§ Nice art: well, sad art. Here’s a lovely and troubling webcomic by Cory Thomas about The weirdness of being black in white spaces after the election. Fusion continues to run some very important comics. More of Thomas’s comics can be read here.
§ Police in Denver are trying to apprehend a criminal mastermind they call the “Comic Con Bandit”. The perp has robbed two banks while wearing Star Wars and Marvel marks, hence the nickname. The thief first struck while wearing a Black Panther mask, but for for the next stop on his crime spree, he donned a Darth Vader mask.
He is described as a white man between age 20 and 30, about 5-foot-11 with a thin build and short, brown hair. Anyone with information on the robberies or on a possible suspect is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720 913-STOP (7867). A text can be sent to: 274637 (CRIMES) then title DMCS and enter a message.
§ Vox lists The 7 best new comics of 2016
§ Tom Spurgeon’s 2016 Year in Review is STUNNING. Also NSFW.
§ AfterShock gets a one year later profile:
Imagine you’ve got 20 years of experience in your field. You work for the captains of your industry and have a reputation as one of the best in your business. Would you take the risk of striking out on your own, founding your own company? If so, you’d better make sure to have a good strategy. That’s just what Mike Marts did, leaving behind comic book titles like DC’s “Batman” and Marvel’s “The X-Men” to become editor-in-chief of AfterShock Comics. On the company’s first anniversary of publishing, HowStuffWorks spoke to Marts about starting a new media business in today’s competitive market. He described the company’s founding, their first year goals and how diversity in storytelling is building a loyal audience.
§ Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau has designed a poster for a local Winter Carnival. As you do.
§ Houghton Mifflin will publish The Unwanted, a graphic novel by Don Brown about the Syrian refugee crisis. The book is due in fall 2018. Brown’s previous works include Drowned City and The Great American Dustbowl.
§ Here’s a nice interview with Jamal Igle, on his current work and what he learned while working at Action Labs as VP of marketing and why he left:
Igle: It was a combination of factors actually. First, and probably foremost was my scheduling was becoming unmanageable by my own admission. On the Action Lab end, the company has grown so much in the last three years since I came on board internally what was a part time job grew more and more. I found myself doing between 12 and 15 conventions and trade shows over the last three years on top of my normal work load. Now, these are all great things for everyone involved but I really had to make a choice, and it wasn’t easy. I loved being part of the staff and learned a lot about a side of the business (distribution particularly) that you aren’t privy to, even working in editorial. Unfortunately, it meant that I wasn’t spending as much time at home as well.
§ And a nice interview with Luke Healy, creator of How to Survive in the North and a CCS grad:
Paste: How did you decide to apply to/attend CCS?
Healy: In college I studied to be a journalist, and I really hated it. I was just making and posting comics online in my free time. I actually came really close to dropping out of college, but I asked myself what I was then going to do instead of journalism. Comics were the only thing I was really enjoying at the time, so I Googled “cartooning college degree” to see if that even existed, and that lead me to CCS. CCS offers a master’s degree program, so I decided to stick out the rest of my journalism undergrad and use my free time to work up a portfolio for my application.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.