Weekend Webcomics: Floyd Norman’s Disney/George Lucas/Star Wars cartoons

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Floyd Norman is a legendary animator and cartoonist. His first big job was on Sleeping Beauty, and he’s gone on to work on any number of Disney movies since then, including a stint at Pixar and cartooning jobs everywhere. He’s also a pioneer as one of the first prominent African-American animators. He’s also one of […]

The Beat Annual Creator Survey Part 3: The year of diversity

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Here’s the third part of our annual creator survey with a varied look from people in all aspects of the business from creators to publishers to journalists. As always, buried among the answers you will find a bunch of news items for the sharp eyed and also some preview art. In case you haven’t noticed, our panel certainly did: 2015 was the year diversity broke around the comics industry, although much, much, much more needs to be done. Read on to see what our our respondents thought about the year past and what they have coming for 2016.

After briefly adding six women, Angoulême fest throws open Grand Prix voting

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I’d been waiting to write this up as things have been changing so fast but after a very brief period this morning where the list of Grand Prix nominees was posted with the 30 already picked and the addition of six women, the voting has now been thrown open. Here’s the ugly Google translate: Crossing […]

Charlie Hebdo: one year later roundup

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It’s a year since the Charlie Hebdo killings, when six cartoonists (and 11 others) were murdered in the Charlie Hebdo office and around Paris. CH has published an anniversary edition, and boosted the print run to 1 million in anticipation of added interest (although reports are it is selling slowly.) Some updates from around the […]

Alors! Florence Cestac says Franck Bondoux is “un crétin total.”

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Whooooo-ah! This whole Angoulême-gate thing got out of hand FAST. In just 24 hours it went from an angry petition to the world’s best cartoonists rejecting their nominations to front page news to the festival sulkily added Marjane Satrapi and Posy Simmonds to their list, even though no one would vote for them, and a whirlwind of hot takes.

The Beat Annual Creator Survey Part 2: Previews and News galore

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Here’s the second part of our annual creator survey, and this time out we have some exclusive peeks at some new projects for 2016, as well as what might be hit of something cool to happen…but you’ll have to read everything figure out what that is.

Thanks to all for taking the time to participate in this survey especially during the busy holiday time. You can find Part 1 here.

Sattouf, Clowes, Burns, Davodeau and Sfar and even MIlo Manara withdraw from Grand Prix in suport of boycott

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As reported yesterday, there has been international consternation over the 016 list of nominees for the Grand Prix, the lifetime achievement awards for cartoonists presented each year at the FIBD in Angoulême. While it broadened its scope from past years in including more non-French artists—including more manga-ka—it was 30 men, and that has led to […]

FIGHT! Tony Isabella vs Best American Comics, Heidi MacDonald and Derf Backderf

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Please note the “FIGHT!” title is a joke—Tony is a wonderful human being, and we’re just having a good old fashioned argument, like friends do. But this is the internet and we must ratchet up the appearance of conflict so….

Daniel Clowes is going on tour for “Patience”

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Daniel Clowes new graphic novel Patience drops in late winter and it’s sure to be the comic book event of the first half of 2016. Promised as a SF tale about time travel and love, it’s a powerful return for Clowes. And you’ll be able to get your copy signed, and doubtless hear a talk […]

Twitter bans indie cartoonist who fought back against abusive tweets

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UPDATE: Gfrorer’s account has been reinstated but I’ll leave this up as a cautionary tale. Twitter has had a harassment problem for a long time. Like, a loooooooong time. Something about the impersonal format gives free reign to any and all disgusting behavior. I myself—along with several other women in comics—was the target of a […]