Happy New Year, Beat Nation!

We’re rolling up the RSS feeds and email drops here at Stately Beat Manor, piling up the fireplace, heating up the mulled cider, and settling in to see the new year and new decade in. We still have a few looks back before we move forward. And forward we shall be moving. The Beat will […]

Disney buys Marvel: Stockholders approve

PR via Nikki Finke: Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), a global character-based entertainment and licensing company founded in 1939, announced that at a special meeting held this morning, Marvel stockholders approved the adoption of the Agreement and Plan of Merger entered into by Marvel and The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”), which provides for a merger […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits: End of Aughts edition

And so, we wave goodbye to the decade that everyone hated, that had no name, that changed the world much for the worse…here’s some reading while you wait to pop open the bubbly and pray for better times. § Chris Butcher finishes his Previews liveblogging for the month. 2:22pm: Did not get a Christmas Card […]

RIP David Levine

Illustrator David Levine has passed away at age 83. In addition to being one of the most iconic illustrators of his era — his caricatures defined the New York Review of Books for decades — he was also the subject of Fantagraphics’ AMERCAN PRESIDENTS. Mr. Levine’s drawings never seemed whimsical, like those of Al Hirschfeld. […]

End of [something] links and so on

§ Not-end-of-[something]: Congrats to Jason Lutes and family on the recent arrival of Maximilian Pepper Warren-Lutes. • Long pieces suitable for free-time reading: Abhay Khosla uses Blue Beetle as a launching point for…something. • Jog’s Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival musings, transcribings, and dialogs. § Brigid Alverson looks at The year in manga, which was […]