Emerald City Comic Con Day 0-1: The most con-like con of all


Now I know what you are thinking, Beat, you have been offline for two days and all you can post is six lousy photos? Well, there is a longer story but it involves airline traffic and jet lag and blah blah. Anyway, I am here in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con, and this is […]

Five Days of Valentines: Bad for You Valentine Heart Brakers


BAD FOR YOU is a new book by Scott Cunningham and Kevin Pyle that illustrates extremes of, well, overprotectiveness, the nanny state and people going too far. The authors created some Valentines at Boing Boing—you’ll need to go to the link for the stories behind these, but there are some doozies.

Checker Books is back (?) with The Winsor McCay Project


Back in the day Checker Books was a company that specialized in reprinting old comic strips and books, including a bunchy of Winsor McCay comics. Run by Mark Christopher Thompson, the company kind of faded away after a dispute with Diamond, although Thompson later teamed up with the relaunched Devil’s Due. Well, they’re back, sorta […]

Japan launches worldwide assault via its own anime channel


The Japanese government is taking matters into its own hands by spending 15.5 billion yen ($14.7 million) to launch its own TV network with an eye to foreign distribution.

Help Bob Kahan Keep A Roof Over his Head


Bob Kahan is a comics industry veteran and good person that I’ve shared many a laugh with over the years. Like many good people, he’s hit a rough patch, and needs help to keep his apartment. As a New Yorker myself I know how grim and ruthless the housing situation is now and don’t want […]

RIP Peter O’Toole


The late actor was the subject of a pretty good graphic novel called, Hellraisers by Robert Sellers and JAKe (SIC), and adapted from Sellers’ prose work of the same name, which featured adventures of excessive drinking from O’Toole, Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

RIP Joey Manley


What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their pundits and bloggers. — Joey Manley (@joeymanley) October 17, 2013 Webcomics pioneer Joey Manley died last night of complications from pneumonia. According to reports, he was 48. He had been ill of late, and […]

New comics website launches: 13th Dimension


Like a Phoenix from the ashes…in our recent obituary for MTV Geek we noted that the NY Post’s Parallel Worlds site also seemed to be gone. And indeed, a NY Post website design claimed its young life. However, undeterred, editor Den Greenfield has teemed up with Asbury Park Comicon’s Cliff Galbraith for a NEW SITE, 13th Dimension.

Congratulations to Leela Corman and Tom Hart


I am certain that all of the world of comics will join me in congratulating Tom Hart and Leela Corman on the birth of their daughter Molly Rose Corman-Hart on August 18th. In addition to being a cartoonist (Hutch Owen, Daddy Lightning), Hart is founder of the Sequential Arts Workshop—or SAW—in Gainesville, Fla., which offers […]

The Cover for Wimpy Kid #8: Hard Luck has been revealed


They are the rites of fall: kids buy new pencil cases, Jet Coach Rex Ryan says something stupid, turkeys look back on their life and sigh….and a new Wimpy Kid book by Jeff Kinney comes out. The eighth installment of the Wimpy Kid Saga—which is depending on how you look at it either the best […]

Must read: India’s Leaping Windows—an emerging comics market’s first comics cafe


I often run links about India’s comics market while still wondering just how emerging it is, but Ryan Holmberg’s great profile of Leaping Windows Comics Cafe outside Mumbai explains a lot about both how the “suburbs” work and how India’s middle class is still finding disposable income for things like comics. I begin with this […]

SDCC ’13: All the limited signing schedules

Want to get a RObert Kirkman autograph? Or buy stuff at Graphitti? You’ll have to get up pretty early in the morning to do so at this year’s Comic-Con. How early? Well the DRAWINGS for some tickets will be held at 6:30 a.m. (Graphitti you will get a ticket to get in line later on.) […]

The Hulk statue, the library and the miracle


Okay, so there was this library in Illinois that got the idea to build a 9-foot tall statue of The Hulk out front. As you do. In order to accomplish this, The Northlake Public Library, led by mastermind librarian Tom Mukite, started an Indiegogo campaign to raise the cash. They sought $30,000 but have only raised […]

Retail report: JHU Comic Books is having a sale in its new location


We hope you’re enjoying our cornucopia of webcomics from our big 24 Hours of Webcomics event. If you’re in New York City and want to pick up some print versions of these comics—or even some non webcomics—the store once known as “Hanley’s” is now called JHU Comic Books is having a sale.

Retail Beat: A store opens in Yonkers; proposal in Alternate Reality Comics


Following in the steps of a recent micro-trend, another comics shop has opened, the Spider’s Web at 887A Yonkers Ave in Yonkers, NY. According to this earlier story, its run by Paul Borrero, a longtime collector and Spder-Man fan who felt the area needed a place for kids and adults to collect comics.

RIP Ray Harryhausen


Stop motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen has died at age 92. Before CGI there was Harryhausen, whose soaring imagination gave birth to creatures that inhabited the psyche of generations of SF and fantasy fans, and whose painstaking hand-done animation has never been surpassed for character and excitement.