Saturday has arrived, and that means it must be time for Weekend Reading 121! We’re sure this will come as no surprise, but here at Stately Beat Manor, we’re going to spend the hours until Monday holing up with a stack of good books!

As ever, we hope that you’ll share your reading plans with us, as well. Let us know, right here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!

Weekend Reading 121
Weekend Reading 121: Wash Day Diaries & Attack of the Black Rectangles.

AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I’m going to be reading Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser, Robyn Smith, Bex Glendining, Kazimir Lee, and Neil Egan. Then as far as prose goes, I’ll be checking out Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King, an unfortunately timely read.

Weekend Reading 121

ZACK QUAINTANCE: I took out about seven books from my public library today (hey, there’s a heat wave and I’m not going anywhere), among them some overdue graphic novel catch-up — Clyde Fans by Seth and The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist by Adrian Tomine. I’ll probably read both this weekend. Also, jumping into new prose, starting with Joan by Katherine J. Chen. It’s historical fiction about Joan of Arc and a book I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about.

Weekend Reading 121
Weekend Reading 121: Starman.

DEAN SIMONS: Although much of the weekend will involve me being slumped at, around, or near my laptop assisting the team at Beat Manor Operations Control with SDCC coverage – I do have some reading planned…I recently (re)started the ‘90s Starman series by James Robinson and Tony Harris. As a kid in the noughties I loved the premise but the collections weren’t always the easiest to find. I recently restarted and am really enjoying it. As of writing I am at issue 21. And prose…I STILL haven’t finished Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun but I am 7 chapters away from the end. Part of me doesn’t want to finish it because the weirdness and unpredictability of the plot is so fascinating.  Alas, all things must end (and I would like to be able to read something else). 

Weekend Reading 121
Weekend Reading 121: Phenomena

TAIMUR DAR: I’m currently boots on the ground at the first in-person SDCC in over 3 years. With all my press commitments for The Beat, I’m unlikely to get much reading this weekend. BUT! I did manage to score an early copy of Phenomena: The Golden City of Eyes by Brian Michael Bendis and André Lima Araújo at the Abrams booth. Already begun reading it and digging it thus far.


  1. Katherine Chen’s “Joan” is admitted by the author (in the “Afterword”) to have very little historical accuracy, and in fact it’s just another variation of the hackneyed Rambo character – singlehandedly mowing down entire units of enemy troops all by herself and expanding in size (!) on the battlefield while punching and headbutting the enemy when she loses her sword, which is ridiculous. The author admits Joan said (at her trial) that she didn’t fight at all, and certainly didn’t do the impossible nonsense in the book.

Comments are closed.