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Year of the Artist, Day 294: Lee Moder, Part 1 – Wonder Woman #73

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Lee Moder, and the issue is Wonder Woman #73, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 1993. Enjoy!
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Foggy Ruins of Time – The George R.R. Martin X-Men Reference No One Ever Gets

This is the latest in a series giving you the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the sort of then-topical references that have faded into the “foggy ruins of time.” To wit, twenty years from now, a college senior watching episodes of Seinfeld will likely miss a lot of the then-topical pop culture humor (like the very specific references in “The Understudy” to the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal). Here is an archive of all the Foggy Ruins of Time installments so far.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Garvis, we take a look at a Chris Claremont reference to the novel that almost destroyed George R.R. Martin’s career…
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Year of the Artist, Day 293: Joe Quesada, Part 5 – Amazing Spider-Man #544

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Quesada, and the issue is Amazing Spider-Man #544, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 2007. Enjoy!
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #073

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Inside this episode! 

We begin with a review of Emily Carroll’s most excellent graphic novel Through The Woods, a collection of terrifying beautiful tales by Margaret K. McElderry Books! We’ve also got a review of Marguerite Bennett, Jorge Coelho, and Noelle Stevenson’s Boom! series Sleepy Hollow. Next up we have an interview this week with the lovely and charming Ming Doyle. Ming talks all about her upcoming series from Vertigo The Kitchen with writer Ollie Masters, her experiences in the industry, her process, and what she’s up to next. Sue and I also talk about all the cool news that came out of NYCC, and about how much better The Flash tv show is than Gotham. We had some small echoing problems this week, but hopefully it’s not too bad. I am choosing to think of it as “texture” and “effects” for our “spooktacular episode.”

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers. Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue.  Special thanks to Caanan Grall for our incredible 3 Chicks Logo and to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 108

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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Year of the Artist, Day 292: Joe Quesada, Part 4 – Daredevil #10

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Quesada, and the issue is Daredevil #10, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 2000. Enjoy!
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Meta-Messages – The Great Marvel/DC “You’re Imitating Us” Debate of 1965-67

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, based on an idea by readers Keith Alan Morgan and David B., we look at an interesting back-and-forth between Marvel and DC during the mid-60s…
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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 23: Futures End #24 and New Avengers #25

What is a superhero? Both Futures End and New Avengers have spent two dozen issues dancing around this question, neither providing answers yet. This was an easy question to answer in the past, but, as stories became more morally complex and easy solutions were eliminated by increasing demands of realism and logic, the exact definition seems more elusive than ever. When the enemy is cosmic entropy where you’re faced with the options of your planet dying, saving your planet by killing another, or both planets dying… what is the heroic action? How much are you expected to give? Is sacrificing your life more noble than sacrificing your soul? What are the ethics of a secret identity and when do you cross the line between protecting yourself and lying to your loved ones? For a lot of readers, these questions are a nuisance in a genre that’s supposed to be escapism and pure entertainment. For me, these are the only questions that matter anymore.

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Last Sunday with the Antiquarians

Well, we couldn’t buy anything at last week’s Antiquarian Book Fair, but we still had fun. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 291: Joe Quesada, Part 3 – The Ray #1 and Ninjak #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Quesada, and the issues are The Ray #1 and Ninjak #2, the first of which was published by DC and is cover dated February 1992 and the second of which was published by Valiant and is cover dated March 1994. Enjoy!
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Gimmick or Good? – Flash #80

Flash-80-coverIn this column, Mark Ginocchio (from Chasing Amazing) takes a look at the gimmick covers from the 1990s and gives his take on whether the comic in question was just a gimmick or whether the comic within the gimmick cover was good. Hence “Gimmick or Good?” Here is an archive of all the comics featured so far. We continue with the foil cover to 1993′s Flash #80.

Flash #80 (published September 1993) – script by Mark Waid, art by Mike Wieringo and Jose Marzan Jr. Cover by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer

Thanks to a brand new television series that debuted earlier this month, there’s an unquestionable revival in interest in one of the comic book industry’s most iconic heroes, Barry Allen, aka the Flash. And since Gimmick or Good is one of those features that’s always in lockstep with what’s hot and current (as current as a column about books released more than 20 years ago can be), for this latest installment I thought we would take a look back at an issue/arc from the revered Mark Waid run on the Flash. Of course, during the 90s, the red suit and yellow boots were being filled by Allen’s nephew, Wally West, but let’s not be contrarian and obsess over such technicalities.

For Flash #80, the book was randomly adorned with a special foil cover, despite the fact that it wasn’t a special anniversary issue, or didn’t feature any groundbreaking, status quo changing events.

But what about inside the comic?
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Year of the Artist, Day 290: Joe Quesada, Part 2 – Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Quesada, and the issue is Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1991. Enjoy!
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Tea Party: Chapter 2, Page 5

Line it is Drawn artists Thea Sousa and her daughter Amanda are doing a new webcomic with writer Sam Machado. It is called Tea Party and it is about the earliest days of the American Revolution. Click here to read the first chapter/issue. Read on to read the fifth page of the second chapter/issue (every day this week I featured another page from Chapter 2).
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #493

Welcome to the four hundred and ninety-second in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and ninety-one. This week, in commemoration of the Death of Wolverine this week, it’s an all-Wolverine legends week! Did Wolverine not have healing powers for the first five years of his existence? Did an added in “snikt” turn Wolverine into a killer before Chris Claremont wanted him to? Finally, how close did the Fang costume for Wolverine come to being his actual costume?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #211 – What If Famous Crossovers Happened at Different Comic Book Companies?

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, Sonia Harris, Melissa K. and Ken H.

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 blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them 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…

It’s True Comic Book Detective time! Pick a solo comic book character and then come up with some sort of comic book-related case that you’d like to see them solve. Just a case title and our artists will figure out the rest. For instance, “Hawkeye and the Case of the Faulty Quinjet” or “Spider-Man and the Case of the Vanishing Wife.” So your tweet should be in the format of “(Name of Superhero) and the Case of (Whatever you Want the Case to Be)”

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

As suggested by Twitter user LuisJaimePena, Comic Book Crossovers with different company’s characters instead. You know, Infinity Gauntlet with Darkseid and DC heroes, Secret Wars with the Valiant heroes. Stuff like that.

Enjoy!
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