31 Days of Halloween: Under the Apple Tree by Sarah Winifred Searle

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Want to read a 96 graphic novel about a young woman and a time travelling ghost for FREE? You can read about the making of the book at the Under the Apple Tree webpage and download it here. Cartoonist Sarah Winifred Searle created it as part of a Children’s Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library. here’s the logline:

31 Days of Halloween: Menton3 and 44Flood

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Fall is in the air, bringing a crisp step and the crunch of leaves under foot, and the inevitable—perhaps inescapable—presence of Pumpkin Spice everything all around us! Yes, it’s time for 31 Days of Halloween, The Beat’s annual tribute to our MOST FAVORITEST TIME OF YEAR. And let’s get things going with probably the most obvious link possible…but I have ever written about painter/cartoonist/musician Menton3 on The Beat before so here goes!

Based in Chicago, Menton3—aka Menton J Matthews III—is a painter of atmospheric and disturbing images. While you can find a lot of his work at his website, he’s probably best known these days as a partner in 44Flood, a publishing company that has teamed with IDW to put out art books and comics. Along with fellow artists Kasra Ghanbari, Ben Templesmith and Nick Idell, 44Flood has put out Tome, an artbook which was mostly Kickstarted, Templesmith’s The Squidder, the comic Monocyte, which you see on this page, and Libretto, an anthology of eerieness centering on vampirism. A new volume of Tome is on its way or already here (I couldn’t find a lot of solid news about the bunch.)

Trick-or-Treat! Diamond Reveals Halloween ComicFest Titles!

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Yes, Summer officially started last Friday.  You’re probably haven’t even done your grocery shopping for the Fourth of July cookout!  Or started packing for San Diego! But for retailers and publishers, they think months in advance!  Comics shipping in October must be ordered in August.  Publishers usually try to think six months in advance! So […]

Celebrate Torsten’s “Nerd Birthday” With His Crazy Party Favors!

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Everyone has milestone events which they remember (or wish to forget).  Some are small memories, like a first kiss, while others can be momentous anniversaries marked each year. May 25th is one such day for me.This Star Wars Day/International Towel Day marks thirty years of my actively reading, collecting, studying, proselytizing comics.  May 25, 1984, […]

Eleanor Davis illustrates Google Doodle for the first day of Spring

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Here for the moment, on the Google homepage you’ll find a lovely animation by Eleanor Davis celebrating the first day of Spring. Of course it’s barely scraping 40°F as I type this. Hurry, Spring, hurry!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kitty Kelly

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Above art by Jill Bauman, a World Fantasy Award nominated artist who specializes in horror and fantasy. Bauman has a whole set of cat holiday paintings in the link. Confession: back in the day I had a bunch of these prints hanging up in my office at Vertigo. Bauman is an accomplished artist but I find these cats a bit more disturbing than endearing! I’m not sure if that was the intent or not, but one thing is certain: YOU CAN’T LOOK AWAY.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/17/14: Top o’ the Kibble to ye!

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Let’s start out this late St. Patricks Day roundup with Shaenon Garrity on two webcomics that adapt Irish Mythology:

And finally, Happy Valentine’s Day from Valiant

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Because nothing says love like Armstrong. Hope you’re having day with your loved one, and if you don’t have a Valentine…remember, love yourself and others will follow. Card design by Kalman Andrasofszky

Vaentine’s Day Special: Love and Romance with…Dean Haspiel

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Five Days of Valentines: Bad for You Valentine Heart Brakers

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BAD FOR YOU is a new book by Scott Cunningham and Kevin Pyle that illustrates extremes of, well, overprotectiveness, the nanny state and people going too far. The authors created some Valentines at Boing Boing—you’ll need to go to the link for the stories behind these, but there are some doozies.

Valentines Day Special: 24 Hours of Love Sucks at Comics Vanguard

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To Celebrate the season, our own Steve Morris is running a series called Love Sucks at his own Comics Vanguard site. If you'[re going to be bummed out, make it an all day thing with comics!

Five days of Valentines: Weird Love

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This is a teaser for an upcoming book called Weird Love, edited by Craig Yoe about which you will learn more today, I believe,

Announcing: New Jeffrey Brown Star Wars book, Goodnight Darth Vader, with BONUS VALENTINES

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Five Days of Valentines supplemental: Jeffrey Brown’s two Star Wars cartoon books—Darth Vader and Son, and Vader’s Little Princess—have been huge sellers so to no one’s surprise a third book is coming out, called Goodnight Darth Vader. The cover has just been revealed, above. Like the first two it’s a surprisingly touching use of the […]

Five days of Valentines: Young Avengers Valentines

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NOTE: I originally attributed these valentines to Suzene Campos — but she merely sent me the link. Apologies to the ACTUAL artist, callmekitto, about whom I only know is named Lauren. (Although I suck, I can’t help but note Tumblr is a great credit stealer.) Anyway, enjoy and thanks Suzene and Lauren! The Young Avengers […]

Five days of Valentines: 1966 Batman Valentines

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Was everything about Batman in 1966 bizarre and surreal? Based on these vintage Valentines, the answer is yes. But imagine the thrill you would have had being told your Valentine would like to pursue you in his/her Bat-copter. Sheesh. More in the link.

Five Days of Valentines: Matt Bors X-Men Valentines

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Matt Bors has not only been killing it at Medium, he’s made a yearly tradition of making X-Men Valentines, and this year’s batch is a great way to tell the mutant in your life just how you feel about him/her/it/they. Hit the link for the whole set!