BREAKING NEWS: Batman Saves San Francisco

BREAKING NEWS: Batman Saves San Franciscohttp://ift.tt/17wZNpF

Breaking news coming in as we speak, with the story that Batman has been seen in San Francisco all through today, foiling nefarious schemes from both The Penguin and The Riddler! After first stopping an elaborate bank heist, Batman then went on to foil a kidnapping attempt!  His feats of heroism have not gone unnoticed, with thousands of people cheering him on through the streets of the city — and prompting even a word of congratulations from The President himself. More below.

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This is the news of five year old Miles, who has spent the day achieving his wish to be Batman. This is part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who have helped turn several blocks of San Francisco into Gotham for the day, as Miles rides around in the Batmobile, foils the schemes of various villains, saves the day and will – this evening – receive the key to San Francisco from the Mayor.

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Thousands of people have lined the streets in San Francisco to follow Miles on his day, as (accompanied by a second Batman – the Dick Grayson to his Bruce Wayne) CNN news and the San Francisco Chronicle both reported on his exploits. His first duty as Batman was to take down the Riddler, who was attempting to rob the gold vault of the bank. And he’d also taken people hostage! After first saving all the hostages from the Riddler, Miles faced down his enemy and put an end to Nigma’s schemes.

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But Miles’ work was still not done… because The Penguin had kidnapped Lou Seal, the mascot for the San Francisco Giants!

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Miles went in pursuit, and managed to track down and stop the Penguin before he could get away with it – in front of a crowd of thousands, all cheering him on. United States Attorney Melinda Haag put out a release saying:

We’ve been chasing Nigma and Cobblepot for years and just when I was about to give up hope that we would ever bring them to justice, wouldn’t you know it – Batkid shows up and saves the day. I’ve been involved in some unbelievable cases, and I’ve worked with some pretty remarkable law enforcement officers, but the bravery displayed by Batkid is off the charts. I’m absolutely certain that there is no villain this remarkable super-hero can’t defeat.

Now, after a day of busy work, Miles will be able to put his feet up and relax – his work here is done.

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Miles has been fighting leukaemia for three years, and early this year finished his course of treatment for the disease. His mother said that this day would be a celebration for all the family, after three years of treatment – his battle is over. This day was all made possible by the Make A Wish Foundation in San Francisco, which organised this whole event thanks to the support of volunteers across the state. If you would like to help make a donation to help keep them going, please find their website here. 

Everybody makes a difference! To anybody else, Miles looks like a regular five year old boy. But today, we all learned he’s not just Miles – HE’S BATMAN.

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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum opening festivities are making the world amazing

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum opening festivities are making the world amazinghttp://ift.tt/1fHF5IZ

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Everyone who is anyone in the world of comics scholarship has gathered in Columbus, OH for the confluence of two events: the once every three years Billy Ireland comics scholarship conference and the once in a lifetime opening of the new—and by all accounts amazingly spectacular—facilities for the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, now surely the most important dedicated comics scholarship center in the US.

Events are still rolling out although I think many are sold out. Here’s the rest of the weekend’s activities:

In Conversation: Paul Pope and Jeff Smith

Friday, November 15, 2013

7:30 PM, Mershon Auditorium
Buy tickets

An Evening with the Hernandez Brothers: An Office of Diversity and Inclusion Distinguished Lecture Series Event

Saturday, November 16, 2013

7:30 PM, Mershon Auditorium
Buy tickets

Pulitzer Prize nominated cartoon journalist Matt Bors: Buy tickets
From Hell artist Eddie Campbell: Buy tickets
Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis: Sold Out
Screening of StrippedSold Out
Red and Rover creator Brian Basset: Buy tickets
Flight creator Kazu Kibuishi: Buy tickets
Looney Tunes Afternoon with Jeff Smith: Buy tickets

Related Event: The Art of SpiegelmanBuy tickets

Museum galleries: special Grand Opening hours

Saturday + Sunday, November 16 -17, 2013

10 am to 5 pm

Free and open to the public

If you are anywhere near Columbus please go check it out.

Tom Spurgeon and Christian Hoffer have been tweeting the conference, but Sean Kleefeld has a

Day One report :

I visited the Museum almost exactly one year ago in their old facility, and I was summarily impressed. And I’ve been following their postings and pictures as the new facility has been taking shape, so I had to stop a moment and smile on my way in initially as I saw ‘Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum’ carved in stone on the face of their new home. This has been a long time in coming, and comics research just leveled up. Multiple times. From what little I’ve really seen of the place so far (basically, just the lobby and the auditorium) it’s super impressive. I can’t wait until the tours to see the full breadth of the place!

The first two days here, though, are focused on academic presentations. Papers and lectures from people doing academic work on comics. Subjects ranged from the Yellow Kid and the Armory Show of 1913 to Walt Kelly and Charles Schulz to Ariel Schrag and Alison Bechdel. I don’t know that I can summarize all the presentations here; some were better presented than others, but they were all deeply fascinating, well-researched and very enlightening. I was exposed to a number of comics creators and works I had never heard of before, and a number of conceptual ideas that presented old works in startlingly new contexts. My head is swimming with ideas right now, and it’s frankly hard to process everything that was presented by the sheer volume of great work shown.



All props to Lucy Caswell, Jenny Robb, Caitlin McGurk and the many other dedicated lovers of the comics medium who have made this truly great event more than a someday dream.

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Brian Wood releases a statement

Brian Wood releases a statementhttp://ift.tt/18bduOF

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Brian Wood has issued a statement on the events of the past few weeks:


For the last couple weeks I’ve been accused of a lot of very serious things. I feel I have to speak up for myself and for my friends and colleagues who are finding themselves under a sort of scrutiny they don’t deserve. This situation has reached the point where it is affecting people who in no way deserve it, up to and including my family.

Tess Fowler is correct about this: I did make a pass at her at SDCC Hyatt bar roughly 8 years ago.  But when she declined, that was the conclusion of the matter for me.  There was never a promise of quid pro quo, no exertion of power, no threats, and no revenge.  This was at a time in my career when I had very little professional power or industry recognition.  The pickup was a lame move, absolutely, and I’ll accept the heat for having done it, but that’s all it was: I liked her, I took a chance, and was shot down. I immediately regretted it, and I apologize to Ms. Fowler for the tackiness and embarrassment of it all.

I’ve kept quiet for these last couple weeks because this is a problematic thing to address without unintended blowback.  While I believe she is as incorrect as she can be about what my intent and motivations were, I don’t want to encourage any negative opinion directed back at her.

I think the larger issues of abuse in the comics industry are genuine and I share everyone’s concerns.  As a father to a young daughter showing an interest in making her own comics, I do really care about this stuff.  So I don’t want our difference of accounts to take attention away from that industry-wide discussion that needs to happen.

Brian Wood

11/15/2013

 

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Happy Birthday, Heidi MacDonald!

Happy Birthday, Heidi MacDonald!http://ift.tt/18aP7Rn

Hey, do you want to know a secret? Do you promise not to tell? A whoa-whoa-whoooo. So anyway, today is HEIDI MACDONALD’S FLIPPING BIRTHDAY!!

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Every time she strides down a convention hall, scarf billowing in her wake, the comics industry feels each footstep pounding into their very souls. Having moved from comics editor through to one of the leading voices in comics criticism and journalism, she knows basically every single person who has ever been – or ever will be, there’s strong indications that she can read the future – in the industry.

She also runs this site, which is a PRETTY NEAT SITE, all things considered! To celebrate, here is a picture of Heidi presumably auditioning for SNL:

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Happy Birthday, Heidi! Let’s all share embarrassing stories and celebrations in the comments!

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US looking to extend copyright to life plus 95 years

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Oh WikiLeaks, the gift that keeps on giving. Yet another fascinating finding from the papers is the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, which covers copyright law. The US has been negotiating it in secret, and several of the provisions are very noteworthy. Among them, a continued emphasis on SOPA and PIPA type legislation — both very restrictive anti=piracy laws that Big MEdia wants which were nonetheless rejected as being too ambiguously restective. and open to abuse in. You can read more in the above link on various provisions but here’s but standout:

Only the United States and Australia oppose a provision limiting Internet Service Provider liability (QQ.I.1); U.S. copyright holders would like ISPs to be held liable for hosting infringing content. The United States also proposes extending copyright to life plus 95 years for corporate-owned copyrights. Hollywood consistently presses for longer copyright terms and it is doing so here.



So there you go — Mickey Mouse and Superman would be safe under this change (Mickey Mouse debuted in 1928 an would alreayd be in the public domain if the Bono Act hadn’t passed.) The TPP proposal is said to be a “wish list for Hollywood” and while you can argue both sides of it, it is indeed noteworthy. Hopefully Jeff Trexler and Nat Gertler will be along in the comments to expand on my rudimentary knowledge here.

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Another must read: Whit Taylor ‘On Being a Black Female “Indie” Cartoonist’

Another must read: Whit Taylor ‘On Being a Black Female “Indie” Cartoonist’http://ift.tt/1j9PJYI

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There’s that social context for indie comics I was talking about a while ago. Following a twitter exchange, Ignatz nominee Whit Taylor expands on issues of race in indie comics circles:

I feel slightly uncomfortable talking about my own experiences, because I don’t want to alienate or blame anyone. Indeed my work doesn’t appeal to some people and that’s normal, but I have felt alienated at times due to my race. Sometimes I wonder if people pass my table at a con, size me up and assume that they will not be able to identify with my work or experience because I’m black. Maybe this is ridiculous, but from a life of learning to detect subtle racism, I won’t discount it. Indeed some, OK ALOT, of my work deals with race and I have no qualms about that. But that is not the entirety of what I write or care about when creating a piece. I’m a black cartoonist, but I’m also a cartoonist who happens to be black.



The best part of the story is that Taylor has found a way to make a difference by encouraging readers to check out unfamiliar material. Anyway, just read the wole thing.

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BREAKING NEWS: Batman Saves San Francisco

Breaking news coming in as we speak, with the story that Batman has been seen in San Francisco all through today, foiling nefarious schemes from both The Penguin and The Riddler! After first stopping an elaborate bank heist, Batman then went on to foil a kidnapping attempt!  His feats of heroism have not gone unnoticed, with thousands of people cheering him on through the streets of the city — and prompting even a word of congratulations from The President himself. More below.

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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum opening festivities are making the world amazing

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Everyone who is anyone in the world of comics scholarship has gathered in Columbus, OH for the confluence of two events: the once every three years Billy Ireland comics scholarship conference and the once in a lifetime opening of the new—and by all accounts amazingly spectacular—facilities for the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, now surely the most important dedicated comics scholarship center in the US.

Events are still rolling out although I think many are sold out. Here’s the rest of the weekend’s activities:

In Conversation: Paul Pope and Jeff Smith
Friday, November 15, 2013
7:30 PM, Mershon Auditorium
Buy tickets

An Evening with the Hernandez Brothers: An Office of Diversity and Inclusion Distinguished Lecture Series Event
Saturday, November 16, 2013
7:30 PM, Mershon Auditorium
Buy tickets

Pulitzer Prize nominated cartoon journalist Matt Bors: Buy tickets
From Hell artist Eddie Campbell: Buy tickets
Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis: Sold Out
Screening of StrippedSold Out
Red and Rover creator Brian Basset: Buy tickets
Flight creator Kazu Kibuishi: Buy tickets
Looney Tunes Afternoon with Jeff Smith: Buy tickets

Related Event: The Art of SpiegelmanBuy tickets

Museum galleries: special Grand Opening hours
Saturday + Sunday, November 16 -17, 2013
10 am to 5 pm
Free and open to the public

If you are anywhere near Columbus, please go check it out.

Tom Spurgeon and Christian Hoffer have been tweeting the conference, but Sean Kleefeld has a Day One report:

I visited the Museum almost exactly one year ago in their old facility, and I was summarily impressed. And I’ve been following their postings and pictures as the new facility has been taking shape, so I had to stop a moment and smile on my way in initially as I saw ‘Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum’ carved in stone on the face of their new home. This has been a long time in coming, and comics research just leveled up. Multiple times. From what little I’ve really seen of the place so far (basically, just the lobby and the auditorium) it’s super impressive. I can’t wait until the tours to see the full breadth of the place!

The first two days here, though, are focused on academic presentations. Papers and lectures from people doing academic work on comics. Subjects ranged from the Yellow Kid and the Armory Show of 1913 to Walt Kelly and Charles Schulz to Ariel Schrag and Alison Bechdel. I don’t know that I can summarize all the presentations here; some were better presented than others, but they were all deeply fascinating, well-researched and very enlightening. I was exposed to a number of comics creators and works I had never heard of before, and a number of conceptual ideas that presented old works in startlingly new contexts. My head is swimming with ideas right now, and it’s frankly hard to process everything that was presented by the sheer volume of great work shown.


All props to Lucy Caswell, Jenny Robb, Caitlin McGurk, and the many other dedicated lovers of the comics medium who have made this truly great event more than a some day dream.

Quote of the day: get in the time machine

Quote of the day: get in the time machinehttp://ift.tt/1j9CEyy

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Part of me wonders if Kickstarter had been around 20 years ago if Malibu, Acclaim, Extreme Studios, Kitchen Sink, Black Bull and AiT-Planet Lar wouldn’t still be around in some form or fashion.

Matt D. Wilson on the effect of the Fantagraphics Kickstarter on current publishers. One company he throws out there as maybe doing a Kickstarter is Bluewater but I don’t think as many people would pay $30 for a Barbara Walters bio comics as for The Love Bunglers. Just a guess.

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Webcomic Alert: Sam Alden’s The Man That Dances In The Meadow

Webcomic Alert: Sam Alden’s The Man That Dances In The Meadowhttp://ift.tt/1eVfBKE

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The breakout cartoonist of 2013, Sam Alden has done it again.

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Brian Wood releases a statement

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Brian Wood has issued a statement on the events of the past few weeks:

For the last couple weeks I’ve been accused of a lot of very serious things. I feel I have to speak up for myself and for my friends and colleagues who are finding themselves under a sort of scrutiny they don’t deserve. This situation has reached the point where it is affecting people who in no way deserve it, up to and including my family.

Tess Fowler is correct about this: I did make a pass at her at SDCC Hyatt bar roughly 8 years ago.  But when she declined, that was the conclusion of the matter for me.  There was never a promise of quid pro quo, no exertion of power, no threats, and no revenge.  This was at a time in my career when I had very little professional power or industry recognition.  The pickup was a lame move, absolutely, and I’ll accept the heat for having done it, but that’s all it was: I liked her, I took a chance, and was shot down. I immediately regretted it, and I apologize to Ms. Fowler for the tackiness and embarrassment of it all.

I’ve kept quiet for these last couple weeks because this is a problematic thing to address without unintended blowback.  While I believe she is as incorrect as she can be about what my intent and motivations were, I don’t want to encourage any negative opinion directed back at her.

I think the larger issues of abuse in the comics industry are genuine and I share everyone’s concerns.  As a father to a young daughter showing an interest in making her own comics, I do really care about this stuff.  So I don’t want our difference of accounts to take attention away from that industry-wide discussion that needs to happen.

Brian Wood
11/15/2013

 

The Beat’s Recommendations for Thought Bubble 2013

The Beat’s Recommendations for Thought Bubble 2013http://ift.tt/1fGE8ke

Next weekend – the 23rd/24th – sees Thought Bubble kick off once more, officially the best convention in the UK and therefore I would conclude in the world, also. And there are going to be a LOT of new small-press and self-published books launching. Over 80, according to reports. And while we couldn’t feature all 80 here – much as we’d like to – we have spoken to several people launching new titles, and asked them to tell us a bit more about their comics.

So! From Zainab and I, here’s a look at just SOME of the many brilliant comics which will be available at Thought Bubble! (And, if you can’t make it to the festival yourself – we’ve linked to every website you need for an incredibly indulgent weekend of online shopping).

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Adam Murphy:

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Fever Dreams is a collection of 14 short stories, created over the course of about 3 years, as part of an ongoing project to create by listening, without judgement or fear, to whatever was churning in my subconscious mind.  Turns out my subconscious is full of sorrow, joy, sexual obsession and a constant wrestling with the nature of God.  Much like most people I’d imagine.  Anyway, some of that somehow made it onto paper – this book is the result.

More preview images and info about Fever Dreams are available at http://ift.tt/1bA1qqW Books will also be available from my website after the convention.

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Improper Books:

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We’ve got three new titles launching from Improper Books at Thought Bubble. BUTTERFLY GATE sees Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose collaborating again [following Porcelain], this time on a silent and episodic SF odyssey. It follows the story of a Brother and Sister, who leave our world and its rules behind, journeying into legend through the Butterfly Gate, where every step they take will come at a price.

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Written by Benjamin Read and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose, with colours by Jordan Boyd and lettering by Jim Campbell, BRIAR follows the story of the cursed Princess Layka, and Kaye, The Knight of Thorns, who searches for a way to break the curse and set her free.

Cursed by the shadow-sorcerer, Celik, Layka is trapped behind an impassable wall of enchanted briar, and seeks an end to the magic that keeps her shut off from the world. Trapped for years behind the living wall of the briar, she awaits her one true knight, Kaye, who has been tasked with the quest to break the curse and set her free.

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Alongside this, we have KNIGHT & DRAGON, by Matt Gibbs and Bevis Musson. This all-ages book playfully subverts the story of a heroic Knight defeating a ferocious Dragon to rescue the fair Maiden, by offering variant paths and multiple outcomes to the classic fairy tale adventure.

In addition to our new books, we’ll be running a Knight & Dragon art and colouring table thanks to the support of Lisa and the Thought Bubble organisers. We’ll also have copies of PORCELAIN: A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE, plus a free colour preview of an upcoming 2014 book, also by Benjamin and Chris, which we’ll be giving away.

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Julia Scheele:

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I’ll have two new things at Thought Bubble:

1. I Don’t Like My Hair Neat #2 – a collection of comics from this year, including two new ones: a 4-page short comic about bad omens (inspired by real events) and an 8-page short fiction about an eerie roadside diner and a tragedy, written by Alistair Bohm.

2. The Heroines Zine – an anthology featuring illustration, comics, photography, and writing about inspiring women – some real, some fictional, ranging from Ada Lovelace to Matilda, from Emmeline Pankhurst to Buffy. Contributers include Lizz Lunney, Kieron Gillen, Chrissy Williams, Tom Humberstone, and many more.

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Nigel Auchterlounie:

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Weak As I Am is built on two ideas. “What I’m a comic nerd, but if I had super powers? Would I actually be a hero or fall short?

And what if there was no way to win? No way to beat the bad guy. Or what if beating the bad guy just made things even worse?

And what if it was funny?

No. Wait. That’s three things.”

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T Pub:

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TWISTED DARK VOL. 4 (the latest in the Kindle best-selling series from T PUB) will be debuting at this year’s Thought Bubble Festival. We will also be launching the final issue of TABATHA (our crowd-funded mini-series by Neil Gibson and Caspar Wijngaard).

In celebration of these two launches, T Pub is offering the Kindle best-selling first volume of Twisted Dark for FREE. Read it if you like psychological thrillers!

Simply e-mail [email protected] for more details!

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Sam Read:

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It’s 2055 and Jack is bored.

20 years ago most of Earth’s population abandoned the planet to search for a less crowded place to live. But rather than descend into chaos, the world they left became a paradise, free from poverty, war and crime.

Jack spends his days hanging out with his friend Mo, obsessing over action movies and punk records, longing for excitement. But then extra-terrestrial visitors arrive and fulfil Jack’s wish…

Exit Generation is a four part series telling the tale of one boy’s search for purpose against a backdrop of space aliens, big guns and punk rock.

Colin Bell:

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This is a story of a girl and her sword… Raised by trolls in the moat of a castle, Fun Mudlifter lives a life of boredom, until one day when adventure finds her and a sword plummets into her village. Setting off to confront the trolls responsible for the falling items that plague her and her neighbours, Fun begins an off- beat odyssey that encompasses jobsworth trolls, three-headed beasts, soothsaying shamans and headless barbarians, as she valiantly battles her way up through the dungeons to her final goal.

Dungeon Fun is 32 full-colour pages of adventuring comedy from the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance Award-nominated duo of writer Colin Bell and artist Neil Slorance, who between them are responsible for titles such as The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal, Jonbot Vs Martha, and Detective Space Cat. Dungeon Fun will go on sale in select comic stores in Glasgow on DUNGEON FUN DAY (Wednesday November 20th 2013), with digital editions available through http://ift.tt/1fGEbfG.

Alisdair Wood:

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BEAGLE is pretty much a classic Detective story, where a fish and a panda are forcibly teamed up against some pretty big cats! Set in a modern day environment it has a slight twist on the evolutionary path, and although maybe a bit more Chandler Bing than Raymond Chandler it is defiantly not all sweetness and light.

Issue one starts with our protagonist Mickey Codd investigate an illegal abattoir, a search which will lead to a new partner, and a journey through all strata of society, from underworld snitches to the very highest politicians. An ongoing series will see a spiral into darkness where nobody is safe, nor guaranteed a long and happy life.

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David O’Connell

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ink+PAPER brings you cosy fireside reading for the winter with its usual mix of comic stories, features and articles. Colourful, intelligent, sometime serious, sometimes fun, issue #4 includes tedious housemates, musical battles, family troubles and even some investigative journalism.

Ninety pages of comics from Sean Azzopardi, Fred Blunt, Sammy Borras, Katriona Chapman, Sam Davies, Paul Harrison-Davies, James Howard, Tanya Meditzky, Kathryn Newman, David O’Connell, Edie OP, Tom Pearce, Owen Pomery, Jade Sarson & Dean McKnight, and Scott Jason Smith with articles featuring Matt Abbiss, Mike Medaglia and Julia Scheele.

[images by me (cover), Fred Blunt, Paul Harrison-Davies and Katriona Chapman]

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Zak Simmonds Hurn

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Monstrosity is an ongoing action/adventure comic following the continuing adventures of Daigo (whose hand has been possessed by a demon) and his best friend Joe (who is a fool).

After Daigo fought with some members of an incredibly dangerous gang, the Venge Trolls, in issue 1, he and Joe decided it would be best to lay low for a while. Now a month has passed and they think it’s safe to head back out into the city, but it’s not just the Venge Trolls who are hunting them down and Daigo’s arm isn’t as dormant as he might have hoped…

Monstrosity issue 2 is a 28-page, self-published comic by Zak Simmonds-Hurn and will be launched at Thought Bubble!

Matthew Bramble:

Matthew Bramble presents the Fantastic Feats of Frankenstein! Freak out at the further adventures of that famous monster of Filmland!

Chris Gould:

P.A.W. Protection Against Wrongdoers Issue 2

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Launching issue #2 of P.A.W: Protection Against Wrongdoers at Thought Bubble 2013, artist and writer Chris Gould invites readers to explore the city of Puppville, a place where until recently, Canines and Felines had been living together in a delicate balance of power – when that balance was destroyed and the fur started to fly, Canine Alex Stix became caught up in events that would place her in the protective custody of a mysterious group calling themselves P.A.W, via agents Bones and Spot.

So just who are these guys? What is this organisation they work for and why was Alex of such interest to both the agents and the new Feline mayoral candidate Joseph King? Meanwhile, will the police cope with the darstardly new supervillain making their debut in downtown Puppville and what help can Alex be to the situation? Find out in issue #2 of P.A.W: Protection Against Wrongdoers!

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Great Beast:

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Tall Tales and Outrageous Adventures: The Snow Queen and Other Stories is the first in a new series of fairytale adaptations by Isabel Greenberg. In this first issue Greenberg retells Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Snow Queen’ and ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’. Taking a playful, modern approach to these classic tales and illustrated in Greenberg’s charming, folk art inspired style Tall Tales… will delight readers old and young alike.

Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger follows the misadventures of poundshop James Bond, Derek Danger who has a habit of getting into high espionage mishaps even when warming a microwave pasty at the local 24 hour petrol station. Created by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell and Robert Ball, they create each page in turn, ramping up the danger and suspense and leaving it up to the other to carry on the story.

[Wait! While we’re here…!]

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Robert Ball:

Athlete. Hero. Intellectual. Lover.

Derek Danger is none of these things. Described by the Walthamstow Guardian as a ‘pound shop James Bond’, Dangeritis was conceived over too may cheap lagers by Warwick Johnson Cadwell and Robert Ball. The idea was to create an online comic by writing and drawing a page and then passing it over and seeing where it went. The result is a story that neatly joins the dots between 70s Martial arts movies and Lovejoy, a 48 page full colour comic full of thrilling adventure, explosions and comfortable slacks.

[And now back to Great Beast’s line-up – Steve]

Carry Me by Dan Berry is a beautiful, wordless, and incredibly affecting visual metaphor for love, fear, life and death. A man carries his infant daughter through an overgrown field where they are pursued relentlessly by a growling dog. Illustrated by Berry’s loose pen and lush colour washes, Carry Me is a sublime example of pure visual storytelling.

Hitsville Uk #2 continues the pop art, surreal, musical soap opera following the adventures of the weirdos and wannabes of indy record label, Hitsville UK. What does drug-addled producer Greg Pastis have in store for the angel voiced grotesque Gwillum? Why are The Carrie Nation’s Revenge hunting bequiffed vampires? And will The Dreadnoughts escape the Nazi Frankenstein’s Monster? All this madness and more in the second issue of Hitsville UK by John Riordan and Dan Cox.

Show Me The Map To Your Heart & Other Stories is a collection of stories from John Cei Douglas ranging from nostalgic coming of age tales to long distance relationships, being stranded on a desert island, coping with mental health problems and the childlike wonder of exploring fantasy worlds. The title story, which features a fold out map, revolves around a folk tale romance and quest of self discovery.

All these titles will soon be able to pre-order from the Great Beast Store and will be available in print and digitally from Wednesday 4th December from the GB store, all good comic shops and the Sequential app with Comixology to follow.

Great Beast is a home for independent comic creators to professionally self-publish their work. These are fun, bold, pop comics available however you like to read them. We sell online, in stores and across digital platforms and all profits go to the creators.

Find Great Beast online, on Twitter, on Facebook and on Tumblr.

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everybody who helped compile the list! Everybody who took part – and especially Zainab Akhtar, who did a load of the work with me. There are so so many books launching at Thought Bubble. For the complete list of all new launches, big and small, head to their website!

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Spotlight Cartoonist: Connie Sun — “Ambivalence Towards Humans”

Spotlight Cartoonist: Connie Sun — “Ambivalence Towards Humans”http://ift.tt/1aXAV0l

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 11/15/13: I’ll cry if I want to

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 11/15/13: I’ll cry if I want tohttp://ift.tt/17yd1b3

Komikon 2013§ First off, a bunch of Filipino comics artists, including Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, JB Casacop, Allen Geneta, and Mico Suayan have started an eBay auction to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan which has killed 2,390 and affected 11 million people.

BZE8sYrIYAAC1bY§ I had a good time last night at Dare2Draw, and interviewed Bill Sienkiewicz for a bit. That is always a highlight of any day. Here he is talking to the gathered artists. Dare2Draw is a life drawing class that focuses on comics poses and topics. It’s developed into a nice community of artists who are learning and growing together. At the end of the night, Bill, Shane Davis and I were judges in the art contest. The subject was “Horse” and the winner got a Wacom. I didn’t catch her name, but she practically cried when she won, and it was nice. Amy Reeder also gave a presentation.

§ Someone sent me a link to to social media platform called replyall.me where you can “broadcast a conversation.” It is sort of what we use to call a “message board” but has nicer fonts. Anyway, some folks re doing a reread of Cerebus. Here’s
Church and State and you can follow the inks back from there.

§ Mary Kinney examines Homestuck.

§ Everyone knows about Columbia University’s extensive graphic novel collection, headed by Karen Green. But downtown, NYU also has a comics collection!

In 2008, Bobst began collecting graphic novels and comics under the leadership of librarians John Tofanelli and Chad Curtis. Though the library housed a small number of works before, the now-extensive collection allows students to take a punchy, artistic approach to any academic pursuit.

§ LA’s Paley Center is hosting an exhibition of Juan Ortiz’s Star Trek art

Ad 120229561 e1384174757531§ Yet another mystery person is haunting a city in England, following the Northhampton Clown. This time it’s the Green Lady of Birmingham.

§ OH WAIT — it was solved! It was some lady who wanted people to ride bikes more. You should have held out longer, lady.

1384479230§ In yet another mystery, a horrifying Wonder Twins movie poster baffled Midtown comics.

§ And just for me, young hotties Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

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Happy Birthday, Heidi MacDonald!

Hey, do you want to know a secret? Do you promise not to tell? A whoa-whoa-whoooo. So anyway, today is HEIDI MACDONALD’S FLIPPING BIRTHDAY!!

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James Robinson and Leonard Kirk Relaunch Fantastic Four

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk Relaunch Fantastic Fourhttp://ift.tt/17y8uVV

With Matt Fraction leaving the Fantastic Four titles to focus on Inhumanity, the series will have a shift-around in 2014. FF will be cancelled, and the characters scattered into various other titles. Fantastic Four itself, however, will relaunch in February from the creative team of James Robinson and Leonard Kirk.

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As 2014 marks the 75th anniversary for the characters, I imagine Marvel will be getting up to all kinds of things with the characters. For a start, there’s the Alex Ross cover above, which will be joined by variants from other artists including Katie Cook and Jerome Opena. The opening arc is called ‘Fall of the Fantastic Four’, so it sounds like things are going to be going JUST SWELL for the team.

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