It took Bill Sienkiewicz 45 minutes to make this tribute to Alan Rickman

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RIP Alan Rickman – more Hans than Snape to me. But always great, no matter the role. watercolor 17×24 lanaquarelle cp Posted by Bill Sienkiewicz on Thursday, January 14, 2016 We lost another great today.     Bill Sienkiewicz post his tribute on FB and I wondered how he could have done one so fast. I […]

MoCCA Arts Festival reveals 2016 key art by Noelle Stevenson

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Just in time for her selection as comics industry Person of the Year, Noelle Stevenson has been announced as the creator of the key art for the 2016 MoCCA Arts Festival. MoCCA and Stevenson go back a ways: back in 2013 her student piece “Knight of Swords” was featured in MoCCA’s Student Scholarship Competition. Stevenson was just a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art at the time. She’s gone on to become a regular exhibitor at MoCCA, and hopefully in 2016 as well.

Nice Art: Nick Sumida does Fargo fan art for the greatest moment in last night’s episode

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It’s no secret that Fargo Season 2 is better than Season 1, which was already great, and it’s one of the best shows on TV even in this Golden Age. A tragic yet endearing mix of Midwestern pluck, human frailty, greed and the mysterious, Noah Hawley’s exalted Coen Brothers fanfic has the properties that made the original movie so great and a magic all its own. And I predict all the amazing plot twists and characters – the inept yet driven Blumqists, Lou Solverson in his burgundy pants, Nick Offerman’s eloquent drunk lawyer, the vengeful Gerhardt family, led by the unforgettable woman named Floyd, Hanzee the unstoppable hit man, and of course, Mike Milligan and the Kitchen Brothers—will provide fodder for fan art and even cosplay for a while. And Nick Sumida (Snaackies, Harvey Beaks) has kicked things off on Instagram.

Webcomic Alert: Sacha Mardou’s “The State I’m In” at Mutha Magazine

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Mutha Magazine is an online journal that deals with issues surrounding motherhood. It has a regular comics section, edited by Meg Lemke, and she’s put together some amazing work from cartoonists including Lauren Weinstein, Glynis Fawkes, Tyler Cohen and many more. Today a standout, Sacha MArdou’s THE STATE I’M IN: A Birth Story in Comics, in which the expectant Mardou and her husband has to deal with the possibility that her child has Down Syndrome.

Nice art: Christopher Hunt and Paul Pope’s Carver art

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We’ve been talking up a book called Carver for a while here at the Beat. It’s the work of Christopher Hunt, one of the fast rising young guns of comics. The first issue, published by Z2 is out today, and it has a Paul Pope back up story and variant cover. And it all looks […]

Nice Art: The Quest for the Time Bird by Le Tendre and Loisel

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Regis Loisel is a spectacular artist. If you’ve seen his version of Peter Pan you know this to be true. Titan is releasing a US version of The Quest for the Time Bird, a fantasy written by Serge Le Tendre. It’s out today and it looks gorgeous. THE QUEST FOR THE TIME BIRD WRITER: SERGE LE […]

James Jean gets an iPad Pro and the result is about what you’d expect

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The iPad Pro—a larger tablet that with added keyboard and pressure sensitive pen becomes a mini computer/Wacom—is shipping out to artists and comics readers everywhere. The Beat’s own mother is experimenting with one right now and will hopefully have a review soon. But in the meantime, artist James Jean has one and it turns out […]

Nice Art; Tom Fowler’s D&D Kickstarter is amazing

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It’s pretty well known tat Tom Fowler is one of the best artists out there—a great storyteller as well as a fantastic character designer. He’s been working doing character and concept designs for toys and animation, but according to the explanation of his nw Kickstarter project, he was feeling burnt out on drawing until his […]