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 […]

ReedPOP launches in China with Shanghai Comic Con

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Yesterday we learned that New Jersey is getting a comic-con…and so is China! ReedPOP is launching the Shanghai Comic Convention which will be held in just two months, May 16 and 17th at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing.

Area man selling old comics to finance wife’s breast augmentation surgery

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Makes sense, right? Ebay user hugelyimpressive is auctioning off some rare Golden Age comics he came across is order to fund his wife’s boob job. Although enough has been raised for a modest enhancement, they are seeking DD size additions so keep bidding. The post includes a FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions Q: Is this for […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/9/15: Secrets of the Manga Industry Revealed

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§ 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 […]

Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club and “the toxic ever present white gaze.”

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There’s no question but that in American culture the predominant view is one that is rich, white, male, straight and Christian. And while “The male gaze” is pretty well known, we’re getting to learn about the “white gaze” as well. Have you ever wondered what it looks like? Now we know. Except it’s from peace loving New Zealand AND America.

Interview: JP Ahonen on drawing bears, Sing no Evil and the Finnish comics scene

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Finnish cartoonist JP Ahonen made a splash last year with his energetic graphic novel Sing No Evil (co-written by KP Alare), about a rock band that has to struggle not only with rival musicians but a supernatural invasion of their home town. Originally published in Finland, Abrams brought out the English edition. Here he talks about making the book, sequel plans and what comics are like in his native land.

TCAF announces first guests, more details for 2015 show

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TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival will be held May 9-10th this year, with a whole week of events, art exhibits, screenings. Special programming events include the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, and Comics Vs. Games 4. IN other words, it jam packed with stuff to see and do. As for programming the first spotlight has been announced: Drawn & Quarterly’s 25th anniversary, which is certain to bring out some top notch sessions.

Angoulême’s attendance is probably smaller than thought

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Well, this is a bit of a wounder. I alluded in an earlier post on the Angoulême comics festival that the attendance was being disputed, and in a
must read wrap-up of the 2015 festival Matthias Wivel covers everything and has a much more knowledgable breakdown of the dispute. In the past it has been a tenet of faith that 200,000 people attend the festival, which fills an entire medieval style town on a hill. This number has been cited as a reminder of how the French love their comics, how robust the European comics scene is, and in general how Angoulême is heaven on earth for comics lovers. While all of that remains true, it now seems that festival organizers may have been inflating the attendance a tad and it’s more like…15,000-20,000.

Titan Announces The Best of British Comics

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Titan has socialed up the above image and some information:

Word Without Borders publishes 9th annual Graphic Novels issue

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The annual graphic novel issues of Words without Borders, an online international literary magazine, is out, and it has a great line-up, which you can see by clicking through. I’ve post a few preview images at the bottom of the post.