Quoted: Kate Beaton on the end of ‘Octopus Pie’

As Meredith Gran’s award-winning webcomic ends, ‘Hark! A Vagrant’ creator Kate Beaton reflects on the comic’s run.

Meredith Gran’s long-running webcomic Octopus Pie came to an end earlier this month, and her fellow webcomic creator (and former roommate) Kate Beaton paid tribute to it on Tumblr:

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Comics Lowdown: Camera creeps and Comic Con copyright

Plus: Paco Roca’s Ngozi Ukazu, Mike Norton, a ‘Star Wars Adventures’ update, and the Webcomics Web Archive

Con Creep: Calgary Police are investigating a Twitter account for uploading videos and photos of women and girls without consent, featuring certain body parts in a sexualized way, and even going as far as taking upskirt shots. A Calgary mother is furious that one of the victims is her 14-year old daughter that cosplayed as Harley Quinn at this year’s Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. The person responsible took these images only of cosplayers at the Expo, but of women on the streets and in malls as well. Staff Sgt. Cory Dayley of the Calgary Police Service cyber crimes unit said that the images would be classed as voyeurism under the Canadian criminal code. The Twitter account, @CanadaCreep, has been suspended. Late Wednesday afternoon, Calgary police announced they arrested a 42-year-old man on charges relating to voyeurism and publishing voyeuristic images. Police are asking anyone with additional information to contact the at 403-266-1234, case number 17243516.
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Donald Trump Slaps ‘Bloom County’ Creator with C&D [UPDATE: It’s a Hoax!]

Update #2: OK, I’m convinced. It’s a hoax. Christian Hoffer did the basic fact-checking I should have done and asked the law firm directly if the letter was real; they denied it.

Update: Have we been taken in by fake news? Uh… There’s at least one source claiming this isn’t real.

If you’re a politician, being lampooned by cartoonists is part of the deal, and even Donald Trump seems to understand that. Where he draws the line is when someone other than him might make some money from it.

Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed just posted a letter from Trump’s attorney, Marc E. Kasowitz, on his Facebook and Twitter, demanding that he remove an altered image of Trump from his social media posts or (per his client’s wishes, he specifies) “we will ‘have your [redacted] in a sling by lunch.'”

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Smash Pages Q&A: Helm’s Hasan and Caballero break out with Eisner nomination

Last June, the high fantasy series Helm launched through Crookshaw Creative’s website. Less than a year later, it has been nominated for a prestigious Eisner Award in the digital comics category alongside industry luminaries such as Colleen Coover and Chris Roberson. (See the full list of Eisner nominations.)

Writer Jehanzeb Hasan and illustrator Mauricio Caballero’s enthusiasm for their work is infectious. We talked about creating a high fantasy world that mixes steampunk, the comic’s video game origins, the animation-style look and feel of Helm, and plans for a print edition. We also talked about coffee as inspiration and Scarlett Johansson.

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‘Adventure cartoonist’ Lucy Bellwood helps map the ocean floor

Check out a webcomic of her experiences while aboard the R/V Falkor.

Back in 2016, “professional adventure cartoonist” Lucy Bellwood spent three weeks on the R/V Falkor, a research vessel tasked with mapping the ocean floor. While at sea, she created a webcomic about her experience.

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Werewolf western ‘High Moon’ returns from Super Genius

The first of three collections of the former Zuda series by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis arrives in October.

The western/horror comic High Moon by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis returns to print in October from Papercutz’s Super Genius imprint, with the first of three slipcase editions collecting the story.

High Moon: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks kicks off the story of a bounty hunter with a secret, who battles werewolves and supernatural forces in Texas. Volume two will follow in May of 2018, while volume three will conclude the story with all-new material. All three graphic novels will feature new covers by Ellis and will be published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback.

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Trick or Treat with ‘Street Angel’ this Halloween

Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s orphan ninja celebrates the season in this Halloween tale.

Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca have posted several Street Angel comics on the web over the past year, and this month brings a Halloween-themed comic featuring a ghost, trick or treating, and of course candy.

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Ignatz-nominee ‘A Small Revolution’ headed to print

Soaring Penguin Press has announced plans for the English-language publication of A Small Revolution by Boum. Nominated for Outstanding Online Comic in this year’s Ignatz Awards, A Small Revolution follows the young orphan named Florence who joins a revolution she’s too young to fully understand.

A Small Revolution is a story of dictatorship and revolution as seen through the eyes of a little girl, and her love for Boris Vian’s music,” explained Boum, the pen name for Samantha Leriche-Gionet of Montreal, Canada. Continue reading “Ignatz-nominee ‘A Small Revolution’ headed to print”

Superman and the Cure for Cancer

Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. Even Superman. But maybe he can do something about it.

Writer/artist Stephen Sonneveld has released Superman vs. Cancer, a 70-page webcomic where the Man of Steel goes to any length to finally stop this pervasive and all too common disease.

Obviously this is not an official DC Comics release. Described as “for portfolio purposes only,” Superman vs. Cancer is clearly not pretending to be canon, but its use of not only Superman’s mythology and the larger DC Universe contributes to a story that is emotionally resonant and affecting, even disarming.

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