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Will Sliney Profiles The Fearless Defenders: Misty Knight

With Fearless Defenders #1 out today, artist Will Sliney has returned to The Beat to talk about the first recruit to Valkyrie's cause: Misty Knight! Yes,...

The lesson of South Park: just do it

The other day the New York Times interviewed South Park's Matt Stone which you should be able to read unfirewalled here, and Stone delivers a confirmation of Content as King:

Con snubs colorists, colorist pride stands strong

Well, as we were just saying, colorists are an integral part of the comics creation process, more responsible fore the look of a book...

Must Read: Jim Rugg on Print vs. Digital

This is one of those "the killer is calling from inside the house!" posts. As the digital tide slowly eats away at the limestone foundations of print, sometimes it's the hidden damage that is most destructive. In this case, artist Jim Rugg points out something that isn't discussed nearly enough: how coloring comics on computer monitors is not really an adequate preparation for the print versions. In this case, he notes that the print version of Mike Mignola's Hellboy in Hell just doesn't look as good as the digital version:

Career advice from Geneva Hodgson: RESEARCH

I'm sure this post on how to make it as an artist by animator Geneva Hodgson (and reblogged by Kate Beaton, hence my embarrassing ID mixup) doesn't need any promotion from me, but here it is anyway. IT's full of solid observations and advice, and you should READ THE WHOLE THING, but she mentions one thing that I don't think most career advice articles cover enough:

Marvel Now: Everything is Annotated

One of the more interesting aspects of Marvel's relaunch is how involved some of the creators have been in discussing their craft with fans....

Do we need The American Sequential Arts Guild?

Over the years there have been many attempts to start a comic book creators union or guild. Neal Adams tried one back in the...

How to make a Treadmill Desk by Colleen Doran

The resourceful Colleen Doran explains how she avoids the damage of sitting on your duff all day with a Treadmill Desk Details on how...

Bookmark: The Business of Cartooning resource page

After yesterday's bucket of cold water dumped over our heads by Jim Zub, we were toying with the idea of making a "resource page" with links to facts and figures on the industry but former Flash Gordon artist and current MCAD teacher Jim Keefe has done it for us! Keefe collects various pages and post on contracts, horror stories, rates and other things everyone should know. We recommend that young creators (and maybe some old ones as well) check out all the links.

ComiCON-versation #13: LBCHC 2013 Wrap-up…

by Mike Scigliano So after what amounts to close to a year of preparation and work, the 2012 edition of the Long Beach Comic...