Steady Beat

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Steady Beat
Genre Yuri
Author Rivkah
Illustrator Rivkah
Publisher United States Tokyopop
Demographic Teen girls
Original run 2003

Steady Beat is a manga-inspired comic by Rivkah. It tells the story of Leah, a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a love letter addressed to her older sister Sarai, from a girl called Jessica. It tells of how Leah learns to accept her sister's homosexuality. There is also a part where Leah realises how lonely she has become and ends up finding love with a kind Jewish boy who has two fathers, thus knows how difficult homosexuality can be to understand in such a society.


Steady Beat is set in Austin, Texas, where Rivkah grew up.[1]


In March 2003, Steady Beat was serialized on the internet by[2] Rivkah submitted it to Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga competition.[1] The first volume was published by Tokyopop in 2005. The second volume was released by Tokyopop in 2006. In June 2008 Rivkah announced that she had been told that Tokyopop would only publish the third volume of Steady Beat on the web, not as a paperback.[3] The first and second volumes of Steady Beat went out of print in August 2009.[4]


IGN found the first book cliched.[5] Johanna Draper Carlson, while noting some cliches, praised Rivkah's artwork, especially in the details of the hair.[6] She disliked how the characters broke the fourth wall during the early part of the second book, but enjoyed the setting of the work, which she felt was more evident in the second volume.[7] Ain't It Cool News regards the work as "ambitious".[8] PopCultureShock reviewed the first book and found the extra plotlines distracting.[9] In 2006, Steady Beat was a recommended read by the Young Adult Library Services Association for older teens.[10]


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