INTERVIEW: Artist Drew Johnson on Reinventing Patriotic Superhero “The Shield” for Contemporary America


Yesterday, The Beat brought you an exclusive interview with Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig, co-writers of the new Dark Circle Comics series The Shield.  In this new take on a classic character originally introduced in 1940, The Shield is a spirit that defends truth, justice, and the American way by inhabiting the body of an everyday […]


Glenn Head Talks About Revealing Something Disturbing in “Chicago”

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Cartoonist Glenn Head talks about life on the streets of Chicago and what his next memoirs will be about.


NYCC ’15: Here’s Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto’s schedule


Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto is making his first public appearance ANYWHERE at this year’s New York Comic Con, and while many of his events are already sold out, you can still pick up a raffle ticket at the Viz Booth #1346 between 10:00am and 1:00pm on Thursday October 8th for a chance to win […]


INTERVIEW: Writers Chuck Wendig and Adam Christopher on Revitalizing the Spirit of America in Dark Circle’s “The Shield”


Archie Comics is out to change the way you think of the stars and stripes. Although many identify Marvel’s Captain America as the premiere patriotic superhero, the truth is that Jersey boy turned hero Steve Rogers’ debut in 1941 was preempted by The Shield by more than a year! Debuting in the now-defunct MLJ Comics’ Pep […]


MATT CHATS: Zander Cannon on the Hierarchies of Monsters and Benefits of a Smaller Publisher for his series Kaijumax


Zander Cannon has been hard at work on his series Kaijumax in 2015, which he writes, draws, colors and letters. He’s delivering odd, amusing, poignant stories about Godzilla-like creatures in a jail designed by men, the real monsters. I interviewed him about the series, how Oni Press makes for a good partner and more. How did you come up with the […]


SPX Photo Gallery — fun times


Posted by Small Press Expo on Saturday, September 19, 2015 I’ll have a longer write up and thoughts on SPX a bit later, but for now I’ll just share SPX’s photo gallery, because I was too darned busy having a good time and talking about great comics to take blurry Hipstamatic photos. I love the above […]


The Retailer’s View // Quite A Lot Of Variants


Today, I’m staring down the initial order deadline for titles releasing in November. The initial order deadline is something I neglect to realize is coming until a few days before they’re due – and while there’s always a lot of prep that is done ahead of time, going through the order book will still take […]


Interview: Troy Little on Recreating “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” for the Panel

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Troy Little is an Eisner-nominated artist who took on the monumental task of adapting the American counterculture classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, written by world renowned Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, into a graphic novel. Teaming with Top Shelf and IDW, Little has crafted a comic that sticks to the storyline of the book […]


NOOOOOOOO:Pet owners can now dress their dog as an Ewok for Halloween


PetCo has announced their line of Halloween pet costume, and for those who wish only to publicly humiliate their canine companions, there is an Ewok costume for dogs. Cats, of course, will have none of this, but they can go as a pumpkin or octopus if it pleases them. And that’s a BIG if. There’s also a Halloween Taco Dog Costume.


Celebrate New York Fashion Week with Pantone’s New Colors for Spring 2016!


Pantone, best known among designers for their standardized color matching system, has announced the top ten colors for men’s and women’s fashion for Spring 2016! The list:


Gwenpool is actualy a thing with her own special


Gwenpool, an unholy mixture of Gwen Stacy and Deadpool started out as a Gwen Stayc variant cover month joke but took on a file of its the point that it is now an actual comic book—with art by Guruhiro and Kris Anka no less. Gwen pool will debut in November’s Howard the Duck #1, […]


French women cartoonists launch a website “against comics sexism”


A new French language website called BD Egalite (more or less “comics equality”) has launched to address rampant sexism in the French comics market. The charter has been posted in English with a few calls for action including this:  Given that « masculine comics » have never been narrowly defined or limited, it is degrading for […]


Interview: Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s Ann Tenna and Your Place in the Universe

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By Victor Van Scoit Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s name might be most familiar as a cartoonist for the New Yorker or as the author of the acclaimed graphic memoir Cancer Vixen. Her newly released graphic novel Ann Tenna tells the story of Ann Tenna, an influential gossip columnist who because of a freak accident meets her […]


The Retailer’s View // DC Youoops


A few months ago, as I was running a deposit to the bank, I ran into the store’s landlord at the terminal next to mine. As we both waited on our tellers to process our various requests, we had a small chat. He asked how the business was going. I replied that the store had […]


You need to read some comics by and about indigenous peoples


In yesterday’s discussion of Marvel’s new Red Wolf comic and comics journalism, I had talked a lot about other comics by and about indigenous people but cut it from an already lengthy piece. However, in the discussion of whether Red Wolf needs to be supported just because it promotes diversity, I suggested some other options — please list more in the comments!


The Money Thing Part 2: New writer on Red Wolf is perfect storm of all of today’s comics issues


When is a story not a story? When is the story about a story actually the story? Well strap yourselves in because you’re about to find out!