Library Con! Pictures!

Gregg Schigiel self portrait

The following is a gallery of photos I took this weekend in Vegas, while attending the annual conference of the American Library Association. Mostly, it’s covers of books, to remind me of titles to investigate further. Taken from my cellphone, so please ignore the quality.

Library Con: My Vegas Diary

[Caveat:  embarrassing and/or salacious events have been bowdlerized.] Today marks the end of the annual conference of the American Library Association, held June 26-July 1 near Las Vegas, Nevada.  Since it offered a large amount of comics programming as well as a more bibliophiliac experience than BookExpo America, I made my plans to attend months […]

Library Con: Stan Lee: “…I practically won the war…”


Building Creative Bridges has an insightful recap of Stan Lee’s talk at the American Library Association’s annual conference. The most hyperbolic quote? He and his colleagues, for example, prepared materials teaching soldiers how to disassemble and reassemble guns: “We were able to increase the speed of the training by about 30%…I never told you, but […]

PREVIEW: Vertigo announces The Kitchen by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle


Vertigo is NOT DEAD. Although a lot of people thought DC’s edgy imprint would go the way of the dodo in a more cost conscious environment, this is one of several interesting project I’ve been hearing about coming up. I’m told there will be even more before San Diego. This mini series hit in November […]

15 days of Boom: Mark Waid is back at Boom with new creator owner series


Boom Studios is avoiding the San Diego news crush and doing a Dynamite by making their announcements one a day until San Diego. And the first is that Mark Waid, former editor-in-chief at Boom and author of some of their most important creator driven titles, is coming back with a new series. According to the video above it’s “one with a dear friend of mine, one of the most revered artists in comics” an artist he’s wanted to work with for a while. It’s a story that is “Dangerous” and not something another company would touch.

The Beat is 10 today!!!


I actually don’t remember the day I started this blog—it was June or July somethingth 2004- so I’ve arbitrarily decided today will henceforth be The Beat’s anniversary. Ten long years of late nights, sleeping five hours, web crashes, Vietnamese Instant Coffee, Amon Tobin, Luke Vibert, Vitalic, Tipsy, Mahler, Stravinsky and Amy Winehouse. Ten years of stopping whatever else I was doing at some point to say “I gotta do The Beat now.” Ten years of watching the graphic novel industry grow, 10 years of a new golden age of comics, the rise and fall of manga, the rise and rise of comic book movies and TV shows, firings, hirings, 10 days that shook the world. Ten years of the internet changing every week or minute. When I began there was no Tumblr, no Twitter, no Facebook, no Youtube, no smart phones. People were so starved for entertainment that they actually read websites run by one person in their pajamas.