International Women’s Day (IWD) was on March 8 and the comics community celebrated by talking about the creators, artists, and illustrators who help to inspire us and make comics a more inclusive and welcoming place. A Brief History Though there is some conflict regarding the origin of International Women’s Day, scholars generally associate it with […]
Another closing of a comic shop; another end to a piece of one’s comic community. For the last six and a half years, Villainous Lair has served as not only a comic and game store, but a hub for many comic book and popular culture fans in San Diego, California. Villainous Lair Comics first opened […]
Well, you would if you were on Tumblr or stayed up on your cosplay or on Ao3 I guess, so this post is STRICTLY for old people who are way behind the times. I mean, I knew all about Finn/Poe aka Stormpilot – the sparks between Oscar Isaac’s Poe and John Boyega’s Finn in The […]
For the next two weeks, Pink’s Bar, in New York’s Lower East Side, will host the Fan Bros Art Show, a display of sci-fi & comic art. Opening night of the Art Show was led by the Fan Bros Away Team of Tatiana King Jones (the Grand Duchess of Tech, also known as the Uhura […]
So, it’s Geek Pride Day, which has been a thing since… 2006? Why today, May 25th? Well, there are many events which have coalesced on today. Torsten AdairI’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010. I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994. I’m […]
A round-up of the Doctor Who television, comic and convention news. We’ve got comic previews, show announcements and awesome convention cosplay.
Call it yaoi – or boys love or shonen ai – a lot of people are still puzzled by this genre of manga. Featuring gay relationship stories that go from chaste to x-rated, the stories are all aimed at an audience of women. Juné Manga is the boys love imprint at DMP (Digital Manga Publishing) and […]
Cosplay is here to stay and I’m glad. Here’s why.
For this year’s San Diego Comic Fest, it had a great deal on its plate; A fifth year, a new venue, the announcement of a new Chairman for next year, unseasonal rain, leaking roofs, Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday, X-Men: The Animated Series 25th anniversary, and more. Amid all this, the convention is chugging along. Not […]
Bright and early on a Sunday morning, collected in San Diego Comic Fest’s make shift “Kirby Café” panelists Jenny Stiven, Jonathan Tavss (working in digital and social fandoms for over 20 years), Anina Bennett (once editor at First Comics and co-author and co-creator of Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel and the science fiction series Heartbreakers), and […]