SDCC ’16: The Tomb of Apocalypse isn’t in Egypt – it’s in San Diego

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by Davey Nieves San Diego Comic Con International 2016 is now officially on! Thousands will pass through the hallowed convention floor clamouring for poster tubes, pins, pictures of cosplayers, and maybe even comics. The Beat was privileged enough to get an invite to check out 20th Century Fox’s “Tomb of Apocalypse” survival room booth on […]

Downtown San Diego: Is it ready for Comic-Con 2016?

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By: Nicholas Eskey Typically, around this time each year downtown San Diego is well underway in a temporary face lift for our very own Comic-Con International. As one of the largest comic and popular media conventions in the world, Comic-Con International has long outgrown the confines of the Downtown Convention Center and has been steadily […]

The day in Garth Ennis news: Preacher event tonight and Red Team added to his Humble Bundle

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Garth Ennis is  having his moment with the debut of the AMC tv series based on Preacher coming on this Sunday, May 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC. YOu can catch the man himself in converstion with producer Seth Rogen and the stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun tonight at the 92nd Street Y […]

Rokudenashiko events in New York

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Arigato #rokudenashiko at #tcaf today! pic.twitter.com/EvfrJO83Jj — Shelley Savor (@shelleysavor) May 15, 2016 “Good for nothing” manko artist Rokudenashiko was the hit of TCAF and she’s in New York for a series of events. Tonights talk is sold out (DAMN IT ALL) but she’s also appearing at the Lady Tech Guild and at a Manko […]

Valiant gets into the splashy announcement game with #VALIANTSUMMIT 2016

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The game for comics news announcements has been seriously upped in recent years, with Image Expo and the DC Rebirth live streaming, Marvel press conferences and the like and Valiant is getting into the game with #VALIANTSUMMIT 2016, a live event and Periscope livestream set for Tuesday May 17th at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in […]

To do May 19th: Preacher Screening at the 92nd Street Y with Ennis, Rogen, and the cast

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The Preacher tv show debuts on May 22nd on AMC. Now THAT’S a sentence I though I would never ever type, but it’s really happening, with Dominic Cooper as Jesse, Ruth Negga as Tulip and Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, with an ocean of character actors to play Herr Starr, Arseface, Quincannon and all your other […]

To do: Roz Chast’s chuckle-filled exhibit at the Museum of the CIty of New York

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Well this is pretty cool, and has flown mostly under the radar of my usual comics sites: Roz Chast has an exhibit up at the Museum of the City of New York. It runs from April 14th until October 9th, so you have plenty of time to go see it…and you should. Best known for her 2014 award winning 2014 memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Chast’s droll cartoons capture urban foibles of dread, fatalism and UES (upper East Side, to non New Yorkers) neuroses with a levity that barely masks how deep they cut. One of the exhibits mentions that one of her biggest influences was Charles Addams, and it easy to see how Addams’ loose penwork and gallery of characters informs her work. She also shifted his emphasis on the lugubrious and horrific to internal anxieties over health, parental guidance, mid-life crises and geographic uncertainty.

Image Expo: The Vibe On The Scene and What Connected

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Held the day before Emerald City Comic Con, Image took their Image Expo on the road to The Showbox in Seattle for all the creator announcements of upcoming projects. The location was unique and perfect when you consider the many independent and up and coming bands that rolled through The Showbox in the past—plus how long Image has been associated with independent. The Showbox offered a sexy venue with lighting, chandeliers, and was already decorated for Image’s Spring Formal later in the evening. Image Expo would offer many highlights and it was interesting to see when the audience connected most with the presentations during the day.

Events: Singapore’s Sonny Liew Visits SF’s The Isotope and Many More

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I’m flying out to cover Image Expo and Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, but if I was sticking around San Francisco you’d be certain to see me at Sonny Liew’s book release tour stop at The Isotope. Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye has already been declared “2016’s first superalitve graphic novel” by our own Kyle Pinion, great review from NPR’s Fresh Air, and it’s already part of the discussion for what is 2016’s first comics masterpiece. What’s happening and where else can you see him?