Travelin’ Day

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I’m going to be travelling for much of the day, so in the meantime I’ve posted some previews of books on sale today, as well as the Indie sales charts. I’m sure Steve has things in good shape as well.

24 Hours of Halloween: Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards

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Of everything I looked ah while compiling my annual Halloween clow=out, nothing disturbed me as much as this. Did you own these cards and think, like I did, that they would explain all mysteries? A talisman of some other realm? The disquieting expectations and memories of childhood are the most magical and terrifying emotions of […]

Comics people are good people

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There’s always help.

Yes, I know there is a spinning black beach ball

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The Beat is having caching problems. When you see the black ball just click and it goes away. Somehow it removed all the fonts too. Our team is working on it. Meanwhile, here’s a Twinkie.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/30/2013: Fall Con Schedule

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The other day, my mother posted this watercolor she dashed off on Facebook, along with this line from Thomas Keneally: “Summer now seemed to have lasted mere days, all its chances quickly squandered.” Truer words were never spoken. Have we really reached the end of sandal season, of clambakes, of rioja and tapas at the […]

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet

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I got an email yesterday urging me to link to this piece from Unleash The Fanboy that reasons that Jarvis, Tony Stark’s robotic AI helper (voiced by Paul Bettany) will turn into Ultron in The Avengers: The Age of Ultron. The writer bases this on both canon—in the comics, Ultron lured Jarvis, who was an […]

SDCC ’13: The final countdown—maybe Twilight did ruin Comic-Con (not really)

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On the Saturday night of Con I was walking back from the Hilton Bayfront to the Manchester Grand Hyatt and happened upon the end of a line of campers. While once the madness of Hall H—where the biggest show biz spectacles are held—fell poignantly silent on Sunday, now it was a titanic blockbuster—Sunday’s line-up included the final appearance of Breaking Bad, the final appearance of Matt Smith as Doctor Who and the appearance of Supernatural in the fulsomeness of its midlife.

Thinking about Kim Thompson, life and death

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(Photo from and © American Virus) When I moved to Los Angeles in the 80s, I lived in West Hollywood at the height of the AIDS crisis. I was a sheltered young woman without much in the way of life experience, but I was to get it in a hurry. My neighbors were dying like […]

For your holiday reading pleasure: 24 Hours of Webcomics starts tonight

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As a follow-up on the very fun and well-received “24 Hours of Women Cartoonists” event in March, Team Beat is reassembling starting at midnight E.D.T. tonight for “24 Hours of Webcomics.” Steve, Laura, Hannah, Henry and even the Beat have put together a list of our favorites, some well known, some obscure. I know it’s […]

Friday cat blogging: One year ago

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One year ago today I said goodbye to my best friend, Inky. It was one of the saddest days of my life and I still think about it. Since then, two wonderful new friends have entered my life. And I love them a little too much. Even if they have covered everything I own with […]

Happy Birthday, Zainab Akhtar!

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Happy Birthday to The Beat’s one and only (we hope) Zainab Akhtar!    On this most special of days, I ask you all to go spam her with messages over at her blog and on her twitter.

Comics Press: Who’s next?

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Given the week’s events, looking at the above photo by Dynamite’s Nick Barrucci taken at the C2E2 bar—the creme de la creme of comics internet media, Newsarama’s Albert Ching, CBR’s Kiel Phegley, The Beat, ComicVine’s Tony G.Man Guerrero and IGN’s Joey Exposito—you might be forgiven for wondering which member of the comic press would soon have a big red X drawn over his or her face. It was that kind of week.

Two good people who need lots of positive thoughts

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As if everything crazy going on in the last hell week wasn’t enough, life keeps kicking the ass of good people. All time nice guy, Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai writes that his wife Sharon is in the ICU with a serious illness…please send them good thoughts. Sharon and Stan are both the nicest, kindest […]

This and that and Hour 25

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I’m just getting recovered from my appearance at Industry Day at the Center for Cartoon Studies; a report is coming anon, but it was a great experience and I came away mightily impressed with what James Sturm and Michelle Ollie have created on the banks of the White River.

On the scene: The Center for Cartoon Studies

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The Beat is going to be hung up for the next day or so with Industry Day here at the CEnter for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. We arrived late last night, missing out on the pizza party, but still charmed by this quirky town and the Hotel Coolidge. It was too dark […]

WonderCon, CCS, etc., etc.

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• I regret to inform the dozens of people who were looking forward to my being there, that I won’t be at WonderCon after all. Some travel stuff and other factors made it unfeasible. I’m sad I won’t be seeing everyone, but not as sad that I won’t be complaining about the line at Starbucks every morning.