Thoughts for the day

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Tweet And now every time I get a little burnt out on what I “have” to do for work, I shut out all the external pressures around covering comics as an industry and read some comics that no one told me too. You should try it sometime too! – Kiel Phegley “The dominant tech culture […]

Bye-Bye, CoCo

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TweetAs some of you may know, tonight is Conan O’Brien’s last night as host of the Tonight Show. The story has been little covered by the media, so we thought we’d end the week with a brief comics-related tribute via the pages of MYTHOS SPIDER-MAN, a 2007 Marvel miniseries which had a brief O’Brien appearance. […]

The scientific precognizance of Hergé

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Tweet Via Josh Neufeld.

Images to haunt us

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Tweet § Superhero division: Maxim presents 12 Superheroes Who Should Be On ’70s Vans, which, considering that several of these characters were created at a time when van art was an influence is a little Moebius strip for our tastes, but has Photoshop ever been used for a better purpose? § Indie Division: We’re very […]

Happy Birthday to THE BEAT

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Tweet(pretend for the time being there are shirtless pictures of Gerard Butler and Clive [used to be cool before finding out he was a Liverpool fan] Owen here) We’re sure that FMB will give the Beat a wonderful birthday, let’s hope that AMC also delivers a present of a good adaptation of The Prisoner tonight.

This weekend: The Prisoner

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Tweet As previously mentioned, Sunday night, AMC premieres the first episode of their reimagining of The Prisoner. To support this, there’s quite an extensive website up. They are also serializing a PRISONER graphic novel by M. Scott Veach, Mitchell Breitweiser and Hugo Petrus. The story is a prequel, exploring the background of the Village. Be […]

The mystery of Thomasina

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TweetNo biography of Patrick McGoohan is complete without mentioning THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA, and The Beat is no exception. The movie was on Hallmark the other day. We DVR’d for later viewing and, wow, was this full of surprises. A movie about a lovable tot who dresses her kitty in a bonnet? Yes, but […]

The real highlight of the Baltimore Con

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Tweet By Mark Coale Sure, we published our first issue in [cough] years and it was great to see old friends and discuss not being able to watch either the England or US matches with FMB, but can anything really top finding this book in a 50-cent bin? So great for all the wrong reasons.

The only thing that matters…now with Halloween

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Tweet Okay, this time we mean it. As October dawns, we’re looking to start another “21 Days of Halloween” art festival here, so if you have some Halloweenish art you’d like to let us post here, drop us a line at the usual place. Last year, we got some AWESOME stuff, and we’re definitely in […]

People just like it better that way

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Tweet(tip of the hat to the always-right Kurt Busiek who posted this on his Facebook page.)

Random thoughts

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Tweet Over on the Wildstorm blog the other day, they dropped a BOMBSHELL. Gen13 is getting a new artist, a very talented fellow. And his name is Cruddie Torian. How do you just go on after this kind of thing? Why does Austin Trunick get to be the one who writes the blog post called […]

A little more print goes away — UPDATED

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TweetUPDATE: At The Wrap, a THR insider  disputes the THR online only story, although, saying they’ll stick around through the lucrative Awards season isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for the future of the print edition. Nikki Finke reports some changes for the Hollywood trades: Variety is going back behind a paywall online and THR (The […]

What have we learned?

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TweetWe have learned that folks would rather argue about “journalism” than talk about a picture of Spider-Man shooting webbing out his ass. That really surprised me, frankly.

The day in press releases

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Tweet Press releases, we get press releases. By the bushel. And a lot of times we just skim. But then, sometimes, some thing catches our eye. Look, this could have been anyone. Us, even. But, I guess this means that Archie isn’t marrying Betty OR Veronica, but POISON IVY, right? And a garden weasel is […]

Mystery art alert

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Tweet This mystery art has been making the rounds online…and in honor of the All-Star break in baseball, we approve…of whatever it is.

The Beat has a new enemy

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Tweet Re our discussion yesterday of GHOSTBUSTERS 2, which The Beat found disappointing, punk rock band Art Brut frontman and comics fan Eddie Argos is apparently among those who watched GHOSTBUSTERS on Sunday, and had this to Tweet: If you don’t like Ghostbusters 2, I don’t like you. Unless your my girlfriend. In which case […]