Want to Win Your Oscar Pool And Be The Envy of Millions? Try These Tips!

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[No comics content here.  This falls under "pop culture" and general geekery. ] So, your waistline (and gastrointestinal tract) has recovered from the Super Bowl.  You’re sick and tired of the weather.  You seek another diversion.  Well, next Sunday, Hollywood holds their soiree, handing out Oscar statuettes (“Academy Awards of Merit”, according to the rule […]

Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway: A Sneak Preview

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Before I get into the nitty gritty.. Buy your tickets NOW.  Stop reading, and go buy them.  This is “Lion King” big.  This is “plan a vacation around the tickets you can get” big.  It’s fun, it’s spectacular, and will please almost every theater-goer.  (Except for a few theater reviewers.  There’s always one.) I’ll wait.  […]

Venerable Omaha Comics Shop Damaged By Fire

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The Omaha World-Herald reports that the building housing Dragon’s Lair Comics and Treasure Mart Collectibles sustained nearly $300,000 in fire damage Sunday morning.

The Beat’s Annual Guide to Winning the Osca® Pool: Best Animated Shorts 2014

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Once again, Hollywood confabulates and celebrates the best of motion picture arts and sciences March 2, at the 86th Academy Awards.  Among the many awards will be two showcasing the best in animation: Animated Feature Film and Short Film Animated.  Many people have seen the feature films (or had a chance to…dunno how many actually […]

So ReedPOP Is Starting A New Show in NYC: What Could It Mean For Comics?

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Heidi has the reporting on ReedPOP’s new “Special Edition: New York City” show next June, where a small comics show will be held in the North Hall of the Javits convention center. But then a Facebook friend, who is also a comics professional, posted about the show, and it got me thinking about what might […]

Fifty Years Ago, The Beatles Conquered America

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At 8 o’clock on February 9th 1964, America tuned in to CBS and The Ed Sullivan Show. But this night was different. 73 million people gathered in front their TV sets to see The Beatles’ first live performance on U.S. soil. The television rating was a record-setting 45.3, meaning that 45.3% of households with televisions […]

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

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Since 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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The 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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Every 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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It’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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So, 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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Occasionally, 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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Once 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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Stephen 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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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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Today 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 […]