§ Nice Art: Lauren Weinstein covered the Women’s March on Washington with comics.
§ Angoulême is in full swing and no one has been insulting on a chat show! Here’s a French language video on the Will Eisner exhibit.
And using Twitter translate you can follow along with the fun with the Fauves twitter account. (The Fauves are the official prizes of the show.)
§ The Comic Con Bandit – a thief who wore various Star Wars and superhero masks while committing crimes in Denver – has finally been caught! Gary Mark Crider has been charged with 12 felony counts including two counts of aggravated robbery, nine counts of robbery and one count of theft.
§ Ethan Roberts was one of the people who put on the very first comic con in New York in 1964, and over the years he amassed a huge collection of valuable comics. He died of cancer last year and
his multimillion-dollar comic and art collection will be sold at Heritage Auctions:
Roberts, a recognized expert in the comics field, was a board member of the nonprofit Siegel and Shuster Society, which honors Superman and his Cleveland creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
But Roberts’ legacy will not be forgotten. His collection will be offered by Heritage Auctions of New York to collectors worldwide in separate auctions. Bids on the first selection of individual pieces in Roberts’ collection — which span from the beginning of comics in the 1930s to modern times — will be accepted online beginning Friday, Feb. 3.
§ Motivational speaker/singer Andrew WK wrote about his love of comics for VICE, and as usual it’s enthusiastic. He drops some good names though:
From that first issue of RAW, my fascination grew deeper. I started getting into the work of S. Clay Wilson, John Howard, Robert Williams, Robert Crumb, Spain Rodriguez, Charles Burns, Jim Osborne, Peter Bagge, Bob Burden, and others. I was enthralled by nearly everything I encountered, and each collision with a new artist would in turn lead to finding a whole host of others. Every artist stood alone, with an iconoclastic style and feeling only they could provide. It wasn’t only their artwork, but also their ideas that were so compelling. No prior experience of mine, or any extension of my dreams or nightmares, could’ve fully prepared me for these fantastic, and entirely new creative statements and explorations.
§ Joel Priddy explains How the graphic novel got its misleading moniker
§ Meanwhile, The Beguiling has completed it’s epic move and a final sale is shutting down the historic Markham St. location. End of an era.
§ Alenka Figa interviews cartoonist Sophia Wiedeman:
As for developing transitions, I often imagine I’m behind a camera panning and zooming. I do not want to take for granted that the reader will know how to get from point A to point B. On one hand, you don’t ever want to underestimate the reader’s abilities. If you spoon feed the reader you strip away the satisfaction of discovery, but in order for them to get the most out of reading the story you have to be as clear as possible. Clarity and readability are two principles I keep in mind at all times. I want any vague segues to be purposeful and rare.
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.