Macaluso resigns, Maata and Kessler take over at Wizard World

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John Macaluso has resigned as CEO, President board member of Wizard World (WIZD), proffering his resignation last week after four years running the company and serving as the public face of Wizard. John Maata will take over as President and CEO, with Paul Kessler taking the spot as chairman of the board. Macaluso took over […]

Meet tomorrow’s future comics superstars April 29th at SVA’s Fresh Meat

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Fresh Meat is the School of Visual Art’s annual in-house comics fair and it’s a place where many a comics star has been spotted in nascent form. This year’s event will be held April 29th, from 6 to 9 pm at the SVA Student Center located at 217 East 23rd Street. The event is organized by Cartoon Allies, […]

To do: Roz Chast’s chuckle-filled exhibit at the Museum of the CIty of New York

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Well this is pretty cool, and has flown mostly under the radar of my usual comics sites: Roz Chast has an exhibit up at the Museum of the City of New York. It runs from April 14th until October 9th, so you have plenty of time to go see it…and you should. Best known for her 2014 award winning 2014 memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Chast’s droll cartoons capture urban foibles of dread, fatalism and UES (upper East Side, to non New Yorkers) neuroses with a levity that barely masks how deep they cut. One of the exhibits mentions that one of her biggest influences was Charles Addams, and it easy to see how Addams’ loose penwork and gallery of characters informs her work. She also shifted his emphasis on the lugubrious and horrific to internal anxieties over health, parental guidance, mid-life crises and geographic uncertainty.

Kick Watch: Comic Book Convention Survival Guide tell you absolutely everything about going to cons

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I received a nice note asking me to promote this Kickstarter for aComic Book Convention Survival Guide by Kyle Rose and Matthew Bernard. The Comic Book Convention Survival Guide combines years of convention expertise into one convenient location where it can be shared with the world. It will ensure that our readers become well informed […]

Sonny Liew on “Charlie Chan Hock Chye”, Mapping Your Path & Creative Appropriation

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The Beat sat down with cartoonist Sonny Liew to chat about The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye – hisvnew graphic novel recently published in the US discussing Singapore’s tumultuous history after WWII through the work of prolific Singaporean cartoonist Charlie Chan Hock Chye.

ECCC ’16: The Comic Book Women Have the Secrets To Help You Sell Your Creator Owned Book

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The Comic Book Women, an advocacy group helping raise the profile of women working in comics, had a great showing at Emerald City Comic Con this year with several panels this year. This wasn’t a case of putting women on a panel and focusing on their gender perspective. It was about providing a group of talented women that could share their experience and provide insight into how to make it in the comic book industry—resulting in a panel for everyone. What secrets did they share on selling your comic book?

ECCC ’16: How Do Comic Books Belong in Higher Education?

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Comic books continue to reach mainstream audiences and have stretched into academia. At the Panels and Pedagogy: Teaching Comics panel, panelists aimed to help answer questions that arise about—teaching comic books, formal instruction for creators, and establishing the academic discipline of comics. Where do comic books fit in your academic life?