A few months ago Ted McKeever, who has a resume as long as my arm and two legs put together, announced he was moving away from comics. But not before releasing a blistering roman a clef a bout his career called Pencil Head. But it jus isn’t fun any more, he writes. Traversing the comic […]
Phil Hester is the artist on Shipwreck, the upcoming book written by Warren Ellis about a very strange shipwreck, so he seems to be doing jsut fine in the comics world, especially with a large and well liked body of work behind him. BUt as he revelas in an interview at Comics Bulletina vision problem […]
Comics creator process posts are the BEST posts. Jeff Lemire seems to have taken over Charles Soule’s mantle as Busiest Person in Comics– writing 7-8 monthly books – and he reveals how he does it in an absolutley stellar process post with a ton of photos AND a page of preview art from AD: After […]
On Tumblr, artist Ronald Wimberly wrote a very cogent post on why artists should get paid to do sample pages: A quick preface: Yesterday a friend of mine told me the story of how she was scouted by DC Comics to participate in their “talent” workshop. My colleague, who worked as a professional for 7 years […]
Maia Kobabe is a very talented up and coming cartoonist as the above page from her Tom O’Bedlam adaptation shows. (disclosure: she is also a reviewer for me at Publishers Weekly.) Recently she wrote a very frank tumblr post in response to a question about whether to enter the California College of the Arts MFA […]
I’m late in commenting on the industry rates survey posted by Fair Page Rates an anonymous industry watchdog. But along with the sales softening I was writing about earlier, it’s part of an industry infrastructure that isn’t as strong as it could be. The survey quotes a lot of page rates based on a survey […]
Welcome to MATT CHATS, a weekly interview series that goes live every Tuesday conducted between myself and a creator and/or player in the comic book industry, diving into subjects not broached by other comic news outlets. One of the artists most deserving of work from the Big Two or even the “Big Five” is, in my opinion, […]
Happy New Year, faithful Beat readers. Hoping it’s a happy and healthy one for all. 2015 was a challenging year for many of us with many changes blowing through the world of comics, but, in the words of Omega the Unknown, “to resist change is to embrace despair.” Of course none of this would have […]
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.
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 […]