Saturday is here, and it’s brought Weekend Reading 147! As we have been for nearly three long years, The Beat Elite will be spending the next few days lost in a good book inside Stately Beat Manor.
What will you be reading this weekend? The Beat is waiting to hear from you! Give us a shout-out, right here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat, and let us know what you’ll be paging through.
AVERY KAPLAN: With the news that PanelxPanel will be going on hiatus in just a few issues, I’m nostalgic to revisit some of the comics I covered for the magazine. First up will be Mamo by Sas Milledge, which I wrote about in PanelxPanel #58, an issue that focuses on the series. But also featured in PxP #58 is an interview with Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli on A Thing Called Truth Vol. 1. Since the Kickstarter for A Thing Called Truth Vol. 2: Drive Home is now in full swing, it seems like a great time to revisit this interview, too!
TAIMUR DAR: For years I’ve heard amazing things about acclaimed horror manga artist Junji Ito but I’ve never taken the time to actually read his work. I figure it’s time to change all that and see his work for myself. To that end this weekend I’ll be reading his Fragments of Horror anthology collection as well as Dissolving Classroom and Frankenstein.
REBECCA OLIVER KAPLAN: I have an ambitious lineup of books and comics this weekend. I am nearly done with Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. I started reading this series a while ago, but when the first book was too slow paced for my ADHD-addled brain to enjoy, Avery had to spend a couple years convincing me to pick it up again. But I am really happy I eventually did as I near the end of the series. I recently found Sax Rohmer‘s Dope, adapted and illustrated by Trina Robbins, at the used book store, and look forward to reading it this weekend. In addition, I have to narrow down which comics I am using in an upcoming piece and have a couple more to read before I make the final decision. The goal for this weekend is to read When I Grow Up: The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers by Ken Krimstein, The Unfinished Corner by Dani Colman, Rachel “Tuna” Petrovicz, Whitney Cogar, and Jim Campbell, and to begin the middle grade memoir, Chance by Uri Shulevitz.
DEAN SIMONS: Been pretty sick since last Sunday so when I am able to concentrate, my comfort reads have been – and continue to be – Kenjro Hata’s adorably charming romance sitcom manga Fly Me To The Moon (currently around volume 3) and Akira Toriyama’s original Dragon Ball manga (currently at volume 7).