Preview: Legend, a spectacular world where cats and dogs rule

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“Funny animal comics” were a time-tested genre for comics in the 50s heydey, and some of the finest comics since then feature anthropomorphic lead characters—like Usagi Yojimbo and Blacksad, to name only two. But a newer genre born of the currentgraphic novel era is “unfunny animals”—think We3,  Duncan the Wonder Dog, The Autumnlands and Beasts […]

Nice art: Christopher Hunt and Paul Pope’s Carver art

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We’ve been talking up a book called Carver for a while here at the Beat. It’s the work of Christopher Hunt, one of the fast rising young guns of comics. The first issue, published by Z2 is out today, and it has a Paul Pope back up story and variant cover. And it all looks […]

Bitch Planet hardcover, Welcome to Showside and more unveil Local Comic Shop Day variants

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Local Comics Shop Day is the latest holiday on the comics calendar, to be held November 28th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The date has been promoted as “Small Business Saturday” for a while, but this new date and focus will allow comics shops to tie in to the desire to shop locally and support small […]

Nice Art: Welcome to Showside by Ian McGinty and friends

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We’ve been telling you about the big plans from new publisher Z2 Comics for a while now, including their launch of a line of periodical comics. The flagship title is Ian McGinty’s Welcome to Showside, a charming all-ages tale about Kit, a friendly little demon, and his pals and Kit’s desire to escape from the […]

Z2 expands with fall GN line, including Abaddon, Pawn Shop and Ashes

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Z2 Comics just made news last week with a new line of periodicals, and here’s their fall graphic novel line, courtesy of Publishers Weekly. The slate includes a collection of Koren Shadmi’s awesome webcomic THE ABADDON, as well as a new edition of Cleveland by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnent, and print editions of two […]

Z2 announces new creator-owned periodical line with McGinty, Hunt, Tracy, Koplowitz and Porto

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Z2 Comics, best known for publishing the graphic novels Escapo, Fear my Dear, Cleveland and Henni, is getting into the periodical business with three new titles. The announcement was made in the Washington Post where publishing Josh Frankel expanded on his plans noting, “There’s no house style, but these days there’s no need for a […]

CAB 2014 in Pictures! With Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Raymond Pettibon and a cast of dozens

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The Beat took pictures at CAB 2014! Some of them are Hipstamatic. Live with it. This was a good show, as usual. I came back with a bag full of books and immediately started reading them, one of the virtues of the home show. Although jam packed the show was surmountable, and I thought I […]