You are your environment: Louise Bourgeois, Julia Wertz and the eternal mini-comic problem

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Storage: the secret shame of the comics world. Like many in the comics industry I’m a bit of a packrat (to put it mildly) and getting free books all the time doesn’t help. (Tough life, I know.) I was recently reminded of this by a couple of stories. In one, Brooklyn cartoonist Julia Wertz’s tiny […]

MoCCA Festival 2016 announces guests of honor: Bell, Blechman, Gloeckner, Liew and Sugar

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The 2016 MoCCA Arts Festival has just announced this year’s Guests of Honor and they are: Cece Bell, author of the phenomenal middle grade graphic memoir El Deafo (winner of the Newberry Honor and an Eisner Award) R.O. Blechman, Emmy Award-winning illustrator, animator, cartoonist and author. Phoebe Gloeckner, whose subversive classic The Diary of a […]

The American Bystander returns to days of yore with comics on PAPER

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Old timers like me well remember the time when a trip to a newsstand was how you got your news and ingested a quick trip through what was hot in media as heavily influenced by gatekeepers and advertisers. It had its drawbacks but it also had a certain charm, especially humor magazines that mixed art, […]

My book on Alfredo Alcala “won’t stop selling”

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Here’s a comprehensive interview with Dover’s Drew Ford about the future of their comics line, with many more reprints coming (including a personal favorite, Through the Habitrails). But a little gem is dropped that the book I wrote with Phil Yeh about Alfredo Alcala, Secret Teachings of a Comic Book Master has found an audience: […]

Rising stars: Tillie Walden is a name you’re going to hear a lot more about

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You know how you hear a name or a word for the first time and then suddenly that name or word is everywhere? Well that name is Tillie Walden, a student from Austin, TX, currently a student at the Center for Cartoon Studies in VT, who is poised to be one of the hottest cartoonists of 2016, after an already spectacular 2015. (Word on the street is that she may have even been part of the inspiration for this infamous comic.) Walden is barely 20 years old (she was born in 1996)and already has amazing drawing chops and solid storytelling—she has several short comics posted on her site that you can read in their entirety. Broken Frontier just named her their Breakout Talent of 2015 and if this is the first time you’re hearing about her, it’s probably not the last.

Page rates: what’s fair is fair except when it isn’t

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I’m late in commenting on the industry rates survey posted by Fair Page Rates an anonymous industry watchdog. But along with the sales softening I was writing about earlier, it’s part of an industry infrastructure that isn’t as strong as it could be. The survey quotes a lot of page rates based on a survey […]

Comics Detective: Todd Klein has nearly solved that big DC Comics Christmas party photo from 1945

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Just before Christmas, I ran a picture tweeted by DC Comics of the 1945 DC Christmas party, with many figures from comics history—from artist Joe Kubert to publisher Harry Donenfeld —in the room. The photo conveyed a palpable sense of the past brought to life, the clinking of glasses, the laughter of women, the camaraderie of the still young industry. And now Letterer/historian Todd Klein has identified as many of the people in the photo as possible.

The Beat Annual Creator Survey Part 4: With a special preview or two

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And here’s the final part of our annual creator survey. It seems people are really looking forward to Rom if you read all of these. Also, thanks to such a wide ranging  cross section of this amazing industry we live and work in for taking to time to share their thoughts with us all. Save […]

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 […]