INTERVIEW: Gene Luen Yang on Being Named National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

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The author of American Born Chinese sits down to talk with us about his new role as the first comics alumnus to hold the prestigious position of ambassador of young people’s literature.

Must read: the last decade of graphic novel publishing and the next five

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As we wrap up our big picture look at where it’s at, here’s a piece that Calvin Reid and I put together for Publishers Weekly called From the Fringes to the Mainstream: Ten Years of Growth In Graphic Novel Publishing where we surveyed a bunch of super smart industry folks on the past ten years […]

Bring the Gift of Geek to You and Yours in the Beat Holiday Shopping Guide

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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!

31 Days of Halloween: Trick ‘r’ Treat: Days of the Dead

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I doesn’t get any more Halloweeny than this, a new graphic novel from Legendary Comics tying in to the 2007 cult film. And apparently, there’s a sequel on the way. From the twisted imagination of Trick ‘r Treat creator Michael Dougherty (director of the upcoming Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat 2 and screenwriter of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns) alongside a top-notch team of creators including writers Todd […]

Interview: Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s Ann Tenna and Your Place in the Universe

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By Victor Van Scoit Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s name might be most familiar as a cartoonist for the New Yorker or as the author of the acclaimed graphic memoir Cancer Vixen. Her newly released graphic novel Ann Tenna tells the story of Ann Tenna, an influential gossip columnist who because of a freak accident meets her […]

SDCC ’15: Barnes & Nobles doubles size of graphic novel sections

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    I don’t have time to do much more than copy the PR on this but…great news for the physical book side of the business, which continues to grow against all odds. And check out the factors that are fueling the growth. Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the […]

ALAAC ’15: Graphic Novels Illustrate Why Librarians Love Comics

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San Diego Comic-Con is nearly upon us, but with its focus spread to all things pop culture, where can comic books get the attention they deserve? The American Library Association Annual Conference definitely put the spotlight on graphic novels. If you’re love of reading is at the intersection of books and graphic novels you might want to pay a visit next time.

Z2 expands with fall GN line, including Abaddon, Pawn Shop and Ashes

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Z2 Comics just made news last week with a new line of periodicals, and here’s their fall graphic novel line, courtesy of Publishers Weekly. The slate includes a collection of Koren Shadmi’s awesome webcomic THE ABADDON, as well as a new edition of Cleveland by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnent, and print editions of two […]