The comic book industry fought hard to establish that comic aren’t just for kids. But with an ever growing world of young readers, the industry has been working hard to remember that comics are also for kids. So how do publishers spot trends that will resonate with young readers? Are comics forever lost to the adults? Trends in kids graphic novels or are kids graphic novels a trend?
During San Diego Comic-Con the convention center was busy with cast announcements, trailer debuts, and toy exclusives, while a short walk away some of the best comics talk was taking place at the San Diego Central Library. That’s why The Beat was there to cover panels asking if comic books are literacy.
By: Nicholas Eskey As one of the most influential graphic novel publishers in the United States, First Second is proud to celebrate 2016 as their their 10-year anniversary. Known for publishing noteworthy stories that also spark conversations, the publisher also does well with making strong connections with their writers and artists. One such writer is […]
By: Nicholas Eskey As per every year, almost like tradition, one of the last panels of the day for San Diego Comic-Con is the Talk Back Panel. And always seated front and center is the president of Comic-Con International, John Rogers. The importance of this panel is that it is the chance for attendees, exhibitors […]
By: Nicholas Eskey During this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, writer and artist Ben Hatke is spending time with publisher First Second to help commemorate their 20th anniversary. Fortunately for me, I got a chance to sit down with Ben in the hot San Diego sun and take some time from his already busy dance card. […]
By: Nicholas Eskey Artist Dave McKean is in every aspect a Renaissance Man. He expresses himself in illustration, art installations, music, theatre, writing, graphic design, and more. Notable for his work with author Neil Gaiman on the Sandman comic series cover art, Mr. McKean always finds a way to stay creatively busy. At this year’s […]
By: Nicholasville Eskey Predominate over this last decade, there have been great discussion, controversy, and positive changes in the LGBT community. It is sad that such advancements for those that identify as queer has taken so long, such as being recognized as legally eligible for marriage rights and benefits. As a gay man, this topic […]