SPX announces first guests: Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson and Noelle Stevenson

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Millennial comics superstars Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson and Noelle Stevenson have just been announced as the first guests at this year’s SPX which will spotlight creators who have only worked in the 21st Century. So get ready to write either your 6000-word think piece or your series of tweets on what this all means.

This year’s SPX will be held September 19-20, with over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables, 22 programming slots and countless rollaway beds. IT’s the annual Camp Comics on the schedule and this sounds like a real watershed year.

D&Q’s spectacular Fall includes Beaton, Tomine, Mizuki, Chippendale

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Although most of these books have been announced, here’s all of Drawn & Quarterly’s fall schedule in all it’s glory. You can read the complete catalog here — commentary below is my own.

Webcomic Alert: It Is What It Is by Kate Beaton

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An autobiographical comic about her time working at the Fort McMurray logging camp. :

D&Q To publisher Kate Beaton’s ‘Step Aside, Pops’ in September 2015

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The long awaited second collection of Kate Beaton’s madly popular Hark! A Vagrant comic is finally on its way, and it’s called Step Aside, Pops, a phrase we’ll all be saying a lot come September. Tom Devlin acquired the book for Drawn & Quarterly.

“Kate’s wit is sharper than ever in Step Aside, Pops,” said Devlin in a statement. “She’s found the perfect way to explore her love of history, while effortlessly deflating the pompous, self-righteous figures of authority we were taught to respect in school. Her restlessness has made her drawings even funnier.”

Christmas Comics: Kate Beaton’s yearly Christmas comics

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Every year cartoonist Kate Beaton returns to her parents house in the maritimes for the holidays, and the series of hilarious and touching comics that result are getting to be a holiday tradition, as the intersection of parental concern and parental eccentricities combine to form HUMOR. IT’s an experience that many of us are going […]

Kate Beaton’s DUCKS is finished

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Kate Beaton’s DUCKS, an autobiographical comic about her time working at Fort McMurrayruns five parts and here are links. Fort McMurray is part of ming operation around the Athabasca oil sands in northern Alberta. Warning: it’s the opposite of funny.

New autobio comic by Kate Beaton: Ducks

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Before she was a world-famous cartoonist, Kate Beaton studied history and worked at a oil mine in remote Fort McMurry Canada. Once in a while she does a comic about her experiences there. Here’s one. RT: I'm starting to sketch out another Fort McMurray story, this one is called Ducks, and here is the first […]

31 Days of Halloween: Kate Beaton’s spooky Halloween cards

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Halloween is heating up. Kate Beaton has taken some old Halloween cards and imagined . the terrifying situations depicted

Kate Beaton Announces Fat Pony project with Scholastic

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This was an announcement Heidi told me about at the convention with perhaps the most excitement I’ve ever seen present within a human person at any singular point in time. As revealed in interview with Laura Hudson at Wired, Kate Beaton has announced a new project with publishers Scholastic – which will be about her […]

Internet Meme Shocker: Did Grumpy Cat Rip off Kate Beaton?

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In a story on how Grumpy Cat—the dwarf cat that people (including The Beat) will line up for hours just to see—is worth $1 million, it’s revealed that one of her signature catch phrases first appeared in a cartoon by Kate Beaton. Which wouldn’t be so odd except that Grumpy’s manager, who is a “meme manager”, is very litigious about other people stealing his own memes. Beaton, who hasn’t received any money from the cat or her manager, is philosophical about the whole thing, writing:

SPX Shocker: Jeff Smith and Kate Beaton are RELATED

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As revealed in Beaton’s comic recounting the momentous event, during some SPX chit chat, it turned out they are both related to a family in the same small Canadian town. Needless to say, those are some strong cartooning genes.

How to be powerless

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Last Monday night, as Hurricane Sandy raged outside, we had just finished watching last night’s episode of The Walking Dead when there was a flash in the sky and the power went out. The vicarious glee of the Zombie Apocalypse—with its owl eating, gas hunting and lack of hot showers—was quickly replaced by living an actual lite version of it.

On the Scene: The 2012 Ignatz Awards at SPX

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By Hannah Means-Shannon The Ignatz Awards are known for their quick-fire pace and sense of humor but that doesn’t mean they downplay the often very personal extremes indie comics creators face in pursuit of publication.  Jerzy Drozd acted as MC of the 2012 awards and crammed a lengthy shopping list of emotional highs and lows […]

Daredevil and Beaton rule at the 2012 Harvey Awards

The 2012 Harvey Awards were given out on Saturday night at the Baltimore Comic-Con. The big winner was the superhero favorite DAREDEVIL with wins for Best Series, Best New Series, Best Inker and Best Writer. Kate Beaton won three, with Best Online Comics Work, the Special Award for Humor, and Best Cartoonist. Jim Henson’s TALE OF SAND by Ramon Perez, also won two, Best Original Graphic Album and Best Story.

Comics Crisis: Doujinshi Nation

Wow! All hell has broken loose in comic book-land! Last week’s surfeit of Aquarian-born comics creators created a busy circuit of birthday parties, and if I had a dime for every time the name “Gary Friedrich” came up, his legal fees would be paid.

IP Wars are breaking out everywhere.Why here, why now? As always, follow the money. The most visible and lucrative segment of comics industry has, since the great distribution collapse of the ’90s, been primarily in the IP business. Entire comics companies have sprung up just to create movie storyboards masquerading as comics. Big media corporations outfit swanky offices just for the purpose of developing existing IP. It’s become a cottage industry. No wonder then, that controlling and profiting from IP has become THE major preoccupation of the comics industry from the CEO selling movies to the colorist selling prints.

Charlie Sheen vs Marge Gundersson

Okay we have not been linking to EVERY single Charlie Sheen comic because, let’s face it, we’re beating this thing to death. Yes there was Family Circus and Superhero Quotes and Sheen vs Deadpool and even some Comics Alliance didn’t link to.

But it is Kate Beaton who has supplied both the only necessary Charlie Sheen comics and the FINAL Charlie Sheen comic, in a page featuring Marge Gundersson, the sensible sheriff from Fargo. That is a tiger blood rocket to Mars right there.