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 […]

NYCC ’15: Wes Craig on “Deadly Class” – The Process and Perils of a Career with Assassins


At New York Comic Con last week, The Beat’s Lindsey Morris chatted with Wes Craig about his current comics life – what it’s like to spend your days elbow-deep in teenage assassins, angst, and violence.

NYCC ’15: Cliff Chiang On “Paper Girls” – Representation, 80’s Fashion, and the Weirdness of Suburbs


As New York Comic-Con’s show floor slowly shuffled to a close on Friday evening, The Beat’s Zach Clemente slipped behind the Epic Proportions booth to chat with one of his all-time favorite artists, Cliff Chiang. They talk mostly about Chiang’s new book with Image Comics, “Paper Girls”.

Interview: Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou Take Steampunk to New Horizons in SKIES OF FIRE

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Skies of Fire, the brainchild of Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou, is a colorful and mesmerizing comic that takes readers into the Aquilan Empire, a world where airship travel has become the main means of transportation, commerce and war.  Moreover, the book is a entrepreneurial success story. Launched in 2014 by Mythopoeia, the publishing company founded […]