielle Bell’s San Diego Comic-Con Comicumentary.

Party Poop: The Walking Dead premiere party, worldwide zombie invasion

The premiere for The Walking Dead TV show was thrown last night and the after party was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and it sounds frigging awesome:

Batman 3 title revealed, details emerging

It’s called “Batman and the Giant Pile of Box Office Receipts”.

Okay, it’s really called THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Everyone has surely made a Viagra joke by now, and there was ours.

PSA: Marc-Oliver Frisch is alive and well

Just a quick note — DC sales figures for August are, as you have seen, VERY late this month due to actual work for Marc-Oliver. He assures me he IS working on it, however, and we’re hoping to have it finished imminently. Thank you for your patience.

Rich French people don't like Murakami

If we could fly, we’d blast over to Versailles to see the spectacular show by Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami currently housed there. The opulent palace built by French monarch Louis XIV (The Sun King) is perfectly complemented by the extravagant work by the great Murakami, who has worked with capitalist icons like Louis Vuitton in the past and whose work often engages with materialism. However, Prince Sixte-Henri de Bourbon-Parme, a descendant of Louis XIV, feels the show is slumming for the historical landmark.

Sequel: Ten Things To Know About the Future of Webcomics

With the Garrity Doctrine igniting uproar all over the intertubes, Webcomic Overlook’s El Santo presents a rebuttal of sorts, Ten Things To Know About the Future of Webcomics. While any kind of manga-vs-webcomics fight is silly — they are parallel and non-competitive — lists are always fun. He admits a lot of the list is quite off the cuff, but a couple of points strike us as especially pertinent:

Kibbles 'n' Bits from all over the world — 10/27/10

A dose of news bytes from around the world, from cartoonists in politics to cutesy beer.

Creators review corner: Brian Chippendale on Gene Wolfe

This wide-ranging interview with noise cartoonist Brian Chippendale covers his old classics MAGGOTS and NINJA, and his new classic, IF ‘n’ OFF, and also
the Fort Thunder alumnus’ reading tastes:

Public service announcement: It's called automatic renewal

And it costs about $20 a year. Priceless.

31 Days of Halloween: Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton gets her annual spot in the Halloween countdown with Children of the Night.

A peek at Witchlands

Witchlands is a long-brewing ongoing series by Kurt Busiek and artist Conner Willumsen, which has been delayed by this and that and then was planned to come out from WildStorm but is now coming out from…parts unknown. Whoever is publishing it, it’s going to look great, as Busiek has just posted a few preview pages. Willumsen has long been a Beat Future Star pick, and the cover by Zachary Baldus is equally fabulous.

Happy birthday, Suzu!

A big birthday shout out to the Beat’s own sainted mother, who is celebrating a special birthday today.

My mother’s art and cartooning and continuing interest in everything from MMORPGs to webcomics has always been an inspiration to me, and it’s probably a huge reason why I’ve ever reached toward success in any endeavor. Thank you, Suzu.