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Yep it’s the end of the trail for 2008, a year which had some high points (Nov 4) but which an overwhelming number of our friends can’t wait to end. To which we can only say:

Everything looks better when seen through the lens of a J.C. Leyendecker baby in a Russian Constructivist pose.

As always, thanks to the crew — Zena, Trish, Suzu, Amy, Elim, Marti, Jon, Max, Potts, Desi, Sara, Dino, Sara, Frank 3, Nelson, Scummy, Eric, Jah Furry, Brian, Calvin, Amanda, Jimmy, Charles, Nikki — for helping with so much, and of course, to dear Future Mr. Beat, Ben McCool, for all the laughs, and probably to a bunch of folks we’re forgetting because we basically can’t remember anything. Special Big Ups to the Beat Operatives, Aaron, Mark, Steven, Marc-Oliver, and Paul, for helping with their time, wit, and wisdom.

And of course, most special thanks, as always, to YOU, our wonderful readers, who keep us on our toes and inspire us to get better and better.

We’ll be back over the next few days before going back to the grindstone next Monday, with our wrapup thoughts and forward-looking statements.


  1. 2008 was a great year for me. Times had been REALLY tough for us, even before Wall St. tanked. We had spent some time in between homes, which is really stressful, but things have turned around, and they’re getting better all the time. I’m greatful for what I have, because I know there are so many who have so much less then I. Happy New Year my Beat friends. 2009 is going to be a great year.

  2. “a year which had some high points (Nov 4) but which an overwhelming number of our friends can’t wait to end…”

    New Years has always been one of my favorite holidays, in part because of its arbitrary nature. In essence, we’re celebrating nothing more than the flipping of a calendar page. It’s really nothing more than the same thrill you get when the odometer rolls over.

    Increasingly, as I get older, I find that “Oh-I’m-Glad-That’s-Ended-And-I’m-Here-To-See-It-End” sentiment a more pervasive, yet natural and wonderful feeling at the end of the year. To that, I give you my favorite new New Year’s Song, “New Lang Syne” by the band Jim’s Big Ego (which, to make a comics connection, was co-founded by Carmine Infantino’s nephew…)”

    “New Lang Syne”

    Happy New Year, everybody!

  3. Hey, thanks for making my 2008 interesting, Heidi!

    To those I met, it was great meeting you. Hope we meet again.
    To those who passed, thank you for the memories and inspiration. We all stand on the shoulders of giants, and a few give us piggyback rides of encouragement and assistance.
    To those I’ll meet in the future, I hope you’ll not be bored or offended, and that I’ll be able to give you some ideas to help you further your dreams.

    As for us Nebraskans, we usually celebrate the New Year the night of the First, as the Cornhuskers (usually) play in a bowl game that night.

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