Brooklyn Book Festival 2016: Lots of Graphic Novel Goodness!

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Fall approaches, and once again, the Brooklyn Book Festival will take place this weekend at Brooklyn Borough Hall and surrounding locales! Held since 2006, this literary festival has always had a strong graphic novel presence, and this year offers another strong mix of creators! You can easily spend the entire day just at the graphic […]

Next Year’s Angoulême Comics Festival Will Not Be As Awful As This Year’s

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Relying on the old Google translate a bit here, but it looks like the 44th Festival of Comics of Angoulême has taken some steps to make sure it is not as horrible, sexist and out of touch as this year’s, an event which provided months of fodder for scorn, sarcasm and calling people “un cretin […]

Dean Haspiel gave a speech at the Harveys. What happened next had people in tears.

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Dean Haspiel gave the keynote speech at the Harveys and although there were a lot of joking catcalls from the audience, his speech had most people stunned by the end. It was a heartfelt tribute to the power of the comics community, while also refelcting the uncertain times that artists have in New York and, really, any community where real estate has soared beyond their reach. With eprmission, here’s the entrie text of the speech.

Dragon Con 2016: Carlos Valdes discusses diversity, musicals, and Flashpoint (but has no comment on a Vibe costume…)

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Carlos Valdes, known in the superhero world for his role as Cisco Ramon/Vibe on CW’s The Flash, appeared at Dragon Con this year, where he talked about the role Flashpoint will have on the show this season (which isn’t as big as you’d think), why he finds the musical Hamilton inspiring, and what it’s like working with Harry Potter’s Tom Felton.

This weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con: All the info you need

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The Baltimore Comic Con kicks off this weekend, preceded by the Diamond Retailer Summit, which starts tomorow ight with a reception and a ballgame. The Beat will, of course, be on hand for all the shocking developments. Meanwhile, if you’re in the mood to attend a friendly, non sressful show that’s packed with amazing comics […]

Wizard World adds controversial swimmer Ryan Lochte as a guest for Richmond show September 10

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Wizard World’s convention circuit has often taken on some of pop culture’s “black sheep” and repackaged them as comic-con guests. Nothing wrong with that. Disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich made an appearance at a Chicago show a few years ago, for instance. And now Ryan Lochte, the disgraced swimmer and reality TV star, is joining […]

Rose City Comic-Con announces programming, guests, promise of fun

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Rose City Comic Con, Portland’s own comics fest, is coming up on September 9-10th, and they’ve just announced their programming, which you can read below. Portland, is of course, America’s First City of Comics, and the guest list includes Stan Lee, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Bendis!, and an ecletic nerdlebrity list […]

SPX debuts, including Last Look, a masterpiece by Charles Burns

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Oh and speaking of fall debuts, here’s SOME of the graphic novels deuting at SPX to be held Sept.  17 and 18, 2016 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. I’ve included my own comments along with some of the SPX promo copy below.   LAST LOOK by Charles Burns This is one of […]

Long Beach Comic Con and Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will re-enact the 1954 comic book hearings

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Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is an LA-based theater troupe that combines pop culture references with the stage, and they’re bringing their brand of lunacy to this year’s Long Beach Comic Con, which is coming right for  you Sept, 17-18 in Long Beach, as usual. The programming is just rollign out and ehre’s a first look. CPTALA […]