INTERVIEW: Rod Reis on breaking down Hadrian’s Wall


Image Comics has positioned itself as the premiere place to tell sci-fi stories. With a portfolio that includes top books like Saga and critic favorites like Descender, one might argue it has become an overcrowded market…that is unless you can turn the genre on its ear. Kyle Higgins (Power Rangers, Nightwing), Alec Siegel, (C.O.W.L) and Rod […]

SDCC ’16: Luke Cage Cast Interview – “Let’s face it: there aren’t a lot of black superheroes”


The latest in a line of critically successful commercial hits for Marvel Television and Netflix, Luke Cage brings Mike Colter’s invincible Defender-in-the making to the forefront in his own series that sees him trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, particularly after the explosive events of Jessica Jones. But trouble finds him soon […]

SDCC ’16: “The Man in the High Castle” Cast on Philip K. Dick’s Predictive Powers


Dan Percival, an Executive Producer for Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, said he considers Philip K. Dick’s works to be prescient and visionary – but he never expected the show’s message to be as relevant to today’s political climate to the degree that it has. “In a way the world has caught up with […]

Interview: Özge Samanci on Art, Family, and a Love of Learning

dare to disappoint

By Cal Cleary Özge Samanci is a multi-media artist, an assistant professor at Northwestern University, and a talented cartoonist who has had exhibitions of her work hosted all over the world. Her first graphic memoir, Dare to Disappoint, is out now from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It follows Samanci’s coming of age in Turkey. From a […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: Comic Arts Brooklyn Interview Special


Recorded live in New York, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald! This episode, More to Come brings you interviews live from the Comic Arts Brooklyn comic arts festival. Heidi interviews comics creator and publisher Brian Chippendale, Leslie […]

INTERVIEW: Chip Zdarsky on Creating the New “Jughead,” Turning Down the Harvey, and Crafting the A-1 Burger


Calling all miscreants!  All slackers and gamers!  All those who would banish terrible cafeteria food to the secret tenth circle of hell (located in a specific unmentionable location on Satan’s person).  Archie’s Jughead is back with a new ongoing series written by none other than Sex Criminals’ Chip Zdarsky and illustrated by The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl‘s artist Erica Henderson. […]

Interview: Cracking Secret Coders, Balancing Education and Entertainment, and What’s Next for Eisner Winner Gene Luen Yang


Gene Luen Yang, multiple Eisner winner and National Book Award finalist, has released his latest work for younger readers, a collaboration with Adventure Time artist Mike Holmes entitled Secret Coders. This exciting new volume from First Second, the home of Yang’s award-winning American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero, centers on a young […]