The Beat's Annual guide to winning the Oscar® Pool: Best Animated Shorts

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As we point out every year, picking the big categories at the Oscars is easy — sentiment and other awards and past voting practices make for a formula that is easy to call, even when it changes over Awards season — see: THE KING’S SPEECH. So to truly ace your Oscar picks and win the big prize, you’ve got to master the obscure categories like Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short. We don’t handicap the first caegory — although you can’t go wrong picking anything about horrible genocide topics like AIDS, Rwanda, the Holocaust and so on.

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Sorry about the server outages today.

Basically, I pushed the wrong button and sent my server into a fit as it tried to run that demon image resizing script. The poor thing got so flustered that I had to upgrade the memory, but even that was too little too late and it’s still trying to resolve itself.

Nice art: Oji Suzuki

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Oji Suzuki is the latest in D&Q’s gekiga projects, and
Tom Devlin explains why:

To do: Eva Ink Artist Group at Wizard World Miami

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The Wizard World Miami show kicks off this weekend at the Miami Airport Convention Center — it’s the first Wizard show in this venue so we’ll see how it goes. Renee Witterstaetter announced some exclusives from the Eva Ink Artist Group:

Kibbles 'n' Bits — 2/25/11

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Tasty art, trashy manga, an interview extravaganza, and crazy monsters.

Nice art: Gotta love that Jordi Bernet

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A few pages from a recent Jonah Hex story:

Xiao Bai receives top International Manga Awards

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Chinese artist Xiao Bai was just presented with the Gold Award in the International Manga Awards. The prize, founded by Japan’s former otaku-loving prime minister Taro Aso are presented to recognize international achievements in the manga style. Bai won for “So Far, So Close,” a time travel story about a woman who meets her own son.

A few more Dwayne McDuffie links

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The tributes are still coming in — When Fangirls Attack and Tom Spurgeon have missive link collections.