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.
Everyone remembers their first. Comic. Whether it was a Peanuts strip, an X-Men floppy, or the collected run of Watchmen, we were all introduced to the wonderful world of sequential art in one way or another. We at The Beat are celebrating the site’s eleventh birthday today and we were feeling nostalgic. Join us as we take a […]
Ellie Evangelista is a four-year-old Spider-Man fan. She wears the pajamas. She plays with the toys. She watches the cartoons with her mother. She wants to be Spider-Man. But that changed when the boys at her pre-K school told her she couldn’t be Spider-Man, because Spider-Man is only for boys. Her teachers did correct the boys, […]
Jim Zub kicked it off. And then the hashtag spread like wildfire. What four comics would you pick as the ones that influenced you? While I’m often preoccupied with the business machinations of the industry it is, in the end, something we read that moves us, entertains us. Or sometimes we simply to sit back and enjoy the beauty. The hashtag didn’t really spread to the indie cartoonists I follow, so while there’s a lot of Love & Rockets, there’s also a lot of Swamp Thing, a lot of Frank Miller, a lot of X-Men and Spidey, and a lot of Love & Rockets, but in the end, all that really matters is that comics are so cool. That’s why I’m here and you’re here. A selection:
Brought to you by Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald! In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew discuss the big stories of 2014 month by month, including gains and growing pains in the […]