For your holiday reading pleasure: 24 Hours of Webcomics starts tonight


As a follow-up on the very fun and well-received “24 Hours of Women Cartoonists” event in March, Team Beat is reassembling starting at midnight E.D.T. tonight for “24 Hours of Webcomics.” Steve, Laura, Hannah, Henry and even the Beat have put together a list of our favorites, some well known, some obscure. I know it’s […]

Marvel’s ‘Next Big Thing’ Call – Avengers Assemble!


Phone time! Earlier today our lovely old antique phone started ringing from somewhere in Stately Beat Mansion’s attic, so I braved the cabinets and cobwebs to pick up the receiver and see what was going on. It turned out Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, VP of Animation Cort Lane and Executive Producer, Man Of Action Studio’s Joe Kelly were on the line, to discuss the new Marvel cartoon series Avengers Assemble which’ll be airing on Disney XD!



[*spoilers throughout] I’ve been following Oni Press’s HELHEIM since it started and have been impressed with it all along, but some of the plot elements have finally started emerging that make it not only an interesting story, but a very promising one for a longer run. HELHEIM follows the life, death, and undead life of […]

This Weekend: Pittsburgh is Comics Town USA with NCS in town


[Art: Tom Richmond cover for the NCS conference with Mo Willems, Brad Anderson, Drew Freidman, Jason Chatfield, Lee Salem, Rob Rogers, Joe Wos and Terri Libenson.] This weekend the traditional Memorial Day annual meeting of the National Cartoonists Society will be held in Pittsburgh, PA. Although Saturday’s Reuben Awards banquet is a private affair, the […]

Jack Kirby’s grandson goes on Kickstarter for coffeetable book about The King


J. Kirby is on Kickstarter for real — Jeremy Kirby, grandson of the legendary artist. He’s asking for funds to put out a books of photos and a lost Kirby work, a play called “Frog Prince.” Years ago (1997 to be exact) I wrote a screenplay and shared it with my grandmother.  She did what every […]

Comics History in Photos: Stan Lee and Jenette Kahn at Temple University in 1978


In 1978 Stan Lee was the publisher of Marvel Comics, and Jenette Kahn was the publisher of DC, and together they made a speech at Temple University on the occasion of the oversized epic Superman Vs Muhammed Ali, which was termed of equal value to the Sistine Chapel. I like that comic, but even I […]

Today: The International Comic Arts Forum in Portland, OR kicks off


One of a number of impressive comics events this weekend, the annual The International Comic Arts Forum kicks off today in Portland, OR and runs until Saturday. Primarily a scholarly conference where papers on various aspects of comics around the world are presented, this year’s event will also feature locals such as Brian Michael Bendis, […]

Area man finds $100k comic in the wall then rips it in squabble with in-law


BY now you’ve probably seen this story about an Elbow Lake, MN contractor named David Gonzalez who found the Holy Grail of Comics—an Action #1—hidden among newspapers used as insulation in the walls of a house he was remodeling. Talks about lucky finds! The copy has already been put up for auction at Comic Connect […]

Nerdworld reacts with grief, shock to deleted Benedict Cumberbatch shower scene in Star Trek


Tumblr, Twitter and what was left of LiveJournal reacted with shock and then outrage this morning as news of a deleted shower scene starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the new Star Trek film was revealed. Star Trek Into Darkness director JJ Abrams made the shocking revelation on the Conan O’Brien show, and showed a brief clip […]