Speaking of ReedPOP, BookCon, the festival of literary superstars that owes more to Comic-Con than to a book faire, was held as a one day event following this year’s BEA (Book Expo America) in Chicago. According to PW’s Claire Kirch, it was a hit: The biggest complaint from attendees at this year’s BookCon literary fanfest […]
Rosarium Publishing is a small Washington, DC-based indie publisher that’s been putting out some fine graphic novels, including Keef Cross’s
DayBlack, Jennifer Crute’s Jennifer’s Journal amd Micheline Hess’s Malice in Ovenland. As discussed in this Publishers Weekly profile last year, its very much focused on projects by and about POC creators.
What I didn’t know until I read this Indiegogo campaign is that Rosarium is funded mostly via publisher Bill Campbell’s day job and run as print on demand basis. That’s real passion and commitment.
The cover has just been revealed for Jerusalem, Alan Moore’s long, long brewing novel about 6000 years in the life of his hometown Northhampton. There’s a good reason writing it took so long. it’s one million words long, longer than Moby Dick, longer than Lord of the Rings, longer than the Bible. It’s TWICE AS LONG as these behemoths. It’s Moore’ second novel after Voice of The Fire from 1996, and he considers it one of his life’s works.
An extensive publishing program has just been announced for the fall launch of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the new JK Rowling-written film set in the earlier years of Harry Potter’s Wizarding World. Scholastic, HarperCollins, and Insight Editions have all signed up to publish book “inspired” by the film, projected to be the […]
Comics Experience owner Brian Hibbs has done his annual service to the industry byanalyzing the yearly graphic novels sales charts as reported to Bookscan. This is information people normally pay thousands of dollars for so it is technically leaked info, but while it’s there let’s take advantage of it. As Hibbs points out, these numbers do not reflect comics shops, indie bookstores, book fair or libraries, to name but four huge outlets for GN sales. So they are not complete. However they are a metric , and one that’s worth studying.
That Kate Beaton book we told you about has been officially announced. And yes, it’s called King Baby, and here’s the cover, courtesy of Publishers Weekly. The book will be out on Sept 13, 2016 from Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books. Beaton’s autocratic baby has been a feature of her tumblr for a while, and […]
Contrary to what the Northeastern United States’ relatively mild weather would tell you, winter is here and the holidays are swiftly blowing towards us. The many stresses of the season include college finals, the encroachment of no-longer-so-distant relatives on our homes, and the strangely loaded task of gift giving. While we at The Comics Beat cannot save your grades or your pantries, we can make it a little bit easier for you to find the perfect gift for the geek in your life. It’s The Comics Beat Holiday Shopping Guide 2015!
Want to know what comic-cons are really about? Get these books. Jeff Trexler
As usual Abrams Books will have some dandy books and signings at booth #1216, with authors including Cece Bell, Nathan Hale and Tom Angleberger. PLus many signed books and prints by the likes of Jules Feiffer. And if you’re luycky, you might even get a galley of Trahsed, Derf Backderf’s hilarious and disgusting account of a garbageman’s life. Other galleys and samplers will also be available from the likes of John Leguizamo and Tom Kinney.
Ignatz winner, Eisner-nominee Laura Park is a cartoonist who veers into “national treasure” territory for me. Her classically styled linework and delicate coloring mix with an ineffable, inspired mix of sadness and tenderness. Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream, her mini comic, is a small classic, released in small numbers. But hooray, D+Q will be publishing a collected edition of her comics under the Waking Dream title.