Are you ready for a 600 page oral history of Fantagraphics?

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  That was rhetorical — of COURSE you are. At long last, after over a decade in the works, We Told You So: Comics As Art the oral history of Fantagraphics begun by Tom Spurgeon and finished by Michael Dean will be coming out this summer, just in time to celebrate the (gasp!) 40th anniversary of […]

Comics toxic heritage strikes again as DC editor named as sexual harasser

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The firing of Shelly Bond after more than 20 years of loyal service to DC has had an unintended consequence. Although referencing incidents utterly unrelated to Bond’s dismissal, it did stir outrage among those who detected a pattern of powerful women editors getting removed at DC while men who had  severe HR problems stayed. And so on […]

Unbalanced Production: The Comics Business in the 1940s

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by Carol Tilley The business of early comic book publishing in the US is something of a black box: too little data about actual practices, too many secrets in the name of competition, and too much self-aggrandizement in lieu of actual information. What we do know is kludged together lovingly by a small army of […]

Must read: Stan Lee, Hero, villain or a bit of both?

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Abraham Riesman. New York magazines resident comics expert, has a long and long brewing profile of Stan Lee called Why Is Stan Lee’s Legacy in Question?. It’s a write-around, meaning he never got to talk to Lee personally, but he talked to everyone else, inluding Roy Thomas and Lee biographer Tom Spurgeon. And if you […]

Anti-Wertham comic from the 40s found in library collection

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Prof. Carol Tilley, who previously revealed that anti-comics crusaderDr. Fredric Wertham’s research wasn’t all that is at it again. While rummaging through the archives at the Billy Ireland Library she found an unknown comic by an unnamed artist that satirized Wertham’s anti comics crusade. It was called “The Uncanny Adventures of (I Hate) Dr. Wertham.” […]

Comix Creatrix: the blockbuster art show is now a free 200 page book about the history of women in comics

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The timing was fortuitous with Angoulême-gate, but Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics an art show co-curated by Olivia Ahmad and Paul Gravett has now opened in London and the opening, as captured in this slideshow of photos by artist Alison Sampson was a triumph. Extra points to Gravett’s outfit. 646 377 9682   Just […]

Very cool Infographic: Deadpool’s cast compared to their comics origins

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The Beat’s own Kate Willaert, infographic queen, has been at it again with a comparison of the characters in the Deadpool movie with their four-color inspirations, written by Devin Rubink. (She did one for Avengers: Age of Ultron as well.) As you can see, the old ‘Pool is quite similar and Colossus is unchanged. The […]