§ This page of “unfinished” Jack Kirby art from Simon & Kirby’s Stuntman has been making the rounds and why not…it’s a master class in everything. Stripped of the heavy black inks we’re most familiar with in Kirby’s published art, the pure composition, action and grace comes to the fore. The page reminds me of […]
Summer is here, so they tell us, and soon you’ll be hitting the beach with a cute tankini, some suntan lotion and maybe a big graphic novel to dive into. Well Drawn & Quarterly just made that a lot easier with a 40% off online sale that runs until MOnday, May 29. (If you’re lucky […]
Today, the American Library Association released its State of America’s Libraries Report, an annual report released during National Library Week. It’s not easy being a librarian, and it’s gotten even more difficult in the current Zeitgeist of fake news, polarization, and intolerance. Torsten Adair I’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010. I’ve been […]
§ Nice Art: man, if there’s ONE holiday card from a cartoonists type you’d want to get it’s this collaboration between Michael DeForge and Jillian Tamaki. § British comics artist/colorist Pete Doherty is recovering from a torn aorta, and there is a crowdfunding effort underway to raise some money for him. However, he’s now facing at […]
Gosh! Comics is one of London’s premiere comics shops, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. And to mark the occasion they’re selling a print by Jillian Tamaki entitled “Nancy and Tonya,” which I think you’ll agree is stunning. The title seemingly refers to the great Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding figure skating scandal of the early 90s, […]
Here we go again. A parent in Seminole County, Fla. found that her nine year old brought home This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki and thought it was way too adult for her kid and complained, and the local TV news has launched an investigation and discovered that shockingly, the book, which […]
The Comics Beat’s staff votes on the best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of the year.
With This One Summer, Jillian Tamaki established herself as one of the best artists working in comics. With Super Mutant Magic Academy she revealed that as an all around cartoonist she was a master of the form. So what’s next for her? Well for now, a new series of short comics at Hazlitt, the online […]
This year’s Ignatz Award nominees have just been announced, and if you needed a reminder that 2014 was an awesome year for comics, here you go. This year’s judges— Lamar Abrams, Cara Bean, Robyn Chapman, Sophie Goldstein and Corrine Mucha—have a great selection from the fairly popular (March, SuperMutant Magic Academy) to the up and comers (Sophie Goldstein’s The Oven, Sophia Foster-Dimino’s Sex Fantasy.)
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!