A list of Comics Creators newsletters

201507270357.jpg

You can now read Warren Ellis’s weekly newsletter, or at least the most recent one, at this link. In his newest one he reveals his statins are very good—Ellis recently had a health scare, as described in the newsletter, and it’s great to hear he’s doing well. He also says that newsletters are the new […]

Harvey Pekar Park dedicated today with fest, installation in Cleveland

harvey_pekar_park.jpg

Cleveland is getting a park dedicated to its comics laureate, Harvey Pekar, whose long running American Splendor comic captured the quotidian lives of Clevelanders. The celebration will run all afternoon with music and a screening of the film American Splendor (for my money the best comic book movie of all.) The afternoon will see a […]

Matt Fraction speaks on collaborators and credit

Sex_Criminals_Cover.jpg

Can NO ONE get this “credit” thing right? A few days ago we noted artist Chip Zdarsky standing up for Matt Fraction, writing of Sex Criminals, after only Zdarsky was mentioned on the Harvey Awards ballot. Now an io9 article entitled 6 Reasons Why Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye Is One of Marvel’s Greatest Comics touched off another […]

Does anyone care about the artists on comics any more?

1-this-one-summer-opener-580

Yet another discussion of what happened to the artist being the big dogs of comics, and a chance to make your feelings known via a survey!

New Black Lightning Archive: DC, Tony Isabella Reconcile

Black Lightning 4

“Dogs and cats, living together!” – that’s what immediately popped into my mind yesterday when I read Tony Isabella praising DC on Facebook for how it was treating him in regard to Black Lightning.

Casey’s progress: or, must everything relate to gender?

Lulus-Mom.jpg

Back in November there was a stirring in the interwebs when James Sturm posted a one page comic called “The Sponsor” that dealt with issues of jealousy and competition amongst cartoonists. There was quite a hubbub of response, with many different interpretations held out. Ken Parille offered fourteen versions all by himself. While I saw […]

Sean Murphy drops truth bombs on Comics’ ongoing money problems and more

seanmurphy002

In the debut issue of Sktchd.com’s Off Panel podcast interview series, David Harper sat down with Sean Gordon Murphy, prolific illustrator of titles including The Wake and Hellblazer: City of Angels. Recently, he collaborated with Mark Millar on Chrononauts, a time-hopping action miniseries that was optioned for a movie deal before the release of its first issue. While Murphy is known as one of the most talented artists in comics, he’s also one of the most brutally honest, and this podcast is full of truth bombs about the harsh realities of working in comics.

PREVIEW: Corto Maltese: Beyond the Windy Isles

cortohoriz

What better way to celebrate the Beat’s 11th anniversary than with a preview of one of our all time favorite comics, Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, now being reprinted in lovely English language editions from IDW and Dean Mullaney’s Euro comix imprint. This volume goes on sales today and follow’s Corto’s ravishingly romantic and lushly […]

11th Anniversary Special: Really Famous People Holding Comics Books, world politics division

10404341_890009052660_156808095993702882_n.jpg

In honor of the Beat’s 11th anniversary ehre are two epic photos from recent social media. In the first, Congressman John Lewis presents signed copies of the March graphic novels to Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala was shot in the head in her native Pakistan for daring to want […]

Know your exploiters in comics: a brief guide

hqdefault.jpg

This is an old link, but Robort Boyd has posted a slideshow he delivered on Comixploitation! that rounds up some of the more egregious examples of horrible artistic rip-offs in comics over the years, from Siegel and Shuster and Jack Kirby on to modern day matters: So what’s it like for a comics freelancer today? […]

SPX announces first guests: Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson and Noelle Stevenson

fatpony.jpg

Millennial comics superstars Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson and Noelle Stevenson have just been announced as the first guests at this year’s SPX which will spotlight creators who have only worked in the 21st Century. So get ready to write either your 6000-word think piece or your series of tweets on what this all means.

This year’s SPX will be held September 19-20, with over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables, 22 programming slots and countless rollaway beds. IT’s the annual Camp Comics on the schedule and this sounds like a real watershed year.

Hold on, some people are actually making money at comics!

TheWickedAndDivine_02-1.jpg

After yesterday’s gloom parade over the economics of comics, and the small number of people who seem to be making a good wage from making them, writer Kieron Gillen delivered another set of metrics that was far more cheerful. He wrote it in response to a website’s concern trolling over sales of The Wicked + […]

Being a cartoonist by the numbers…and the numbers are ugly

tumblr_nq0qeuZsf81r9t3fyo1_500

  Being in comics is great, it’s a golden era, new readers, yadda yadda. But this golden era is mostly the product of people slaving away at drawing boards and computers for long hours and a meagre living. And now here are some numbers to prove it. David Harper, formerly of Multiversity, has just launched […]

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

SLIP_o.jpg

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 […]

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

06-clowes-01.jpg

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 […]

To Do tonight: SVA’s Fresh Meat 2015

1920252_965511436805897_1813242014418562850_n.jpg

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, […]