Yes, that’s a Curt Swan cover you’re looking at.
I first noticed Seth Damoose’s work in Xenoholics, published by Shadowline/Image Comics in 2011. I was surprised not to see him pop up on other titles that were on my radar, and ended up seeking out his quality work on titles from smaller publishers. On social media he would use the hashtag #toocartoony, referencing the common […]
This week, the purveyor of offensive and introspective, Chuck Palahniuk publishes his first novel in four years. The book is called Adjustment Day, while the name sounds like a story about a chiropractor gone rogue; Palahniuk is turning heads in a different way we’re familiar with. His new book brings up what radicalism can accomplish […]
In honor of today being International Tabletop Day, myself and fellow Beat staffer Victor Van Scoit have decided to share some of our own personal-favorite tabletop games. As criteria, we’ve decided to stay away from oldies like “Chess,” “Monopoly,” and “Dungeons & Dragons,” because there are a TON of other games out there. We have also decided to only share games that are still available for purchase if there are any readers who wish to experience these games for themselves.
The Scott Eder Gallery in Jersey City has a super cool show opening tonight; Graphic Alt Comics with art by Gabrielle Bell, Tommi Parrish, Mary Fleener, Powerpaola, Trina Robbins, Conxita Herrero, Lauren Weinstein and Gina Wynbrandt. It’s a fantastic mix of groundbreaking veteran cartoonists and some of today’s hottest stars, co-curated by agent Alessandra Sternfeld. Tonigths opening […]
“Five years ago, Marvel was in charge, and they ruled everything I did as a retailer. It was ‘Marvel first.’ Now, they are the bastard children of the industry. I’ve lost probably 25% of my comic readership because 25% of my Marvel fans got tired of my higher cover prices, the non-sequitur storylines, the almost incomprehensible X-Men this and that… Marvel has done nothing to drive the industry towards us.”
A little research showed me that I read Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #15 before beginning to read Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, but they came within months of each other in 2006 so I quickly recognized Takeshi Miyazawa as a manga-influenced master of many trades. The same year that he co-created scrappy genius Amadeus Cho he also […]
The Retailer’s View returns with a warning about the future of the comics industry… and a look at what can hopefully be done to fix it.
Looking back, Berger could see how the idea was very much in Shelley Bond’s and Vertigo’s interests. “The thing about Grimm Fairytales, the real fairytales, are that they are frick’n scary and bloody,” she said. “There is something domesticated about them nowadays… And I think most people today have their ideas of fairytales because of Disney.”
“I remember the absolute last copy of the first print run, which I sold at Comic-Con. It was to a middle-aged, straight woman who was buying it for her teenage, gay son. She told me that she was getting the book for him because she wanted him to know his history and lineage, and she couldn’t tell that story to him herself. She thanked me for creating the book for the both of them and I promptly burst into tears. Then we hugged it out. It was an incredible moment.”