90s nostalgia; The Anti-Gravity Room


Just in case you missed my explanation of how manga helped pave the way for a more diverse comics industry, here’s a video of me and then-Marvel editor Bobbie Chase in 1996 trying to explain why women might want to read comics. It’s from a TV show called The Anti Gravity Room, which was shown on the SfiCi Channel as it was then known, which was a US version of Canada’s Prisoners of Gravity. Both shows covered the whole “comics, nerd world” with taped interviews and comics-friendly segments that seem commonplace now, but were unique at the time. I think I co-hosted an episode or two, and I can’t wait until those tapes surface.

SDCC ’15: Viz Media and Perfect Square: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past


  By Nick Eskey Nintendo has a number of popular game franchises that have evolved and grown into rich stories and mythologies. None though come close to the world of “Legend of Zelda.” Ever since the game first appeared on original Nintendo Entertainment System, it has since enjoyed an appearance on every subsequent Nintendo console […]

Alan Moore Interview Part I – Steve Moore, River of Ghosts, The Show, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…

River of Ghosts cover

It’s the 26th of February, and the time is 7.00pm, the usual time for all my telephone interviews with Alan Moore, since the first one we did, back in March 2008. This is something like the eighth time I’ve interviewed him 1, but I still get nervous. There’s the usual fumbling around with a voice […]

21st Century TANK GIRL will be published by Titan in June


Titan announced today they are serializing the Kickstarter-funded 21st Century Tank Girl, which saw artist and Co-creators Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin returning to the character which made them famous in the 80s and 90s.

Cowan, Hudlin, and Dingle Relaunch Milestone Media


While diversity in comics has made strides in the Big Two in the past couple of years, Denys Cowan still wants to see a greater shift in comics: “We’ve never just done black characters just to do black characters,” Cowan said. “It’s always come from a specific point of view, which is what made our […]

Small Press Expo announces first guests and alt.weekly focus

Small Press Expo Announces Guests Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Sturm - heidi.macdonald@gmail.com - Gmail

  What a great idea for a comic programming focus: this year’s Small PressE Expo, to be held September 13-14 in Bethesda, MD, will spotlight the history of alt-weekly comics, a powerful if now vanished, platform that saw creators such as Jules Feiffer, Matt Groening and Lynda Barry emerge along with dozens of other. And […]

The Beat Podcasts! – Heidi interviews Jeff Smith!

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 a More To Come interview special episode,  Heidi talks with acclaimed indie comics creator Jeff Smith about his Eisner-winning kids’ fantasy epic Bone, his adult sci-fi tale RASL, the […]

On the Scene: Valiant Reveals Game Plan at Heroes Con 2013


Valiant gathered their ranks and hoisted their banners at Heroes Con to lay out the game plan well into their “Summer of Valiant” and beyond for fans. In a panel hosting a wide array of writers, artists, and guiding forces in the company, they previewed and discussed their titles and hinted at things on the […]