Webcomic Alert: The Expositor by Van Sciver and Remnant


Okay. This is exciting. A new webcomic site called The Expositor presents the new work of Noah Van Sciver and Joseph Remnant. These two young cartoonists who had breakout years, van Sciver with THE HYPO, his GN about Abraham Lincoln that tells a part of the president’s life few PROSE histories have ever covered; Remnant […]

Bryan Talbot’s Grandville III: The trailer


It’s always hard to know what graphic novelist Bryan Talbot is going to be up to — will it be a crazy imaginative story of English history and dimensional travel like Luther Arkwright? Or a sensitive, heart-rending story about child abuse like Tale of One Bad Rat? Or something else entirely? One genre Talbot has […]

The Sailor Twain Tour dates announced


First Second editorial director and cartoonist Mark Siegal, will be on tour for SAILOR TWAIN, this fall. Dates are above and in the link.

If you haven’t seen SAILOR TWAIN, the rich story of a 1887 Hudson River barge captain who finds a mermaid, and what unfolds from that, you are missing an imaginative comics yarn that joins other comics about waterbourne voyages, like Far Ardden and Set to Sail. Heck it’s a whole new comics genre.

Studio Coffee Run 9/28/12: Looper, The Walking Dead, Thor: The Dark World, etc.


Looper is already killing it with the critics, Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore reach an undisclosed settlement concerning Moore’s involvement with The Walking Dead, pic-o-mania for Kickass 2, Thor: The Dark World, and The Wolverine plus much more after the jump…

Manga-Camera App: Turning 2D dreams into Smartphone reality


Comicsalliance just unveiled what could possibly be the best App EVER (or maybe just for you die hard otakus). With the commonality of Instagram’s “vintage” effects already upon the masses, this new (and FREE) Manga-Camera App lets you turn any old picture on your phone into that black-and-white /moire-filled manga styling that is beyond cool. There is […]

Rumblings in the nerd media: Variety, EW, Boucher


As a daily reporter on the nerd media for over a decade, sometimes The Beat likes to sit back and take it all in. And of late there have been some telling moves that show how the nerd media/new media is putting the boots to the old media that STILL just Doesn’t Get It.

First there’s l’afffair Geoff Boucher. Boucher, one of the LA Times top entertainment reporters launched his Hero Complex blog in 2008, at the tale end of the Golden Age of Blogging.

Beat Man of the Year, Non-Comics Division: R.A. Dickey


Is there a more feel good story anywhere this year than the R.A. Dickey saga?

Once cast on the scrapheap of pitching due to lacking a crucial ligament in his elbow, Dickey went through purgatory and emerged with the determination to claw his way back, and gripping the baseball with his knuckles. The Mets pitcher won his 20th game yesterday, the first Met to do so since 1990, and along the way he’s having one of the greatest seasons ever by a pitcher who specializes in throwing knuckleballs.