Webcomics alert: Cartoonist’s Diary is back with Steinke and Ayuyang


One of my favorite features at The Comics Journal website is their Cartoonist’s Diary feature which has been appearing intermittently over the last few years,. Now it’s back two weeks in a row! Last week it was Aron Nels Steinke, author of the recent GN The Zoo Box with his wife Ariel Cohn. His diary reveals details of a family vacation including car trips and cleaning roof gutters.


Comics Alert: Ronald Wimberly on New Orleans and Gentrification


Ronald Wimberly has a new two page comic in this week’s The New Yorker recounting a trip to New Orleans ten years after Katrina and discovered a world of gentrification and AirBnB. The clever folks at Condé Nast have made it just a wee bit too small to red online, so you’ll have to go […]


Making comics: Do you need to go to cons and live in NYC or LA to break in?


Short answer: no. Faith Erin Hicks has a far more informative and entertaining longer version, which includes anecdotes and concrete evidence of how she broke in while living in relatively remote, Halifax, NS. A few years ago I was at a dinner with a bunch of people I knew casually. They all worked in the […]


Unassuming Barber Shop: In Search of the Fantastic Four


On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin became the first human being to achieve Earth orbit, effectively winning the space race. At NASA, scientists sighed, poured more coffee, and redoubled their efforts. In New York, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the Fantastic Four. With a new FF movie coming out, readers and fans […]


MATT CHATS: Thomas Boatwright on Puppets, Patreon and a Transition from Comics


Rarely do I get to learn the story of people who have moved away from the comics industry. Artist and creator Thomas Boatwright is an interesting example of someone who did the comics thing for awhile but eventually, initially not entirely by choice, moved on to other ventures. As a fan of his comics I’ve been […]


Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto is finally leaving his house—and has two signings for NYCC


Masashi Kishimoto, creator of the 205,000,000 copies in print Naruto comic, will be making an extremely rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con with two special signings—one at Books Kinokuniya and one at the Tribeca outpost of Barnes and Noble. It’s not only Kishimoto-sensei’s first appearance in the US, it’s also his first con appearance ever. And probably one of the few times he’s left his house during the 18-year run of the international smash hit.

We’re kidding a little about the leaving the house bit, but as we’ve mentioned here many times in the past, manga creators can lead a pretty monastic lifestyle, even with the help of assistants. Since Naruto ended last year, he’s been busy with various manga about Boruto, Naruto’s son, and also writing the Naruto movie, but hopefully he’s been enjoying some time off.


A list of Comics Creators newsletters


You can now read Warren Ellis’s weekly newsletter, or at least the most recent one, at this link. In his newest one he reveals his statins are very good—Ellis recently had a health scare, as described in the newsletter, and it’s great to hear he’s doing well. He also says that newsletters are the new […]


Harvey Pekar Park dedicated today with fest, installation in Cleveland


Cleveland is getting a park dedicated to its comics laureate, Harvey Pekar, whose long running American Splendor comic captured the quotidian lives of Clevelanders. The celebration will run all afternoon with music and a screening of the film American Splendor (for my money the best comic book movie of all.) The afternoon will see a […]


Matt Fraction speaks on collaborators and credit


Can NO ONE get this “credit” thing right? A few days ago we noted artist Chip Zdarsky standing up for Matt Fraction, writing of Sex Criminals, after only Zdarsky was mentioned on the Harvey Awards ballot. Now an io9 article entitled 6 Reasons Why Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye Is One of Marvel’s Greatest Comics touched off another […]


New Black Lightning Archive: DC, Tony Isabella Reconcile

Black Lightning 4

“Dogs and cats, living together!” – that’s what immediately popped into my mind yesterday when I read Tony Isabella praising DC on Facebook for how it was treating him in regard to Black Lightning.


SDCC ’15 – Comic Book People at Comic-Con


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Casey’s progress: or, must everything relate to gender?


Back in November there was a stirring in the interwebs when James Sturm posted a one page comic called “The Sponsor” that dealt with issues of jealousy and competition amongst cartoonists. There was quite a hubbub of response, with many different interpretations held out. Ken Parille offered fourteen versions all by himself. While I saw […]


Sean Murphy drops truth bombs on Comics’ ongoing money problems and more


In the debut issue of Sktchd.com’s Off Panel podcast interview series, David Harper sat down with Sean Gordon Murphy, prolific illustrator of titles including The Wake and Hellblazer: City of Angels. Recently, he collaborated with Mark Millar on Chrononauts, a time-hopping action miniseries that was optioned for a movie deal before the release of its first issue. While Murphy is known as one of the most talented artists in comics, he’s also one of the most brutally honest, and this podcast is full of truth bombs about the harsh realities of working in comics.


HeroesCon Interview: Evan “Doc” Shaner – Origins, “The Smiling Hero”, and the Merging of Two Very Different Worlds

Shaner Shazam

Evan “Doc” Shaner is quickly becoming one of the most sought after names in comics. After his critically acclaimed collaboration at Dynamite with Jeff Parker and Jordie Bellaire, Flash Gordon, took off, both Marvel and DC have come calling (with Convergence: Shazam! and an issue of S.H.I.E.L.D. respectively) and his very clean, meticulous and vivid […]


PREVIEW: Corto Maltese: Beyond the Windy Isles


What better way to celebrate the Beat’s 11th anniversary than with a preview of one of our all time favorite comics, Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, now being reprinted in lovely English language editions from IDW and Dean Mullaney’s Euro comix imprint. This volume goes on sales today and follow’s Corto’s ravishingly romantic and lushly […]


11th Anniversary Special: Really Famous People Holding Comics Books, world politics division


In honor of the Beat’s 11th anniversary ehre are two epic photos from recent social media. In the first, Congressman John Lewis presents signed copies of the March graphic novels to Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala was shot in the head in her native Pakistan for daring to want […]