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Hello to all and congrats on making another trip around the sun – and now we get to do it all again.

In the past I’ve posted one of J.C. Leyerdecker’s famed “New Years Babies” from 100 years past for the New Year’s image, but artist Steve Leialoha has gone and done the photoshopping for me. Leyerdecker was the regular New Year’s cover artist for the Saturday Evening Post, which was the CNN of the day, and he was a zeitgeist capturer second to none.

And in case you’re wondering, this is a contemporaneous image from New Year’s Day 1940. Because we’ve always had fear and darkness. We’ve always had Russia and China. And there are those who fight. And those who give in.

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Leialoha had some other candidates:

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Ah the Golden Age of Illustration.

As we start a new year I want to thank you, loyal readers (and new readers) for supporting this site in its new home at syndicated Comics. We do it all for you. Also the Beat’s incredible staff who work tirelessly (really, you should see our DM timestamps) to bring this to you: Alux Lu, without whose hard work you’dbabrely have a site;  ever insightful Kyle Pinion, Hannah Lodge (the secret behind our convenbtion coverage), newsletter poobah A.J. Frost, the daily news crew of Zack Quaintance, Joe Grunenwald and Samantha Puc; our faithful and fashionable intern, Megan Fabbri; and departed but always in our hearts, Todd Allen.  We gained a lot of great writers this year who are making the site better than ever, and “wait until you see what we have planned for 2019” as they like to say in marketing.

We’ll be kicking off our annual Creator Survey tomorrow, culminating in the naming COMICS INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR! Who do you think it should be? What are you looking forward to in 2019? Who is stronger, Kevin Feige or Pam Lifford? Let us know in the comments, and here’s to the best 2019 ever!