MATT CHATS: Nicola Scott on Making ‘Magick’ with Greg Rucka


Nicola Scott is probably best known currently for her time drawing for DC Comics. Her smooth, sleek linework on titles such as Secret Six and Earth 2 was distinct but still fit in tonally with the rest of the DC Universe. Despite her success with that style, she switches up dramatically for her creator-owned Image title Black Magick, written by Greg […]


Life With Greg: Swierczynski preps the next arc of Archie’s The Black Hood


Duane Swierczynski put Greg Hettinger, the star of his series from Archie’s Dark Circle imprint, through the ringer in the first arc of The Black Hood. Throughout “The Bullet’s Kiss” arc, Swierczynski’s background as a crime novelist shined through the pages, as each chapter of the five-part series read like an addictive crime novel. It was impossible […]


MATT CHATS: Declan Shalvey on Injecting Himself into the World of Creator-Owned


After making his presence in the comic book industry felt in a big way on a run with Warren Ellis on Moon Knight, Declan Shaley moved over to creator-owned with the writer. They set off on a series more complex and less marketable than one about a white-caped crusader, to great results. I spoke to […]



Green Lantern: Edge of Oblivion #1 Cover by Ethan Van Scriver

We sit down with Tom Taylor, the master of vestigial limb slicing and universe spanning conflict.


INTERVIEW: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo on Creating the Family in BATMAN and Greg’s New Adventure with Mark Millar


The Comics Beat recently sat down with DC Comics’ biggest stars to talk about their epic run on BATMAN and the future of the series as Greg goes on hiatus to work with Mark Millar.


It’s about disclosure in comics journalism


For the past few days there has been a kerfuffle in the extremely high profile, glamourous and profitable world of comics journalism.
Rather than comment on this hot mess, I’m going to talk about why it happened. And what we an do to improve things.


Cartoon Network and Nick are the new Big Two as Kris Mukai’s Adventure Time episode debuts tonight


In re the last piece, here’s a direct link to my first piece for Slate in which I investigate the comics/cartoon connection with quotes from Rebeca Sugar, Kevin Lee, Annie Koyama, Sam Alden and Ryan Sands. As a longtime reporter on the comics world, I was a bit surprised when cable animation started scooping up […]


INTERVIEW: Mark Russell’s & Ben Caldwell’s PREZ Wants to Spark a Political Revolution


“I hope that…when people read PREZ, they’ll have a laugh. Then, the next week, when someone has sex with a pig…they say ‘wait a second, that sounds familiar.'”


Today’s grim warning: Noah Van Sciver on breaking in


Guys, if you want to get with a woman, do not make her watch Buffalo 66. I repeat, do not watch Buffalo 66 with your woman. I know you think Vincent Gallo is really cool and edgy and it’s a romantic film about vengeance and attraction, but it’s really about a dangerous psychopath made by a serial abuser who imagines a toxic fantasy of a willing female victim. It is total creepsville plus everyone misses a field goal now and then, just like Jeurys Familia gives up a home run once a year and it happens to be in the World Series.


INTERVIEW: Anders Nilsen Argues that “Poetry is Useless”


A talk about drawing as exploration and play.


NYCC ’15: Marjorie Liu on “Monstress”, Rebuilding Life After Trauma, and The State of Being an Asian American Creator


In the quiet early hours of Saturday in New York Comic-Con’s press lounge, Marjorie Liu chatted with The Beat about her new Image title “Monstress” with artist Sana Takeda, systemic racism, the expectations places on creators of color, and the intergenerational trauma of war.


Jimmie Robinson offers “An Open Love Letter to Comics”


[Jimmie Robinson is the creator of The Empty, Five Weapons, Bomb Queen, Amanda and Gunn, Avigon and Evil & Malice, among many other comics. As the below will reveal, he’s a lifer for comics, as well as a creator who has stuck with creating his own vision — including kids comics, women of color as […]


INTERVIEW: Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton Reimagine Berk in “How to Train Your Dragon” GNs


The How to Train Your Dragons franchise is one of the biggest critical successes in animation from the last decade.  Spawning two movies and three seasons of television, the story of a scrawny viking boy and his toothless dragon have captured hearts and minds through screens around the world.  Now, film series director Dean DeBlois and Dreamworks’ […]


INTERVIEW: Jessica Abel on Intersection of Comics and Radio and the Limitations of Art


by Alex Dueben Jessica Abel has produced a unique body of work in comics that ranges from two collections of her award winning comic series Artbabe (Soundtrack and Mirror, Window), the acclaimed graphic novel La Perdita, to co-writing the graphic novel Life Sucks and producing two textbooks with her husband Matt Madden which build on […]


MATT CHATS: Jim Zub on Finishing Skullkickers and Continuing his Wayward Path


Jim Zub, easily my most-interviewed creator, is on a tear lately. In addition to wonderful corporate-owned work like Figment, he more than stuck the landing on Skullkickers and he nailed the second arc of his new series Wayward. I talked to him about both beginnings, endings and everything in-between. When did you map out the overall story […]


INTERVIEW: Maggie Thrash on HONOR GIRL, Queer Invisibility, and the Crush that Could Have Been a Scandal


by Alex Dueben For the past few years Maggie Thrash has been writing fiction and nonfiction at the acclaimed Rookie Magazine. Her first book, Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir, details a single summer at camp which Thrash described as the most important few months of her life because she comes out as queer while nursing […]