Back to the fray

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Okay I got my old computer back although they replaced so many parts it’s practically a new computer. They didn’t replace the hard drive though, and everything was right where I left it. SWEET.

Still running on impulse power

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My computer will be in the shop most of the week, so I’m still working on my old G4 with its amazing 1.25 gigs of RAM. So I’m going to have to take it easy for the week because it takes forever to do anything on this computer, and I’m not going to invest in […]

I hope to continue earning your support

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Wow. When I started fretting about my computer repairs yesterday, Tom Spurgeon offered to suggest that people donate some money to help out, and I didn’t say no. (Tom Spurgeon is good people, in case you didn’t know that.) And then you guys started hitting the Paypal button. My immediate bill was covered within an […]

The pink and blue striped screen of death

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Well the old Mac Book Pro decided to throw a tantrum last night, and after a night of crying and weeping, it’s still throwing a gray screen of death at me, despite all the hardware tests saying everything is a-okay. Despite my frequent admonitions to “Command-S yes yes yes” I hadn’t made a full back […]

Merry Christmas to all

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Power is back where I’ve gone for Christmas, but the internet may be out for days. So no blogging until things are back to “normal.” In the meantime, here’s a little old James Jean Santa art and our most sincere wishes for a safe, happy, and healthy Christmas and a great New Year! The Beat […]

Where I’ll Be: Miami

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You’d think with New York Comic-Con over, I’d be settling down to the Halloween festivities and on to the holidays…but noooooo. Through a series of odd circumstances, I’ll actually be at three shows in five weeks!

Happy Birthday, Heidi MacDonald!

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Hey, do you want to know a secret? Do you promise not to tell? A whoa-whoa-whoooo. So anyway, today is HEIDI MACDONALD’S FLIPPING BIRTHDAY!!

Travelin’ Day

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I’m going to be travelling for much of the day, so in the meantime I’ve posted some previews of books on sale today, as well as the Indie sales charts. I’m sure Steve has things in good shape as well.

24 Hours of Halloween: Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards

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Of everything I looked ah while compiling my annual Halloween clow=out, nothing disturbed me as much as this. Did you own these cards and think, like I did, that they would explain all mysteries? A talisman of some other realm? The disquieting expectations and memories of childhood are the most magical and terrifying emotions of […]

Comics people are good people

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There’s always help.

Yes, I know there is a spinning black beach ball

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The Beat is having caching problems. When you see the black ball just click and it goes away. Somehow it removed all the fonts too. Our team is working on it. Meanwhile, here’s a Twinkie.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/30/2013: Fall Con Schedule

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The other day, my mother posted this watercolor she dashed off on Facebook, along with this line from Thomas Keneally: “Summer now seemed to have lasted mere days, all its chances quickly squandered.” Truer words were never spoken. Have we really reached the end of sandal season, of clambakes, of rioja and tapas at the […]

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet

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I got an email yesterday urging me to link to this piece from Unleash The Fanboy that reasons that Jarvis, Tony Stark’s robotic AI helper (voiced by Paul Bettany) will turn into Ultron in The Avengers: The Age of Ultron. The writer bases this on both canon—in the comics, Ultron lured Jarvis, who was an […]

SDCC ’13: The final countdown—maybe Twilight did ruin Comic-Con (not really)

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On the Saturday night of Con I was walking back from the Hilton Bayfront to the Manchester Grand Hyatt and happened upon the end of a line of campers. While once the madness of Hall H—where the biggest show biz spectacles are held—fell poignantly silent on Sunday, now it was a titanic blockbuster—Sunday’s line-up included the final appearance of Breaking Bad, the final appearance of Matt Smith as Doctor Who and the appearance of Supernatural in the fulsomeness of its midlife.

Thinking about Kim Thompson, life and death

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(Photo from and © American Virus) When I moved to Los Angeles in the 80s, I lived in West Hollywood at the height of the AIDS crisis. I was a sheltered young woman without much in the way of life experience, but I was to get it in a hurry. My neighbors were dying like […]

For your holiday reading pleasure: 24 Hours of Webcomics starts tonight

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As a follow-up on the very fun and well-received “24 Hours of Women Cartoonists” event in March, Team Beat is reassembling starting at midnight E.D.T. tonight for “24 Hours of Webcomics.” Steve, Laura, Hannah, Henry and even the Beat have put together a list of our favorites, some well known, some obscure. I know it’s […]