This weekend: Safari Festival in London

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  If I were in London I would DEFINITELY be going to the  Safari Festival, the one day CAF run by Breakdown Press and devoted to “the new wave of alternative and art comics from the UK and beyond. Taking place over one Saturday at the end of August, the festival is an opportunity for […]

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Exclusive premiere of the trailer for Craig Thompson’s Space Dumplins

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Here’s an exclusive first look at the trailer for Craig Thompson’s Space Dumplins, his long awaited first graphic novel for kids. It goes on sale next week.

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Marvel reveals photographic Cosplay variant covers

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Cosplay is a thing. Variant covers are a thing. And now cosplay variant covers are most definitely a thing. Marvel will have 20 cover adorned by photos of cosplayers depicting the titular characters.

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SPX adds international guests: Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke

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Although this year’s Small Press Expo’s theme is “Cartoonists of the 21st Century,” they are allowing cartoonists older than 30 to be guests as well. Just announced, the international slate, which consists of Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke —with more to come. And peep the Gemma Correll drawn poster above. This will be […]

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Review: Book of Death #2: The Execution of all Things

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Writer: Robert Venditti Artists: Robert Gill  Doug Braithwaite Colors: David Baron Allen Passalaqua Brian Reber Letters: Dave Lanphear Convinced the unnatural disasters tearing our world apart are a direct result of the new Geomancer’s arrival, the combined forces of the Valiant Universe are forced to confront the Eternal Warrior about his new charge. But to […]

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Nice Art: Welcome to Showside by Ian McGinty and friends

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We’ve been telling you about the big plans from new publisher Z2 Comics for a while now, including their launch of a line of periodical comics. The flagship title is Ian McGinty’s Welcome to Showside, a charming all-ages tale about Kit, a friendly little demon, and his pals and Kit’s desire to escape from the […]

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Woot! Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock team for Compass South

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Talk about a dream team: Hope Larson, author of the Wrinkle in Time GN adaptation and her own outstanding books Mercury and many more, is teaming with Rebecca Mock, the gif maestro and illustrator, for a new two book series aimed at middle grade readers. The first, Compass South, comes out June 2016 and deals […]

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Asmus, Caselli and Soule launch the All-New Inhumans on a Secret Mission

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Marvel has just announced another Inhumans title with Charles Soule (She-Hulk) and James Asmus (Quantum and Woody) on writing duties. The new series known as All-New Inhumans features interiors from Stefano Caselli (Secret Warriors) and will be lead by the royal family member Crystal, sister of Queen Medusa. The roster features an additional supporting team of […]

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NBC Launches Webseries Pilot “Stunted,” A Comedy About Nerds and Ex-Men

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Hot off the announcement of Powerless, a DC Comics inspired TV comedy about an insurance company that deals with damage caused by superheroics, NBC has put up the pilot episode for another comics-influenced comedy, Stunted, on their YouTube channel. Littered with comics and other nerd culture references, Stunted focuses on Eric (played by series creator Jeff Galante), […]

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Sex Crims #12 Delayed, but Chip Zdarsky Might Have a Morrisonian Tryst with Howard the Duck

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So there’s good news and there’s bad news. Sex Criminals #12 has been delayed, now releasing on September 16th.  Happily, however, the delay isn’t due to writer Matt Fraction ending up in a MPreg fantasy become reality or artist Chip Zdarsky deciding he’s more of a Hemingway than a Singer Sargent, but rather because of “high […]

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Nice art: Jaime Hernandez cover for Archie #4

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I’m not sure if Jaime Hernandez has ever drawn the Archie characters “for reals” before, but it’s a very well known fact that Archie artist Harry Lucey was a HUGE influence on both Hernandez Brothers. So call this full circle as Jaime does a variant cover for the fourth issue of the revamped/real world Archie title by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. Can you say…oh yes yes yes.

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The Delcourt Roundup from Comixology: Biotech Nazi Fun

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Comixology publishes a group of titles from Delcourt, a French publishing house. Each week, The Beat checks out these series and tells you about what you should be reading. This week features a pair of light military stories in the Delcourt roster that are concluding their first two-issues arcs. Without further ado, we welcome you to […]

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How To Make Crowdfunding Sustainable For Comics

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A little while back, Brian Hibbs wrote a piece involving the place of Kickstarters in the comics world that still seems to be making the rounds online.  It comes at it from the retailer angle, and as somebody who’s run a few Kickstarters, I have a few different thoughts about how crowdfunding fits into the […]

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MATT CHATS: Wolves of Summer Creators on Kickstarter, Collaboration and the Hitler Youth

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It truly is a new Golden Age of comics, not just because of the fantastic output from such publishers as Image, Fantagraphics, Oni, etc., but also because of how many great comics are going unnoticed. The market is brimming with material that has gone largely undiscovered. I experienced that in a big way with Shawn […]

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Review: We Are Eltingville

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Evan Dorkin brings the tale of four mean-spirited, socially-incapable, pop-culture-obsessives to an end.

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Washington court orders payment and fines in Kickstarter fraud case

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As crowdsourcing has become a normal part of financing creative projects, a few bad apples have soured the barrel with non delivery. A few months ago, the FTC announced it would start looking in to Kickstarters that don’t deliver and now a Seattle court has ordered the creators of the Asylum Playing Cards Kickstarter—Altius Management and Edward J. Polchlopek—to pay over $54,000 in fines and settlement.

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