web stats

Recent Posts

Flippin’ through Previews – March 2015

HCRIMES-HC-FC-SOL-4x6-e5498 (2)

What could possibly be in Previews #318 that I could want, you might ask. Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out!
Continue Reading »

Vote for the Top 50 Female Comic Writers and Artists of All-Time!

saga8

Hi Folks. Kelly Thompson here.

Sorry for the confusion this morning, some confusion between Brian and I between who was doing this portion of the post. Apparently it’s me! Here goes!

So, as noted in this widely circulated post from yesterday’s Special Edition of She Has No Head!, which I encourage all of you to read before voting, the impetus of this poll is to shine a big spotlight on female writers and artist in the comics industry.

While we have no intention of ghettoizing women, I was really disheartened when Brian’s last Top 100 Comic Book Writers and Artists of All-Time poll went up last December to see that not only did only two women make the final list (Fiona Staples debuted on the artist list for the first time at #31, and Gail Simone again made the writers list, this time at #41) but many people’s ballots featured no women at all. And I can understand that. When you have only 10 precious artist spaces and 10 precious writers spaces and you have to cover all comics writers and artists of all-time it gets crowded and men have, traditionally, been more visible and done more work in comics than women. That is for a variety of acceptable and less acceptable reasons. But the point of this poll is not to argue or debate those facts or analyze the why and how of why we got here. The point of this poll is to put a strong focus on the best women working in comics of all time and maybe with increased focus and visibility, one day we don’t need to spotlight them in their own poll. That’s the ultimate goal.

So, especially for those of you that are going to claim there are not enough women working in comics to fill your ballot…I urge you to click on the She Has No Head post that includes in evolving list of women in comics  (it includes writers artists and colorists, though for the purpose of the poll you should focus on artists and writers, not colorists). The list has well over 1,000 women on it at this time, so if you don’t think you can fill 20 spaces…you may need to broaden your comics reading!

Form here – for THE RULES – I will crib from Brian’s old text, with a few minor modifications!

Here’s the deal. You kids all vote in the comments section here for the next two weeks – up until 11:59 PM Eastern time, March 16th. Brian will tabulate all the votes and Brian and I will begin a countdown of the winners starting March 21st!

Sound good?

Okay, here are the guidelines!

Continue Reading »

House to Astonish Episode 129

HTA_Logo_2Colour_1400x1400

Well, we did say we’d be back.

After eight months away, Paul and I have returned to the House, to resolve our cliffhanger. We’re also here to give you our thoughts on Convergence and Secret Wars, a few of the books out of the Image Expo, Marvel and DC‘s upcoming movie slates and the Marvel/Kirby settlement. We’ve also got reviews of Curb Stomp and Thor Annual, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is so low. All this plus a falling tide that lifts one ship, Mad Dave’s Power Armour Sale and Cornelius Meredith Punk.

 

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or you can just listen to it right here…

House to Astonish 129 – What We Lost In The Fire by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, by email to housetoastonish@gmail.com, on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul’s @ifdestroyed), or on our Facebook fan page.

Remember, we’ve also got a Redbubble store, where you can help put our kids through baby college and look amazing to boot.

She Has No Head! – Women in Comics

women in comics final

There are some great perks to working at Comics Should Be Good and one of the weird ones is that I can see comments as they come in to the site, before they are approved, or rejected, or burned in a frenzy of horror (some awful stuff comes through here, guys). But this weird perk became rather depressing during the most recent round of voting for CSBG’s Top 100 Comic Book Artists and Writers (50 for each category) because almost no ballots had women on them.

It’s not really surprising that given only 20 precious slots to fill (each voter was allowed to vote for 10 artists and 10 writers), and with all the absolutely stunning comics creators over the years that women almost never made it into people’s ballots. Women just haven’t historically had the comics credits to their name and that’s for a variety of reasons both reasonable and less reasonable. But this post is not about examining the past and the how and why we got here, it’s about celebrating what we do have, and what we have had.

While I have no interest in ghettoizing women in comics, watching the voting results come in for the latest CSBG Top 100 Comic Book Artists and Writers in comics was an eye-opener.

Continue Reading »

Weekend at the Wake

My first indication that this was going to be a thing was when a co-worker came up to me on Friday and said, “I’m so sorry.” Continue Reading »

Month of African-American Comics: Eating Vampires #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

I technically am finishing the month with Eating Vampires #1 by Regine Sawyer (writer) and Delia Gable (artist), but since it always irks me about Black History Month being so short, I’ll be doing three bonus spotlights the next three days. But this is the “official” end of the month, since it is, you know, the actual end of the month.

eatingvampirescover

Continue Reading »

What I bought – 25 February 2015

EPSON MFP image

Another time Billy heard Rosewater say to a psychiatrist, “I think you guys are going to have to come up with a lot of wonderful new lies, or people just aren’t going to want to go on living.” (Kurt Vonnegut, from Slaughterhouse-5)
Continue Reading »

Month of African-American Comics: Hardears #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Next up is Hardears #1 by Nigel Lynch (writer) and Matthew Clarke (artist)…

14545_111324B

Continue Reading »

Month of African-American Comics: E.P.I.C. #2

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Next up is E.P.I.C. (Earth’s Protector in Crisis) #2 by Lonnie Lowe Jr. (writer), J.C. Grande (artist, pp 1-20) and Chuck Taylor (artist, pp 21-24)…

Issue-2-ALPHA COVERIssue-2--ALTERNATE-COVER

Continue Reading »

Month of African-American Comics: Heroes of the World – Legend of the Earth Conduit #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Next up is Heroes of the World – Legend of the Earth Conduit #1 from Vincent M. Galvez (writer), Joe Bonsu (artist) and Mark Williams (colorist)…

hero1

Continue Reading »

The Greatest Stories Never Told: A Comic Book Legends Collection

Very often during Comic Book Legends Revealed, I touch upon comic book stories that, for one reason or another, never got made. The greatest stories never told. Reader Freedy asked if I could collect them all together. This is that collection.

Enjoy!
Continue Reading »

Comic Book Legends Revealed #512

Welcome to the five hundred and twelfth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while).This week, did a letter from a reader convince Charles Schulz to introduce an African-American character into Peanuts? Was Spider-Man Unlimted originally intended to be a continuation of the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon series? Finally, were the Team Titans originally intended to become a NEW Teen Titans?

Let’s begin!
Continue Reading »

The Line it is Drawn #229 – What Would Their Kid Look Like?

Welcome to our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from YOUR suggestions!

Go follow Comics Should Be Good on Twitter (if you have Twitter, that is – if you don’t, you can go sign up). Here is our Twitter page… http://twitter.com/csbg. And here are the Comics Should Be Good writers who are on Twitter (the links go to the person’s Twitter account) – myself, Greg Hatcher, Chad Nevett, Kelly Thompson, Bill Reed, Greg Burgas and Sonia Harris

I update the blog’s Twitter account updates whenever a new post is put up on the blog, so it’s an easy way to keep up with the blog. In addition, I post new content on the blog’s Twitter account.

Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 3pm Pacific Friday).

The topic is…

In honor of Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek/Comic Book Team-Up/Mash-Ups

Read on for the drawings that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

What would their kid look like? Pick two comic book characters and our artists will draw what their kid would look like all grown-up!

Enjoy!
Continue Reading »

Month of African-American Comics: Ajala – A Series of Adventures, Books 1-3

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Next up today is Ajala: A series of Adventures by Robert Garrett (co-creatorwriter), N. Steven Harris (co-creator/penciler) and Walt Msonza Barna

Book-3-Cover

Continue Reading »

Month of African-American Comics: The Zoo Act

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

I’m awfully sorry, I was traveling the last few days with my wife visiting her sister and our nephew (it is amazing how good video games are nowadays – this new Disney Infinity 2.0 is nuts – kids have it good!) and with the timeline change and a seven-year-old waking us up every day at 6am, I didn’t have enough time to get these reviews done. But I’ll catch up right now (I’m actually writing this on a plane – hooray for airplane WiFi!).

First up is Myron Macklin’s graphic novel, The Zoo Act.

00-TZA_mmacklin-cover

Continue Reading »

Categories

Review Copies

Comics Should Be Good accepts review copies. Anything sent to us will (for better or for worse) end up reviewed on the blog. See where to send the review copies.

Browse the Archives