SF’s Cartoon Art Museum has to find a new home


This is sad but not surprising—given the insane rise in real estate prices in San Francisco, it was only a matter of time before the Cartoon Art Museum, which occupied a spacious and accessible spot near Market Street has been evicted so its space can be converted to something expensive and greedy. The museum will stay open until June 28th, and in a release they note that the move was not unexpected and they had already begun preparations, just like Cutter and Skywise.


Aline Kominsky-Crumb art will be on display at MoCCA


In its last two years at the Lexington Armory, MoCCA Fest added a new and delightful element: a display of artwork from the Society of Illustrator’s legendary holdings. This year, with a new venue, they’re still planning an art display, this time of Special Guest Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s work; the exhibit opens April 11th at 11 […]


Exciting FB post of the day from artist Tom Scioli

Dare I use Frank Miller Dark Knight Strikes Again 6×5 and 5×4 grids for Transformers vs GIJoe #7?

Posted by Thomas Scioli on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fools? Or totally cools?


Kickwatch: please consider supporting Elf by Songgu Kwon, a crazy comic about fantasy gaming


33 hours, $4000 — you people need to do this. Songgu Kwon is a former Xeric grant winner for Blanche the Baby Killer. He currently works in the animation business doing things like character designs for Metalocalypse. I daresay, he draws like a melon farmer. Gorgeous stuff. He also has a long running webcomic called […]


Crowdwatch: Anarchists and criminals in ‘The Illegalists’ by Vogel, Pierce and Futaki


Sponsored post We often get requests to promote Kickstarter campaigns here at the Beat, and not all of them are things that people would actually buy. But here’s one that boasts a top notch creative team—Attila Futaki, artist of Severed and the best selling Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief; colorist Greg Guilhaumond (Severed); and letterer Todd […]


Separated at birth: Green Lantern and Superman Earth One


On the left is the cover to Green Lantern 41 by Billy Tan. On the right is Shane Davis’s cover to the bestselling standalone graphic novel Superman Earth One Volume One. Now, I know the “hooded guy looking gloomy and grim with glowing eyes” image is a bit of a trope —it’s no Buddyback, but […]


Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club and “the toxic ever present white gaze.”


There’s no question but that in American culture the predominant view is one that is rich, white, male, straight and Christian. And while “The male gaze” is pretty well known, we’re getting to learn about the “white gaze” as well. Have you ever wondered what it looks like? Now we know. Except it’s from peace loving New Zealand AND America.


All-New By Its Cover #2 (February 2015)


The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).   Ei8ht #1 by Rafael Albuquerque This is such a fantastic cover. The diagonal angle is dynamic, and the limited color palette is striking. The only things that break […]


2015 Spectrum Award finalists announced


Alex Alice, Audrey Benjaminsen, David Palumbo, James Turner and Lisa Wood (aka Tula Lotay) are the comics finalists for the 2015s Spectrum 22, the awards given to fantasy influenced art in a number of disciplines. Justin Gerard, Virginie Ropars, Greg Ruth, Annie Stegg Gerard and Dice Tsutsumi were this year’s judges, and the selected finalists for Gold or Silver medla sin eight categories. Winners will be announced at the Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 23th. Spectrum 22, edited by John Fleskes, will be published by Flesk Publications in November.


Society of Illustrators announces the complete Comic and Cartoon Art Annual winners


Last year the Society of Illustrators added a medal competition for comics arts, parallel to those they have long given out for illustration. And here are the 2015 winners. While the judges weren’t revealed, The judges, chaired by Steven Guarnaccis and R. Sikoryak, are a prestigious let, . A complete list of artists selected for […]


TCAF reveals festival poster by Charles Burns


ERT ERT ERT! So awesome. In the spirit of his amazing Nitnit trilogy, Charles Burns sums up the joy of TCAF and comics with a creepy/fun image.

SO there.


Who made the Oscars look so great? Designer Henry Hobson


It’s not often you come away from an awards show thinking “Man those title cards were amazing!” but that’s exactly what I thought while watching the Oscars on Sunday. Everything about the graphics used to introduce the nominees was spot on — from the gorgeously curated objects used for the Production Design nominees to the […]


Gabrielle Bell Art Sale!


Gabrielle Bell is having an art sale on most of the July Diary that makes up jher book Truth is Fragmentary. Pages are a reasonable $100, shipping included. Bell is having the sale as a fundraiser, and while it’s neat to be able to get original art by a great cartoonist for next to nothing, […]


First Look at the Long Beach Comic Expo program cover by The Bean’s Travis Hanson


The Long Beach Comic Expo February 28-March 1st and just announced a great line-up of guests, which you can see below. They also released the cover of the program guide by Travis Hanson, creator of the Eisner nominated story The Bean. It’s a nice mash-up of some creator owned icons.


Big bad vision of the Vision in new Avengers: Age of Ultron promo art


A lot of foreign and random promo art for Avengers: Age of Ultron has been surfacing on the Tony Stark Sincero Iron Man FB page. Like the Vision in (most of) his glory and siniter Ultron pics and also THE ONE POSE THAT MST APPEAR IN EVERYSUPER HERO MOVIE, courtesy of Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow. Here’s […]


All-New By Its Cover #1 (January 2015)


The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).   Daredevil #12 by Chris Samnee When Daredevil looks shocked that someone is flying through the air, you know this is serious. But what really gets […]