The Great Beat Giveaway

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During the continuing renovations here at Stately Beat Manor, we have unearthed a cache of surplus Little Lulu reprint volumes from Dark Horse. Since it is our strongly held belief that aspiring cartoonists and storytellers can learn more from the tight, inventive, character-driven plots of John Stanley and the minimal yet infinitely expressive stylings of Irving Tripp than the work of almost any other cartoonists, we are continuing a tradition of spreading the Gospel of Lulu. Thus we are offering five (5) of these books as a GIVEAWAY.

To enter the giveaway, simply email your name and address to beatgiveaway@gmail.com. Please put “LULU GIVEAWAY” in the subject. We will pick five winners at random at the end of the week — that’s Friday January 25, 2008 and each will receive a volume. Void where prohibited.

The volumes will be chosen at random by us, but because the quality is nearly uniform throughout the volumes — indeed almost too much so, like a box of chocolate truffles — you can be assured that prizes will all be of comparable value. If you have always wondered what the cult of Lulu was about — Matt Groening swears by it — here is a risk free way to find out.

In addition, we are also giving away the following extra issues of various comics-related magazines. First come, first served, one to a customer. Once again email beatgiveaway@gmail.com. Please put the name of the issue you desire in the subject. Very simple.

TCJ #246 Victor Moscoso

TCJ #249 – Debbie Drechsler

TCJ #254 – Will Elder

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TCJ #667 – Will Eisner Memorial Issue

Comic Book Artist #3

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This is only the beginning of our renovations (read: massive, massive purge) and we will be giving away some more stuff as we go along. Indeed the other day we even ventured into the lost world of our storage unit and managed to get together two long boxes of unwanted comics from the early part of this century. My god, there was a lot of crap published then. It made us sad to think that these floppies are utterly without value — afterwards we were chatting with the manager of one of our local comics shops and told him of our excavations. He suggested the Police Athletic League as a potential target to dump them on.
You cannot give away these old comics.
We also have a “treasure” trove of mini comics and other very small press comics from over the years. As much as we would like to keep these as bedside reading for the next 30 years or so, we would prefer to donate them to some archives where we could consult them should the need arise, but other scholars could also access them. It is a crime to keep this wonderland of creativity to ourselves. We’re open to suggestions.

Comments

  1. Torsten Adair says:

    I know you know this, Heidi, but I would donate your minis to a university collection like Michigan State or Kent State. Check to see if there is an archive of minis or zines somewhere. (Do Wertham’s papers include zines?) If none exists, then perhaps one can be created in your name. MAYBE even set up an Alexandrian depository where every exhibitor to conventions must deposit at least one copy of one title for posterity!

  2. Peter Bangs says:

    Contact James Sturm. Your minis would doubtless be a welcome addition to the library at his school.

  3. Another possibility: the Zine Library at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland. (But I’d ask Randy Scott at Michigan State first. That library was VERY VERY kind to a curious 13-year-old who just wanted to read every comic ever.)

  4. Tripp was a nice inker but it was STANLEY that deserves ALL the credit for the “infinitely exprsessive stylings”. Stanley’s storyboards were SLIGHLTY rough, but all the poses, gestures, expressions were THERE and then Tripp them did a very commendable job inkin’ ‘em up. Please give Stanley ALL his due, it really bugs me to see this myth perpetuated again and again.

  5. Tripp was a nice inker but it was STANLEY that deserves ALL the credit for the “infinitely exprsessive stylings”. Stanley’s storyboards were SLIGHLTY rough, but all the poses, gestures, expressions were THERE and then Tripp them did a very commendable job inkin’ ‘em up. Please give Stanley ALL his due, it really bugs me to see this myth perpetuated again and again.

  6. Rick Bradford over at the Poopsheet Foundation is always looking for vintage zines and minicomics:

    http://www.poopsheetfoundation.com/

  7. In the same vein of donating comics, San Diego State University has a large indie comic archive that can always use a donation. They also have a booth at San Diego Comic-Con International each year…

  8. steven says:

    cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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