2014 Happy New Year, Everyone!

2014 Happy New Year, Everyone!http://ift.tt/1clbK2t Tweet Well the minutes are ticking down in this timezone, and as is tradition we see out 2013 with the JC Leyendecker Saturday Evening Post cover from 100 years ago. While 2013 wasn’t as profoundly crappy a year as 2012, it had its…challenges. But The Beat sailed on through. And […]

2014 Happy New Year, Everyone!

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Well the minutes are ticking down in this timezone, and as is tradition we see out 2013 with the JC Leyendecker Saturday Evening Post cover from 100 years ago. While 2013 wasn’t as profoundly crappy a year as 2012, it had its…challenges. But The Beat sailed on through. And you all made it here. Thanks […]

The 2013 Comics Happy List

The 2013 Comics Happy Listhttp://ift.tt/1dntE9v Tweet I just can’t muster the hubris to do a Top 10 list.  Lists are subject to the tastes of the reviewer(s).  One person’s top 10 list doesn’t necessarily mean anything.  And, you know, Buzzfeed.  Instead, I’ll present a list of comics that made me happy in 2013, with an […]

Must Read: Becky Cloonan on self-publishing

Must Read: Becky Cloonan on self-publishinghttp://ift.tt/1fYvcpX Tweet This is a good one to leave the year on, I think, a 4000 word essay by Becky Cloonan on the evolution and execution of her self-published minis, which have won Eisner awards and sold thousands of copies. The piece covers some of the intangibles, but mostly the […]

Japan launches worldwide assault via its own anime channel

Japan launches worldwide assault via its own anime channelhttp://ift.tt/1ckgju1 Tweet The Japanese government is taking matters into its own hands by spending 15.5 billion yen ($14.7 million) to launch its own TV network with an eye to foreign distribution. The rollout includes Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia, but hope to spread to North America, Europe and […]

The Private Eye Chapter 5 now available

The Private Eye Chapter 5 now availablehttp://ift.tt/1dRkEr9 Tweet I’m sure you all saw this but in case you missed this holiday offering, a new chapter in The Private Eye, the futuristic tale of a world where privacy exists by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin, went up a few days ago. It’s based on a […]

31 Days of Winter Festivals: Kate Beaton’s Christmas Comics

31 Days of Winter Festivals: Kate Beaton’s Christmas Comicshttp://ift.tt/1alcuoD Tweet Kate Beaton has put all her holiday comics in one massive post. These are finely observed moments of family life, the laughter specific to her loving family, but universal, as well. Beaton has been working on many secret projects for the last while; given these […]

RIP: Smithfield

RIP: Smithfieldhttp://ift.tt/19F5MNa Tweet Well, another bar is closing in New York: Smithfield on 28th Street. This was mostly a soccer/sports bar, as the above photo of Six Alex Ferguson, legendary manager of Man United, hanging out with the owners shows. But as Ben and I knew these owners and much of the staff, this was […]