Meet your new Annie: Quvenzhane Wallis


That sturdy comic strip-to-stage-to-movie warhorse Little Orphan Annie is getting a remake and now a star: Quvenzhane Wallis. he Beast of the Southern Wild star, the youngest ever Best Actress Oscar nominee, will star in a modernized remake of the stage musical. 9-year-old Wallis attended last nights Oscars looking fine, and appropriate and carrying a puppy purse.

The Beat’s Guide to Avoiding the DC SPOILER


Oh no! Spoilers have escaped onto the internet once more, this time for a DC title of some kind! How can you avoid reading these before you pick up the issue they relate to? Why, by following this winningly winning guide to avoiding all the places where it’s being spoiled! I won’t spoil the spoiler […]

The Beat’s Annual Guide to Winning the Oscar® Pool: Best Animated Shorts 2013

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So, once again, Hollywood confabulates and celebrates the best of motion picture arts and sciences tonight, at the 85th Academy Awards.  Among the many awards will be two showcasing the best in animation: Animated Feature Film and Short Film Animated.  Many people have seen the feature films (or had a chance to…dunno how many actually […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 3: Marvelman Falls


Poisoned Chalice Part 3: Marvelman Falls [Previous chapters: Introduction, 1: Prehistory, 2: Marvelman Rises] The actual work on the Marvelman titles was done by various artists, and Mick Anglo goes into quite a bit of detail about them and their different styles in Nostalgia: Spotlight on the Fifties. The outstanding Marvelman artist amongst all of […]

Final Friday: Anxiety with C.F.


If you’re like us, Friday is time for all the anxiety or the week to give you one last slap in the face; we’re riding it out today with the hypertropic, it all has to happen at once sounds of Spectral Park. For a visual version, here’s Anxiety Art: Face It by C.F. (Powr Mastrs), which manages to put it all in a beautifully colored perspective. Over and OUT.

2012 L.A. Times Book Prize graphic novel finalists announced


Earlier this week, the L.A. Times Book Prize finalists were announced, including five in the graphic novel category: Graphic Novel/Comics Alison Bechdel / Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Leela Corman / Unterzakhn (Schocken/Pantheon) Sammy Harkham / Everything Together: Collected Stories (PictureBox) Spain Rodriguez / Cruisin’ With the Hound: The Life and Times of Fred Toote (Fantagraphics) Chris […]