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 […]
We all know the game “Tetris.” It’s addictive and embedded in the halls of video game history. Did you know though that it originated from Russia? How about that near the pinnacle of its popularity, it became entangled in a controversy that eventually escalated into an international incident? Published by First Second, Box Brown’s graphic […]
Catching up a bit here on the news, and Koyama Press announced their fall line-up filled with work by some of today’s most exciting cartoonists including Connor Willumsen, Patrick Kyle, Hannah K. Lee, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Noel Freibert and GG. I’m excited for all these books, as Koyama’s output is never less than stellar, but I can’t help […]
Hannah Blumenreich is best known for her blockbuster Spidey zine which tore up the internets and subsequently got her an actual paying gig at Marvel. I met her briefly at TCAF and I can safely say you will be hearing a lot more about her. She’s a pistol. She has a mini zine of her journal […]
What is an indie comics publisher? NO one seems to have the definitive answer!
Here’s some blazing news that just arrived in a puff of smoke: Heavy Metal Magazine is publishing a marijuana-themed magazine to add to its famed “generally high” themed classic SF/comics magazine. We hear the new pub, which is aiming for a September release, will be a “Vanity Fair meets Heavy Metal” lifestyle magazine, as devised […]
Man oh man how have I not linked to this before? Keiler Roberts’ Powdered Milk is an ongoing autobiographical comic about a woman, her husband, their daughter, Xia, and their dog, Crooky…but it’s not like the other family autobio comics. The word unflinching is often tossed around, but these comics are truly honest and unsparing, […]
Imagine a world where every planet has a door that leads to other worlds. And each door has a doorman – an old timey porter who lets you in and out with a smile and a good day. That’s the premise of The Doorman by writers Eliot Rahal and Daniel Kibblesmith and artist Kendall Goode. Kiibblesmith is the […]
Luke Healy tells Alex Dueben about the inspiration for his new graphic novel How to Survive in the North, and why most Artic expeditions end in disaster
The holiday gifting time is here and the Beat crew stands ready with some suggestions for the comics lover, comics curious or even comics oblivious – there’s something for everyone out there.