§ Top Shelf just announced two books for July, Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw: And The Motorcycle Samurai (Volume One) by Chris Sheridan which has a FCBD comic! § Panels is a site about comics run by the Book Riot folks and it has some pretty good stuff. Here’s a piece calledOn Imperfect Representation vs […]
§ I got a note from Incachild Creative stating that in remembrance of Spectacular Spider-Ham, they made a tribute video called Deerdevil. You can watch it above. I guess it’s funnier if you remember Mark Armstrong’s Spider-Ham, which was part of the kid-oriented Star line, but it might be funny without that. I love it. […]
§ There’s been some chatter over the last week or so over this public FB thread by Stephen Bissette about what he sees as exclusion of certain creators at indie comics shows. It sprang out of an older thread, and the conversation eventually includes Bill Kartalopoulos, who works with SPX and MoCCA, as well […]
§ Before we get into the news, a reminder to follow @ComicsBeatCons on Twitter for live tweets and inside dirt from all the shows that Elite Beat Operatives attend. Our little tweeters were very busy at WonderCon including scooping the move to LA. § Malaysian cartoonist Zunar’s clash with the law continued my Friday as […]
§ If you’re looking for a Beat April Fool’s Post…honestly I couldn’t think of anything that would strain incredulity that wasn’t just mean. I’ll work on one for next year. § Eric Orchard update: while no details have emerged regarding his injury on Monday, he is now safe and his family has asked for privacy. […]
§ Headline of the Day #1: Comic Con Event Takes Over Nutter Center. Why how DARE you?
§ MUST READ: Laura Hudson enters the world of Jason Shiga, who is probably one of the world’s greatest living cartoonists. If you don’t believe me, go read Demon, or Fleep. He’s surely one of the great visionary thinkers about the possibilities of comics storytelling, his comics unfolding like tesseracts in real time and space, […]
§ Many people in comics have a a deep abiding hatred of Roy Lichtenstein, who appropriated comics panels for paintings that are now worth millions of dollars. That antipathy will grow more as the above painting, taken from a panel by Ted Galindo, is being auctioned off with a value of $50 million. Scott Edelman […]
§ For everyone foaming at the mouth over the new DC costumes, here’s a reminder that Wonder Woman once wore biker shorts, people. In other words, changing clothes is like death in comics—it’s all temporary. § Greg Matiasevich at Multiversity has a very thorough round-up of thoughts and developments in the New Mexico mother who […]
§ Ryan Holmberg’s obituary for Tatsumi Yoshihiro is a must read, not only as a personal remembrance of the man and who he affected the author, but as a history of how one creator can influence an entire medium. Tatsumi is obviously a great cartoonist and an important cartoonist, but the road was bumpy, sometimes […]
§ Hall of fame artist Bernie Wrightson has had a bunch of recent health setbacks, and now what appears to be a cancerous brain tumor. However the prognosis is excellent and he hopes to make upcoming con appearances. Best wishes to Wrightson for a full recovery. George Lucas stopped by Midtown Comics today! #StarWars pic.twitter.com/zSBVD1Mf7Z […]
§ Deb Aoki is the Charles Dickens of Storify, You may know her from that other one we mentioned recently, but she also put together an epic compilation on manga translation based on her being a judge at the Manga Translation Battle in Tokyo. ONce again, if you are interested in manga at all this […]
§ Prolific animator and writer Gordon Kent, who worked on everything from Fangface to Bob’s Burgers, has passed after a battle with cancer. Kent was the original colorist on Groo and a much loved figure on the LA scene. Mark Evanier remembers his friend: Oh, how I hate that I have to write an obit […]
It would be easy to mock this Jen Teasdale-style column in the Norfolk Daily News where a woman goes to find some comics in her local bookstore but finds only superheroes and not Little Lulu, but I think there is a lesson in it. The tone is not the anger you sometimes find —”That’s not MY Aquaman!”—but rather curiosity.