NL East champion Mets rookies caught in Underoo controversy


It was “Rookie hazing weekend’ in major league baseball, as new players were forced to undergo a rite of passage that speaks to traditional tribal notions of “crossing over” and appropriating the garb of different tribes or genders to signal their initiation into a wider role in society. Plus, guys in their underwear.


Swipe File: Kris Mukai’s Commuter and a real woman with a subway pole in her butt


While there were more great comics than you could count at this weekend’s MoCCA Fest one that got a little notice was Kris Mukai’s Commuter (available for sale here) which captures real life moments of subway horror (rats, puke, bums, vandals, peoples selling batteries, mariachi bands) in comics form.


RIP: The Ultimate Warrior


Only a day after recording this promo, the man known as The Ultimate Warrior is dead at age 54. Born Jim Hellwig, the masked wrestler eventually changed his name legally to Warrior. One of wrestling greatest icons from its 80s glory days, The Ultimate Warrior brought unmatched ferocity and craziness to his matches and promos. […]


RIP: Mae Young


Wrestling Hall of Famer Mae Young died earlier this week, at age 90. She wrestled in 7 decades, as recently as 2010, a record unlikely to be broken with current wrestling lifespans. After becoming the first women’s champion in the 50s, and pioneering women’s wrestling along with the Fabulous Moolah, Young made a comeback to […]


NSA scoured Azeroth for terrorists


Edward Snowden’s leaked paper have released a lot of bombshells but none as big as this: the NSA sent agents to play World of Warcraft and Second Life in search of terrorist threats. You have to admire these agents for their dangerous immersion in worlds of trolls, night elves and avatar dress shops to keep […]


The week in review: No one did anything they didn’t want to


Now that the outrage-o-tron has moved from torture to movie casting, here is a round-up of reactions to the “Torture Cover” post the other day. Actually I don’t even need to write anything, as the Outhouse already summed it up with CROSSED TORTURE VARIANT CONTROVERSY SPARKS SURPRISINGLY CIVIL DEBATE ON INTERNET. It’s true. No one was blackballed, castigated or petitioned. The effects and provenance of disturbing material were widely debated, but it was generally decided by everyone involved that those who like it can like it, those who want to throw up can move right over to the toilet.


So what kind of person buys a “Torture variant” cover anyway? (NSFW, trigger images)


I know everyone tsk tsk’s Avatar’s habit of putting out gory, exploitive covers, but seriously, after looking at some of their “torture variant” covers, I find myself asking “WHAT KIND OF SICK FUCK BUYS THIS SHIT????” I get the appeal of a little transgressive gore now and then, but these are basically images of sawed off limbs, flaying and twisted sexual situations that make Mark Millar look like Hannah Montana.


The epic journey: Nine Foot Tall Hulk statue makes its way to Illinois library


We’ve been reporting for some while on the saga of the Northlake Public Library in Illinois and its quest to attain a 9-foot-tall statue of the Hulk. At first it was just a crowdsourced pipedream of one man, librarian Tom Mukite. But then it turned out a guy in California happened to have a statue […]


SDCC ’13: It was the year of the Vikings Interactive Waterway


Yes, that is what they will remember this year’s San Diego for. The Year the Vikings arrived, bold conquerors, mighty thewed, red hair flowing beneath their beaten helms, as they offered a fully interactive experience straight off the History Channel. AKA Travis Fimmel alert. What will the Vikings bring on their proud ships? ¶ A […]


Fight! Jim Carrey vs Mark Millar over Kick-Ass 2 gun violence


The fight will be gentlemanly fisticuffs only. Carrey—who has been coming out pretty strongly for gun control in recent months—portrays Colonel Stars and Stripes in the KICK-ASS 2 film coming out in August. (BTW, we get a strong Sergeant Hatred vibe from this, image; do you?) But in two weekend tweets, Carrey distanced himself from […]


Review: Trader Joe’s Instant Coffee Packets


Veteran readers of this site know that if three’s one thing The Beat is obsessed with it’s Vietnamese Instant Coffee. This amazing product as sold by Vinacafe comes 24 packets for $3.50 and provides an all-in-one mix of coffee, milk and sugar that packs a morning wake up punch as strong as Anderson Silva. These […]


Four things I wondered after watching Star Trek Into Darkness (spoilers)


I enjoyed this movie, but I didn’t love it. The plot was a jumble, the supporting characters were thin, the science was laughable, and the necessity to make most of the movie an exciting CGI fight scene left, as so much CGi does, the look of the world bathed in pristine sterility. Plus, everyone except […]


Wonder Woman’s battle kiss


Speaking of Wonder Woman, in more pocryphal [sic] news, DC has announced Announcing YOUNG ROMANCE: A NEW 52 VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL for this February featuring 64-pages of Wonder Woman, Superman, Batgirl, Catwoman, Batwoman, Aquaman, Mera, Apollo, Midnighter, and Dick Grayson hitting OK Cupid, sexting and doing the walk of shame. Contributors include Andy Diggle, Ann […]


Batman Hates Bronies


The battle is over and Batman won. Or so he thinks. Animation by James Lee. Via Cartoon Brew


Con Wars 2: Wrestling edition

As long as we’re rolling out all our Con Wars stories, here’s one that’s confirmed from multiple sources: part of the stipulation for WWE wrestlers to appear at Wizard World shows is for TNA wrestlers NOT to appear. Lisa Marie Varon talks about this in the above video, saying she was set to appear at Wizard World Chicago, but was called and told not to come at the last minute. Varon wrestled in the WWE as Victoria, and currently appears in TNA as Tara.


Free Genndy Tartakovsky's Luke Cage Comic!

While he was out junketing for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, animation genius Genndy Tartakovsky was asked about his Luke Cage mini series for Marvel that was announced in 2007. While you would have guessed that it was just a cool idea that never got very far, Tartakovsky drops the bomb: