True Blood Episode 1: All kinds of bad blood

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Welcome to a recap of the premiere episode of True Blood’s Season Three. I will be recapping episodes of True Blood for the Beat throughout Season Three. Read on and let it bleed in the comments section, bitches.

Complaints, complaints

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If you follow our twitter feed, you may have gathered that The Beatwas once again on the road last week, and the week before, and before that it was moving, and a holiday and before that BEA and before that…oh I don’t know what it was but it was something. It’s been even crazier than usual, and we’re definitely been shirking our blogging duty. Along the way we’ve been storing up all these hot news stories to add our own snark dignified commentary to, but we never had the time to build up a full head of steam. And based on the longer-than-anticipated lifespan of some of these “controversies,” they deserved a full measure of well thought out snark dignified commentary, and not something half tossed off while I was babysitting or eating a piece of chicken or whatever.

Which is a roundabout way of saying, yeah, this is all belated, but at least I’m not holding a chicken bone. As some kind of lagniappe, I will scatter a bit of my own reportage of things i saw/heard with my OWN EYES AND EARS over the last little while. Enjoy.

Two people who will not do things any more: Robert Crumb and Alan Moore

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From various sources, great artists who like to do things their way, and have earned the right to do so. Plus, is it okay for R. Crumb to use the work of other, lesser cartoonists as scrap for his own work?

Buenaventura Press closure reactions

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Sean T Collins rounded up reactions from creators and fellow publishers on the closure of Buenaventura Press, and it’s all sad, sad sad. WE’ve heard bits and pieces of the story behind the story, and that’s all sad too. Some of it can be pieced together with some googling, but we’ll respect Alvin’s wishes for privacy at this time and just reiterate out hope that he can continue to find a way to contribute to this golden age of comics art.

WW Philly: Nerdlebrities enjoyed other nerdlebrities

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We didn’t get a chance to cover Wizard World Philly this year, although Mike Manley promises his usual Babymen update, however as you can see from the above, as wrestler Lisa Marie Varon tweeted, it was a great chance for nerdlebrities to hang out.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits — 6/15/10

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What is true, what is not? Who is a hack? WHo has dangling balls? What is Berkeley Breathed doing now? Answer await.

Nice Art: Miguel Sepulveda’s THANOS IMPERATIVE

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Via David Macho

Buy Ventures; help the Gulf

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It’s been a while since we wrote about The Venture Brothers, our favorite psychoanalytical adventure satire cartoon, but the show’s animatic editor, Thomas Bayne has organized an auction of Venture-related artwork, including storyboards, roughs and so on, with all proceeds benefitting Colbert Nation’s Gulf of America Fund. Creator Jackson Publick writes: