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 […]

Happy Birthday, Laura Sneddon!

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Hey everybody! It’s Laura Sneddon’s flippin’ well birthday innit!

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.