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 […]

Friday cat blogging: One year ago

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One year ago today I said goodbye to my best friend, Inky. It was one of the saddest days of my life and I still think about it. Since then, two wonderful new friends have entered my life. And I love them a little too much. Even if they have covered everything I own with […]

Happy Birthday, Zainab Akhtar!

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Happy Birthday to The Beat’s one and only (we hope) Zainab Akhtar!    On this most special of days, I ask you all to go spam her with messages over at her blog and on her twitter.

Comics Press: Who’s next?

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Given the week’s events, looking at the above photo by Dynamite’s Nick Barrucci taken at the C2E2 bar—the creme de la creme of comics internet media, Newsarama’s Albert Ching, CBR’s Kiel Phegley, The Beat, ComicVine’s Tony G.Man Guerrero and IGN’s Joey Exposito—you might be forgiven for wondering which member of the comic press would soon have a big red X drawn over his or her face. It was that kind of week.

Two good people who need lots of positive thoughts

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As if everything crazy going on in the last hell week wasn’t enough, life keeps kicking the ass of good people. All time nice guy, Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai writes that his wife Sharon is in the ICU with a serious illness…please send them good thoughts. Sharon and Stan are both the nicest, kindest […]

This and that and Hour 25

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I’m just getting recovered from my appearance at Industry Day at the Center for Cartoon Studies; a report is coming anon, but it was a great experience and I came away mightily impressed with what James Sturm and Michelle Ollie have created on the banks of the White River.

On the scene: The Center for Cartoon Studies

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The Beat is going to be hung up for the next day or so with Industry Day here at the CEnter for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. We arrived late last night, missing out on the pizza party, but still charmed by this quirky town and the Hotel Coolidge. It was too dark […]

WonderCon, CCS, etc., etc.

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• I regret to inform the dozens of people who were looking forward to my being there, that I won’t be at WonderCon after all. Some travel stuff and other factors made it unfeasible. I’m sad I won’t be seeing everyone, but not as sad that I won’t be complaining about the line at Starbucks every morning.

I’m going all Tumblr on ya

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This is an announcement of vital import and historic significance!

Beverage review: This stuff is da bomb

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If you’ve been following me on the internet for any length of time, you know I have always been obsessed with finding the perfect refreshing drink, whether it’s long gone Pepsi Blue, Code Red, Ca Phe Sua instant coffee, Starbuck’s much missed Tazo Berry Chai, Dunkin Donuts’ Mango Fruit Blast and so on. Well, here is a new one, the Bai5 line of antioxidant waters. I was describing my favorite flavor, Congo Pear, the other day and said “It’s got real pear juice and coffee fruit and white tea extract! It’s a water-based drink!” to which someone replied “So it’s pear-flavored coffee tea water?”

When the internet shuts down: UGO and Posterous

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Although everything seems to be forever on the internet, it really isn’t. It’s oh so fragile, and the prime time of your life can be crossed out by one CEO’s pen swipe.

The Beat is safe!

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Despite the malware warnings, The Beat has not been compromised. Thanks to everyone for all the emails and tweets! It’s all part of a false positive Google levied on adserver iSocket this morning. While big sites like TechCrunch and so on are now going on their merry way, until Google decides to turn our power […]

Friday Cat Blogging: right at home

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In an earlier post, I alluded to the trials of 2012, and the sorrow of losing my dear cat Inky at age (almost) 20. That was very difficult, and I will always miss her, but a good thing did come of it: Ben and I were fortunate enough to find two adorable, marvelous kittens, now […]