The 9th Art Award 2013 Goes To…


Just announced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the winner of the inaugural 9th Art Prize is The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, by Stephen Collins.

SPX 2013 programming goes live


HOW WILL YOU CHOOSE? The super-excellent lineup of guests has led to an amazing lineup of spotlights and panels as always. Put together by Bill Kartalopoulos, SPX always has a diverse and thought provoking lineup and this year is no exception. This year’s SPX will be held September 14-15 in North Bethesda, MD. ——- Saturday […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Comics are for Everyone

Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Mark Millar, Todd McFarlane and the relationship between women […]

Dark Horse Tease New Serenity Comics Coming Soon


Dark Horse have sent across an image revealing that they’ll soon be returning to the world of Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity franchise, which jumped from television to film to comics a few years back. The teaser images, tagged #wheresserenity?, indicate that the company will be unveiling some new stories set in the Universe shortly.

The week in review: No one did anything they didn’t want to


Now that the outrage-o-tron has moved from torture to movie casting, here is a round-up of reactions to the “Torture Cover” post the other day. Actually I don’t even need to write anything, as the Outhouse already summed it up with CROSSED TORTURE VARIANT CONTROVERSY SPARKS SURPRISINGLY CIVIL DEBATE ON INTERNET. It’s true. No one was blackballed, castigated or petitioned. The effects and provenance of disturbing material were widely debated, but it was generally decided by everyone involved that those who like it can like it, those who want to throw up can move right over to the toilet.

Diggle is Finally Joining The Green Arrow Comic Book


Arrow is a pretty amazing piece of television. The most amazing thing about it is the fact it exists. A showcase for the salmon ladder and some of the strangest law enforcement ever seen in the medium, the TV show is filled with some pretty amazing things. Despite that, the show hasn’t yet affected the […]

Lobo goes Twilight with new look


New decade, new Lobo. DC has given the bad-ass Simon Bisley-designed character of Lobo—a crazy madman who epitomized the heavy metal years of the 90s—and moved him to the Warped tour with a more…well, it’s hard not to see a bit of Twilight in the new Kenneth Rocafort design. According to DC editor in Chief […]

The history of how Ben Affleck destroyed the world became Batman


When did this Ben Affleck Batman tragedy begin? Alex Zalben has a pretty good timeline of Affleck’s interaction with superhero roles here but it leaves out a few things, such as Affleck’s breakout role as “Holden” the aspiring comics artist in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy.

Tumblr alert: INTRAPANEL


You have to actually go to the site to experience it, but Matt Maxwell’s new tumblr INTRAPANEL includes giant close up macro lens photos of classic comics (as well as references to past “Future comics”) and is quite mesmerizing. The above image is only an excerpt–but it should be our new motto.

This weekend: THE PROJECTS


Oh yeah but speaking on indie comics and arts festival., this weekend THE PROJECTS kicks off in Portland, but it isn’t so much a bazaar of indie comics as a maker festival: THE PROJECTS is a festival of experimental comics and narrative arts, happening at the IPRC and other locations in Portland, OR, on August […]

Autoptic and the costs of comic cons and CAFs


Autoptic is new indie arts festival with a comics component (or a CAF, as I like to call them, or comic art festival) that was held last weekend in Minneapolis. (It has a groovy tumblr here.) It was by all account splendid, but the account that matters the most to us is as always the […]

Marvel to collect Roger Langridge’s Muppets Series in Omnibus


Roger Langridge – my personal choice for the next Batman – will see his run on ‘The Muppets’ collected into a Marvel omnibus next year. Originally published by Boom Studios whilst they had the rights to Disney properties, this omnibus will collect four series-worth of material in hardback. Life’s a fillet of fish!

Must Read: Jeff Trexler’s Taking Back the Kirby Case


I’m late linking to this, but it took a while to get through it since it’s full of legal reasoning. Frequent Beat legal contributor Jeff Trexler has jumped over to the Comics Journal for an essential look at the Kirby Case, its ruling and what might have been the thinking behind some of them. Warning, […]

The Phoenix Presents: Laura Anderson on Evil Emperor Penguin!

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Every Friday, Stately Beat Mansion invites round a comic creator or two for a cup of tea, complementary Kit Kat, and a chat about their work in The Phoenix. The Phoenix is a UK series which features a range of the best all-ages comics available, from all kinds of wonderful creators – all compiled into a […]

Ben Affleck is Batman in Man of Steel Sequel


You may or may not have noticed, but the internet has exploded.

Venom Will End in October


As implied by its absence from Marvel’s November solicitations, and now confirmed by the publisher on their website, the ongoing Venom series is to end in October with issue #42.