Librarians Love All Kinds of Graphic Novels!: 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

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TweetSince 2007, the Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association, has been selecting the best graphic novels for teens. The list of 78 titles, drawn from 122 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality […]

Please Stand By…We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties

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TweetThe Beat has been intermittent these past few days, and our crack team of technical experts are working feverishly to solve the problems, so that you may enjoy the informative, entertaining content that you expect from Heidi, Steve, and me, Torsten, the wrangler of the infinite monkeys. Do to this service disruption, I will be […]

Librarians Love Graphic Novels! Numerous Titles Win Awards!

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TweetEvery January, the American Library Association holds their Mid-Winter Meeting.  Tradition dictates that it be held in a frigid clime, so Philadelphia was chosen.  (In a bit of uncanny foresight, the next three sites will be: Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta.) The Mid-Winter conference is the smaller, more laid-back version of the Annual show (traditionally held […]

Who Sold What?: New York Times Graphic Novel Bestsellers 2013

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TweetIt’s a new year, and what better time to take a look back at what happened in 2013? Regular readers of The Beat know me as the comic BOOK guy.  I’m a bookseller, a librarian, a comics evangelist, and, yes, a seeker of the esoteric.  So that means while people (and websites) cover the comics […]

Looking Sideways Into the Future: What I Noticed in Comics in 2013 and the Years Ahead

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TweetSo, it’s a few weeks into the new year.  Christmas trees are being recycled, merchandise is being discounted, and resolutions are being retconned.  That means I’d better get my ruminations done. What happened in 2013?

From the Archives: Soujourn Magazine Portfolio

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TweetOccasionally, I bid on items at Heritage Auction‘s Internet auctions. One of the lots included many comic art portfolios, and included in the lot was a portfolio from Sojourn magazine.

Grand Comics Tour: 2013: Visiting Omaha’s Comics Shops on Black Friday!

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TweetOnce again, my nephew and I set out on Black Friday, in a quest to visit as many comics shops and related geeky retailers in the Greater Omaha Metro Area. (Here is the 2012 travelogue.)

31 Days of Halloween: Stephen R. Bissette’s WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!

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TweetStephen Bissette is one of the morbid masters of horror comics, having gained fame for pencilling Saga of the Swamp Thing, publishing Taboo, and blogging about all sorts of horrific movies and comics!  Currently, he resides in bucolic White River Junction, Vermont, teaching at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Currently, over at his website, he […]

NYCC’13: Chevy Camaro Body Art

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Tweet Once again, Chevy produced a white car, and allowed various artists to modify the body with body art. (Here are pictures from 2011.  Scroll down.) The car, a Chevy Camaro with a matte finish (yes, I touched it!), was roped off at the entrance to Artists Alley.

Another Crazy Idea!: Valentines Day Comics!

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TweetToday is Free Comic Book Day Halloween ComicFest! Today is the day kids beg trick-or-treat at local retailers, while adults are out cavorting in costumes at various bars, practicing for Santa Con in December. Myself, I’ve ordered bundles of these Halloween comics, and my siblings in Nebraska and Colorado will handing out copies to trick-or-treaters on […]

NYCC ’13: NYCC Team Q&A answers questions on badges, crowding, more

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TweetEvery year, New York Comic Con changes and grows, and they get most of it right, and some of it wrong.  Every year, during the last hour of the show, Lance Fensterman and his senior team sit down and take questions from the audience regarding how well the show went, what concerns attendees have, and […]

NYCC13: Archie Comics: Zombies, Heroes, Cartoons, Movies and more!

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TweetSaturday, Archie Comics hosted a packed room of Archie fans!  And a packed dais!  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa emceed, while Dan Parent, George Donovan, Jon Goldwater, Michael Murphey, Mike Pellerito, Francesco Francavilla, Michael Uslan, and Victor Gorelick entertained!

NYCC13: Day Two in Pictures

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TweetI got five hours of sleep last night, yet managed to navigate the show fairly well. Basically, my brain was on the same power-saving strategy my smart phone was using, and aside from weary feet, I managed quite well. I had various panels scheduled, but after seeing the line for the JMS workshop, gave up.  […]

NYCC13: Day One in Pictures

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TweetSo after a decent night’s sleep, I made my way back to Javits, to partake of various professional panels and then hit the show floor.  But before the panels, I took more pictures!  (Man, I love this press pass!)

NYCC13: Day Zero in Pictures

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TweetWell, Team Beat is out in force, scurrying around Javits, meeting people we know, discovering stuff we kinda knew about but forgot, and just immersing ourselves in comics culture! So, here are some pictures from yesterday, taken by yours truly via my cellphone, before the ICV2 Conference convened.

Today is Torsten Day at Stately Beat Manor! 2013

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TweetTwo years ago, I was gobsmacked when Heidi proclaimed October 10 as “Torsten Day”. Now, there wasn’t a celebration that day, or last year, so I don’t know if it’s an on-going holiday or just one of those days where I get a nicely-lettered proclamation with an embossed seal, suitable for framing. Since there wasn’t […]