RIP Dick Ayers


A week after celebrating his 90th birthday, Silver Age great Dick Ayers has passed away, according to reports on Facebook. TwoMorrow’s David Spurlock passed along a brief obituary and the picture below:


Webcomic alert: Gerard Way’s Twitter comic


Of late, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has been returning to his comics roots, with the final volume of Umbrella Academy, and a proposed comic about punk cats called “All Ages” which he teased earlier this year on Twitter. And now he’s written and drawn a comics about Twitter and twitter abuse. This obviously ties in a bit with an essay on the artists relation to their fan base he wrote earlier this year. And to be fair, when you’re an idolized rock star, the intensity of fan reactions can be…strong.


C2E2: A Slow Descent from Unique to Routine


by David Fairbanks [Ed’s note: here’s an alternate take on this year’s C2E2 convention, by a Beat contributor.] I have attended the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo every year since its inception in 2010, when it killed Windy City Comic Con in its crib. The first year of C2E2 felt like a breath of fresh […]


TMNT creators Eastman and Laird appear together for the first time in 20 years


BTW one of the highlights of this year’s Free Comic Book Day has to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird making their first public appearance together in 20 years! They signed at Jetpack Comics in New Hampshire, and I’m sure it was quite an event. TMNT celebrates their 30th anniversary this year and the new movie is coming out August 12th, whiel IDW is publishing the comic, with a 30th Anniversary Special coming out this month.


Free Comic Book Day 2014 news wrap-up


It was the international comic book holiday on Saturday, and based on reports we’ve heard, many individual stores had their best days ever—some drawing over 1000 people—and fans for lots of comics. And there was a ton of press, too, from just about everywhere, as the links below reveal. Congrats once again to Joe Field for coming up with one of the best ideas for promoting comics ever.