Happy NYCC ’21, and happy Weekend Reading 80Δ! Come rain, shine, or a return to cons, here at Stately Beat Manor, you can bet that we’ll inevitably still be reading!

As always, we hope that you’ll share your reading plans with us, as well. always, we hope that you’ll share your reading plans with us, as well. Let The Beat know what you’re planning on reading this weekend, either in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!

Weekend Reading 80Δ
Weekend Reading 80Δ: Animal Crossing & American Born Chinese

AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I’ll be reading Welcome to Animal Crossing: New Horizons Volume One: Deserted Island Diary.  With a story and art by Kokonasu Rumba, a translation and adaptation by Caleb Cook, and touch-up and lettering by Sara Linsley, I figure this is the perfect book to read as I wait for the October 15th Animal Crossing Direct (gimmie that Brewster)! Then, with the news of the impending Disney+ adaptation, I’m eager to finally read American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (with color by Lark Pien).

SARA L. JEWELL: This weekend, I’m continuing to work through all of the excellent mini comics I picked up at the ShortBox digital comics fair running through October.

Weekend Reading 80Δ
Weekend Reading 80Δ: American Born Chinese

TAIMUR DAR: Way back when I used to work at Barnes & Noble I remember constantly seeing Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese in the graphic novel section. It’s been on my list to read for the longest time, and with the Disney+ adaptation announced, it seems like the perfect time to read it. Even better, it’s available on the libby app so I can read it on my iPad. Hopefully NYCC won’t keep me too busy!

Weekend Reading 80Δ
Weekend Reading 80Δ: Hulk 156

DEAN SIMONS: Having just finished Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns, I am taking a short break before reading the second instalment in this Youtuber-recommended YA fantasy quadrilogy, One Dark Throne. Usually that means I will be digging into my short story anthologies. Most probably my choice will be this month’s issue of Forever Magazine. As for comics: Some old-school Incredible Hulk (i am currently around #156).

Weekend Reading 80Δ: The Comic Book History of Animation

JOHANNA DRAPER CARLSON: I picked up a few things at the New York Comic Con that look intriguing. The Comic Book History of Animation by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey continues their trend of snarky history comics. The Fuhrer and the Tramp pits Charlie Chaplin against Hitler when the dictator tries to have the beloved actor killed. And Needle and Thread launches the Maverick young adult line from Mad Cave with a story about a boy who wants to work in costume design against his parents’ wishes.