Some convention news that has been brewing as the schedule continues to expand. • Ace Comic Con has announced a Midwest show, to be held at Chicago’s Navy Pier on October 12-14th, the week after New York Comic Con. The guest list includes Hiddleston, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz and recently announced Chris Evans. Many wrestlers […]
As always there are about four gabillion pop culture events this weekend, but this weekend it’s CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) in Chicago, kicking off TONIGHT with a couple of excellent events: Friday, June 9 CAKE Kick-off Reading with Gabrielle Bell, Emil Ferris, Lucy Knisley, and C. “Spike” Trotman 7:00–10:00 p.m. Quimby’s Bookstore 1854 W. […]
C2E2 is back on the industry radar after a successful Diamond retailer summit, and the event will return to CHicago in 2018.
Okay, it’s time for my annual post on how to navigate your way to C2E2 at McCormick Place. Once again, it’s in the South Building, so if you attended before… well, then why the heck are you reading this?!? You already know how to get there! But for those who might have forgotten, or wondered […]
I haven’t been to C2E2 in Chicago since 2013, the last time the Diamond Retailer summit was held there, but the summit is back…and so is the Beat! Yeehaw! Can’t wait to have some authentic Chicago dogs. Tireless Torsten Adair has yet to post his “How to Get Around” notes for 2017, but here’s the […]
It’s fair to say that Emil Ferris’ sprawling My Favorite Thing Is Monsters — volume one of a two volume work — came out of absolutely nowhere for many people. Ferris is a Chicago-based artist who had worked in illustration and toy design, but after a debilitating battle with West Nile Virus, went back to […]
…and there’s more development around McCormick Place! Read on… Curbed Chicago reported on the recent votes by the Chicago Plan Commission approving the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, held October 16. Torsten AdairI’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010. I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel […]
Cartoonist Glenn Head talks about life on the streets of Chicago and what his next memoirs will be about.
Cartoonist Glenn Head is a comics lifer, with a sensibility filtered through the undergrounds and decanted into the best of 90s alternatives. And how he’s crafted a autobiographical comic called Chicago (Fantagraphics) that should be called “portrait of the artist as a young jerk” — with Jerk meant in the most loving sense possible. It’s quite a statement from a creator who hasn’t gotten the attention he should in today’s comics-loving wold. But Chicago, on sale today, will change that. And here’s why.
Chicago may be the Second City (later retconned to Third), but two of fandoms biggest geek gods are trying to build monuments to themselves! (Kinda like Lex Luthor, but cooler.) George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, former comics shop retailer, and now semi-retired, wants to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art! Lucas will pay for […]