Spider-Man musical debut gets hung up

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Well, it has actually happened. We’ve been covering the Spider-Man musical story since it was first whispered, 5 or 6 years ago, and last year, at the Foxwoods Theatre in Manhattan, the very first public performance of the musical, directed by theater great Julie Taymor, with music by Bono and the Edge, of well known rock band, U2. Some thought this day would never come.

Adventures in coding

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Hey there! The Beat is back! The Beat never really left, but we figured that what with the server overload it was best to just lie low over the holiday, and get ready for the sprint to the finish line. We’ll have a future post with all the gory technical details — including what to […]

RIP: Leslie Nielsen

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While he will be long remembered for his timeless, side-splitting, searing portrayal of Lt. Frank Drebin, we shouldn’t forget Leslie Nielsen’s earlier stint as a stolid, upright leading man that allowed his later send-ups of this same role to pack such punch. And of course, he was pretty memorable in FORBIDDEN PLANET, a classic ’50s SF version of The Tempest that also introduced Robbie the Robot on a waiting world.

Please stand by…

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As many of you have noticed, the recent server shuffle has resulted in a loss of visual images.  The Beatrix herself is spearheading our crack team of technological troubleshooters, and we hope to restore normalcy soon.

Normally, in situations such as this, we would run “classic” columns from before the advent of the World Wide Web.  Unfortunately, our tape archive was mistakenly recorded over with the 67th Academy Awards.

So instead, we have reverted to ASCII mode.

A month of Image teasers: "Nobody makes an ass outta Arnie B. Willard…"

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Is this wrapped up? Are you more or LESS interested in reading it now?

Coming Attractions: Holidays 2010

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Were you a good boy or girl this year? Did you avoid Internet snark, practice goodwill towards your fellow human being, and cross with the light? Yeah, neither did I. So, as Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach, I offer the following list of graphic novel gift books, designed to help you assuage your guilt, […]

Spotted From The Watchtower

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As The Beatrix, on vacation up country, deals with the new server and its delusion that it’s an electronic bulletin board from 1982, I am performing caretaker duties here at Stately Beat Manor. So, some links… Over at The Comics Journal, Tom Crippen posts two reprints of Gahan Wilson’s Nuts comic strip, which originally ran […]

A month of Image teasers: "I am the American Dream"

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Wow, if only this had really gone up on Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We’ve got much to be thankful for this day — good family, friends and health — and even with all the tech problems at the new Beat, things are pretty much okay. However, one thing we can’t do is upload images to The Beat, so until we figure out the folder permissions, wishing you and […]

Under construction

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We’re still kicking the tires and adding air here at Stately Beat Manor with our new server. Unfortunately, The Beat is a large, complex, dynamic website and it takes up a lot of web resources, so we haven’t found the right level of power yet — or the images. Developing. In the meantime, everyone have […]

A month of Image teasers: I'm Back on the Blacktop!

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Oh yeah, Woodgod!

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Via PW Comics Week, yet another peek at STRANGE TALES II, this time by Dean Haspiel.

New day, new server

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The Beat will be moving servers tonight, from the insanely expensive one to a slightly less expensive one. There will be no posting until our Operatives give the go-ahead and there might be some wonkiness in the morning, as well. As soon as everything is safe and sound in the new spot, we’ll give you an earful on our hosting advice.

Butler and Lee do Emma at Marvel

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Fresh off her much-admired art for RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, Janet K. Lee is next adapting Emma for Marvel’s line of Jane Austen comics. NY Times best selling author Nancy Butler does the writing, as she did on SENSE AND SENSIBILITY and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Emma Woodhouse, a young privileged woman living in nineteenth […]

Children and women last, again

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A couple of posts over the weekend commented on the diversity or lack there of of contemporary comics and comics retailing:

In the wake of the Thor: The Mighty Avenger disaster, Brigid asks Can all-ages comics survive on the direct market alone? and ponts out thet kids these days like GNs and not periodicals:

A month of Image teasers: "What's that smell"

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This image slogan has particular poignancy around Stately Beat Manor this morning.