Over the years that I’ve contributed for The Beat, I’ve gotten to preview some pretty-interesting projects in the making, as well as talk to their equally-interesting creators. A little more than two years ago, I had a phone interview with two women who called themselves the “Gibbs Girls.” They were working on a steam-punk inspired comic that takes place at the dawn of the 20th century and during the Industrial Age. The story followed a female, African American inventor named Ada Turner who creates the first flying machine. Last week, the Gibbs Girls reached out and informed me that the comic had finally come out.
This week we look at anxiety, Macbeth, and a darn-fine detective.
Baristas fighting monsters, fantastic creators, and hot coffee encounters- So What? Press has all sorts of things in store this month! Starting in mid-April, a new 10-page Tales of the Night Watchman story by Dave Kelly will be featured in the Park Slope Reader, a free of charge quarterly publication in Brooklyn, NY. At 2 pages per publication, […]
The most fascinating thing about art is the many forms it can take and ways one can make it. This also applies to comic books and graphic novels. Known best as “Raul the Third,” this artist has a unique style; using only Bic pens for his illustrations. On March 9th, Raul the Third gave a […]
To end Black History Month, I wish to highlight a recent event held in San Diego, California, home of the world-famous San Diego Comic-Con and of local comics publisher IDW. On February 17th, the augural Black Com!x Day was held at the Malcolm X Library. The organizer for the event, Keithan Jones, is also the […]
Another closing of a comic shop; another end to a piece of one’s comic community. For the last six and a half years, Villainous Lair has served as not only a comic and game store, but a hub for many comic book and popular culture fans in San Diego, California. Villainous Lair Comics first opened […]
The tiny indie comic that could has grown in readers and especially in volume. Hundreds upon hundreds of pages have been written, drawn, and lettered to shape an imaginary place of wonder named Cartozia. That kind of output takes immense passion, work, and diligence, and the person who has most embodied those traits is Isaac […]
In last week’s interview with Paula Knight, author of the graphic memoir The Facts of Life, we dove into popular cultures remaining difficulties with discussing fertility and the decision to have or not have a child. We also looked at identity and how society still tends to place the value of a person on what is […]
Mainstream comics aren’t exactly known for their stellar depictions of parenthood, maternity, fertility or pregnancy. The pregnant superhero is treated as something to be maligned, a grotesque and monstrous object. The experience of conception and pregnancy is rarely the locus of attention in comics. If you venture into the world of indie and webcomics however, […]
Rick Veitch’s Heroica Universe is one of the masterpieces of dystopian superhero fiction. More horryfying than Dark Knight, more visceral than Watchmen, it’s a deconstruction of the genre via the real life exploitation of those who created the characters. Published via Veitch’s own King Hell press in the 90s, Brat Pack and Maximortal came out but […]