Over the years that I’ve contributed for The Beat, I’ve gotten to preview some pretty-interesting projects in the making, as well as talk to their equally-interesting creators. A little more than two years ago, I had a phone interview with two women who called themselves the “Gibbs Girls.” They were working on a steam-punk inspired comic that takes place at the dawn of the 20th century and during the Industrial Age. The story followed a female, African American inventor named Ada Turner who creates the first flying machine. Last week, the Gibbs Girls reached out and informed me that the comic had finally come out.
The winners of the sixth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize (presented by Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies) have been announced. Keren Katz won in the print category for The Academic Hour(Secret Acres),an unsettling tale of an unusual school drawn in Katz’ wispy, evocative art.
FIBD #45 is just a memory now but it seems to be a pleasant one for most people who attended. The hanging out and eating wonderful three hour dinners was just fine, as usual, but the show had none of the mortifying faux pas of the past few years and serious things were taken seriously. […]
ComicsPro has announced it’s nominees for its Industry Awards and also its first Unsung Hero Award for the recently departed Dave Hawksworth. ComicsPRO, the trade association for comics specialty retailers, proudly announces the nominees for its annual Comic Industry Awards. The awards honor those people who are or have been the best at what they […]
A couple of links of note from Publishers Weekly: The annual Critics Poll results have been announced and to the shock of no one Emil Ferris’s ‘My Favorite Thing Is Monsters’ was #1. We’ve written and talked and been amazed by this book all year and it shows just how far the graphic novel business […]
Political cartoonist and activist Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé has spent over fifty days in detention following his arrest on September 16 in the West African country of Equatorial Guinea. Ebalé was detained as part of the governments recent crackdown on artists who have been critical of government officials. On November 4, the Association for American Editorial Cartoonists […]
After a vigorous round of judging, the five finalists for the Dwayne McDuffie Award For Diversity In Comics have been revealed (I was one of the judges) and they are: Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels Shaft: Imitation of Life by David Walker and Dietrich Smith Amazing Forest by Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas and more […]
Every year, Random house holds a Creative Writing Contest for NYC High School Seniors. Among the categories, graphic novels. Rules for entry in the link. The context is for NYC high school seniors only. But Friday is the deadline! if you were on the fence get it together. Literary compositions are judged by their technical […]
The Fauves, the official awards of the Angoulême Comics Festival were handed out over the weekend and there was no mockery or satire, only awards for comics. Thanksthe lord for small favors. The complete list can be found at ToutenBD, but I’ve adapted their list with English translations where possible or appropriate. Philippe de Pierpont […]
For the sixth year in a row, The Beat is proud to present the Comics Industry Person of the Year, as chosen by voters in our annual creator survey: Gene Luen Yang. The the Team of the year: Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.