Time marches on, and carries with it the arrival of Weekend Reading 152! This won’t surprise any of our regular readers, but we’re planning on spending the weekend holed up inside Stately Beat Manor with a big stack of reading material.

What are you planning on paging through this weekend? The Beat is waiting to hear from you! Give us a shout-out in the comment section, or over on social media @comicsbeat (always assuming non-Fail Whale conditions apply).

AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I’m checking out Who Will Make the Pancakes by Megan Kelso. This collection of five stories includes “Watergate Sue” and “Cats in Service,” the latter of which is commemorated by the beautiful oversized book’s endpapers.

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Weekend Reading 152: Who Will Make the Pancakes? + Tits & Clits.

DEAN SIMONS: Popped into my longtime fave LCS – London’s Gosh! Comics and spotted Fantagraphics’ Tits & Clits: 1972-1987 collection (edited by Joyce Farmer, Lyn Chevli, and Mary Fleener) had finally arrived. I have been super excited to finally peruse more of the feminist side of the underground comix scene outside of a comics history book or museum exhibit. Meanwhile on the prose side of the street I just started the second book in Elizabeth Moon’s Vatta’s War space opera series I started at the end of last year – Moving Target – so expecting to get further into that. 

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Weekend Reading 152: Requiem for a Dream.

TAIMUR DAR: I was recently watching Darren Aronofky’s film Requiem for a Dream yet again on streaming, when it occurred to me that I always wanted to read the original Hubert Selby Jr. book on which it was based. Only just started and I’m already amazed by how close the film resembles the original book. I’ll be continuing to read the book over the weekend. In terms of comics, I’ve been on a Hellboy fix so I’ll likely be rereading the first trade “Seed of Destruction.” 

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Weekend Reading 152: The Stand. Interior art by Bernie Wrightson.

CY BELTRAN: I finally had the chance to swing by my local shop (First Aid Comics!) and pick up a ton of books I’ve missed over the past several months, and I’ll be starting with Poison Ivy #7-10, from G. Willow Wilson, Atagun Ilhan, Marcio Takara, Araf Prianto, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. For my money, this is one of the best big two series currently running, and I’m ecstatic that it’s been extended to an ongoing. Then, ignoring that massive stack of comics I just got, I plan to hunker down with The Stand by Stephen King. I’m slowly working my way through his bibliography on the way to The Dark Tower, and I figured it was finally time to try and read this monstrosity of a novel (the uncut edition at that!). Expect little progress by next week.

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Weekend Reading 152: Hench.

BILLY HENEHAN: I just finished the excellent Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising by Timothy Zahn. As much as I want to dive into the next novel in the series, I’m taking a detour to another novel to allow for some breathing room between books in the series. Instead of jumping right into Thrawn: Greater Good, I just started reading Hench: A Novel by Natalie Zina Walschots. It’s the story of a low-level supervillain henchwoman trying to make ends meet. I’m only on the first chapter, having started reading it this morning, and the humor, wit and sharp dialogue already stand out.

REBECCA OLIVER KAPLAN: It’s Team Beat’s ‘Tits & Clits’ weekend. Like Dean, I too am checking out Fantagraphics’ Tits & Clits: 1972-1987 collection over the weekend. I am also paw-deep in furry research for my WonderCon panel and plan on finishing Joe Strike‘s Furry Nation: The True Story of America’s Most Misunderstood Subculture, which has taught me a lot about my new favorite subculture!

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