ReedPop has just announced that this year’s New York Comic-Con is expanding to four days. The show will run from October 13-16, with Thursday a day for academic programming, beginning at noon, and a “Preview Night” running from 4-7. Only 10,000 tickets will be sold for all four days — nearly 100,000 people attended the 2010 show, according to show runner Lance Fensterman.
Although we’ve been at the Beat blogging game since 2004, this is the first time we’ve had our own “creator-owned” website at our very own not-gonna-change url. Making it a year has had a few roller coaster moments, but it’s been a year of vast learning and satisfaction. Oh, there have been a few pesky problems along the way, and the front page looks wack (because Team Beat hasn’t been able to fix the image resizing script yet) but overall we’re just happy to be here and incredibly grateful for all the support we’ve had from creators, publishers, advertisers and of course, readers.
To celebrate the birthday, a new anthology strip is launching on ACT-I-VATE. EVERYWHERE, by Chris Miskiewicz and Andrew Wendel , is set in a world where animals have suddenly appeared and are wreaking havoc. … Episodes will run the first of every month featuring the talents of Rick Parker (Marvel, MTV’s Beavis & Butthead), Dennis Calero (X-Men), Nathan Schreiber (Power Out), Bobby Timony (Night Owls), Maurice Fontenot (Ghost Pimp), Thomas Baehr (The End is Here), Seth Kushner (Culture Pop/Graphic NYC), Rodney Ramos (Transmetropolitan/Green Lantern), Kate McElroy (Fables 100), Chris Sinderson (Next Door Neighbor/Twisted/Savage Dragon Funnies), Ashley Quigg, and more TBA.
Nominations for the 2011 Joe Shuster Awards, honoring the best in Canadian comics, have just been announced. Winners will be announced at a public ceremony in Calgary, Alberta on the evening of Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo which takes place June 17-19, 2011 at the BMO Round-Up Centre.
In addition to nominees for various categories, judges chose two cartoonists for induction into the Hall of Fame: Chester Brown and Todd McFarlane.
TCAF just got even more international with the announcement that renowned manga-ka Natsume Ono will be a guest. Ono, creator of not simple, House of Five Leaves, Gente, and Ristorante Paradiso, fits squarely in the “independent spirit” mold of most of the fest’s guests and provides a reminder of the artistic diversity that manga offers. However she’s also a very successful artist whose Ristorante Paradiso andHouse of Five Leaves have been adapted into anime, viewable in the US on Hulu.com, Funimation.com, and Crunchyroll.com, in North America.