The Blessed Machine #1 Written by Jesse Hamm and Mark Rodgers Illustrated by Jesse Hamm Cave Pictures Publishing A kid’s normal nightmare about being engulfed by sinister plants is countered by his mother’s retelling of the Persephone myth and you immediately know something isn’t right here. A quick segue into reality reveals a world where […]
§ Nice Art: you can now separately order Emily Carroll’s Beneath the Dead Oak Tree, previously available as part of Short Box. Carroll is a modern master and this sound mighty tasty: Murder, decadence, cowardice, guilt, and aristocratic foxes in wigs all combine in this gorgeously poignant poem/folksong from Emily Carroll, about the futility and […]
Speak, by author Laurie Halse Anderson, was first published in 1999 to wonderful reviews and a whole lot of controversy. Anderson’s first novel helped show us what young adult literature could be. Speak never trivializes or talks down to the audience it was meant for. Instead of shying away from difficult and mature subject matter, […]
The 2018 Toronto Comic Arts Festival continues to roll out the news, with the announcement that this year will have two full days of programing for young readers. The kids’ program is moving to the Forrest Hills Ballroom at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, which features seating for 200, plus spaces for crafts and activities […]
Short Box is a curated collection of small press comics editor by Zainab Akhtar, and the new one, #7, just went live for pre-orders. Orders will be open until January 31st, and the package ships worldwide in March. Although it comes in a beautifully assembled box (and includes treats and toys at times) Short box […]
Holy cow, Emily Carroll is amazing. She’s just posted a new horror comic called some other animal’s meat and just click on over and read it and prepare to be squicked out. As with many of her comics, image and body horror are at the root, but it’s also creepy as hell. And Carroll has […]
Emily Carroll — who just won a British Fantasy Society Award for Best Graphic Novel — is a Halloween tradition with her amazing webcomics which stretch the boundaries of the medium. Sadly she didn’t do a new one this year, but you can read all the old ones here, and the most recent one, The Groom, which manages to find chills in a pipe cleaner.
Carroll is truly a master of horror and if you haven’t read her other comics, there’s no spookier way to spend Halloween.
Talk about an early Christmas present. Emily Carroll’s delicious and innovative horror comics are a yearly Halloween treat, and now she’s gifted us with a Christmas themed comic about two little girls who are perfect angels…or are they? Heidi MacDonaldHeidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked […]
§ Holy crap! A preview of Through the Woods, the first collectino of Emily Carroll’s comics. It’s coming nextyear from Simon & Shuster(!). Zainab has more: Carroll is, to my mind, the only web-comic creator, along with Boulet, to make a fuller use of the platform, testing and exploring it in innovative ways. Her interactive […]