Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Tonight: Fantom Comics: Freaking Romance w/ Snailords 9/26 7pm

I'll be attending this tonight.

>> TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th @ 7pm

Comics creator SNAILORDS will be at Fantom Comics for the launch of the first volume of the physical copies of their webtoon, FREAKING ROMANCE!

Swing on by to get your books signed and participate in a Q&A!

FREAKING ROMANCE is a sexy supernatural story about being out on your own, finding your dream apartment and discovering that your new place is haunted by a handsome spectral stranger from another dimension. Sure, he can't see you and you can't touch him, but who said every relationship starts out perfectly?

Pre-order copies today at Fantom Comics, in-store or online via email or ComicHub!

Comics Research Bibliography citations update, 9/25/2023

The Beat is looking for a Managing Editor

An exciting opportunity has arisen

Heidi MacDonald



Federation Studios Acquires French Animation Group Go-N Productions

Anne de Galard and Eric Garnet's animation company, whose credits include 'Simon Super Rabbit,' 'Zip Zip' and 'Tootuff,' was named producer of the year at the 2023 Cartoon Forum.

Scott Roxborough

September 25, 2023 


'Krapopolis' Review: Dan Harmon's New Fox Animated Comedy Is Atypically Bland

Set in the semi-mythological world of ancient Greece on the eve of civilization, the show has a vocal cast including Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Pam Murphy and Duncan Trussell.

Daniel Fienberg

September 24, 2023



Jake Gyllenhaal Was Considered for Batman in Christopher Nolan's Trilogy, David S. Goyer Says

The screenwriter also shares which actor a studio executive wanted to play the Riddler in the third film, 'The Dark Knight Rises.'

Carly Thomas

September 22, 2023 



When DC Sued Fox for Copying Batman in Mystery Men Comics, at Auction

After successfully suing Victor Fox over Superman similarities, DC Comics did it again over copying Batman & Robin in Mystery Men Comics.

by Mark Seifert

 24 Sep 2023


See you in the funny papers: Comic strips' evolution as a uniquely American art form

 Belinda M. Paschal /Columbus Dispatch



The Gannett 34

D. D. Degg



INTERVIEW: Patrick McDonnell gets meta with THE SUPER HERO'S JOURNEY

"Storytelling and creating art bring us together, and bring out the best in us."

Taimur Dar



Work and Pleasure: Diana Schutz, Today

Paul Neal | September 25, 2023



RIP Allan Asherman

Science fiction historian and former DC librarian Allan Asherman has died.

Heidi MacDonald



Paul Levitz

[..." I heard this morning that Allan Asherman has passed, after suffering injuries in a fall."]

September 24 2023

https://www.facebook.com/paul.levitz/posts/pfbid035aPMoeAtvPzfKU9GsZbGqfa3mwAahyyoChxiP4nCAGgqXXkUU2yChMUT8v1FkQ9pl  ·



Charles Kochman

September 24 2023



Allan Asherman 1947-2023

Bob Greenberger

Bob Greenberger blog September 24, 2023



'Miserable Miracle' and 'When Adam Changes' Win Top Prizes at Ottawa Intl. Animation Festival

By Ramin Zahed

September 23, 2023



True Colors: Director Alex Ross Introduces Us to His 'Social Chameleon'

By Ramin Zahed

September 22, 2023



Sharing the Love: Matthew A. Cherry Opens Up About His New Max Series 'Young Love'

By Ramin Zahed

September 22, 2023


This article originally appeared in the

Sept./Oct. '23 issue of Animation Magazine (No. 333)


Interview: Cracking The Cold Conspiracy of 'Antarctica' [ Simon Birks ]
Sep 19, 2023
Interview by Troy Allen


Artists vs. Artificial Intelligence Roundtable

Troy-Jeffrey Allen, Mike Marts, Sean Michael Robinson, and Carson Grubaugh

PREVIEWSworld Sep 1, 2023



September 25, 2023

Meet a Local Comics Writer: A Chat with Alex Lupp

by Mike Rhode


Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 - Interview with creators from Square City Comics
Eric Mesa
Sep 12, 2016

Square City Comics! Alex Lupp! INTERVIEW!
Patrick Michael Strange
Nerds Rule The World Dec 16, 2017

Barry Blitt's "The Race for Office"

The artist discusses hernias, walkers, and the joys of old age.

By Françoise Mouly

September 25, 2023



IDEAS DON'T BLEED episode fifty-four | Saladin Ahmed, part two

Sep 25 2023





Monday, September 25, 2023

Oct 4: Author Talk - Trung Le Nguyen at DC's MLK library

[this book was very good. I plan to go]

Author Talk - Trung Le Nguyen

At a time when LGTBQ and API voices are targeted for book bans, join us for a special conversation with Vietnamese American cartoonist Trung Le Nguyen.

In partnership with The Vietnam Society and the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, join the Library for an exciting conversation with Eisner and Lambda Award nominated cartoonist Trung Le Nguyen, author of The Magic Fish. At a time when graphic novels, especially those written by LGBTQ authors and writers of color, are being targeted by book bans, we are thrilled to host Nguyen to celebrate his work telling stories from the API and LGBTQ communities. In conversation with former Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, Nguyen will discuss his writing and art and the importance of representation in storytelling.

About the speakers:

Trung Le Nguyen is an award-winning Vietnamese-American cartoonist, artist, and writer from Minnesota.

Trung's first original graphic novel, The Magic Fish, was published in 2020 through Random House Graphic, an imprint of Penguin Random House. He has been nominated for an Eisner, a prize at Angoulême (France), a GLAAD award, and has won two Harvey Awards and a Romics (Italy). Trung has also contributed work for DC Comics, Oni Press, Boom! Studios, Image Comics, and Marvel.He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raises a small flock of very spoiled hens.

A diplomat for nearly thirty years, Ted Osius served from 2014 to 2017 as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, a country he has loved since serving there in the 1990s, when he helped open the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and was one of the first U.S. diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.  Leading a mission team of 900, Ambassador Osius devised and implemented strategies to deepen security ties, sign tens of billions of dollars' worth of commercial deals, expand educational exchange, conclude agreements on trade, law enforcement, environmental protection, and address honestly a difficult past.  Ambassador Osius' leadership helped bring about a positive transformation in U.S.-Vietnam relations.

Troy Allen on Antarctica and AI in 2 new pieces

Interview: Cracking The Cold Conspiracy of 'Antarctica' [ Simon Birks ]

Meet a Local Comics Writer: A Chat with Alex Lupp (updated)

Alex Lupp flanked by collaborators Erin Lisette and Jade Lee
by Mike Rhode

This past weekend the second comic in Alex Lupp's Sand universe debuted at Fantom Comics. Sand is written by Lupp and illustrated by people he contracts with for the work, so far his friends Jade Lee (the first one) and Erin Lisette (the new one). I hope to feature interviews with all three. Alex is the first before his travelling to MICE to sell the book this current weekend. UPDATED with a Square City question at the end.

What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?

I am a writer, although I have occasionally done some work (digitally) lettering comics.

How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?

Being a writer it's probably easy to assume that most of my work is done on a computer, but the initial phases of brainstorming and outlining are often done by pen in a notebook. It's only later when the script begins to take shape that I switch to a computer where it's much easier (and quicker) to sift through the ideas and give them shape.

Sand art by Jade Lee

When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born?

I was born in 1987 in Bucharest, Romania.

Why are you in Washington now?  What neighborhood or area do you live in?

I came to the DC area in 2000, when I was 13 years old. Ever since my life has pivoted around Washington, whether going to high school in Arlington, VA, or currently being a professional (yes, day jobs are a reality of comics work). Throughout the years, I've lived in both VA but also MD, although somehow never in DC. This area is my home.

What is your training and/or education in cartooning?

It's all self-taught. Easy to say for a writer (I know!), however being friends with comic artists, seeing their process and slowly absorbing as much as possible has added up over the years. Outside of that, I read a lot, and after seeing one or two example scripts in the back of comics, I thought hey I should try that too!

That said, the one invaluable experience I've had as a writer has been to letter my own comics. Having to (literally) put the words over the art myself was eye opening, and definitely helped me write better for the finished page. I suppose there is something to the Marvel style of comics writing, where dialogue is written after the art is done for each page.

Who are your influences?

The very first comic script I wrote used a nine panel format, most easily recognized as that used by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons in Watchmen, so it would be disingenuous not to recognize that influence. That said, I am an avid consumer of books, comics, movies, television and anime like Dragon Ball or Sailor Moon, and later Trigun and Cowboy Bebop, all of which left their mark in some way and certainly informed the world building of my current comic Sand. Then when it comes to desert worlds, how can we not mention Frank Herbert's Dune as well? it's all in there somewhere! Even the work of (local legend) Carla Speed McNeil has had an influence on my world building. Discovering and reading Finder about a decade ago was foundational!

Sand: Tale of Luc & San art by Jade Lee

If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?

I would have pursued learning to draw. The job of a writer in comics is to be a good communicator. If you cannot convey your ideas to the artist making them come alive, then you have failed. It's taken years to better understand that side of the collaboration, and nothing could have conveyed that better than having more hands-on experience myself. It all just gives you more perspective, it's no surprise that the likes of Keith Giffen, Becky Cloonan, Jeff Lemire, or even Grant Morrison are either also known as artists or capable of drawing.

Sand art by Jade Lee

What work are you best-known for?

Sand, which currently spans two issues, with more coming soon! 

The story of Sand begins with a sibling rivalry between two twin deities that accidentally results in the creation of a world. This Tale of Luc & San is told in the first issue, which debuted all the way in 2017 at Small Press Expo (SPX), and was illustrated by Jade Lee.

This world created by the twins is called Sand because of its vast deserts, and is then explored in the succeeding issues. First in Of Wolf & Prey we learn something about the pre-human world of fauna and flora. This issue was illustrated by Erin Lisette, and debuted this year (also) at SPX.

Another two issues, Eyes of Red and Twin Blades, are planned for next year, and will cover later eras and the evolution of the world from prehistoric to complex (human) societies. Eyes of Red is currently being illustrated by Margaret Huey, and will tell the tale of Kayla Red Eyes and her journey to discover the source of life on the world of Sand. We're hoping to debut Eyes of Red in early 2024.


What work are you most proud of?

Definitely Sand, it's my most ambitious work to date. That said, a short comic I did several years ago, Windswept, is very personal to my experience as an immigrant and roots in Romania, and deserves a special mention. It was illustrated by Emily R. Gillis, and initially featured in the Square City Anthology Sensus Obscura. It can now be found on my website for free.

What would you like to do or work on in the future?

Keeping this simple, I'd like to finish telling the tale of Sand.

What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block?

I go for a run. Whenever I'm stuck, the repetitive exercise always seems to do the trick. I suppose it's like a form of meditation, your mind clears, and then the ideas just come bursting out. Then it's just a matter of having the discipline to write consistently so those ideas can take shape and grow.

Sand art by Erin Lisette

What do you think will be the future of your field?

Comics will never die, there is something essential about the combination of written word and visual image which uniquely speaks to the human imagination. However, how we consume comics is something that is constantly changing. There is no one source of truth, whether it's the mainstream of DC & Marvel, or webcomics, or alternative press, or indie press, etc... If we can look beyond comics as an IP farm for movies & television, there is always something exciting happening in artist alleys or indie shows.

What local cons do you attend? The Small Press Expo, Awesome Con, or others? Any comments about attending them?

I've attended or exhibited at many local shows, from the Small Press Expo to Awesome Con, or Baltimore Comic-Con. Hard not to mention DC Zine Fest or Baltimore's Hallow-Zine as well, where I've never exhibited, but deserve mention for all the amazing local talent they feature. Comics is a small community on the grand scale, and even with all its occasional bumps and bruises, it's always heartwarming to be reminded we're all in this together whenever we gather for a show or convention.


What comic books do you read regularly or recommend? Do you have a local store?

My local store is Fantom Comics, I've been going there since 2010 when they had a store at Pentagon City in Arlington. Their events and community have been a lynch pin of my comics experience, and easily a weekly highlight when I get my comics.

I don't even know where to start with recommendations, but how about a plug? I also do a podcast, called Double AA, with my friend & collaborator Adam Wescott. We talk about everything from comics and manga, to video games, and anime. We recently featured Atomic Robo by writer Brian Clevinger and artist Scott Wegener and River's Edge by Kyoko Okazaki. We also have an episode coming up about the manga publisher Glacier Bay Books, and the unique spot they occupy in terms of bringing indie and alternative manga to the US.

What's your favorite thing about DC?

How cosmopolitan it is. Being an immigrant, I am never too far from reconnecting to my roots, or being able to connect to something entirely new. Living here it's easy to take the cultural diversity for granted, but it's unique and should be treasured.

Least favorite?

The gentrification, it's killing the city's identity.

What monument or museum do you like to take visitors to?

The National Gallery of Art, not just because of the art collections or installations, but also their (free) screenings which vary from classic art cinema to documentaries.

How about a favorite local restaurant?

Not in DC, but Bob & Edith's in Arlington is a local staple, and the best dang diner around (I'm not saying that because I grew up around there or anything...)

Do you have a website or blog?

Where you can find my collaborators:

You can also find my podcast, Double AA, on Spotify (among other places): https://open.spotify.com/show/4taL95534um97w4TO5gkQZ?si=3dcb3b82d2c4455b

Lastly, you can find my comics work on sandcomic.com.


How has the COVID-19 outbreak affected you, personally and professionally?

COVID is a big reason why Sand has taken longer to produce. Everything just took longer. The time in quarantine was not a magical time to create, nor was it good for collaboration. The unique mental stress brought on by a world changing pandemic froze me and many others in a statis where creation was impossible. The ongoing risk of COVID remains a factor even as we've returned to comic shows in the past year. Losing several weeks while being sick with COVID last year was hard, both for the day job, but also in terms of staying on track with creative pursuits. If there is one silver lining, it's that work from home has become possible for some, and is (maybe) being normalized as an alternative work location. Having to balance a day job and creative pursuits by night is always hard, but becomes easier when work from home is a possibility -- just the time earned back by not having to commute alone is invaluable. 

You mentioned your work in a Square City anthology. Were you a member of the Square City Comics co-op? If so can you tell us something about the group? Does it still exist?


 I was, and in fact a member of the "Inner" Square (basically the leadership group). I took a step back in terms of my involvement in 2019, largely because I wanted to focus on my creative output. It was just too much to help organize activities, edit the anthologies (while having a day job) and then also write my own stuff. At the same time some of the original creators behind Square City left the area, or otherwise became less involved.

With the pandemic in 2020, especially how it affected comic shows, it became harder to keep in touch or have in person events in general. After all that, I'm really not sure about the status of Square City. 


(editor's note: The Twitter group defined itself as "A collective of comic creators who meet in the DC Metro area." The group's Facebook page hasn't been updated since late 2018, and the same appears to be true for the Tumblr blog)

Comics Research Bibliography citations update, 9/23-24/2023

ANIME NYC adds Korean webtoon artist guest Sleepy-C

The artist of Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint will make their N. American convention debut

Derrick Crow




The New Gannett Unified Comics Pages – Update: Gannett Issues a Correction

D. D. Degg



More Gannett Papers Announce Changes

D. D. Degg



Conner, Shawn. 2023.

Superheroes Smash the Box Office: A Cinema History from the Serials to 21st Century Blockbusters.



Deman, J. Andrew. 2023.

The Claremont Run: Subverting Gender in the X-Men.

University of Texas Press


A Tribute To Joe Matt (1963 – 2023)

by Koom Kankesan

September 23, 2023



Bringing Frankenstein Mobster to life! Speed Painting!


Sep 23, 2023

Mark Wheatley



With 'Young Love,' Matthew A. Cherry Weaves a Warm Chicago Tale

By Christopher Kuo

A version of this article appears in print on Sept. 23, 2023, Section C, Page 1 of the New York edition with the headline: Millennial Parenting In Chicago, Animated.



Send the prejudicial cartoon back to the drawing board [in print as Send prejudicial toon back to the drawing board; Dana Summers; letter].

Robert J. Latham, and Ralph A. Simmons

Washington Post (September 23 2023): A15.

online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/09/22/9-11-never-forget-trump-maryland-deion-sanders/


Kent State: Recreating History with Comics from the Small Press Expo Author Series

Derf Backderf

Library of Congress

Sep 22, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSr897qlWCU or



Storybox Comics Fair in photos

September 24, 2023



First Appearances of Spider-Man, X-Men, Swamp Thing Stolen In Brooklyn

Stolen comics include Amazing Fantasy #15, House Of Secrets #92, X-Men #1, Avengers #1, Daredevil #1, Amazing Spider-Man #1, 36, 238 and 300.

  23 Sep 2023 

by Rich Johnston



The Ghost in the Mirror

In spooky stories by Ben Hatke, Remy Lai and the team of Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass, the secrets of the undead lead perilously close to home.

By Soman Chainani

A version of this article appears in print on Sept. 24, 2023, Page 22 of the Sunday Book Review with the headline: The Ghost in the Mirror.




And other recent drawings

William L Brown

Sep 24 2023



Goodbye, Hunk of Home

When you trade in the old car, trade me in, too.

By Glynnis Fawkes

September 23, 2023



The Archies: Why an American comic book evokes nostalgia in Indians

By Cherylann Mollan

BBC News, Mumbai September 23 2023



A perfect Sunday with... Paul Cornell

Cricket, Tuna Niçoise, and Comic Book Couples Counselling!

Cavan Scott

Sep 24 2023



Patrick McDonnell talks the joy and fun in 'The Super Hero's Journey'

A deep dive into the magic of '60s Marvel comics.

David Brooke

September 19, 2023



Multihyphenated Identity in Young Adult Fiction: On Emily Bowen Cohen's "Two Tribes"

September 20, 2023      By Na'amit Sturm Nagel



Liniers, Kevin Johansen, and The Nada. 2014.

(Bi)vo en Mexico [concert DVD].



Liniers and Kevin Johansen. 2014.

Bis: Letra Y Dibujo: Kevin Johansen / Liniers.

Buenos Aires: Edicioines de La Flor


Macan, Darko. 2023.

Darko Macan is an Idiot .

Slovenia: Darko Macan


Holtham, J. and Sean Damien Hill. 2023.

Bishop: War College [X-Men].

New York: Marvel


Nakamura, Hikaru. 2021.

Saint Young Men 8.

New York: Kodansha


Flippo, Terry, Jason DeGroot and Joseph Morris . 2023.

Toasty Poasty [minicomic]

Terry Flippo

Sunday, September 24, 2023

New column by William Brown

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Ben Hatke's new book reviewed in NY Times

The Ghost in the Mirror

In spooky stories by Ben Hatke, Remy Lai and the team of Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass, the secrets of the undead lead perilously close to home.

A version of this article appears in print on Sept. 24, 2023, Page 22 of the Sunday Book Review with the headline: The Ghost in the Mirror.