CXC, the ambitious third year comics festival located in Columbus, OH, just announced its 2017 guest list, 24 creators from an eclectic swath of the comics world; I picked three names in the headline to express that, including bestselling children’s author Dav “Captain Underpants” Pilkey, wunderkind Tillie Walden, and Image Comics/Milkfed mainstay Kelly Sue DeConnick. CXC is run in […]
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is one of the most influential and important comic book event in North America. It’s mission is to “promote the creators of comic books in their broad and diverse voices, for the betterment of the medium of comics”. In the spirit of this mission, the Comics Beat is conducting a […]
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is one of the highlights of the North American comics year, but there is always a little anxiety about border crossings. These anxieties predate the current US government administration, although things like the Gisele Lagace incident have ratcheted up anxiety. (She was denied at the border coming to America because […]
Well, we’ve made if through TCAF and like the seasoned campaigners they are, Brigid Alverson and Erica Friedman decamped for home before dawn even broke, leaving Deb Aoki and Heidi MacDonald to eat the last croissants and ketchup potato chips and perhaps enjoy an impromptu mimosa with the leftover bottle of rose. As we wrap things […]
Recorded live and uncensored, girls gone wild style in hotel room at TCAF! The podcast has gained TWO special guests! Librarian superstars Robin Brenner and Eva Volin join Brigid Alverson, Erica Friedman, Deb Aoki and Heidi MacDonald we talk about all our doings at TCAF during the day including the importance of the queer themes […]
Welcome to Four Women in a Hotel Room, what may or may not be a daily podcast report from TCAF. I’m Heidi MacDonald and I’m sharing a room with journalists Brigid Alverson and Deb Aoki and manga writer Erica Friedman and we all love to blab so at the end of each day we’ll be […]
Superhero comics promise a certain amount of action and personal drama based on the idea that anyone who would become a superhero would put themselves out there. Not so Coco Picard’s Fortuna, the focus of The Chronicles Of Fortune. The alter ego of Edith-May — though there is often little distinction between them beyond a […]
Kus Mono #3: An Exorcism by Theo Ellsworth An Exorcism begins simply enough with a man lying in a bed that is walking away, escorted by a bunch of tiny demonic pigs, but once a strange-tongued demon and some little ghost things join in to see the man tossed off his bed into the dark […]
What is an indie comics publisher? NO one seems to have the definitive answer!
Spotlighting free comics on ComiXology, how about RASL #1 by Jeff Smith. A follow up of sorts to Bone, his beloved classic all ages fantasy, Rasl is a little more overtly darker, the story of an art thief named Rasl who uses something called “The Drift” to steal priceless artifacts from other dimensions.