The Beat’s Annual Survey 2015, Part Four: “Grandpa Con versus In-name-only-Con”

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More thoughts on the future of comics, the intersection of media, conventions and just sitting at a table drawing, by folks ranging from publishers to creators to journalists.  What will 2015 bring? Surprises, like yesterday IDW/Top Shelf deal, which no one saw coming.

Nice Art: AlphaBands by Ben Towle

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Cartoonist/comics educator Ben Towle likes to take up half the year in alphabet themed art projects; once it was monsters then animals. This time he drew 26 different musicians in a project called AlphaBands. All 26 are up now, he explains and though not everyone was a hit single, it was also a technical exercise. […]

On the Scene: Small Press Expo 2012 Day Two

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By Hannah Means-Shannon The revelries following the Ignatz Awards continued long into the night and crowded the lower levels of the conference center took over the bar and spilled out onto patios, steps, and walkways, but that didn’t stop expo-goers from taking in another day of star-powered panels on Sunday. The big names and signings […]

Introducing: the AlphaBooks project

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Ben Towle is at it again, organizing another alphabetical tour through some delightful category. Last time it was fantastic beasts; this time, it’s fictional characters, and it’s called AlphaBooks. Towle kicks it off with A is for Captain Ahab and a quote on his blog fromMoby Dick:
The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run.