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House to Astonish Episode 129

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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

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She Has No Head! – Women in Comics

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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.

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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.

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What I bought – 25 February 2015

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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)
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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)…

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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)…

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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)…

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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!
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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!
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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!
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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

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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.

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Left Unresolved – Did Jean Grey Nearly Become the Phoenix in 1998?

In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved.

Today, I take a look at a storyline I addressed years ago in Comic Book Legends Revealed but also applies to this column, the story of how Steve Seagle (co-creator of Big Hero 6. Just thought someone should mention that if the Oscars weren’t going to mention it. ;)) planned to have Jean Grey become the Phoenix during his run on Uncanny X-Men but the story was left unresolved.
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – Superman’s Super-Boners!

Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Everyone recalls the classic Batman/Joker Boner War of 1951, but three years later, Superman had some boner trouble of his own!
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