EXCLUSIVE: The Beat to leave Publishers Weekly

It’s been a great 3 1/2 (!) year run here at Publishers Weekly, but all good things must end, and in the very near future, The Beat will be moving to its own website: www.comicsbeat.com. PREPARE TO BOOKMARK!

The move is a combination of many things, but mainly the fact that PW is focusing on its B-to-B business plan, and The Beat, for better or worse, is really a consumer site. With PW’s move to a new web platform and impending ownership change at some point, it just didn’t make as much sense to continue to partner up.

I want to stress that the move is completely amicable, and everyone here at PW — Brian Kenney, Cevin Bryerman, Ron Shank, Dan Blank, and departed folks such as Sara Nelson and David Nudo — have always been incredibly supportive and appreciative of my efforts here. And of course Calvin Reid is the best boss/partner in crime anyone could ever ask for and has helped me out in innumerable ways and, I’m sure, will continue to do so. The current team has been incredibly helpful with the move, and they have my deepest thanks and appreciation. And I will be continuing in my non-Beat PW work, such as editing PW Comics Week and the graphic novel review section.

The move will be taking place over the next few weeks, but it’s been brewing for a while, leading to some distraction for your humble blogger, meaning I haven’t been as on top of some big stories as I should have been. The good news is that with a new site, The Beat will have more resources and flexibility than ever, and hopefully will be moving full steam ahead in the weird world of the future, or at least be iPad compliant.

We’ll have more ad placements in the new home, so anyone interested should shoot me a line. The Beat is also looking at some interesting partnerships which will also roll out in due time.

I started The Beat at Comicon.com in June 2004, meaning that at 5 1/2 years, I have probably been blogging every day about comics for longer than anyone else out there. (Dirk started before me, but he took a long break to edit the Journal.) When I started, the blogosphere was still a youngling at Jedi school, and I was making things up as I went along. As I watch the explosion of nerdcentric blogs (see previous item) it’s fascinating to track their evolution. The one-person shop pioneered by Dirk, Tom and myself has given way to corporate sponsored teams in the Gawker mold, or mini online magazines as I like to think of them. As more and more outlets emerge, link blogging becomes huger and huger, and original content becomes even more time consuming — and yet even more important. Blogging has evolved in so many ways, from mere curation to the trusted source to driving the media narrative of politics and social change.

The Beat will continue to evolve with all of this. Where exactly it will end up, I’m not exactly certain. But I will enjoy the journey, and hope you do, too.

Comments

  1. First!

    Man, what a weird week this has been.

    Best of luck to you at your new home, Heidi and all the Beat crew.

  2. Congratulations and keep it coming!

  3. We’ll follow Heidi no matter where she goes!! We got your back, Beat :)

  4. Calvin Reid says:

    Well all good things go through changes and this is a change that will help the BEAT and help Heidi keep it vibrant and cool. The BEAT Abides!!!!

  5. Aha, so that explains the appearance and vanishing of the new logo in a post yesterday.

    As someone who’s been reading since day one on Comicon, you know I’ll follow you wherever. Congratulations on the new site (and good URL!), Heidi!

  6. Good luck, Heidi, I’ll follow your blog wherever you go.

  7. Congratulations, Heidi! Can’t wait to see the new site.

  8. Good luck, Heidi, and I’m looking forward to checking out the new digs.

  9. Another person distancing themselves from print media! ;)
    Good luck with the move!

  10. You keep writing, I’ll keep reading. Best of luck, Heidi!

  11. Team Heidi! :)

    xoxo

  12. Simon Fraser says:

    More power to you’re elbow!
    The Beat goes on!

  13. Best of luck with the move — I’ll keep reading!

  14. Good luck Heidi!

  15. First J.D. Salinger dies, now this?! I can’t cope…

  16. How did you score this exclusive? Who’s your source? I demand answers!

  17. Dang, just got “beat” out with “The Beat Goes On”!

    It most certainly will, and we’ll continue to read it.

  18. Congratulations and good luck, Heidi!

  19. Matthew Jeske says:

    Best of luck with the new Beat! And thanks for keeping at it. This site has been an invaluable source of daily enjoyment for years.

  20. Alan Coil says:

    Congrats on the move. New site already bookmarked.

  21. Congrats, Heidi! Good moves!

  22. Already bookmarked. See you there.

  23. Onward and upward! Congrats, and here’s to much more!

    kdb

  24. Onward and upward!

  25. So we Beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into… the FUTURE!

    Cheers and good luck, Heidi.

  26. I’ll gladly follow you, The Beat, and Mr. Beat to the end of the medium.
    Just give me the word and the URL and it’s done.

    Glad things are smooth between you and Publisher’s Weekly.

  27. Bookmarked. Good luck.

  28. Ben Templesmith says:

    Vale The Beat and…err, Long Live The Beat!

  29. Holly Bemiss says:

    The Beat will still rock, whatever its URL. Godspeed!

  30. jacob lyon goddard says:

    when is the switch?

  31. Everyone’s pretty much sumed up my feelings. Bookmarked; and of course, congratulations.

  32. I’m very much looking forward to visiting your expansive new digs. Keep kicking ass!

  33. Ronnie says:

    Heidi, “The momma” of JahFurry wishes you the very best
    of luck with your new Beat site! Yay!

  34. Good for you sister!

  35. Wow.

    So, when and where’s the launch party?

    Does this affect PW Comics Week?

  36. Congratulations and I look forward to spending way too much time on the new site! :D

  37. Best of luck Heidi! I’ll be following your writing wherever you go, as I have been for as far back as I can remember. You’re an inspiration! I’m sure it will be awesome.

  38. john layman says:

    Wherever you go, Heidi, you will always have a place in my heart!

  39. Rich Johnson says:

    Congrats Heidi. Yours is the one site I check all day, you are the absolute best at this.

    Rich

  40. Congratulations on version 3.0. Bookmarked and excited.

  41. Ali T. Kokmen says:

    Congratulations, Heidi. It is you, and not that pugnacious hirsute Canadian mutant, that is truly the best there is at what you do.

    Excelsior!

  42. Larkin says:

    Best of luck with version 3.0. Already bookmarked. Can’t wait. Rock on.

  43. Happy to hear that everyone’s supportive of the move. I look forward to seeing what happens at the new addy.

  44. Congrats and see you on the other side… of the, uh, internet. Or something.

  45. The only comics-related site that I visit everyday. See you there at your new place!

  46. Rachel Edidin says:

    Wow! Congratulations, and best of luck!

  47. Jose Marzan Jr. says:

    All the best Heidi! We’ll all keep following you! See ya on the super information goatpath!

  48. Best of luck with the new site!

  49. Congrats, Heidi, I will see you at the new place :)

    Cheers,
    Francesco

  50. Jim Killen says:

    Congratulations and best of luck. Can’t wait to see the new site.

  51. Mariah says:

    Congratulations, Heidi! Sounds like a great opportunity. :}

  52. Let us know the RSS feed info when it’s available. I’ll be following.

  53. Good luck Heidi!

  54. More congratulations! I’ve been reading your posts for five years now, and I’ll be happy to follow you anywhere you go. Thanks for all the fun and work so far, and here’s to much more in the future.

  55. The Beat has improved with each incarnation, so I’m looking forward to what you’ve got in store for us. Mazel tov.

  56. Best of luck with the move! If you need any help with the furniture, let us know.

  57. I’ll follow The Beat anywhere she goes!
    Looking forward :)

  58. Steve Horton says:

    I’ve been reading The Beat since 2004, so I’ll be following along wherever it goes. At the moment, the big three I have bookmarked and read daily are The Beat, Robot 6 and Bleeding Cool. I know I should have CWR, CR and Journalista! in there somewhere, but I’ve lapsed.

  59. Congrats, Heidi! And condolences, PW.

  60. Onward & upward!

  61. Congrats on the new digs, I look forward checking the new site every day.

  62. Congrats on rolling out to your own site and hope things keep going strong for you.

  63. Wow, this has been a crazy week of endings and transitions. This is a good one, though! I look forward to the party at the new pad!

  64. Love the site, even since the early days of The Pulse. And I applaud the way you announced this, instead of just a unannounced switcheroo.

  65. I’ve been reading you since the Pulse, and I plan on keep on doing it no matter where you end up at.

    Good luck in the new digs.

  66. Congrats Heidi,

    Looking forward to your new site.

  67. Congrats? Ditto
    Follow you to the new site? Ditto.
    Site already bookmarked? Ditto.

  68. Christian says:

    This might be bigger than the Marvel Disney buyout.

  69. I think Rillke said it best:

    Mini-skirts were once the rage, uh-huh/
    But history has turned … a page, uh-huh/
    And la dee dah dee dee and la dee dah dee dah/
    Drums keep poundin’ rhythm/
    And the beat goes on.

    … Wait, did I say Rilke? I meant Cher.

    Congratulations, Heidi.

  70. Karen says:

    Glad to hear it’s a happy transition! All the very best of luck to you in the new space–it will be fun to see how you decorate…

  71. Congrats a thousand times over, Heidi!

    Please, keep setting the standard.

  72. Congratulations, Heidi! The bookmark’s in place to keep reading.

  73. Best of luck. I look forward to the new site. I’m changing my bookmark now.

  74. They are losing one of the best and smartest commentators on comics that has ever been. Good luck, Heidi!

  75. Dave Elliott says:

    Hey, Heidi, all the very best. Hope all is well.

  76. SSSaternye says:

    What they said!

  77. As the kids say… “AWESOME-SAUCE!!!”

  78. michael says:

    Whoa! O.O

    HUUUUGE News Heidi!!!

    Hopefully all is and will be well and the new Beat will be just as great if not greater than the one we know! :)

    new site favorited already!

  79. Looking forward to the new website, Heidi!

  80. I like the new URL, too. Calling it Comics Beat makes me think of when The Beat had to become The English Beat in the US.

    So fire up “Mirror in the Bathroom” and give us Special Beat Service!

    kdb

  81. Break on through to the other side,
    Break on through to the other side,
    oh yeeeaaahhh!

    See you over there Heidi!

  82. read u and enjoy u every day–here or—THERE!

  83. Good luck with the move Heidi!

    I look forward to an even bigger and better version of The Beat in the future!

    Keep up the great work!

    Ed Kaye

  84. Congratulations on your graduation, Heidi! See you at the new place, already bookmarked.

  85. Wow, that must be both really scary and exciting at the same time. I’m sending you prayers and good vibes all the way. You’re a special person and deserve everything you can dare to dream of. I’ll be fallowing you all the way.

  86. best website in comics.

  87. Jonathan La Mantia says:

    I ‘m looking forward to clicking on my old bookmark sometime soon, wondering where the site went- coming back a few hours later, wondering if the servers are down… coming back the next day.. doing it all again.. then remembering the move – and THEN updating the bookmark.. yup.. i have awesome memory..

    Good Luck – look’n forward to the new site!

  88. Congrats, Heidi. Can’t wait to see the new blog.

  89. I will follow and read everyday as I have for years, Heidi. You know (I hope) that you can always count on me.

    Beau

  90. 90 freakin’ replies. Sheesh, should I even congratulate you?

    Glad the relationship was good, glad moving on is amicable, hope for big things for the future. :) There’s a lot goin’ down @ Stately Beat Manor.

  91. Best of luck Heidi!

    I figured something was up when that new Beat logo came up in my Google Reader but didn’t exist as a page on the site.

    I think I started reading this site sometime in 2004 and while I’ve read other comic blogs, they come and go from my reading list, but I have always kept up to date with the Beat.

    Thanks, Heidi for many years now of great articles and I look forward to beat 3.0! :-)

  92. Bob Fingerman says:

    Looking forward to the new Beat. Onward!

  93. That sounds exciting. I’ll start my day with you wherever you are, Heidi!

  94. Following you wherever you go, babe… bookmarked!

  95. Al™ says:

    Best of luck at the new site. I love your blog.

  96. Brett says:

    Congrads Heidi!

    Best of luck and wherever you go, we will follow to read!

    PS. I hope-Hope-HOPE you tell us all when to switch over.

    We NEED the daily Beat ‘fix’!

    Brett!

  97. Big steps are both scary and adventurous.

    I am sure you will find a way to make this a new thing that you love doing just as much as the old thing that you loved doing.

    I look forward to reading The Beat 2.0…or is this 3.0?

    –Lee

  98. Alan Coil says:

    FIRST!

    First 100 responses completed with this posting.

  99. Alan,
    Maybe a post got deleted or something…because I do believe that’s 100 responses with this posting:)
    Best of luck, Heidi!

  100. oh shoot…it’s reads 99 responses on the compressed version, but 101 when you click on “for more”…
    The http://www.comicsbeat.com/ is going to be so much better!

  101. Kat Kan says:

    Add me to the long list of people congratulating you and wishing you a smooth move to the new site. Yeesh, have I been reading The Beat for that long already?

    This announcement comes just in time for me to make the change on my list of recommended sources for comics news – I’m doing a graphic novel workshop for librarians next Tuesday!

  102. Steve W. says:

    Congratulations! Looking forwward to the new site!

  103. So J.D. Salinger’s dead and The Beat’s moving? Glad it’s not the other way around!

  104. Congratulations! I can’t wait to check out the new site!

  105. Looking forward to visiting the Beat at its new home…best wishes!

  106. Congratulations!

    Will Publishers Weekly continue to host the archive of older posts, or will they be moving over to the new site?

  107. gregory benton says:

    Onward & Upward, H Mac… ;)

  108. Good luck! I hope the new digs are prosperous and popular–I know I’ll be lurking!

  109. Adventure Blog On!

    ~

    Coat

  110. Henrik Andreasen says:

    Best of luck. Will follow you to the end of the world!

  111. Xenos says:

    Eh. Moving on and moving up. Congrats. Looking forward for many more years of da Beat.

  112. Brian Spence says:

    You’ll do great as always Heidi. May the Force be with you, or whatever geekily appropriate farewell line. I’ll help you move in your new place.

  113. Yes, according to the terms of her leaving PW, Heidi O’Brian will be getting $45 million, and be allowed to run her new FOX-owned site starting this September.

    Go get ‘em, Heihei!

  114. Mr. Atomic Pants says:

    Very much nice! Congrats on taking your destiny into your own hands.

    –Corey

  115. Big ditto to all the congrats and well-wishes! Looking forward to your new incarnation.

  116. Frederik Hautain says:

    Looking forward to what you’ve got in store, Heidi! Keep up the great work.

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