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This is the year we actually GET THINGS DONE

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Yeah right. I’m sure with the new year, everyone has an idea to lose weight, get organized, ditch email or read more comics. How close we come to any of those is a matter of focus and discipline, but let’s all try!

Getting Things Done is the subject of many books and methods, especially for today’s multi tasking electronic world. The distraction of 25 Crazy Thongs Miley Cyrus Wore and You Won’t Believe What This Adorable Puppy Did to This Shoe! is a constant menace for all, and some experts think we all have some degree of ADD because of it.

Must Read: Becky Cloonan on self-publishing

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This is a good one to leave the year on, I think, a 4000 word essay by Becky Cloonan on the evolution and execution of her self-published minis, which have won Eisner awards and sold thousands of copies. The piece covers some of the intangibles, but mostly the practical side, from living with tons of […]

Charles Soule reveals how the heck he’s writing seven books a month

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If you wonder who is the hardest working man in comics biz, there is only one answer: Charles Soule, currently scripting seven monthly titles and running a law firm. As he admits in this post, people are always asking him “HOW ARE YOU DOING THIS???”—in fact I asked him that the last time I saw him—so he has written a blog post to explain so he doesn’t have to waste precious time answering that question any more.

Will Sliney Profiles The Fearless Defenders: Ren Kimura

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Fearless Defenders, the Marvel series from Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney, is drawing to a close. After twelve issues with the characters, next month’s issue will be the last. Which is sad – but it also gives us just enough time for Will to offer another character profile! We ran five of these back at […]

Keep your chin up, Jim Lee got lots of rejection, too

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Marvel historian Sean Howe has collected a bunch of Jim Lee’s instagrams of rejection letters from the ’80s, including this one from Eliot R. Brown. Although the curt advice “come back when you are consistent and can draw hands” seems harsh it’s just the truth. (One can only speculate on what Rob Liefeld’s rejection was…but […]

SPX 2013 Panel Report: The Awesomeness of Influence

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[Photo courtesy of SPX] By Adam McGovern One of the final panels of SPX 2013 was about fruitful points of departure. “Paying Tribute: Traditions of Style,” hosted by Joe McCulloch and featuring comics re-creators Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, Tom Scioli, Seth and R. Sikoryak, navigated the spacetime crossovers and dimensional leaps of writer-artists who assemble […]

Learn the secrets of Todd Klein’s lettering lore with his new print

For 20 years, ace letterer Todd Klein has been releasing a series of prints showcasing his calligraphic skills. Many were done with writers supplying the text—Neil Gaiman and Bill Willingham among them—but his new one goes all meta with KLEIN’S COMPENDIUM OF CALLIGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE and for anyone who knows what a Speedball is, it may […]

INTERVIEW: Colorist Brian Reber on his Exclusive Valiant Contract

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Valiant Comics have been building up an exclusive roster of creators over the last few months. From writer Joshua Drysart to artists Doug Braithwaite and Trevor Hairsine, the company have a number of creatives on exclusive contract. But unlike any other company I can think of, they didn’t stop with announcing writers and artists – […]

Larry Hama’s 10 rules for drawing a comic book page

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GI Joe maestro (and all around comics renaissance man) Larry Hama posted these on FB the other day. I stole them so we could talk about them. These are my ten rules for drawing a comic book page, that sums up what I have learned in forty odd years in the biz. They are not […]

Must read: Evan Dorkin on dealing with rejection

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A few weeks ago on his “Ask me anything” on Tumblr, Warren Ellis gave his Herc Hansen version of how to keep working on creative projects speech. Over on Brian Blackmon’s Neptune City, Saturn Town tumblr he’s asking cartoonists about how to deal with rejection, and Evan Dorkin—who set a record for self-deprecation sometime in […]

Overview: Should Writers Pay Artists Upfront?

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This weekend saw a bit of discussion going on regarding the status of writers and artists. There’s already an ongoing debate about the way in which comic reviewers talk about the role of artists, and now the attention is moving more towards the relationship between a writer and an artist. When a new project starts […]

Must Read: Tom Scioli on good/bad coloring and Barry Windsor Smith

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Cartoonist Tom Scioli (Gødland) is obviously a devotee of classic comics styles; it should come as no surprise, then, when he wonders Whatever Happened to Barry Windsor-Smith?. Smith is credited with introducing the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite art school to comics, along with his studio mates Jeff Jones and Wm. Michael Kaluta. Swearing by William […]

INTERVIEW: Declan Shalvey on working with Marvel, Dark Horse, Boom, DC, IDW…..

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Artist Declan Shalvey has had an incredible year. Whilst working as regular artist for books like Venom and Thunderbolts at Marvel, he’s also created art and covers for books published at Dark Horse (Conan and The Massive), IDW (Half Past Danger and TMNT), Boom (Robocop) and Vertigo (American Vampire). In February his first-ever cover at Marvel […]

SDCC13: The Chris Samnee Spotlight Panel

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By David Nieves Amidst his first special-guest-of Comic Con appearance, the opening day of SDCC held Chris Samnee’s first spotlight panel. Jovially introduced by his Daredevil partner and moderator Mark Waid, Chris talked about his influences and beginnings, and answered some questions from fans.

SDCC ’13 #Tweetfolio Season 2.0 goes #Beatfolio at Comic-Con

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[Eds note: want to get a portfolio review at Comic-Con? READ ON.] by Bon Alimagno I’m Bon Alimagno, writer of the #Tweetfolio portfolio review column Heidi has linked to here on the Beat in the past. As a longtime reader of the Beat and even longer friend of Heidi’s, I’m pleased to bring this column […]

The Phoenix Presents: James Turner on Star Cat!

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Every Friday, Stately Beat Mansion invites round a comic creator or two for a cup of tea, complementary Kit Kat, and a chat about their work in The Phoenix. The Phoenix is a UK series which features a range of the best all-ages comics available, from all kinds of wonderful creators – all compiled into a […]