I know I tweeted this yesterday, but for those who missed it, the newly revamped Time.com website ran a list of the Top 25 Blogs of 2012. and
The Beat was on the list!
The Beat’s beat is comic books — and it’s been covering it uncommonly well for years. Editor Heidi MacDonald and her intrepid staff report on everything from DC and Marvel’s mass-market products to experimental small-press stuff. Both the quality and quantity of their work make the site a must-read for anyone interested in the art and business of graphic storytelling. It’s the Deadline Hollywood of its field.
A few things about this:
1) It’s an honor to be on the same list as Awkward Family Photos.
2) It’s an honor to have it written up by Harry McCracken.
3) I am incredibly, incredibly proud to have this blurb mention the Beat staff. Even though this is a “personality blog” I have been adding more and more personalities over the last year because I can’t do it all alone and there are other voices who I think fit in with the Beat’s mission statement. Getting those voices heard is incredibly gratifying and, obviously, leads to more and more success. So a huge thank you to old timers Paul O’Brien, Marc Oliver Frisch, Torsten Adair, Jen Vaughn, Todd Allen, Shannon O’Leary and Steven Stahl, and a tip of the hat to more recent recruits Chris Rice, Steve Morris, Jessica Lee, Hannah Means-Shannon, Henry Barajas, and our two new news hawks from NYCC: LTZ and Matt O’Keefe, and our columnists Mike Scigliano and John Shableski.
And thanks to YOU, readers, for your news leads, tips, comments, enthusiasm, links, sharing and being part of the Beat family.
But wait, there’s more! Thanks to the work of Smartbomb, we have a sharp new design and STABLE server, and we can finally roll out a bunch of improvements I’ve been waiting on for a long time. And yes we are still working on a few things—please keep any suggestions coming—but as usual….you ain’t seen nothing yet.
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.