Announcing: THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY, VOL. 2

HYPE ALERT!!! Over the summer one of the projects taking valuable time away from The Beat was work on a second volume of THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY, Vol. 2, a spine-tingling, mind-warping anthology of work by offbeat horror master Thomas Ligotti. I am happy and proud to say that the book is coming out NEXT WEEK […]

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Even more on Anne Cleveland

Shaenon Garrity takes a look at the history of her fellow Vassar alum Anne Cleveland: So who was Anne Cleveland? Hardly anyone remembers. In addition to drawing cartoons about Vassar life, she published It’s Better with Your Shoes Off, a lovely and very out-of-print collection of Gluyas Williams-esque cartoons about Americans living in Japan. A […]

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Grant Morrison is God

Or talks to God or whatever. IGN-UK has a big interview with him which has tons of pull quotes on everything and anything. We’ll quote the bit everyone else has, but you have to read the other parts, too: I’ve been listening to people talk about ‘saving’ the ‘industry’ for over 20 years while comics […]

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Superheroes rule the summer

This story from Variety rounds up the summer’s box office leaders, and surprise, surprise, every studio has its superhero hit. Of course, Warners led the way with DARK KNIGHT, but the other studios followed suit: Paramount is a close No. 2 in summer market share thanks to “Iron Man…” …Universal is No. 3 in market […]

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Death comes suddenly…unexpectedly…

This week’s DC purist thorn of pain comes from the new issue of TEEN TITANS, in which Wendy and Marvin, two characters birthed from the insufferable SUPERFRIENDS cartoon, return, only to be savagely slaughtered by Wonder Dog, who then feasts on their grisly remains. That is how to do it! I understand that SUPERFRIENDS is […]

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Happy Friday!

Yes, we are still loafing. In a summer in which we spent ZERO hours lying in the sun, reading a book, going to the beach, or simply sitting in the park, we can be allowed some late posting, especially when we’ve been so excited by conventions, speeches, sexy VPs and so on.

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