When Stan Lee stops going to real conventions he’ll go to online conventions

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Well here’s a new spin on the convention scene: Tradeshow.net, a proposed startup of virtual conventions as reported by Beat pal Paul Nicolasi. The venture would set up a bunch of virtual cons with booths and chats and so on. And of course, Stan Lee, who is visible in the initial mailings. From Tradeshow’s vendor […]

2016 Ignatz Nominees announced 

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The Nominees for this year’s Ignatz award have been announced. The slate features a bit of a return to veteran cartoonists such as Daniel Clowes, Kim Deitch, and Adrian Tomine. However, mixed in with the greats are some new guard cartoonists including the ubiquitous Tillie Walden. Overall, it looks like a great list with great comics. What […]

Marvel: 40% of our readers are female and our sales are just fine, thanks

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Marvel’s David Gabriel, their svp – print, sales & marketing, doesn’t do too many interviews, but a three parter at ICv2 is a news packed doozy from Marvel’s testing a $35 Deadpool book in a mass market retailer to their growing participation in Scholastic Book Fairs. Here’s Part Two and Part Three, and you’ll want […]

Spanish Fever hits SPX with five guests from Spain

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This year’s SPX already has a top notch guest list, but here’s an added bonus: five of the most exciting Spanish indie cartoonists, Santiago García, Ana Galvañ, David Rubín, Javier Olivares and José Domingo, will be appearing, thanks to  funding and assistance from SPAIN arts & culture. All five appear in Spanish Fever-Stories By The New Spanish Cartoonists, an anthology of 28 contemporary […]

The History of Zines: Poopsheet Foundation is now online

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Oh yeah, speaking of zines (look it up kids) something called The Poopsheet Foundation is now online, and it’s one of those 90s things that was what passed for social media back in the day: The Poopsheet Foundation began in 1993 as Poopsheet, a small publication that reviewed other small publications. The zine eventually became […]

Cometbus #57 covers comics in New York City…yes there are still comics in NYC

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It’s true there’s been a huge exodus of cartoonists (and other non rich creative types) from New York City in the last few years, but there are a few doughty souls still sticking it out, and Aaron Cometbus’s long running zine (look it up) takes it on in issue #57: The comics scene is thriving […]

The long, strange journey of Trevor Von Eeden

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Artist Trevor von Eeden has a secure place in comics history for a couple of reasons. First, he was one of the most distinct and powerful mainstream comics artists of the Bronze Age, with significant work on Black Lighning (which he co-created drew the first appearance of), Black Canary, and perhaps most memorably, the challenging, […]

Weekend reading and preview: The Solar Grid by Ganzeer is a dark, thought provoking piece of SF

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Fans of Vertigo Comics and Image Comics recent turn to intelligent SF, here’s another comic you should be checking out: The Solar Grid by Ganzeer. Ganzeer is an Egyptian muralist and graphic designer who was forced to leave his home after being targeted by the current Egyptian regime as a terrorist after he made some […]