Since moving back to the Midlands last August, I’ve been working part-time at my local comics shop. They just moved to a new location, and I’m using my bookselling, librarian, and organizational skills to help get their backstock in order, and to sell more comics! In the process of filing multiple variant covers of the […]
Rising above the roiling tides of history, the 2018 Ignatz nominations are out, and they are, as always, a very deserving list of creators and titles some known, some exciting newcomers. It’s all worth exploring. The nominations were selected by a jury – Leila Abdelrazaq, kevin czap, Mita Mahato, Carolyn Nowak, and Taneka Stotts – and winners will be selected by […]
If you stay up late like me, and follow Cheryl Lynn Eaton on Twitter, like me, you get to experience one of the GOOD things about Twitter. Every night at midnight, when it goes live, Eaton live tweets the new Mary Worth strip. Debuting in 1938, Mary Worth is one of a handful of drama strips […]
MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, renaissance man and all time great cartoonist Ben Katchor is not busy enough being a certified G(enius). He also organized the New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium every week in the school year at Parsons, where he teaches. Every week someone from the world of comics or imagery scholarship presents a […]
Rather than embed a giant string of tweets just go to this one and read the story that unfolds. https://twitter.com/sapphicgeek/status/805146210235518976 Written by a comic shop clerk, it’s about how a teen girl came to the store in search of some comics to help her find her way in the world…and how she cried when the […]
Is there a comics canon? Do we want a comics canon? Do we need a comics canon?
My mother used to roll her eyes every time I started talking about comics. My intricate and inane knowledge of the history and process of this strange thing (that seemed almost to come from another world compared to anything she could comprehend) was a constant mystery to her as I grew up. I was a precocious child. I couldn’t just read a book that I liked. I would have to read everything by that author, books on that author’s process, and books by that author’s favourite author. I would completely immerse myself in anything I loved.
You have to breathe out before you can breathe in.
Cleveland is getting a park dedicated to its comics laureate, Harvey Pekar, whose long running American Splendor comic captured the quotidian lives of Clevelanders. The celebration will run all afternoon with music and a screening of the film American Splendor (for my money the best comic book movie of all.) The afternoon will see a […]
Reflecting on The Beat’s comics journalism ethics panel tonight at San Diego Comic-Con, my thoughts keep going back to the comics community – who we are, where we’re going, and what can keep us all connected however much we grow. Jeff Trexler