Bombshell: Court rules Moulinsart does not own rights to Tintin

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In a shocking court reveal over the fate of one of the world’s most beloved and influential comics characters, a Dutch court has ruled that Moulinsart, the company that runs the publishing and licensing business of Tintin, does not own all the rights. The stunning result came about during a court case in which Moulinsart […]

Listen to all the panels, facts and figures from last week’s conference on French Comics

You all loved it when I tweeted stats, and now you can watch the ENTIRE panel section of last week’s French Comics Conference, held at the French Embassy and organized by Bureau International de l’Édition Française, or BIEF, along with Ivanka Hahnenberger. There’s a brief write-up on the event at the French Culture website. The […]

BEA 2015: More French comics on the way to the US

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The gorgeous Albertine bookstore at the French Embassy. —- I’m in the middle of Book Expo/Book Con hubbub but I wanted to draw beat readers attention to the conference on French-language comics held this past Tuesday as a kickoff for BEA. The invite-only event was organized by BIEF, a French books organization, but agent/translator Ivanka […]

Humanoids announces three picture deal at Cannes for Bouncer, Legion and Zombies

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Storied French publisher Humanoids—publisher of many classics by Moebus, Jodorowsky and Bilal—has gotten into the graphic novel to movie race with a three picture deal with Full House announced at the Cannes Film Festival currently under way. The above link is a little hard to follow with all the pacts and dealmaking but here are […]

Bunjevic, Fitzgerald, Willumsen and Ting win 2015 Doug Wright Awards

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Although I live tweeted the ceremony with its grandeur and tradition, I neglected to list the WINNERS of the 2015 Doug Wright Awards which honor the finest in Canadian cartooning. The awards were presented Saturday night during TCAF in a ceremony enlivened by beloved antics from Seth, David Collier and author Don McKeller. The winners […]

Here’s a giant interactive map of 200 comics events around the world

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Planning to visit a con, or set up? You can map your world tour with this resource. Biserka Stringer-Horne has just created a massive interactive map of more than 200 comics conventions in 50 countries as part of her site Comics Explorer. Because comic conventions are such an important part of any creator’s calendar, I […]

Tonight to do: European (Comics) Invasion with Darryl Cunningham, Penelope Bagieu, Sergio Garcia Sanchez & Nadja Spiegelman at Word in BK

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Last event, but the one that I am moderating! BK: European (Comics) Invasion with Darryl Cunningham, Penelope Bagieu, Sergio Garcia Sanchez & Nadja Spiegelman | WORD: This event takes place at our Brooklyn location. The artists are coming! WORD is proud to present a panel discussion with UK and European artists Darryl Cunningham (The Age of […]

To do tonight: Annie Goetzinger at Kinukuniya and on tour

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When I was a younger sprout in comics I often wondered if there had been any more women cartoonists than Marie Severin and Ramonda Fradon? What about in France where they loved cartoonistss? The ver very great Claire Bretecher was often mentioned but was that it?

Well, it turns out that all along there were other great French woman cartoonists, including Annie Goetzinger, whose amazing Girl in Dior is out now. Tonight she signs at the Kinokuniya Bookstore before apeparing MoCCA all weekend and going on tour on the below dates:

To do tonight: Spiegelman, Mouly, and Charlie Hebdo: IT’S TOUGH BEING LOVED BY JERKS screening

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And another event, this one a screening of a documentary about one of Charlie Hebdo’s earlier controversies followed by a talk with Art Spigelman and Francoise Mouly: With TOUGH BEING LOVED BY JERKS, director Daniel Leconte (Fidel Castro: L’enfance d’un chef) offers a real-time account of one of the most important trials in the 21st century […]

To do tonight: Barbara Stok at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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There are a lot of comics events going on around town tonight but here’s a pretty cool one, especially if you’d also like to check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Dutch cartoonist Barbara Stok will speak on her work and her recent portrait of of Vincent van Gogh’s brief and intense period of creativity […]

24 Hours of International Comics in Review: From Boulet to Sandman

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In case you missed it, we had a celebration of comics around the world on Friday with Beat staffers posting their thoughts on all kinds of comics, from manga to webcomics to British comics creators. Because it was a busy holiday, here’s a list of all of the posts. Run Freak Run (Berlin, Germany) by […]

2015 Doug Wright Award finalists led by Bunjevac, Tamakis, DeForge, Jacobs

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    It’s time for the annual nominations in Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. The finalists, representing the best in Canadian cartooning, are chosen by a judging panel—this year’s included Jerry Ciccoritti, Barbara Postema, Sean Rogers, Geneve Firanski and Chester Brown—and presented at aa gala during TCAF, this year to be held on May 9. And the nominees are: […]

24 Hours of International Comics: The Bangalore Comic Con is underway

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Check Out The Highlights Of The #BestweekendOfTheYear . The Fun Has Just Begun . Posted by Comic Con India on Thursday, April 2, 2015 As we continue our day of focusing on world comics, the Bangalore Comic Con is underway as we speak. Although the focus on the photo gallery is cosplay, there’s also this […]

24 Hours of International Comics: Britain and Sandman Overture

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“Sandman Overture” By Nick Eskey Okay, perhaps not a British comic, but seeing as “Sandman” was written by a British man, and is in English, its good enough for me. Outside of the comic spectrum, Neil Gaiman has published a number of best-selling books such as “American Gods” (one of my personal favorites), “Coraline” and […]

24 Hours of International Comics: Fabien Vehlmann, the Alan Moore of France

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Best known in the US for writing Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann is a superstar writer in France, working on some of the best known characters while winning numerous awards, and even writing the occasional movie. Here’s a brief look at some of his work available in English.

UN announces “Gender Equality: Picture It!” comics competition for Europe

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Diversity is taking over the world! The UN Women, a department aimed at gender quality around the world, the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation, and UNRIC (United Nations Regional Information Centre) is organizing a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. The competition is only open to European cartoonists between the ages of 18-28 […]