SPX debuts, including Last Look, a masterpiece by Charles Burns

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Oh and speaking of fall debuts, here’s SOME of the graphic novels deuting at SPX to be held Sept.  17 and 18, 2016 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. I’ve included my own comments along with some of the SPX promo copy below.   LAST LOOK by Charles Burns This is one of […]

This list of Fall’s “Overwhelming Amount of Awesome New Comics” doesn’t include lots of awesome comics

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As long as we’re talking “comics media,” over at io9 there’s a Guide to the Overwhelming Amount of Awesome New Comics Coming This Fall which does indeed include many interesting new books. Props to them for going beyond front of the Diamond catalog to include Black Mask, Aftershock, Titan and Archie, among others. But no […]

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #4 digs deeper into the mystery

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By now, I think most followers of Marvel are moving past the initial shock of a Steve Rogers no longer dedicated to spreading American liberty and fighting with, not against, a perceived evil. As someone more casually attuned to the world of superhero comics, the news of Captain America’s new allegiance to Hydra was something that piqued my interest somewhat, but not enough to make think it was just a gimmick.

Superheroes go terribly wrong in AXIOM by Mark Waid and Ed Benes

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Legendary Comics, the funnybook spin-off unit of Legendary Entertainment, but they’ve been spnning out some good looking books, as you can see from their homepage. They’re also not shy about putting out full-length original graphic novels, eschewing the periodical serialization model. And here’s a new one by […]

Reviews: Three mini comics that deserve your attention today

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Ley Lines: Made With Love In Hell by Mimi Chrzanowski From it’s dayglo pink cover, through all its cranberry-red rendered interior, this portrait of a visit to hell is definitely inspired by Hieronymus Bosch — the back cover confirms this, but it seemed apparent to me from page one — by way of the kawaii […]

Interview: Roger Langridge on the handmade aesthetic of Betty Boop

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Roger Langridge’s work has often worn its influences on its proverbial sleeve. In comics like Fred the Clown and The Muppet Show and Popeye, he’s shown an affinity for early 20th Century culture, vaudeville, and silent comedy. It should come as no surprise that he was approached to write a new Betty Boop miniseries which launches from Dynamite in October. Along with Gisele Lagace, Langridge brings the character into the 21st Century , and he talks about the kiniseries and the three other books of his that are coming out in the next few months.

Alternative Announces Fall line with Van Sciver, Henderson, Eng and more

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Alternative Comics has announced several books, including imprints Study Group Comics and Floating World Comics, all distributed by Consortium. They’re also offering 15 recently acquired titles from backlist imprint Sparkplug , including books by Jason Shiga, Aron Nels Steinke and Renée French. Afterland by Chris Taylor A science-fiction soap opera featuring the exploits of a […]

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 […]