This biography of 17th Century Spanish painter Diego Velazquez wraps itself around one work, in particular, Las Meninas, or The Ladies In Waiting, from which Santiago Garcia and Javier Olivares take their title. The work itself is much lauded and examined in the history of western art, capturing various members of the court of King […]
By David Seidman Writers and artists are born enemies. “That stupid artist didn’t draw what I wrote!” echoes down the halls of comics history. But it doesn’t have to be that way. To write comics, you need to know how to work with artists just as much as you need to know plotting, characterization, and […]
Said to be “The Friendly, Intimate Comic Con Experience,” San Diego Comic Fest held a volunteer meeting on Sunday afternoon at the Pacific Beach public library. This will mark 6-years for the convention organized by Mike Towry, one of the original co-founders of San Diego Comic-Con. For its 2018 theme, San Diego Comic Fest will […]
The winners of this year’s DC Writers Workshop Class of 2017 have been announced and they are Sanya Anwar (1001), Ryan Cady (BIG MOOSE), Joey Esposito (PAWN SHOP, CAPTAIN ULTIMATE), Robert Jeffrey (ROUTE 3, RADIO FREE AMERIKA), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (LAST SONS OF AMERICA, WARLORDS OF APPALACHIA), and Magdalene Visaggio (KIM & KIM, QUANTUM TEENS ARE GO). The […]
Minnesota-based publisher 2dcloud has launched it’s quarterly crowdfunding campaign for it’s 2017 summer collection. 2dcloud has been using crowdfunding as a mechanism for pre-orders and to create curated book bundles. 2dcloud is a publisher from which you never know what to expect. They keep selecting new and innovative work to publish that always defy and satisfy your expectations. Their […]
We at The Beat are no strangers to conventions. Years of experience have taught us what is and is not necessary to take on our “nerd-orientated” excursions into extreme fandom. More importantly, trial and error have helped us to fine-tune our walkaround bags to suite our own convention needs, anticipating any hitch along the way. […]
Having worked as a journalist since the late 1990s, I have found that most people have no clue about how news organizations work, which leads to a lot of confusion about how the news gets delivered and why certain news gets delivered while other news does not. There are tons of intricacies we could go […]
Writer Kieron Gillen hasn’t succumbed to the newsletter thing yet (I think?) he sticks with the old fashioned Tumblr method of communicating with friends and readers! So old fashioned. While I Ws running around last week, Gillen posted a BOMBSHELL post about things he’s working on, including a New SEERIT Marvel project. And other secret […]
Newsletters have made a BIG comeback, in that pendulum swinging way. I guess people are so exhausted from surfing the web and checking out snapchats that they want everything to come in their mailbox. Ed Brubaker has an infrequently mailed out one, which you can subscribe to here. A new one went out yesterday, chock full of news and chatter and a preview of issue #2 of Kill or Be Killed, his latest team-up with Sean Phillips.
The winners of the 2015 Bill Finger award have been announced and they are Elliot S! Maggin and Richard E. Hughes. The award is presented annually to two writers, one living, one dead, in order to recognize writers who have not previously received proper recognition for their work. The award is named after Bill Finger, the ghost writer for the early Batman stories who invented much of the Caped Crusader’s mythos.