Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona is getting the animated treatment by Feast director

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It’s been a good couple of weeks for Noelle Stevenson. Just two weeks after the announcement that her collaborative Boom! Studios comic Lumberjanes was getting a live-action adaptation, now comes word that her Eisner winning solo venture, Nimona, is going to be an animated feature. In a report from THR, FOX Animation has picked up […]

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Interview: Ed Luce Tackles Wrestling, Music, and Sex in Wuvable Oaf

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By Melanie Burke Images courtesy of Ed Luce In anticipation of the launch of his first project in comics, Wuvable Oaf, The Beat took a minute to talk with Ed Luce about making the switch from fine art, wrestlers as superheroes and the importance of diverse narratives.

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Sam Hiti is not dead, but that’s about all we know

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Yesterday, the tumblr of incredibly talented cartoonist Sam Hiti presented a post called Rest in Pages Sam Hiti which suggested that he had passed away. Immediately social media flooded with reports that he was in fact alive and podcaster Charlie La Greca was on the phone with him. I know people want an explanation. I […]

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Interview: Brad Neely & Co. on China, IL – The Worst School in America

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The showrunners of China, IL sat down with Comics Beat for a quick talk about their show, Hulk Hogan, and the finer ways to curse on network television.

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Interview: Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre Create Sequel to Beloved Giants Beware!

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By Harper W. Harris The first book in The Chronicles of Claudette, Giants Beware! was quite well received; in fact, it earned the creators several awards, including the Cybils Award for Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels. The book, and its new follow up, Dragons Beware!, follow the courageous and battle hungry Claudette, her brother and culinary […]

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Quote of the Day: Daniel Clowes on the artist’s tools

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Photo by Abigail Huller, via Oakland Museum of California Q. Do you still work the same way you did 25 years ago, drawing by hand at a table? A. Yes. I was just at an antiquarian book fair, and I picked up this catalog for a cartooning correspondence course from 1921. There was a photo […]

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To Do tonight: SVA’s Fresh Meat 2015

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Poster above is by Giselle Sarmiento. SVA—the School of Visual Arts— holds a yearly mini comic-con for its senior class Fresh Meat.  SVA has been a hotbed of cartooning since it was founded back in 1947 by Tarzan artist Burne Hogarth and Silas H. Rhodes. Notable comics alums are literally too numerous to begin to mention, […]

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Ty Templeton is home and has some advice for all of us

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The Beat has been reporting over the last few weeks on Ty Templeton’s severe heart attack and I’m pleased to report that he’s home and recovering. In Templeton fashion, he made a comic out of it, but he also revealed the severity of his health issues—he was brought back to life three times and wasn’t […]

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Adam Zyglis wins Pulitzer Prize for Cartooning

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The Pulitzers, awarded for excellence in journalism, were announced yesterday, and the winner for cartooning was Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News. Finalists were Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher of the Baltimore Sun and Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins), of Daily Kos. (On her FB page Columbia U librarian Karen Green revealed she was one of the judges […]

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Ty Templeton in critical condition after a heart attack

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Cartoonist Ty Templeton—generally considered one of the funniest people of his generation—is in stable but critical condition after suffering a heart attack wife, KT Smith reported on Facebook. Templeton, 52, suffered the attack yesterday but in an update today she reports he’s in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator, but expected to be taken off of it tomorrow.

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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 […]

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Tonight @ Society of Illustrators: Is That Art?

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This exhibit of works from Craig Yoe’s original art collection has already garnered stellar accolades – tonight you can see why. And that’s not all …

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24 Hours of International Comics: Meet Boulet, Master of Visualizing Emotion (France)

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By and large, American comics are exercises in external action.  Rare is the superhero who ends up blighted by some existential crisis and is then forced to retreat into his or herself in order to resolve the issue.  Rarely is conflict not solved through fights filled with flurried fists.  Even Batman, “the World’s Greatest Detective,” generally […]

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The Center for Cartoon Studies spits out good cartoonists like a volcano spits out lava

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Today is a day to send shout-outs to the Center for Cartoon Studies, located in White River Junction, VT and recognize it’s many good deeds. While my shout out should be a loving essay on how teaching comics has had a strong effect on storytelling and how the bucolic yet isolated campus in rural Vermont allows students to focus in on making comics, or the print room or the other great things about the faculty which includes James Sturm and Steve Bissette, I don’t have time for that.

Instead I will just direct you to Rob Clough’s series looking at the WORK of CCS grads and spotlight a few of them:

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Exciting FB post of the day from artist Tom Scioli

Dare I use Frank Miller Dark Knight Strikes Again 6×5 and 5×4 grids for Transformers vs GIJoe #7?

Posted by Thomas Scioli on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fools? Or totally cools?

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Jen Vaughn leaving Fantagraphics for the freelance life

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Beloved comics figures Jen Vaughn is leaving her marketing position at Fantagraphics, and Tom Spurgeon has her exit inerview: VAUGHN: The plan was to stay in comics. Period. I’ve worked with comics and graphics novels at almost every level: handselling Y: the Last Man and Jeffrey Brown at a bookstore (Bookstop in Austin), comic book […]

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