Congrats to Brian Heater of the Daily Cross Hatch on starting his new job as an editor at über-popular tech blog Engadget today. Just to show what a dedicated blogger he is, in his week between jobs instead of lying around playing Red Dead Redemption, like we would, he took a few days off to go to Philadelphia and decided to visit a bunch of comics shops and write about them. Although there are a bunch of fine shops, the most intriguing — to us — is Locust Moon, which is based on the “New Model” of comics shop:
Inspiration for the store, he adds, came from Isotope in San Francisco and the sadly-departed Rocketship in Brooklyn—both stores with indie focus that weren’t afraid to stock mainstream books, as well. And Locust Moon, like its predecessors, offers a pretty healthy mix. Stevens, it should be added, is pals with Meathaus co-founder, Farel Dalrymple, who drew the store’s logo and helped paint the Blankets-esque front desk. The original pages from a Stevens/Dalrymple collaboration are framed on one of the store’s wall.
Also of note: A fish tank full of Snorks toys and a giant aquatic frog. A few sheets of paper taped next to the tank keep track of which fish have been added, eaten, or succumbed to other fates. Stevens explains that they were written by two little girls who love Sandman and visit the store on a regular basis.
Well done, Brian! Next how about trying those cheese steaks?
In a separate post, Heater notes that with his new job, his Cross Hatch-dedicated time is likely going to decrease and the site is looking for contributors to carry the torch.
If you’re still on-board, we’d love to see your work. We’re primarily looking for reviews at the moment—people who know webcomics, mini-comics, and assorted small publishers. We’re also always on the lookout for news writers, people who follow the industry, who are capable of writing pithy copy a few times a week.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.