§ As noted, we skipped the Hasbro Showroom, but Splash Page didn’t and we gotta admit, that 19-inch Galactus is totally bitchin’.
§ A poignant piece on the closing of a comics shop, School of Comics Mid-City, LA.
Over Christmas, owner William Irwin called Wally to tell him the business would shut down this month.
Shocked, Wally didn’t know how to explain the situation to his customers.
“All the people I’ve met here are friendly,” he said. “I felt like I would be hurting them if I told them.”
§ Director Sylvain White (THE LOSERS) is still plugging away on an adaptation of RONIN.
§ Jay Lynch writes to tell us that wall coverings of his cover to MINESHAFT 23 are on sale, for those looking for a bit of underground decor.
§ Finally, Brian Chippendale is back reviewing, and weighs in on Taiyo Matsumoto
My introduction to Taiyo(u) Matsumoto was through “Black and White”, AKA “Tekkonkinkreet” and it melted my mind. Originally published in 1993 it tells the story of two street orphans who control their piece of Treasure Town through a cheerful violence. It was for me a life affirming work as I, like Black and White, spent much of my time kicking mobsters in the teeth, hanging out on building tops and wrestling with which fucked up hat to wear. Fitting restlessly into the company of Oliver Twist and Tom Sawyer with a solid dose of The Five Deadly Venoms, it teaches that you can do whatever the fuck you want, and maybe even get away with it (if you don’t mind occasionally getting the shit kicked out of you).
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.