As February continues, Weekend Reading 193 arrives. Naturally, The Beat Elite will be spending our weekend holed up in Stately Beat Manor, getting lost in a stack of books.

What will you be paging through? The Beat is waiting to hear from you! Be sure and give us a shout-out in the comment section, or over at The Beat on Bluesky.

Weekend Reading 197
Weekend Reading 197: The Anza-Borrego Desert Region and The Out Side.

AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I’ll be reading The Out Side: Trans & Nonbinary Comics, edited by The Kao, Min Christensen and David Daneman. I already recognize many of the creators whose work is included in the anthology, and I’m looking forward to being introduced to the work of the rest! Then as far as prose goes, I’m checking out The Anza-Borrego Desert Region: A Guide to the State Park and Adjacent Areas by Lowell and Diana Lindsay.

DEAN SIMONS: I am rushing around Paris trying to squeeze in as many comics exhibitions as I can (they range from full, multi floor museum installations to small private art gallery viewings) before I head home Tuesday. During the commuting time I will be reading the 1950s short stories of British science fiction writer Brian Aldiss

Weekend Reading 197
Weekend Reading 197: Deathlok: The Souls of Cyber-Folk.

TAIMUR DAR: Not a day goes by when I don’t think about the late/great Dwayne McDuffie, but February being Black History Month is more on my mind than usual. So it seems appropriate to take time this weekend to enjoy some classic McDuffie comics. My introduction to McDuffie was through his work in animation so the first comics work by McDuffie I read was the Beyond! six-issue miniseries he wrote back in 2006. That was the series that introduced me to the Michael Collins version of Deathlok, so I also want to read the Deathlok: Souls of the Cyber-Folk trade collection on my shelf.   

Weekend Reading 197
Weekend Reading 197: Thrawn.

ADAM KARENINA SHERIF: Drawn back into the galaxy far far away, I’ve recently picked up the trade of Jody Houser and Luke Ross’ adaptation of the first of Timothy Zahn’s second trilogy of Thrawn novels. Which is a completely normal sentence when dealing with Star Wars. The Marvel Star Wars books have been decent across the board, and occasionally great – by all accounts, Star Wars: Thrawn is in that latter bracket.

Weekend Reading 197
Weekend Reading 197: Elton John & Witch Hat Atelier.

REBECCA OLIVER KAPLAN: Living in America can be hard, especially as a queer disabled person. That’s why, this week, I had to go to Target to buy some “feel good” gifts for myself and Avery Kaplan (yes, I know Target’s past, but there are only so many options in rural California—besides, our local Target kept its Pride section). So, I picked up a Little Golden Book about Elton John, written by Jennifer Dussling and illustrated by Irene Chan, since the man is a queer icon, as well as Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama (maybe for the second time, but I still can’t find my other copy.)

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