With a cover price of 10¢ and a 250,000 print run, this comic, first published in 1957, shows the power of the medium to inspire and educate.
MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, renaissance man and all time great cartoonist Ben Katchor is not busy enough being a certified G(enius). He also organized the New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium every week in the school year at Parsons, where he teaches. Every week someone from the world of comics or imagery scholarship presents a […]
So the first time I saw the Star Wars original trilogy, one of the biggest powerhouses in the shaping of pop culture, was just after this thanksgiving. This has been mind-blowing to people I talk to (my boss included,) but I come from a Star Trek household. My dad especially has no interest […]
Let’s investigate one of the most haunting quotes ever attributed to a cartoonist.
In what may or may not become a long-standing tradition, Alan Moore has answered questions at Christmas set by the members of a Facebook group called The Really Very Serious Alan Moore Scholars’ Group, who are, as the name might suggest, a bunch of people who are interested in his work. This set of Qs […]
As we mentioned earlier today, as e celebrate the 100th birthday of Jack “King” Kirby, he was a master of all comics genres. From helping invent superheroes with Captain America, to romance with the groundbreaking Young Romance to “kids teams” with Newsboy Legion and Boys Ranch, to comics as literature with Marvel and DC, […]
Quirk Books is running their BOOK POP! online comic-con this week – with Quirk Books authors being interviews on social media and across multiple blogs and websites. We here at The Beat love the wide range of run books that Quirk puts out…and we also LOVED the chance to interview Jon Morris, the author of The League of […]
I just received my copy of the new Palookaville with the finale of Seth’s Clyde Fans – a saga of mid century decay that does much to explain the current malaise of the while male middle class. I give its arrival the “Pants Peeing Excitement” Badge here from the Beat. But Meanwhile, Seth has a […]
Kevin Eastman is Kickstarting a semi-autobiographical comic about a creator who has it all…or does he?
In a classic only in New York story, a bomb scare in Manhattan yesterday turned out to be an 80s disco times capsule. And cartoonists James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook (The Late Child and Other Animals, 7 Miles a Second) have revealed they were instrumental to planting it! Construction on West 21st at the […]