We celebrate the Beat’s anniversary on July 1st every year, and guess what? We’re 12!

I don’t have too much to say this year, because I’ve been saying it all for a while. These are tough days for tough people but we made it this far and had a blast doing it.

But the Beat would not be possible without Alexander Lu, who probably does more work on the site than I do these days; Kyle PInion and Hannah Lodge, our entertainment beat reporters; Edie Nugent, Torsten Adair, Jeff Trexler, Davey Nieves, Zach Clemente, Nick Eskey, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Brandon Schatz, John Seven and Chris Hayden. Special thanks to the sales chart crew: Xavier Lancel and David Carter. And a fond farewell to alumni Henry Barajas and Alex Jones who have moved on to bigger and better things — Henry is at TopCow now and Alex recently joined Valiant as an intern. So you see, dreams do come true!

Special thanks to my Patreon supporters; my mid-year resolution is to get the newsletter fired up, and Patreon supporters are going to get some special goodies, like bonus podcasts and interviews. Maybe even some blasts from the past. You’ll be surprised. 

I’m actually going to celebrate this birthday by taking the afternoon off to go see a James Turrell installation at the Pace Gallery and maybe sit outside and drink some rosé with pals. Net week begins Hell Week so look for all the San Diego news and previews, panels, Judge Dredd rumors and more!

And because it’s Friday, bonus catblogging!

Charlie is cosplaying as Lucy!!! Extraordinary!!! #cats #hotcats #catsofinstagram

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  1. Congratulations, Heidi and The Beat! I’ve been a reader since the beginning and I appreciate that this continues to be a balanced, passionate and non-snarky forum for news and views. During the past 12 years, the internet has become increasingly crass — thank you for being civil.

    Best of all, when my day gets crazy at work, it’s great to come to a place where I can escape for a few minutes and read about the crazy world of comics,

    Here’s to another dozen great years!

  2. Congratulations Heidi, and The Beat contributors for your hard work and dedication throughout 12 amazing years! Hope for many more!

  3. Happy Birthday to the BEAT!!! For 12 years I’ve been reading the Beat so I’ll no what to report about in Comics and graphic novels. Thanks Heidi!!!

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