The Beat Podcasts! More to Come: iTunes – The Graphic Novel


Recorded live in New York, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald! This week, the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss digital comics news from Archie, Hoopla, Google […]


The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: Comic Arts Brooklyn Interview Special


Recorded live in New York, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald! This episode, More to Come brings you interviews live from the Comic Arts Brooklyn comic arts festival. Heidi interviews comics creator and publisher Brian Chippendale, Leslie […]


Review: “The Fall of the House of West” Doesn’t Fall Short


The newest installment from Paul Pope, JT Petty, and David Rubin continues to build the West mythos, driven by head-strong hero, Aurora West.


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 […]


While NY Geeks Out Next Weekend, So Cal Goes Punk


Not going to NYCC this year? Sure you could spend hours hunched over the computer waiting for the latest news to come out of the Javits center or if you like a little punk rock with your reading you can spend that Saturday enjoying a full day of art, literature, and music in San Bernardino CA […]


SPX Preview: When So Buttons met Joe Simon

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Jonathan Bayliss’s So Buttons is a long running—10 years!—autobiographical comic strip that has been published mostly as a series of minis. Bayliss has been chronicling his life with the help of a bunch of all star artists including Noah Van Sciver, Joseph Remnant, Rachel Dukes, Rick Parker, Hembeck, Dean Haspiel, Jay Lynch, Ed Piskor, Tom Scioli and more.


Comic Arts Brooklyn unveils Clowes poster, schedule, guests


This year’s Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival will be held November 7-8, in the same configuration as last year — exhibits on the Saturday and panels on the Sunday. AND NO EXHIBITS ON SUNDAY — there was some confusion about that last year but I’m sure everyone will get the drill this time. The poster, by […]


AfterShock announces first titles with Conner, Palmiotti, Jenkins, Ennis, Bennett and more


AfterShock is the new kid on the block. Launched in April by comics vet Joe Pruett, it first made headlines when it hired Mike Marts as editor in chief. And now their first four titles have been announced. And they are:   ·       Replica, debuting December 1 from writer Paul Jenkins (Batman: The Dark Knight, […]


SPX 2015 programming is here, with new curators


The SPX programming went live today, with a plethora of great programs and a bit of news: Bill Kartalopoulos, programming director for the last nine years, is stepping into an advisory capacity, mostly with international guests. This year’s programming was handled by a committee led by Esther Kim of Fantom Comics that includes Michael Cavna and Jen Vaughn, with Kartalopoulos continuing in a consulting capacity with a focus on international guests. 


SPACE announces 2016 dates: April 9-10


SPACE (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) , Columbus’s longest running die comics show, has announced its 20156 dates: April 9 and 10, 2016, as well as a new free admission policy. The venue will be the Northland Performing Arts Center. This year’s SPACE had a problematic date the weekend after the San Diego Comic-Con, […]


MATT CHATS: Wolves of Summer Creators on Kickstarter, Collaboration and the Hitler Youth


It truly is a new Golden Age of comics, not just because of the fantastic output from such publishers as Image, Fantagraphics, Oni, etc., but also because of how many great comics are going unnoticed. The market is brimming with material that has gone largely undiscovered. I experienced that in a big way with Shawn […]


INTERVIEW: Introducing Keith Burns, Artist Extraordinaire


Keith Burns is an artist out of the UK that keeps an extremely low profile, at least on the Internet. He’s an artist you should know about that you probably don’t know about. There are not a lot of interviews or pieces on him,  which is crazy considering his talent and his pedigree as someone who has […]


INTERVIEW: Don’t Call it a Porno, Nik Guerra Takes On Mystery and Sensuality in “Magenta: Noir Fatale” [NSFW]


by Alex Dueben At a time when many comics are criticized for their approach to female characters, it’s interesting to read a comic which is about fetish models.  Moreover, it’s wonderful to discover that the comic is far less exploitive and sensational than many mainstream comics. In NBM’s new graphic novel,Magenta: Noir Fatale, Italian writer and […]


MATT CHATS: Thomas Boatwright on Puppets, Patreon and a Transition from Comics


Rarely do I get to learn the story of people who have moved away from the comics industry. Artist and creator Thomas Boatwright is an interesting example of someone who did the comics thing for awhile but eventually, initially not entirely by choice, moved on to other ventures. As a fan of his comics I’ve been […]


Fall Preview: Centrala offers Cooking, Trains and the Klan


Centrala is a Polish indie comics publisher that recently opened a London office, which s helping their books get wider distribution. They have three new books including what sounds like an intriguing tale about two German police officers who join the Klan to make friends and meet girls, an anthology mixing comics and cooking and a book adapting a famous Polish poem about a train into a 60 foot long comic!

Eastern European comics are usually thought of as an “emerging” scene, but with publishers like Centrala and the Latvian kuš! collective getting notice, they’ve emerged quite a bit. Here’s the Centrala books, which are all available for order.


Dave Sim receives a $500,000 bequest to turn his house into a museum


In his latest weekly video, Cerebus creator Dave Sim reveals that an anonymous donor has agreed to leave a bequest of $500,000 to The Cerebus Trust Fund. So it turns out someone really likes Cerebus! And Sim need no longer worry about money for getting his comic The Strange Death Of Alex Raymond published, and […]