Hard Drive Crash Recovery Continues at Stately Beat Manor

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NERD COMPUTER ALERT! I know computer stuff isn’t entertaining but I like writing out my experiences just for Google. I got my laptop back! You may recall that my MacBookPro died just before Comic-Con. A recovery of my files prior to hard drive replacement was made more difficult by the fact that all the folders […]

One person can make a difference

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Continuing this morning’s elegiac tone, here’s a lovely remembrance of retailer Nick Post by the CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein. Postiglione, to give his full name, passed away last week, and my social media has similarly been filled with mourning someone who was by all accounts a genuinely good man: But Nick was a lot more than […]

Robin Williams, depression and life

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The reaction to Robin Williams’ death has been unlike any celebrity death I can remember. We all knew Whitney was going to go, and Michael Jackson’s end was as expected as it was bizarre. With Williams there seem to be few mysteries. It was a battle, and he lost. Yet the shock of his tragic decision seems to have transcended our celebrity autopsy culture with its essential question: how can someone who gave so much, who had so much to give, have turned away from the light with such finality?

Housekeeping notes for August

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What’s happening at Stately Beat Manor! So many exciting things, you won’t believe it! Just amazing.

Announcing The Beat’s new Crowdfunding campaign on Patreon!

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The Beat has joined the crowdfunding revolution! Now you can support the stuff we do here directly with your dollars via the Patreon platform. Lot’s of folks have suggested that we do some kind of crowdfunding campaign over the last year or so, but I’ve chosen Patreon because it’s method—recurring monthly payments—seem like a more usable model for an ongoing website than the one and done big bang of a Kickstarter.

SDCC 2014: Welcome to Hell Week! And what could make it more hellish?

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It’s what I like to call Hell Week, boys and girls, the week before San Diego Comic-Con when every single thing has to get done, including all those things you thought of in January but put off saying, “I’ll get it done before July!” and now it’s July and you didn’t get it done. But […]

The Beat’s 10th Anniversary special: The top 15 posts of the decade

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As we continue our 10th anniversary SPECTACULAR here at the Beat, I thought it would be fun to look back at the top posts since 2010. (I don’t have stats for the first five years but I can pretty much guarantee they were all about Alan Moore.)   Funny X-men Sex Videos (2011) Frank Frazetta […]

The Beat is 10 today!!!

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I actually don’t remember the day I started this blog—it was June or July somethingth 2004- so I’ve arbitrarily decided today will henceforth be The Beat’s anniversary. Ten long years of late nights, sleeping five hours, web crashes, Vietnamese Instant Coffee, Amon Tobin, Luke Vibert, Vitalic, Tipsy, Mahler, Stravinsky and Amy Winehouse. Ten years of stopping whatever else I was doing at some point to say “I gotta do The Beat now.” Ten years of watching the graphic novel industry grow, 10 years of a new golden age of comics, the rise and fall of manga, the rise and rise of comic book movies and TV shows, firings, hirings, 10 days that shook the world. Ten years of the internet changing every week or minute. When I began there was no Tumblr, no Twitter, no Facebook, no Youtube, no smart phones. People were so starved for entertainment that they actually read websites run by one person in their pajamas.

TCAF Bound

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We’re off on the road to TCAF! The only thing harshing my mellow is the Newark Airport monorail being down, but otherwise the charming Porter Air experience is already in full effect with cappucino and cookies. I’m on the same flight as Tom Spurgeon, so if aliens abduct the plane, Steve and Zainab should be […]

Writers wanted: C2E2 and beyond

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Are you going to C2E2? The Beat is not for the FIRST TIME. Torsten will be there for all the inside story as only Torsten can cover it, but if you have a hankering to listen to people make awkward banter about upcoming comics and then race to feverishly type it up, you may be just the person we’re looking for! If you’d be interested in covering it for The Beat, email me at comicsbeat at gmail dot com.

Sick sick sick

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I gots the con cruds which has killed The Beat dead in its tracks. Sorry about this lost week. Hopefully back in the flow for MoCCA! BTW when I’m sick, I drink BAI coffee-tea-fruit juice. That Cosy Shack Ride Pudding and a mix of diet pepsi and orange juice (gross but effective) bring me back […]

A very special day at The Beat

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Some house keeping:

The Beat is on the move again: Middle Georgia Comic Convention and Emerald City

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Hey kids, two shows coming up this month, First: Middle Georgia Comic Convention 2014 This is a BRAND NEW SHOW, held March 15-16 at the Macon Centerplex in Macon, GA. I have NEVER been to Georgia before so this will be a first. Other guests include Mark Bagley, Colleen Doran, Francesco Francavilla, Brian Stelfreeze, Justin […]

I cracked the Google Authorship Code!

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WARNING: nerd computer internet content to follow. If you don’t like this, walk away.

For months, I have been trying to get my Google Authorship established.

News alert: Abe Vigoda is still alive

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It’s been a week to remember out mortality. Close to home, two excellent comics journalists, Bhob Stewart and Bill Baker passed away, leaving many friends behind, and the death of comedian/director/Ghostbuster Harold Ramis was a shock to all of us. So on a more cheerful note, I’d like to remind everyone that Abe Vigoda, Godfather […]

Podcast Alert: Stuff Said reveals everything you need to know about Heidi MacDonald

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I can’t believe I didn’t mention this before, but I recently guested on Gregg Schigiel’s podcast Stuff Said, and I have to say, this is, by far, the most in-depth interview I have EVER EVER done. Or probably ever will do. I talk about my ENTIRE career. Gregg really did his research on this, and […]