Spotlight Cartoonist: Connie Sun — “How to be an Artist”

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Today’s cartoonist by November spotlight Cartoonist Connie Sun. Hit the tip jar below if you’d like to encourage her work.

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Keep your chin up, Jim Lee got lots of rejection, too

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Marvel historian Sean Howe has collected a bunch of Jim Lee’s instagrams of rejection letters from the ’80s, including this one from Eliot R. Brown. Although the curt advice “come back when you are consistent and can draw hands” seems harsh it’s just the truth. (One can only speculate on what Rob Liefeld’s rejection was…but […]

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Go See! Kate Brown and Paul Duffield’s ‘Crown of Blood’

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Now playing at the Tower of London, comic creators Kate Brown and Paul Duffield have created a two-minute video about the princes in the tower story – which is being screened every day in the Bloody Tower itself, where the pair allegedly spent their last night.

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SPX 2013 Panel Report: The Awesomeness of Influence

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[Photo courtesy of SPX] By Adam McGovern One of the final panels of SPX 2013 was about fruitful points of departure. “Paying Tribute: Traditions of Style,” hosted by Joe McCulloch and featuring comics re-creators Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, Tom Scioli, Seth and R. Sikoryak, navigated the spacetime crossovers and dimensional leaps of writer-artists who assemble […]

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Learn the secrets of Todd Klein’s lettering lore with his new print

For 20 years, ace letterer Todd Klein has been releasing a series of prints showcasing his calligraphic skills. Many were done with writers supplying the text—Neil Gaiman and Bill Willingham among them—but his new one goes all meta with KLEIN’S COMPENDIUM OF CALLIGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE and for anyone who knows what a Speedball is, it may […]

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INTERVIEW: Colorist Brian Reber on his Exclusive Valiant Contract

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Valiant Comics have been building up an exclusive roster of creators over the last few months. From writer Joshua Drysart to artists Doug Braithwaite and Trevor Hairsine, the company have a number of creatives on exclusive contract. But unlike any other company I can think of, they didn’t stop with announcing writers and artists – […]

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Larry Hama’s 10 rules for drawing a comic book page

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GI Joe maestro (and all around comics renaissance man) Larry Hama posted these on FB the other day. I stole them so we could talk about them. These are my ten rules for drawing a comic book page, that sums up what I have learned in forty odd years in the biz. They are not […]

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The Phoenix Presents: Daniel Hartwell and Karen Rubins on Chatterbox!

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Every Friday, Stately Beat Mansion invites round a comic creator or two for a cup of tea, complementary Kit Kat, and a chat about their work in The Phoenix. The Phoenix is a UK series which features a range of the best all-ages comics available, from all kinds of wonderful creators – all compiled into a […]

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Must read: Evan Dorkin on dealing with rejection

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A few weeks ago on his “Ask me anything” on Tumblr, Warren Ellis gave his Herc Hansen version of how to keep working on creative projects speech. Over on Brian Blackmon’s Neptune City, Saturn Town tumblr he’s asking cartoonists about how to deal with rejection, and Evan Dorkin—who set a record for self-deprecation sometime in […]

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Overview: Should Writers Pay Artists Upfront?

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This weekend saw a bit of discussion going on regarding the status of writers and artists. There’s already an ongoing debate about the way in which comic reviewers talk about the role of artists, and now the attention is moving more towards the relationship between a writer and an artist. When a new project starts […]

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Must Read: Tom Scioli on good/bad coloring and Barry Windsor Smith

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Cartoonist Tom Scioli (Gødland) is obviously a devotee of classic comics styles; it should come as no surprise, then, when he wonders Whatever Happened to Barry Windsor-Smith?. Smith is credited with introducing the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite art school to comics, along with his studio mates Jeff Jones and Wm. Michael Kaluta. Swearing by William […]

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SDCC ’13 #Tweetfolio Season 2.0 goes #Beatfolio at Comic-Con

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[Eds note: want to get a portfolio review at Comic-Con? READ ON.] by Bon Alimagno I’m Bon Alimagno, writer of the #Tweetfolio portfolio review column Heidi has linked to here on the Beat in the past. As a longtime reader of the Beat and even longer friend of Heidi’s, I’m pleased to bring this column […]

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The Phoenix Presents: James Turner on Star Cat!

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Every Friday, Stately Beat Mansion invites round a comic creator or two for a cup of tea, complementary Kit Kat, and a chat about their work in The Phoenix. The Phoenix is a UK series which features a range of the best all-ages comics available, from all kinds of wonderful creators – all compiled into a […]

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SDCC ’13: ComiXology sponsoring Comic Creator Connection

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Okay is it OK Cupid for Comics Creators? Not exactly, but if you are a CWC looking for a AA, DDF, then the Comic Creators Connection is for you. Comixology, as mentioned before, is getting more into the mix at Comic-Con, sponsoring a much of charity benefits, and co-sponsoring the Eisners and more. It’s all […]

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INTERVIEW: From Comics to The Tower of London, with Kate Brown!

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Kate Brown’s on The Beat! A writer, colourist, artist, self-publisher, Young Avenger, anthologist, board game inventer and designer, Kate was kind enough to talk to us about all sorts of things.

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Will Sliney Profiles The Fearless Defenders: Annabelle Riggs

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Marvel’s female characters do tend to be their very best, so here at The Beat we’ve been following Will Sliney (at a distance, so he doesn’t suspect) as he helps set up the all-female Fearless Defenders team. Whenever a new character joins the team, Will very kindly talks a little about them, and how he […]

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