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365 Reasons to Love Comics Reader Survey

Reason #200 is almost upon us, and I think it’s high time to evaluate my progress. Naturally, I turn to my audience for such a thing. I love you guys, I do. Basically, I’m asking you to tell me how I’m doing here. Whether you’re a regular reader, or a lurker, or some guy who clicked onto this website by accident, whatever! Feel free to share your opinions. Now click on past the fold! (For reference purposes, have an archive link.)

1. What do you like most about 365 Reasons?

2. What bits don’t you like? What can be improved or changed?

3. What do you think of the writing style? Am I too repetitive? I’ve noticed myself using the same adjectives over and over. How many ways are there to say that something’s awesome? Am I too repetitive?

4. Do you like the format? Do I tend to profusely opine or rely on history and information too much?

5. How’s the balance between “creators” and “characters”? Do you think there’s enough of either? How about stuff that doesn’t fit into either group?

6. Are there too many theme weeks?

7. Do any creators and their works and/or creations deserve a special theme week? (e.g., the Joe Simon and Steve Ditko Weeks we’ve seen so far)

8. Which seven inkers most deserve a spotlight in Inker Appreciation Week?

9. Same question, but for Colorist Appreciation Week.

10. Again, same question, but this time, for Letterer Appreciation Week.

11. Got any suggestions for future columns or theme weeks?

12. Did I forget to ask a question I should have asked? If so, please ask it. And then kindly answer it, if you would.

You know, when I started the column, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I figured it’d just be a short little thing with a funny picture or two that I’d take ten minutes out of the day to post. I thought maybe I’d run out after fifty and be in trouble. I thought maybe I could sneak in new comic reviews as Reasons, or whatnot. The column’s taken on a life of its own, however, and has become a serious project. I never thought I had enough dedication for this kinda thing, but so far, so good. Thanks for all the comments and encouragement. I do this for you, my wonderful, beautiful people. I hope to see you stick around till the end of the year.

62 Comments

You suck. MOON KNIGHT RULZZZZZ! Why no love for MOON NITE you SUCKWAD!!!!

Oh, Paul Neary, definitely. Probably Klaus Janson. Maybe I’ll think of some more.

I’ve been enjoying the column immensely. It introduces me to some things I might not have even glanced at. i mean, we know the mantra “Ditko is a god”, but I got into comics well after his death, so it’s interesting to see a real honest look at the niftier things.

Besides…you did Squirrel Girl! How much more awesome can you get.

I don’t really have answers for most of these; I find myself saying, “Yeah… the way you’re doing it is fine…”

1. Like most people, I imagine, I like the entries about things that would be on my own list of reasons to love comics.

10. Letterer appreciation week? Bob Lappan. His work on Atari Force stood out enough for me to take note of who did it.

The real problem with this project is that there simply are not enough days in the year. You are going to leave some good stuff out.

Terry Austin for inkers week, but that’s just the first that comes to mind.

Letterers and colorists…man alive, I’m drawing a blank. If they do a good job, I don’t notice them. Maybe the guy that did the lettering for American Flagg!

I like the format you’ve got going. All I’d suggest, is throw in more links for specific Reasons. If something’s awesome and there’s an awesome site with more awesome, link it up…wow, that is hard. Anyway, I’m sure that’s not way more work for you or anything…

I think more conceptual entires are needed.

1. I like the variety, I like learning about cool characters or stories that I’d never heard of before, and I like reading the comments where people are constantly disagreeing.

2. Less theme weeks.

3. Here are some synonyms for awesome: Spectacular, Amazing, Web of… no, wait, wait. Incredible, Astonishing, Invincible… no, no wait, I can do this… screw it, just go with Gail Simone’s AWESOMESAUCE ™.

4. I like it, but you might want to ask people a little less versed in comics stuff, although admittedly this entire blog can get a bit obscure for me.

5. I’d like to see more creator profiles.

6. Yes, too many theme weeks.

7. Did you do Stan Lee yet? Brian K Vaughan?

8. Good lord, I have no idea. Bunch of filthy tracers.

9. no idea

10. Todd Klein, Stan Sakai, Chris Eliopolis

11. More robots, ninjas, pirates, cosmic shit… kidding, I don’t know. How about more recent indie stuff? Brian Wood stuff maybe? Andi Watson? I know! European/British comics!

12. Nah, it’s all good.

1. The enthusiasm with which it’s written. It always leaves me smiling.

2. Some of the theme weeks produce entries which feel a little random or forced, but then again, some of my favourite entries have been theme week ones…so…er…not sure.

3.Writing seems fine to me.

4. The format is good as is, especially when there are bits of the comic art and fun facts thrown in.

5. I didn’t notice any imbalance. Seems fine.

6. Maybe a few too many, but having some is good.

7. Osamu Tezuka and/or CLAMP. I know you’re probably more into American comics, but if you were doing anything on manga, they’ve produced amazing quantities of good stuff. I was going to say Brian K. Vaughan, but I seem to remember you said in an earlier column you’re not a fan of his?

8. Since I don’t know of any inkers, I’d welcome being educated about them!

9. Er, I’m clueless.

10. No idea.

11. I think ‘The Beak’ from New X-men deserves a column of his own. X-Statix was a great comic which ought to get a column. As for theme weeks…I dunno.
Villain-turned-hero week?
Robot week?
Spinoff series week?

Ooh, how about Wolverine week? He’s SUCH an underrated and underexposed character he deserves a WHOLE week to himself! Pfffhahhahahahahaha.

1. Theme weeks
2. most all of it
3. sometimes verbose (as in lots of non info)
4. yes
5. prefer more character bios/info to creators
6. not enough theme weeks
7. maybe some variation on byrne (concepts byrne didn’t screw up or something less snarky)
8. your choices are always better than mine
9. your choices are always better than mine
10. your choice are always better than mine
11. best retcon week / worst retcon week / themes by powers (cold week, heat week, radiation week, cosmic dust week, humans from another planet week) /fan turned writer week / best reimaging/reinvention week
12. love the blog, love the 365 reasons

Andy Turnbull

July 18, 2007 at 3:14 pm

8. Which seven inkers most deserve a spotlight in Inker Appreciation Week?

Paul Neary and Klaus Janson leap to the top of my head also Al Williamson

9. Same question, but for Colorist Appreciation Week.

Chris Sotomayor, Laura Martin, Marie Javins, Matt “D’israeli” Brooker

10. Again, same question, but this time, for Letterer Appreciation Week.

The late great Tom Frame, John Workman, Richard Starkings,

The American Flagg letterer is Ken Bruzenak – who I second on the letterer front. As well, I’d suggest Gaspar, Todd Klein, John Workman… there’s so many to choose from!

Jeff Albertson

July 18, 2007 at 3:28 pm

1. The timeliness — but note that I’ve not read them all.
2. More depth would be nice.
3. light and breezy, fun to read.
4. There’s never too much history.
5. I’d like to see more on creators, rather than characters.
6. Too many theme weeks
7. I’d rather not see many more, but there are definitely folks who deserve them if you have to have them. I’d prefer a focus on something about their work, rather than just characters they do (ex. Stan Lee’s Dialogue, Stan’s Soapbox, Stan’s ability to get Romita doing superheroes instead of Romance comics, etc.)
8. Giacoia, Austin, John Severin, Ricardo Villagran, George Klein, Karl Kesel, Mike Esposito
9. Adrienne Roy, Carl Gafford, Anthony Tollin, and ?
10. Todd Klein, Sam Rosen, Artie Simek, Joe Rosen, Ben Oda, Stan Sakai, Richard Starkings
11. Claypool Comics, Alternative publishers from the 80′s (Eclipse, AC, Pacific, First, Comico, Capital, Eagle)
12. Can’t think of any.

Letterer week would be incomplete without Dave Sim, but you probably already know that.

Same goes for Lynn Varley in colorist week.

But somebody has to say the obvious, just in case…

Matthew Jones

July 18, 2007 at 3:39 pm

Been enjoying the reasons to love comics a lot. Don’t agree with them all, but always a good read and great to see the best aspects of comics highlighted. Love the site and comics as well. My thoughts on the points.

1. The variety. Artists, writers, characters, etc.
2. Would be nice to some anthology series like the original Showcase get a mention.
3. The writing style’s fine. Not too repetive at all.
4. The format’s fine. Like the history and information mentioned. If I’m lucky, I’ll learn something new.
5. The balance is ok with me.
6. No, you seem to have got it right.
7. Steve Gerber. Void Indigo, Foolkiller, Hard Times, Nevada, Omega The Unknown, for starters. Would be an interesting week to say the least.
8. Terry Austin, Tom Palmer, Joe Sinnot, Josef Rubenstien, Al Gordan, Klaus Janson, Al Williamson.
9. Anthony Tollin, Adrienne Roy, Tatjana Wood, John Higgins, Steve Oliff, Marie Severin, Jack Adler
10. Todd Klein, Ben Oda, Artie Simek, Bob Lappan, John Costanza, Tom Frame, Tom Orzechowski.
11. Zenith and St Swithin’s Day his finest work in my humble opinion, by Grant Morrison. Ambush Bug Fight Man.
12. Can’t think of one. Keep up the good work.

1. i enjoy the random facts and links to read up more you provide on the reason of the day.

2. i seriously hate the theme weeks. i hate that i can sort of see where they might be going. i loved the sheer randomness of the first few weeks of this endeavour. i would love to see something akin to conan one day and hot stuff the next and then baxter paper the next, etc…

3. your enthusiasm for the subject covers up any slight repeated adjectives might conjure up.

4. how on earth could one rely on history or information too much??? the days i have not liked your post all that much are the days when it seems you are pissing in the wind and have nothing of a history with said creation/creator/wtfever. on really good days i often find myself searching for more info about the subject of the day.

5. i would really love to see more of the technical stuff that have changed the industry as well as the two Cs you seem to be following. like when computer color seperation was new and how it has totally changed the way writers and artists play with the medium.

6. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes.

7. no.

8. do not care. but am interested to see you present them.

9. not a care, but just to whack this lifeless horse on the street here a few more times. hate the theme weeks.

10. see aboove.

11. i would love to see marvel’s use of nyc as a real character.

12. you might have asked too many….

SanctumSanctorumComix

July 18, 2007 at 4:22 pm

CAT said:

“Ditko is a god”, but I got into comics well after his death…”

uh… Ditko is still alive and working.

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I’ll make my lost of answers for you guys later when i have some time.

But, all in all.. aside for some basic writing (and some -rarely- less then thorough research) it’s still a very good column.

The fact that you didn’t get to Batman until only recently shows the enthusiasm you have for this.

Kudos!

~P~
P-TOR

Ian Astheimer

July 18, 2007 at 4:25 pm

1. You highlight the obscure and/or overlooked.

2. Your need to apologize/second guess.

3. Maybe hit an online thesaurus to replace some of those “awesome”s and “cool”s.

4. Maybe add an Essential Reading/Greatest Hits section at the end.

5. Seems fairly diverse thus far. Who else blogs about checks?

6. Never!

7. Warren Ellis. Robert Kirkman. Matt Fraction. Rick Remender. Ed Brubaker. Greg Rucka. Jim Rugg. Jeff Parker. Fred van Lente. B Clay Moore. Jay Faerber. Geof Darrow. Ashley Wood. Ben Templesmith. Jae Lee. Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. Act-i-Vate. The Chemistry Set. On and on…

8. Terry Austin. Dick Ayers. Art Thibert. Vince Colletta. Tom Palmer. Joe Sinnott. Karl Story.

9. Christina Strain. Laura DePuy Martin. Dave Stewart. Jose Villarriubia. Richard Isanove. Matt Hollingsworth. Bill Crabtree.

10. Richard Starkings and Comicraft. Todd Klein. Rus Wooton.

11. Indie. Web. AiT/PlanetLar. Revamped Image Properties. Cops.

My only complaints would be that I’m not usually a fan of the theme weeks, and I would often like to get more information. Like if you could make the entries the equivalent of “The Official Handbook to the 365 Reasons Universe”. I don’t really want to go to Wikipedia to read up on things if I can see it right here.

But I love your writing style, Bill. It feels like hanging out with a buddy.

1. The (often totally unexpected) daily smile I get from the initial reading – more fun than most comic strips these days. Then, after an entry’s been up for awhile, the lively ongoing attempts to define ‘loving comics’.

2. Maybe a bit more focus on, well, reasons to love comics, not just comics you love. I’m not arguing for quality, exactly, nor seriousness of purpose, but…’We3′, you can make a universal case. ‘Swing with Scooter’, not so much.

3. Your writing style is breezy and readable – in other words it fits the format perfectly.

4. The format overall is cool – I love the covers and other art scans. Maybe more history right up front, but that’s likely because I’m not well-versed in comicspeak myself.

5. Thus far there seems to be a pretty even balance. I’d love to see more focus on broad concepts – perhaps instead of themes? Most of Ape-ril could’ve probably been slapped into one day’s worth of ‘Gorillas!’

6. Yes, or they go on too long, or something. I don’t know if the problem’s with themes per se, but at some point it defeats the purpose – you end up merely serving the theme, not providing reasons to love comics.

7. Not knowledgeable enough to even guess, sorry.

8. Again, wrong person to ask.

9. Again…

10. Erm…

11. Expanding on a suggestion above, how about Really Cool Powers? Female Superheroes? Coolest Robots? Best Takes on the Future?

12. I’ve probably been critical enough already. :) Really, just in getting this column out every ay you’ve done a splendid job.

1. I really like the column. It’s a fun thing to read every day, and it’s obvious you really like all the subjects you write about.

6. Yes, I do think there’s too many theme weeks, but I’ve still enjoyed them.

8. Off the top of my head – Terry Austin, Paul Neary, Mark Farmer, Tom Palmer & John Severin.

1. I like being introduced to new characters and creators I might not have known much, if anything, about.

2. Some of the theme weeks leave me cold, but that is only because I am less interested in some of the topics than others. During theme weeks I am locked into something I might not care much about, while during non-theme weeks there is always something new in the next entry. This is just me personally, since I do enjoy some of the themes and realize others mike love those I don’t care for as much.

3. I like your style just fine. In fact your love of some of these items is evident and flows from the page. That love is infectious and I feel drawn to those more than some others. Sometimes, however, it feels like you are just going through the motions. Of course when you are doing one every day I can forgive you having an off night.

4. The format works for me.

5. The mix seems fine to me. Given a choice I would prefer characters, but you have highligted some fine creators and their works. Actually, despite my preference for characters, it is the creator spotlights I remember most, like Cliff Chiang, Stuart Immonen, and Chip Zdarsky.

6. Probably. Maybe use less obvious themes. Ape/Eh-pril was fun because anything could show up.

7. Highlight some small publishers and their work that might not fill an entire entry? Like a day for :01 First Second and their fine books.

8.-10. I am ignorant.

11. See #7.

12. Keep up the great work. In another 165 days you will look back on this and say, “Wow! I actually did it.” You can tell your grandkids about this. Seriously, I would be extremely proud of this endeavor.

Thanks so much for opening my eyes to so many cool ideas.

For inkers, I’d going with (in no particular order) Paul Neary, Joe Sinnott, Scott Williams (if for no other reason than I know next to nothing about him), Klaus Janson, Terry Austin, and, because it’s an awesome story that the world should know, Vinnie Colletta!

And, if you’re gonna do one on Janson and you have a question or two for him or about him I could see if I could pass ‘em along. For what it’s worth.

I’d love a Legion of Super-Hero theme week, but that’s just me.

Oh, and perusing through the Archives, I’ve loved the Grant Chronicles (for obvious reasons) and also the Joe Simon stuff. That was amazing, crazy stuff, almost none of which I knew about before. Thanks for that.

And I want a Frank Week, starring Mr. Quitely, Mr. Miller, and Mr. Giacoia.

1. I like the variety and the fact that you profile both iconic figures and obscure ones.

2. Can’t think of much.

3. Your style’s been fun and smooth for the most part. Keep it up.

4. Do you like the format? Yes.

5. You’ve struck a good balance.

6. No. Keep them coming.

7. Alan Moore week needs to happen.

8. Klaus Janson, Terry Austin, Joe Sinnott, Chic Stone, Bob Wiacek, Dick Giordano, and Murphy Anderson.

9. Lynn Varley, Laura DuPuy, Glynis Oliver…

10. Stan Sakai, Ben Oda, Tom Orzechoski, Bob Lappan, Starkings

11.An EC theme week would be cool. Women in comics. Comics movie week.

12. Did I forget to ask a question I should have asked? If so, please ask it. And then kindly answer it, if you would.

Flush it all away

July 18, 2007 at 5:41 pm

1. What I like – The enthusiastic case you make for each “Reason.” It makes it a lot more fun when you can tell the author’s genuine about it. Also, I like the obscure entries (old ’40s characters, for example), and the general nostalgia of seeing certain characters or comics pop up again.

2. What I don’t like – Don’t force a theme; if there’s not enough good ones for a week, just do a few days. We’re really not that picky.

3. Writing style – No problems with it. Hadn’t noticed anything you mention.

4. Format – I think the format is fine. I like the opining (as stated in #1), as well as the mix of history and more modern stuff.

5. Balance between “creators” and “characters” – I dig that you focus on the creators as much more more than the characters. It’s great that some of these guys get their due here. However, not all creators have enough good creations to last a week of entries.

6. Theme weeks – There’s not too many, though I’ll reiterate that it’s better to have a solid Theme Four Days than it is to have a Theme Week with filler.

7. Creators to feature – Bill Sienkiewicz? Alan Davis? Art Adams? (I guess I’m partial to artists)

8. Inkers – Now I feel guilty for not being able to name any. Talk about underappreciated.

9. Colorists – Ditto.

10. Letterers -Sigh.

11. Future themes – worst/wackiest villain costumes or powers? Best villains for particular heroes? Team-up issue week? “Versus” comics week? (Avengers vs. X-Men, Aliens vs. Predator, etc.)

12. Question you left out –
Q. How do I manage to work Killer Shrike into this feature?
A. Any way you can!

Hope some of this was helpful. Thanks for being interested in what we think, and thanks for giving us so much great stuff to read.

Flush it all away

July 18, 2007 at 5:43 pm

Oh, and one other creator you could feature: JIM STARLIN! Yay!

I am fine with the theme weeks, but not a theme month.

Also, I think there is so much more than just 365 things to love so perhaps when you get to year 2 you can call it 365 more reasons to love comics.

I would like to see some indie books sprinkled into the comics goodness. Are Electric Girl or Halo and Sprocket or Love and Rockets, or Lone Wolf and Cub reasons to love comics? I think so and there are a lot more out there.

There are a lot of reasons to love comics and I look forward to reading them all. Even when I do not personally love the topic of the entry, I think you have always found a least one person’s reason to love comics and that is all you need.

Keep up the good work.

Yeah, 365 more reasons is a good title.

My favorite weeks are the ones where you spotlight a writer, or a writer’s run on a particular comic. Since I conceptually think about comics in terms of the writer/artist and the run, I find it useful to look up the particular runs. In fact, I’ve downloaded almost every run you’ve recommended on here. When you do favorite character, sidekick, villain, doctor, I don’t really get that. Maybe two weeks: Best DC runs ever and Best Marvel runs ever. Where you could explicitly explicate those.

The Kirbydotter

July 18, 2007 at 6:45 pm

You are doing a great job and are very creative in both choices and way to represent them.

7.
My first choice would be JAMES ROBINSON (Firearm, Golden Age, Starman, Silver Age series of one-shots, Shade, Starman/Batman/Hellboy, Hawkman, etc.), followed by ALAN MOORE, ED BRUBAKER, JACK KIRBY (obvious choice), GIL KANE, CARMINE INFANTINO, DARWYN COOKE, JOHN ROMITA SR., JOHN BYRNE (Alpha Flight, long Fantastic Four run, Nextmen, Danger Unlimited, Superman, Namor, etc.) etc…

Why not a week of DC’ sci-fi (Star Hawkins, Atomic Knights, Space Museum, Adam Strange, Space Cabbie, DC’s revival of the anthologies in the late Bronze Age with the Dollar Comic TIME WARP and the relaunch of MYSTERY IN SPACE)

Or a week of the best Marvel Monsters of the 50′s? Fin Fang Foom, It the Living Colossus, the white furred Hulk, etc.

How about a week of the best westerns? Marvel’s Rawhide Kid, Ghost Rider, Western Kid (by Romita!) Outlaw Kid, etc. DC’s Johnny Thunder (with art by Toth, Kane, Infantino), Bat Lash, Johnah Hex, etc.

A week of fanzines: COMIC BOOK ARTIST (Jon B. Cooke’s fan mag), FOOM, AMAZING WORLD OF DC, AMAZING HEROES, MARVEL AGE, COMIC JOURNAL, CBG,

A “slim week” of BIG characters: Herbie/Fat Fury, Fatman, Blob, Volstagg (of Thor’s Warriors Three), etc.

8.
Frank Giacoia (Best inker ever! Never did a bad job in his whole life!), Mike Royer (Kirby’s best inker), George Roussos (great brush strokes), Terry Austin (nuff said!), George Klein (Curt Swan’s inker in the Silver Age), Charles Paris (Dick Sprang best inker), Murphy Anderson, Craig Russell, Al Gordon and Karl Kesel. Akin & Garvey (early ROM). More than 7 but I had to include them all.

9.
Laura DePuy Martin, Matt Hollingsworth, Richard Isanove, Tatjana Wood, George Roussos, Lynn Varley… Not good with colorists…

10. BOB LAPPAN (my number one choice! Such a refined calligraphy! he lettered the Giffen/DeMatteis era JUSTICE LEAGUE), JOHN WORKMAN (did a lot of work with Walter Simonson including his THOR run), BEN ODA and ARTIE SIMEK (too great old school guys!), STAN SAKAI (Groo and his own Usagi Yojimbo), KEN BRUZENAK

11. I second the motion to explore the contribution of the smaller publishers like

PACIFIC COMICS (Groo, Bruce Jones’ anthologies Twisted Tales/Alien Worlds, etc.),

FIRST (Mike Grell’s Jon Sable, Nexus, Badger, Dreadstar, Lone Wolf and Cub, Classic Illustrated, etc.),

ECLIPSE (if only for Catherine Yronwode’s excellent columns and editorials, but also for DNAgents, Crossfire, Scout, Mai the Psychic Girl, Kamui, etc.)

ATLAS/SEABORD (

DARK HORSE (and maybe a sub-entry on their Legends imprint)

MALIBU’s ULTRAVERSE (especially the first few issues with the emphasis on good writers vs Image emphasis on “hot” artists; best series in the lot: James Robinson’s FIREARM!; But other concepts were cool too like Grant and Breyfogle’s PRIME, SOLITAIRE, FREEX, etc. The first year or so of this line was incredible… Until they were bought by Marvel and everything went downhill after that)

CROSSGEN (THE PATH, WAY OF THE RAT, RUSE, etc.)

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I would also like to suggest these:
Travis Charest, Michael Lark, Planetary, Thunder Agents, Groo the Wanderer, Nexus, Badger, Mike Grell’s Jon Sable Freelance (hey, he even got his own tv series), Arthur Adams, Mike Baron, Steve Rude, Walter Simonson, Bruno Premiani, Andru/Esposito team, Nick Cardy, Giffen/Tom and Mary Bierbaum’s LSH/Legionnaires, Agents of Atlas, Invaders (Roy Thomas’s original run and the more recent and sadly short lived New Invaders), Roger Stern, Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz’s MOON KNIGHT, Cary Nord, Dawyn Cooke’s NEW FRONTIER, Moore & Gibbons WATCHMEN, James Robinson and Paul Smith GOLDEN AGE, CAMELOT 3000, HELLBOY, AMAZING HIGH ADVENTURES (a short lived excellent anthology at Marvel/Epic?), Archie Goowin, Cat Yronwode, Julius Schwartz, Bruce Jones, Kelly Jones, Louise “Weezie” Jones-Simonson, EERIE and CREEPY anthologies, EC Comics, …

I only have comments on a few of your questions:

1. I like learning about comics I hadn’t heard about before, and I enjoy Bill Reed’s writing.

3. I like the writing style (see above).

4. I like the format – don’t change it!

7. How about an Alan Moore week? I keep stumbling across things by him that I hadn’t known about, and they’re all reasons to love comics.

10. At least Art Simek – he was a great letterer, and I love the way they poke fun at him in the credits of the Lee/Ditko Spider-man stories. It just added more goofy fun to those stories.

11. Art Spiegelman’s Maus would be a great column – one of the best things ever done in the comics medium. I wouldn’t mind seeing Mark Bagley featured either – he doesn’t seem to get as much attention online as other artists, but, man, do I love his art. Scott McCloud would be another good column – his books about comics, his webcomics, Zot – all good stuff.

Overall, this has been fun so far – please keep it up!

The Kirbydotter

July 18, 2007 at 6:50 pm

Toys tie-in in Comics week:
Micronauts, ROM Spaceknight, G.I. Joe, Captain Action, Sectaurs, Crystar, He-Man, Shogun Warriors (?), etc.

Here’s my replies:

1. What I like about them is that you love comics, as we all do and you’re showing how great they can be.

2. Less theme weeks. I’d like to see more comics that deserve to be shown for their greatness, like some independent comics and their creators. Run the spectrum of comics; comics from around the world. There’s more to comics than superheroes, you know.

3. Got nothing wrong with the writing style. Its whimsy and got a good light tone. Its what we need when reading about comics.

4. The format’s fine. Stick with what you know.

5. Eh…don’t really about ratio. This is your column. Write about 365 different sound effects in comics if you want.

6. Too many theme weeks. but it does make it interesting when we bitch and gripe about not seeing something that’s dead on for that week though.

7. Some recognition is a must. Like I said, its worth showing the world why they’re so great in your mind.

8. 7 inkers? George Rosoussos (sp), Joe Sinnott, Tom Palmer, Klaus Janson, Paul Neary, Jimmy Palmoitti, and Bill Seinkewicz

9. Colorists? Uh… appreciate the computers they work on rather than the colorist.

10. Todd Klein…for 7 days.

11. World of Comics- Focus on the International Scene. I’d also like to see a look at Independent Comics getting appreciated and their creators. Where’s the love for Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Los Bros Hernandez?

12. Nah..you’re ok with me.

Rohan Williams

July 18, 2007 at 6:51 pm

I’m loving the column, so my answers for a lot of the questions would just be ‘yeah, keep on keepin’ on.’ This is my second favourite part of the site, after the Urban Legends feature, and on a good day- BREYFOGLE!- it tops it.

If you’re looking for colorists to shine the spotlight on, how about Dave Stewart? Although I guess he’s already gotten a lot of love.

9. Alex Sinclair, Lynn Varley

1. What do you like most about 365 Reasons?

I don’t think I realized it until reading other comments, but I think I enjoy your enthusiasm the most. It’s also good to hear about characters and creators I’ve never heard about before (Batroc the Leaper, for instance, whom I shall never forget).

2. What bits don’t you like? What can be improved or changed?

I don’t think it’s anything specific. Sometimes, I’m just not as much in the mood for a theme week or topic as you are :) I was hoping for more indie (even Jeff Smith for gosh sakes!) and manga (I know next to nothing about it myself) but that might be a bit much to ask considering what seems to be the focus of the CSBG blog in general.

3. What do you think of the writing style? Am I too repetitive? I’ve noticed myself using the same adjectives over and over. How many ways are there to say that something’s awesome? Am I too repetitive?

Your writing style is probably what I appreciate the most (although I can see what you’re talking about). But you should work to improve whatever you feel is lacking if you feel like it.

4. Do you like the format? Do I tend to profusely opine or rely on history and information too much?

Seems fine to me.

5. How’s the balance between “creators” and “characters”? Do you think there’s enough of either? How about stuff that doesn’t fit into either group?

A 4 or 5 to 1 ratio weighted towards more characters/comics is probably preferable to me (which seems to be about what you’re doing lately).

6. Are there too many theme weeks?

I appreciate randomness more. A theme week every 6 or 8 weeks? Or does that make writing more difficult? You could always have Artist Mondays, Indie Thursdays, Marvel Saturdays or something like that to make it appear more random :)

7. Do any creators and their works and/or creations deserve a special theme week? (e.g., the Joe Simon and Steve Ditko Weeks we’ve seen so far)

I agree with those who said Alan Moore (From Hell should get some props). Frank Miller (but everybody, including me, is probably sick of him)?

8. Which seven inkers most deserve a spotlight in Inker Appreciation Week?

9. Same question, but for Colorist Appreciation Week.

10. Again, same question, but this time, for Letterer Appreciation Week.

Inker, Letterer and Colorist weeks seem a bit much for me, personally. But I would love to see them sprinkled in the mix of characters/creators. I could name some award winners in each category, but I’m embarrassed to say I don’t think I can tell the difference between good and bad ones as I read comics.

11. Got any suggestions for future columns or theme weeks?

Jeff Smith, Bone, Concrete, Cerebus, other indies, Dark Horse, Manga, graphic novels (even superhero ones), Matt Wagner, Grendel, Mage, Stray Bullets, best TV/Movie comics

12. Did I forget to ask a question I should have asked? If so, please ask it. And then kindly answer it, if you would.

Seems like a thorough survey to me.

10: Dave Sim.

First Comics Week!
Dark Horse Comics Week!
First Second Week!

1. What do you like most about 365 Reasons?

It’s nice seeing over-looked bits of comic history get some time in the spotlight.

2. What bits don’t you like? What can be improved or changed?

Some of the choices during the theme weeks are a little weak.

3. What do you think of the writing style? Am I too repetitive? I’ve noticed myself using the same adjectives over and over. How many ways are there to say that something’s awesome? Am I too repetitive?

Not really. Enough time passes for me between posts that I don’t notice too much of the same phrasing.

4. Do you like the format? Do I tend to profusely opine or rely on history and information too much?

Love the format.

5. How’s the balance between “creators” and “characters”? Do you think there’s enough of either? How about stuff that doesn’t fit into either group?

There’s a good balance.

6. Are there too many theme weeks?

A few. It’s nice when they’re themes I’m interested in, but they’re fine.

8. Which seven inkers most deserve a spotlight in Inker Appreciation Week?

Scott Hanna?

I couldn’t think of any good answers to the rest of the questions.

All the best.
G Morrow

11. Ambush Bug

1) Your absolute enthusiasm for comics. I read the column every single morning before work and it always helps cheer me up. I also like how one day it can be something incredibly obscure and the next day an absolute classic. Not only has the column encouraged me to read a lot of new comics, but its also encouraged me to start a comics blog of my own. Good work :)
2) Nothing really, even when its a subject I’m not keen on its still interesting to learn about something new.
3) Your writing style is informal, friendly, enthusiastic and fun. I wouldn’t change it.
4) Its fine
5) I generally prefer the entries about characters, but the variety between the two is important.
6) Nah, theres definitely not (I LOVED war comics week and morrison week btw). All I would say is that some of the “weeks” go on a little too long, oh and I’d definitely stick to weeks over months.
7-12) I trust your judgement. I’d quite like to see a week of your favourite villains.

I like you column just fine as it is: It´s well written, informative and entertaining, and I especially enjoy colums about the less known odds and ends that decades of comics history have produced.

However, since my personal reasons to love comics differ somewhat because of a different reading experience (being European and all), allow me to suggest a
11) Foreign Comics Week (or two), in which you could spotlight a few more reasons to love comics from abroad.
Possible Topics (in no special order): Pratt, Chaland, Moebius, Schuiten, Trondheim, Sfar, Larcenet, Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Blacksad, some 2000AD stuff, The Killer (from Archaia).
Oh, and perhaps some Japanese stuff, but since I´m not into mange, I can´t make any suggestions there.

Manga. They are called “manga”. Sorry, it´s still early over here and I´m not fully awake…

1- Not a single thing but the sum of it all: the themes, the writing style, the intentions…

2- I’ve already forgiven you that bit about actually liking DK2 ;)

3- I think he style is integral to averything else in this column.

4- So far the format is perfect.

5- It’s balanced, as creators are mentioned in character’s articles (I can’t believe I didn’t knew Bob Kanigher before!) and vice versa.

6- So far, nope.

7- Steve Gerber! Steve Gerber! STEVE GERBER!!!

8- Uhhh…

9- Tatjana Wood and Laura Depuy.

10- Uhhhh…

11- Omega the Unknown, Ulysses Bloodstone (¿the first grim and gritty, non-uniformed, gun-wileding hero?), the Micronauts, The Demon…

12. Is it safe? It’s unbelievable but yes, it is.

1. i like the CREATORS AND WHY THEY’RE COOL stuff, IMPORTANT RUNS, and ALL TIME FAVORITE CHARACTERS

2. not so much a fan of the THEMED MONTHS cos i think material can be stretched thin (ahem, ape-ril). also personal favorite stuff that clearly isn’t why anyone loves comics (rom, space knight) seems a bit out of place

3. cool style, nopt repetative at all. i don’t think you repeat yourself as you rarely repeat what you’re saying. repeatedly.

4. love the format.

5. nce balance but the stuff that doesn’t fit into creators and characters could be more varied…like, umm, everything from splash pages to free comic book day

6. Are there too many theme weeks? possibly. grant morrison week was cool tho

7. Darwyn Cooke/ Alex Ross

8. Inker Appreciation Week?! who’s that guy that always inks bryan hitch??

9. sweet. richard isanove, peter steigerwald, jamie grant, justin ponsor, liquid, udon

10. ———

11. if you can come up with a good title, one of the things i love is when panel formation REALLY gets its stuff aqcross – like the slow motion death of the waynes in dkr and the breaking through the wall thing in we3

12. no!

freakin adjective week! for all those marvel titles!

i know you’ve done stan lee but stan lee’s shameless self promotion could be covered, the claims on those early marvel covers are gold!

blue characters week! beast, mystique, nightcrawler…non x-men…people…

ooh, no pressure for reason number 365!

1. What do you like most about 365 Reasons?

The concept, itself. Being a crabby comics blogger is too tempting and easy. I have often said that fans seem to exalt themselves with their endless bitching and yet I can get sucked into that myself. A column that is so determinedly positive is a nice balance to have.

2. What bits don’t you like? What can be improved or changed?

I don’t know if this counts as a criticism because it may be The Way *I* Would Do It. Mileage varies and all that. But sometimes the length of the entries feels a little off… some run too long, you don’t really want the exhaustive background like I often get compulsive about doing; but on the other hand, some are a bit truncated — “Couldn’t find anything, here’s a link,” doesn’t feel right either. Something in between.

3. What do you think of the writing style? Am I too repetitive? I’ve noticed myself using the same adjectives over and over. How many ways are there to say that something’s awesome? Am I too repetitive?

I worry about this too, and sometimes I am. The truth of the matter is that my opinions about comics have formed over forty years and the perspective isn’t going to change that much from week to week, the same things are going to tend to bubble up to the top. You do this every day so it can be that much more obvious to you, especially if you have a favorite word like “awesome.” Maybe swap it out with ‘spectacular’ or something once in a while. Again, middle ground. But this is something we would pick on ourselves that in truth, few readers would notice.

But the style itself? It’s delightful. Friendly, done in a spirit of fun… I prefer this a million times over the various bloggers hell-bent on striking a blow for Literature and Taking Superhero Comics Seriously.

4. Do you like the format? Do I tend to profusely opine or rely on history and information too much?

Yes and no, respectively. It never hurts comics fans to get a little real history. We spend so much time reconciling our fictional histories that sometimes we forget there are real-world answers for these things.

5. How’s the balance between “creators” and “characters”? Do you think there’s enough of either? How about stuff that doesn’t fit into either group?

Really I like what you’re doing this week, the alternating format. You should do this more and just not tell us that’s what you’re doing. It should be about even. Stuff that doesn’t fit? Depends what it is. The Batmobile would be a fun entry, or the city of Atlantis in all its incarnations, stuff like that. As long as it’s something unique to comics or started in comics. I would skip entries on things related to advertising or something like that — as much as we all enjoy laughing at those old Hostess Twinkie comics ads, I dunno that they are a Reason to Love Comics.

6. Are there too many theme weeks?

Everyone is going to say “Ape-ril” was probably over the top. I think maybe overall yeah. The temptation to sketch out a week’s worth ahead of time must certainly be overwhelming. The way out of this would be to think of the theme week and then break it up over the course of a month. But actual theme weeks? Ration yourself. One a month, maybe. I dunno. Maybe it feels like more then there have been. I’m too lazy to look it up. We’re in July, have you done more than seven?

7. Do any creators and their works and/or creations deserve a special theme week? (e.g., the Joe Simon and Steve Ditko Weeks we’ve seen so far)

The trouble is that too many of them do. I could do a Jim Aparo Week or a Nick Cardy week without breathing hard. Save something for when this enterprise is done. I like the looser theme weeks. “Doctors” was great fun.

8. Which seven inkers most deserve a spotlight in Inker Appreciation Week?

They should be known primarily AS inkers, for sure.

Klsus Janson.
Terry Austin.
Joe Rubinstein.
Joe Sinnott.
Tom Palmer.
Murphy Anderson, though he was also a penciller on a lot of things.
And Vince Colletta for making us appreciate all the good ones.

9. Same question, but for Colorist Appreciation Week.

Just concentrate on the folks who were doing it before the computer age when it was a lot harder. For after computers changed the whole process, I’d like to see some appreciation for Richmond Lewis.

10. Again, same question, but this time, for Letterer Appreciation Week.

Just be sure you get Tom Orzcechowski and Ken Bruzenak in there. Again, though, that’s three weeks out of a recommended five between now and the end of the year. This is something that can be broken up and scattered around. There are more inkers than a week can hold and probably fewer colorists and letterers. These are reasons to LOVE comics. I didn’t love comics because of Ben Oda, though he was a fine craftsman and a good guy from all reports. Bruzenak and Orz, who were inventing typefaces and creating designs with them all the time, yeah, they ARE reasons I fell in love with what comics are and can do. You made the yardstick for this column when you titled it.

11. Got any suggestions for future columns or theme weeks?

The well-done cliffhanger. Talk a little bit about the great ones. Just a one-off, though, not a week’s worth. Other than that, just ration your theme weeks carefully. When you come up with one, ask yourself if A) is it a reason to LOVE comics, and B) is it the SAME reason over and over or is each day of the seven an actual different reason? I don’t know that, for example, a week of Grant Morrison is seven different reasons to love the comics form. I think it’s one reason seven times, if you see what I’m saying. Especially if more than one is collaborating with the same artist. That may be why some theme weeks feel tiring.

12. Did I forget to ask a question I should have asked? If so, please ask it. And then kindly answer it, if you would.

Can’t think of anything right this second.

Please include Laura Allred in colorist week, her colors on X-Statix, Madman, and the Atomics are perfect!

1. The diversity of it, the scope of it and the entries themselves are well-written and interesting

2. My only real frustration–outside of the fact that you haven’t read Animal Man or the better part of the Invisibles. (Seriously, dude, I’m blackballing you at the next meeting of the Grant Morrison Fan Club.) — is that the column is limited by your own knowledge of something and if it didn’t exist before 1988 chances are you’re quoting from Wikipedia or somewhere. But I think you work around that fine.

3. No I think you do a good job.

4. Love the format.

5. The balance between characters and creators are pretty good; I’d like more ephemera though, like go-go checks, the Milt Glazer DC logo, letters pages, that sort of things.

6. You’ve managed to get a good balance, but theme months are a definite no-no.

7. Because Bob Kanigher Week would be a good start.

8. Terry Austin, Terry Austin, Terry Austin… okay for want of others Bob McLeod, Romeo Tanghal, Mike Royer, Klaus Janson, John Totleben (most of these guys are great pencillers too, but their inking is superb)

9. Lynne Varley, Tatjana Wood…the guy who does Daredevil right now…

10. Any letter week that does not include Ben Oda, John Costanza and Todd Klein does not deserve to exist.

11. Becahse Bob Kanigher week seems a good one. Cerebus/Dave Sim is another (watch as you’ve done him but I missed it!), Howard Chaykin, Mike Grell, Legion of Super Heroes costumes of the 1970s… I would be happy to guest-write an entry on Dial “H” For Hero any day.

12. Should Bill be chained to shame rock and then flogged hourly for not having read the bulk of the Invisibles and Animal Man and yet claming to be a Grant Morrsion fan? I need to think about that…

Oh, John Workman is also a must-be-in-the-list for letterer week. I’m embarrassed I forgot him because he’s so brilliant.

1. Everything. Some of the entries I can identify with. In other cases, it tells me about creators, books and characters I don’t know or know almost nothing about.

2. I love theme weeks/months, but sometimes it seems like most of their entries are for the sake of filling the quota. Like KM said, I think reasons to love comics – as the headline says – would be cool.

3. Good, nice writing style. Maybe using more adjective like others suggested would fix the repetitive problem.

4.No, using history is fine. And as I said, I love learning new things.

5. You’re doing okay. Maybe feature more un-categorized stuff.

6.I said before sometimes it looks like some of the entries are for quota. Maybe shorten them to week(s), doing “sequels” (“theme x week 1″, “theme x week 2″, etc.)

7. Too many deserve it. They could fill next year’s list…

8-10. Too hard for me to find 7. I trust you do decide.

11. Genres week? Romance, crime, horror etc. Or each week for a genre. Breakthrough projects/issues (Watchmen and ASM #121, for example). Appreciating late creators on their memorial days.

12. Eye-Scream – greatest entry ever or what?
Of Course!

I second the nods to Steve Gerber and Matt Wagner/Grendel and raise with a nomination for the work of Mike Ploog. C’mon, the guy created Ghost Rider, Werewolf by Night, AND the Man-Thing…he was THE horror guy in the 70′s, and he deserves some love.

I’ve been really enjoying the column over the past months. It’s been great, and if you changed nothing I’d be happy. That said:

1. The regularity. It’s great to have a new column to read every day, and even when they’re shorter posts, the quality is still top notch.

2. I’d like to see more posts about current comics. It seems like a lot of your posts are about great comics “you might have missed” or that were cancelled. I think you’ve only done a few posts focusing on current titles (as opposed to broader current writer or artist posts.) I’d like to see some great current title get some exposure, maybe before we miss them or they get cancelled.

7.Robert Kirkman

9.Bill Crabtree

10. Since I asked for current comics: Godland, Invincible, Fables, Astro City, Action Philosophers, the Marvel Adventures line. Other awesome topics: Essential/Showcase editions, What If?/Elseworlds, Gail Simone, Jeff Parker, Fred Van Lente.

1. What do you like most about 365 Reasons?

The surprise of seeing who or what you’ve picked ever day. I like the unpredictability of it!

3. What do you think of the writing style? Am I too repetitive? I’ve noticed myself using the same adjectives over and over. How many ways are there to say that something’s awesome? Am I too repetitive?

Not that I’ve noticed. I like the writing style, always enthusiastic but light-hearted and never too serious.

5. How’s the balance between “creators” and “characters”? Do you think there’s enough of either? How about stuff that doesn’t fit into either group?

Yeh, give us an article on the Twinkies / Hostess Fruit Pies adverts!!

6. Are there too many theme weeks?

Not neccesarily, although I did think one of them (cant remember which, sorry) didnt really have enough material for a whole week – maybe 3-Day Themes could occasionally be used, possibly for someone like, for example Jim Steranko, whose comics output is influencial and popular, but not as prolific as other creators.

7. Do any creators and their works and/or creations deserve a special theme week? (e.g., the Joe Simon and Steve Ditko Weeks we’ve seen so far)

John Buscema. Oh yeah.

8. Which seven inkers most deserve a spotlight in Inker Appreciation Week?

Tom Palmer, without a doubt.
Klaus Janson, Dick Giordano…sorry to go for all the obvious names, but they’re obvious for a reason : they’re all great!

Kim DeMulder.

Bob McLeod (check out his inking on Jim Starlin in Amazing Spider-Man 187 folks!)

Paul Neary’s good as well….

9. Same question, but for Colorist Appreciation Week.

Frank D’Armata is IMO the best colourist working today, but Christie Scheele deserves recognition for the work she produced before the days of computer colouring technology.

And Marie Severin for colouring the EC books is suerly a certainty….

10. Again, same question, but this time, for Letterer Appreciation Week.

John Workman, Tom Orzechowski

11. Got any suggestions for future columns or theme weeks?

Bullpen Bulletins, Twinkies ads, Gil Kane, Gene Colan (apologies if any of these have already been done, btw),

Hope my ranting is of some help Bill, thanks for a great column that has become essential every day for me, keep up the great work!

Best wishes, jk

Yeah, do a whole ads week:
Hostess!
Charles Atlas!
Sea Monkeys!

1. What do you like most about 365 Reasons?
Obscure characters and creators. Sure, I understand that you can’t leave out Stan or Alan Moore but it’s the gorilla gangsters that stick with me.

2. What bits don’t you like? What can be improved or changed?
I thought Ditko week went on a little too long but otherwise, after urban legends, this is my favorite feature.

3. What do you think of the writing style? Am I too repetitive? I’ve noticed myself using the same adjectives over and over. How many ways are there to say that something’s awesome? Am I too repetitive?
I’m okay with it.

4. Do you like the format? Do I tend to profusely opine or rely on history and information too much?
Good mix

5. How’s the balance between “creators” and “characters”? Do you think there’s enough of either? How about stuff that doesn’t fit into either group?
I’d like more weird characters but that might get old if there was too much of it.

6. Are there too many theme weeks?
Other than Ditko, no.

7. Do any creators and their works and/or creations deserve a special theme week? (e.g., the Joe Simon and Steve Ditko Weeks we’ve seen so far)
None jump out at me.

8. Which seven inkers most deserve a spotlight in Inker Appreciation Week?
Um, someone mentioned Marvel Monsters of the 50s.

9. Same question, but for Colorist Appreciation Week.
Um.

10. Again, same question, but this time, for Letterer Appreciation Week.
Maybe condense these all into one week?

11. Got any suggestions for future columns or theme weeks?
Another vote for 50s monsters.

12. Did I forget to ask a question I should have asked? If so, please ask it. And then kindly answer it, if you would.
What time is it? Oh, about six.

One word: STORM

I’ll answer the questions that feel a bit like helping because I can’t really complain about this column, it’s become my favorite CBSG feature together with CBUR.

8. Which seven inkers most deserve a spotlight in Inker Appreciation Week?

Klaus Janson should defintely be one of them.

9. Lynn Varley, I could name several examples of her excellent work but 300 is enough motivation by itself. Dave Stewart, New Frontier, Hellboy, need I say more?

10. This is a hard one because to me, most good lettering doesn’t interfere much with the reading experience. Bad lettering is far more noticable as it can totally screw up a comic. Richard Starkings maybe?

11. How about an OGN week? An indie comics week? Naturally, a lot of the columns are superhero stuff but it might be nice to shine a light on some other stuff too.

As I stated above, you’re moving along fine. Keep up the good work!

1. The conversations it sparks off

2-4. In all honesty I tend not to read the articals themselves. I just like them for the threads that follow

5. It’s all good

6. Are there too many theme weeks? – Probably a bit too many

7. Do any creators and their works and/or creations deserve a special theme week? – I’d say no – each one eats up 1/52 of the year

8. Which seven inkers most deserve a spotlight in Inker Appreciation Week? Bill Seinkeiwicz, Klaus Janson, Kevin Nowlan. I don’t think their are any others I care wither way about

1. what do I like most about your site?
– You’re a fun guy to listen to and you clearly genuinely like this stuff. I used to read Dial B For Blog and missed it when it ended, and you’ve basically taken its place for me. Except here I sometimes write replies which makes it even better ( for me at least).

2. what could improve or change?
3. the writing style?
4. the format?
– I really enjoy it as it comes. I agree that some of your entries feel a bit brief, but you probably do have some sort of a life on the side…

6. too many theme weeks?
– Not if I like the topics! So just consult me first and we’re good. No more Ape-ril or eh-pril or animal anthropomorphism weeks.

7. other creators deserving theme weeks?
– Kirby, come on. I know he was your first entry and you’ve done Omac since, but he’s overdue for a more serious look. You really need at least one good feature on New Gods, please.
Also a focus on the pure creativity of early Marvel, the peak years between 63 and 67 or so when Kirby and Ditko (oh, okay, and Lee) were so amazingly inventive.
SANDMAN, and vertigo comics
Gold Key comics – including the Hanna Barbara super-heroes, the first super-hero comic I ever remember buying.
Legion of Super-Heroes, and the Fatal Five (greatest villain team ever).
Marvel Bullpen Bulletins and Stan’s Soapbox
Top seven space heroes
DC’s little black and white public service ads in the 60s.
Steve Gerber, as others have said.
Underground independents – Fat Freddy’s Cat, please.

I think you’re going to need 365 More Reasons, bub.

8. seven inkers for Inker Appreciation Week?
– Mike Royer, Joe Sinnott, Klaus Jansen, Tom Palmer, Wally Wood . . . Maybe make this one a half-week.

9. seven colorists for Colorist Appreciation Week (“colorist appreciation week – wha?”)

10. seven letterers for Letterer Apprecia… oh, come on!
– like other old guys I think immediately of Adorable Artie Simek, but beyond that? I remember really noticing the lettering on Sandman, but beyond that? Maybe it should be Letterer Appreciation Hour…

11. suggestions for future columns or theme weeks?
– Oops, think I already answered this…

Hi Bill. I’m coming late to the game here, so most of my answers will end up echoing what others have already noted. Yet here we go …

1. What do you like most about 365 Reasons?
Your enthusiasm. This is truly snark-free territory, once a day for a year. Also, I love discovering new things. Of course there’s a warm feeling when one of your reasons to love comics dovetails with one of mine, and occasionally every reader will disagree with one of your reasons … but probably the best thing to come out of this incredibly ambitious yearlong series (you deserve to take a bow already!) is when you delve into comics history and expose something I knew nothing, or very little, about. Not just characters (like Squirrel Girl or Rocket Raccoon) but also creators (Mike Parobeck) and obscure/indie works (like Mom’s Cancer). In fact, as far as I’m concerned, there could more of those last two.

2. What bits don’t you like? What can be improved or changed?
I don’t mind the theme weeks, but with only five months to go, you’ve got to pace things very carefully now, don’t you? I guess I’d encourage you to avoid modern-day creator weeks (no matter how much I love Morrison) in favor of those from earlier eras (whether it’s relatively recent, Silver Age or Golden Age). Really, we DON’T need a Frank Miller week. Though I wouldn’t mind one or two entries presenting your take on why his run on Daredevil or his original Dark Knight was so influential.

3. What do you think of the writing style?
It’s all good.

4. Do you like the format? Do I tend to profusely opine or rely on history and information too much?
Nope.

5. How’s the balance between “creators” and “characters”? Do you think there’s enough of either? How about stuff that doesn’t fit into either group?
See #1. I LOVED learning more about Arnold Drake … I think everyone benefits when you tell stories about some of the old greats. How about Gil Kane?

6. Are there too many theme weeks?
See #2.

7. Do any creators and their works and/or creations deserve a special theme week? (e.g., the Joe Simon and Steve Ditko Weeks we’ve seen so far)
Well, Carmine Infantino had his hand in co-creating a ton of iconic DC characters before he became the company president/editorial director/whatever-his-title-was. And, hmm … Dennis O’Neil?
Also, on the lighter side (one of your great assets!): I could easily make the 1970s Legion of Super-Heroes costumes (designed by Cockrum? Grell?) a full week, but you’d probably do best to lump them into a single entry with lots of great art.

8. Which seven inkers most deserve a spotlight in Inker Appreciation Week?
Um, someone mentioned Marvel Monsters of the 50s.
9. Same question, but for Colorist Appreciation Week.
10. Again, same question, but this time, for Letterer Appreciation Week.

I think you could condense this into less than three weeks, though you don’t have to set a specific number of days, do you? Regardless, the inker who comes most immediately to mind: Terry Austin. (John Byrne’s art never looked as good.) Colorists: Previous entries have reminded me of Tatjana Wood — her name’s familiar, but I can’t recall which comics she worked on. Lynn Varley.
Letterers: John Workman’s probably my favorite. And of course Todd Klein. And I second Matthew E’s much earlier mention of Bob Lappan — as a young reader, I recall seeing his inventive work in “Atari Force” and how it made me appreciate lettering as an art unto itself.

11. Got any suggestions for future columns or theme weeks?
Villains are a fun idea — one that could easily stretch into a month. So how about upping the ante: Great rogues galleries. Which heroes (or hero teams) have the top-notch collection of villains? I can think of three off the bat (Spider-Man, Batman, the Flash) but after that, it’s tougher to call … that’s a fun one though. I’d name the hero/team and then, of course, the best of his/her/their villains.

It’d be great to see a week devoted to indie or “third press” stuff. Great works from Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, First Comics, et al.

Greg Hatcher’s idea for cliffhangers is a great one, and I think you could easily get seven great entries out of that. (But you could condense it too.)

Riffing off of what I wrote earlier about Miller: How about a series of entries dedicated to comics that shook up the mainstream medium? Not necessarily in a story-focused way, but looking at how they expanded the form too.

Keep up the great work, Bill!

I’m too lazy for the whole survey thing, but I like reading your take on things I love, as well as pointing out cool things I wasn’t previously aware of. Thanks for all the effort.

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