Friday Cat Blogging: right at home


In an earlier post, I alluded to the trials of 2012, and the sorrow of losing my dear cat Inky at age (almost) 20. That was very difficult, and I will always miss her, but a good thing did come of it: Ben and I were fortunate enough to find two adorable, marvelous kittens, now […]

40 years of pain: The History of Siegel and Shuster by Steve Gerber


Let’s start the year out with a return to comics’ original sin: Daniel Best reprints Truth, Justice, & The Corporate Conscience by Steve Gerber, an article from WAP, a creator’s rights newsletter published in the 80s by Gerber, Steven Grant and Frank Miller.
Gerber, for those who don’t know, was a very influential writer for Marvel in the 70s who eventually sued for ownership of a character he co-created, Howard the Duck. He lost the suit, but never the anger. He died in 2008.

Rex Ryan’s Mark Sanchez tattoo has a comics connection — I swear


Although we’ve sneaked references to the Jet’s 2012 season into the Beat as a cautionary tale here and there, they have only been references and not a full on post, because we just couldn’t make the bizarre saga of the Quarterbacks who Couldn’t and the Coach who Enabled Them (aka The Man Who Mistook a Backside for an Opening) fit into a comics blog.

Until now.

The Beat Reviews for 02/01/13: Featuring Illicit Benedict Cumberbatch Pictures!


2013 rolls in like a Swiss person being pushed down a hill, which means it’s time for some more reviews! And some photos of Benedict Cumberbatch, because I refuse to bow to reader demands. He’s such an intellectual! Trying as ever to get a mix of comics from the shelf, this week sees the usual […]

Big Brother for web cartoonists: Penny Arcade’s Strip Search

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As one of the fruits of their huge Kickstarter campaign, the Penny Arcade folks have made Strip Search! which may finally be the comics competition TV show people have been expecting/dreading for a while. While the above link is a bit light on details, basically a bunch of webcomickers are thrown into a Seattle house and compete to draw the best comics. The contestants: