Because we get bored, and because The Beat can never be good enough, don’t say we never turn to YOU our harshest critics and dearest supporters. What do you want to see more of? What do you want to see less of? Don’t say typos, because we all hate those and we’re working on it.

The reality is, here at Stately Beat Manor we’re being increasingly called on to help with behind the scenes matters everywhere. Yes, The Beat is an much-indemand consultant for many organization and events: Monkeys for Burundi, for instance, and the 119th Annual Cheese Carving contest over in Bird-in-Hand, PA. As we’re called on more and more, we must use our precious precious minutes to their utmost.

In all honesty, there is just too much going on to keep track of any more! Whereas once we could hit the major news in manga, webcomics, indies, publishing, movies, superheroes and Bruce Campbell with some sense of comprehensiveness, now there is so much going on on a daily basis it makes everyone’s head spin. We still try to hit the high points, but people’s interpretations of the same will vary widely. Should we fine tune, or just continue to spray buckshot like Dick Cheney at a duck hunting tourney? Oh noes! Head spinning again!


  1. I enjoy the cheesecake and beefcake every so often, as long as there is a comics spin to it.
    Lost, UFC, not so much.
    The value of this blog is in the vast terrain you survey every day. Other sites review, others nitpick plots, others parody. YOU look at the whole wide world and let us know.
    Besides, you’re a great person to know! If this blog was a bar, I’d need a new liver!

  2. Make it what you want it to be. I read it because it’s YOUR POINT OF VIEW. There are so few people in this world who’s point of view I care about anymore, but yours is worth while. I’m trying not to be so full of myself anymore, and let people and comics be what they’re going to be. If I don’t like it, I just move on and try to keep it real. (be my own brand of crazy) Life is to short for anything else.

  3. I voted for more gossip, because frankly that’s something that isn’t covered anywhere else! Why should I only be able to get industry gossip by reading between the lines at Colleen Doran’s website? Does Paul Levitz really have all the Legion of Superheroes converted to D&D stats? Does Joe Quesada really have a dart board with Grant Morrison’s face on it? Does James Robinson really talk to Lee Marvin’s ghost late at night?

    Inquiring minds want to know!!

  4. Heidi,

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Seriously though, you’re the only thing that tears me away from working on my own blog.

    I should wrote one of these polls myself. When I’m not talking about cavorting around comic book conventions with psycho ex-porn actresses or girls in vinyl latex costumes- my ratings go straight down the pooper.

    It’s refreshing to come over here for a dose of reality. Plus, I’ve known you for so long Heidi – that it almost feels like I’ve known you longer than my own mother.



  5. Sales Charts.

    And anything else resembling those arcane charts you used to make when you were a teenager. That whole mystery of what those numbers meant still sort of puzzles me.