MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, renaissance man and all time great cartoonist Ben Katchor is not busy enough being a certified G(enius). He also organized the New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium every week in the school year at Parsons, where he teaches. Every week someone from the world of comics or imagery scholarship presents a […]
Julia Gfrörer’s comics are always readable, but they are Halloween worthy as well, featuring dark, medieval tales of death and loss. And for Halloween she’s posting new t-shirt designs daily based on her haunting art. You can peruse the whole line up in th links but she’s posting new designs every day on Twitter as well. […]
I’ve got a lot to say about preordering, All Time Comics, Smurfs, the Fourth Disruption and Steve McQueen, and by god, I’m going to say it.
Minnesota-based publisher 2dcloud has launched it’s quarterly crowdfunding campaign for it’s 2017 spring collection. 2dcloud has been using crowdfunding as a mechanism for pre-orders and to create curated book bundles. 2dcloud is a publisher from which you never know what to expect. They keep selecting new and innovative work to publish that always defy and […]
Laid Waste by Julia Gfrörer This excruciatingly sad novella has Julia Gfrörer examining the horror of being a survivor, in a way that manages to be uplifting at the end, while not betraying the heaviness of all that proceeds it. Laid Waste concerns itself with Agnes who, it is said, had a vision of St. […]
§ Webcomic of the day: “Your lack Friend” by Ben Passmore. Just read it. It’s an excerpt of a longer work that will be sold at MICE in Boston, Ripexpo in Providence and NOCAZ Fest in New Orleans, and available online from .Radiator Comics. § This kept coming into my inbox: a Spidey Zine […]
UPDATE: Gfrorer’s account has been reinstated but I’ll leave this up as a cautionary tale. Twitter has had a harassment problem for a long time. Like, a loooooooong time. Something about the impersonal format gives free reign to any and all disgusting behavior. I myself—along with several other women in comics—was the target of a […]
§ Cartoonist Julia Gfrörer has begun a column for TCJ.com called Symbol Reader, in which she analyses comics for their deeper meanings and how those meanings are conveyed, as with “These Cans” by Joe Decie: It’s a paradox: the thing which exists does not really exist because its material state goes unappreciated; the consumer interacts primarily […]
We teased Study Group’s Halloween offerings a few days ago, but here’s the goods.
One of the advantages in writing for The Beat is the opportunity to provide under-appreciated comic creators with a platform, to share work which genuinely excels, work which excites you. This interview with Julia Gfrӧrer, whose comics and art work I have been a fan of ever since I came across it over a year ago, […]