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

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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.

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A list of Comics Creators newsletters

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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 […]

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Harvey Pekar Park dedicated today with fest, installation in Cleveland

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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 […]

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Matt Fraction speaks on collaborators and credit

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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 […]

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New Black Lightning Archive: DC, Tony Isabella Reconcile

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“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.

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SDCC ’15 – Comic Book People at Comic-Con

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

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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 […]

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

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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.

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

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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 […]

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PREVIEW: Corto Maltese: Beyond the Windy Isles

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Know your exploiters in comics: a brief guide

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This is an old link, but Robort Boyd has posted a slideshow he delivered on Comixploitation! that rounds up some of the more egregious examples of horrible artistic rip-offs in comics over the years, from Siegel and Shuster and Jack Kirby on to modern day matters: So what’s it like for a comics freelancer today? […]

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HeroesCon Interview with Michel Fiffe Part 2: The Possibility of Digital, Comparisons to Cerebus, and What’s to Come in COPRA

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  Continuing on from our first entry this past Friday, here is the second part of my HeroesCon interview with Michel Fiffe, creator of the self-published and much lauded action-adventure comic, COPRA. It’s funny, the way I discovered your work actually came through a friend of mine at first, as a word of mouth sort […]

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HeroesCon Interview with Michel Fiffe Part 1: The Challenges/Merits of Self-Publishing and the Appeal of the Analogy

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For me, COPRA is the one of the few superhero comics that really matter. A few years ago, I was at a point where I had basically given up on everything produced within the arena of the “Big Two”. Sure, I enjoyed the occasional Grant Morrison comic when they would rear their head, but for the most part I […]

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SPX announces first guests: Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson and Noelle Stevenson

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Millennial comics superstars Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson and Noelle Stevenson have just been announced as the first guests at this year’s SPX which will spotlight creators who have only worked in the 21st Century. So get ready to write either your 6000-word think piece or your series of tweets on what this all means.

This year’s SPX will be held September 19-20, with over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables, 22 programming slots and countless rollaway beds. IT’s the annual Camp Comics on the schedule and this sounds like a real watershed year.

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SDCC ’15: Cartoon Network and Adult Swim announce panel line-up

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For the past number of years that I’ve attended SDCC, the fine folks at Cartoon Network and their brand Adult Swim have put on some rather enjoyable programming for the show. Most notably, I’ve greatly enjoyed the Children’s Hospital panels that were held in previous years, and the 2015 iteration of their lineup looks to […]

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