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Torsten Adair

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I've been writing for The Beat since July of 2010. I've been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994. I'm a bookseller, a librarian, an amateur scholar, a cool uncle, and a comics evangelist. Ask me anything!

FCBD 2019: Read It Or Leave It?: Silver Titles, Part Two

A look at what's on offer for FCBD 2019

FCBD 2019: Read It Or Leave It?: Silver Titles, Part One

A look at what's on offer for FCBD 2019

C2E2 2019: How To Get Around

  Okay, it's time for my annual post on how to navigate your way to C2E2 at McCormick Place. Once again, it's in the South Building,...

ECCC’19: Convention Center Update

In late January, just before the polar vortex hit the Midwest, and Measles hit the Pacific Northwest, I was in Seattle attending the Midwinter...

Oscar’s Razor: The Simple Solution to Make the Oscars Run On...

How long have people been complaining that the Oscars are too long? Probably since they were first telecast in 1953. My earliest Oscar memory is...

Comics Oscars: An (Almost) Definitive List of Fan Favorites Which Were...

The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards have been announced, and comics fans' kvetching and patience were finally rewarded as Black Panther received a...

Live Blogging the 2019 Super Bowl Commercials!

Yay, sportsball! I'm at home, eating lots of food and watching the commercials for the Big Game. Yeah, there's some football in between, but I've...

ALA MW’19: Librarians Honor Graphic Novels for Children and Teens!

The American Library Association announced the winners of the Youth Media Awards, a pantheon of honors celebrating books for a variety of readers and...

ALA Mid-Winter 2019: All the Comics!

The following is an almost complete list of all the comics and graphic novel events, signings, and discussions taking place this weekend at the...

YALSA Announces the 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List!

"The Golden Age of Science Fiction is 12." —Peter Graham The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, has announced the...

Review: I Start Out Smiling… (MST3K, The Wrong Earth, Heroes...

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 #1 Writer: Joel Hodgson, Harold Buchholz, Matt McGinnis, Mary Robinson, Seth Robinson, Sharyl Volpe Artist: Todd Nauck, Mike Manly Letterer: Michael Heisler Colorist: Mike Manly, Wes...

NYCC’18: NYCC Team Q&A: Some New Concerns, But Fans Still Love...

As happens every year, Mike Armstrong, Event Director for New York Comic Con, along with selected staff, stood in front of a panel, and...