Hachette names GN line; Hassler leaves Borders

Big news via PW Daily: The Hachette Book Group is launching Yen Press, a new comics and graphic novel imprint that will focus on titles for adults and young readers, PW Daily learned this morning. The imprint will be directed by former DC Comics v-p Rich Johnson, who joined Hachette last month, and Kurt Hassler, […]

Why girls love boys love

Every one has already linked to this story by Eliza Strickland, which is the best written and researched piece we’ve yet seen on just why girls like comics about 12-year-old Japanese boys shagging one another. Strickland goes to Yaoi-Con for a first hand look and examines the psychology and history of the genre as well […]

Show us the Gerard Way

We know rock and roll isn’t as big as it used to be, and here at Stately Beat Manor we prefer to listen to bleeping blooping stuff like Vitalic, Röyksopp and Les Baxter, but even we know that one of the biggest bands on earth right now is My Chemical Romance. Their gloom-ridden yet hard […]

Little Lulu archives to Harvard

As regulars here may know, Little Lulu is one of our favorite comics of all the times, and we have a small shrine in our home built to John Stanley and Irving Tripp — no really, we do, thanks to those cool PVCs Dark horse made a few years ago. (Stanley and Tripp wrote and […]

When Disney went to war

We were trawling around on the ‘net and found this coolish page looking at Disney’s World War II effort, and the incongruity of cute cartoon characters being used to military purposes — a practice which continues to this day: Just prior to America’s entry into the war, the U.S. Navy asked Disney Studios to assist […]

Linkage 11/03

§ Jeff Smith stands in front of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao, as his European World Tour continues. § Andre 3000 (of music duo Outkast) is readying a cartoon for The Cartoon Network — you can read all about it in the link — it sounds pretty cool — but for our purposes, all you need […]


We had a chance to attend a view of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan last week and our advice is to RUN RUN RUN to see it as soon as possible, because by the time the weekend has ended, all of your hipster friends will be quoting it […]