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February 2011 - Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

Month of Indy Comics – Grade 5 #1

Every day this month I reviewed a different independent comic book, based on submissions from the creators of the comic books themselves.

The month concludes with Jason Crayton’s Grade 5, a story about a group of kids enjoying their last year when they can still be considered “kids” (as Grade 6 and the road to High School looms ahead of them).

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You Decide ’11 – Best Batman Movie?

Each day this month, I posted a different poll question – each poll lasts five days, and I’ll reveal the results of the finished polls every Tuesday.

This way, for this month, we can see what our readers feel about various comic book questions. For a month, you folks will decide! Click here to see the other questions that you can answer as well as checking out the latest poll results!

Read on for the last poll question!
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Random Thoughts! (February 28, 2011)

Random Thought! First it snows, then it rains… make up your mind, weather! It’s random thoughts time! Get excited!

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She Has No Head! – Burgas And Thompson Discuss Sarah Oleksyk’s Ivy

Ivy. Sarah Oleksyk (writer and artist). Oni Press. Hardcover, Black & White, 220 pages. $19.99

Kelly: Welcome everyone to the first ever joint review on She Has No Head! – with my friend and yours – Comics Should Be Good blogger Greg Burgas – as we tackle the Oni Press release of Sarah Oleksyk’s Ivy.  Originally self-published by Oleksyk as mini-comics, Oni has collected the work and released a fairly gorgeous hardcover edition in February 2011.  Because I’m crazy polite (or something) I’ll let Greg kick things off!

Greg: Okay, I’ll start with … a plot review!  Ivy is the story of a teenaged girl named Ivy Stenova, who loves to draw, wants to go to art school, but is trapped in a crappy Maine town with adults who don’t understand her and friends she’s losing touch with.  At one point, she goes to Boston for an art school convention, meets a charming dude named Josh, and eventually runs away from home with him.  So that’s the plot, basically.  It’s not extremely important, because Oleksyk is examining high school life and what kids go through, so the plot isn’t all that important.

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Month of Indy Comics – Edge of the Unknown

Every day this month I’ll be reviewing a different independent comic book, based on submissions from the creators of the comic books themselves.

The month continues with Jon Vinson and Marco Roblin’s Edge of the Unknown, a piece of historical fiction starring Harry Houdini, Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft. Just that info alone should make you interested in the comic, right?

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Comic Critics #151!

Here is the latest installment of the Comic Critics strip, courtesy of Sean Whitmore (writer) and Brandon Hanvey (artist)! You can check out the first hundred and fifty strips at the archive here and you can read more about Sean and Brandon at the Comic Critics blog.

Enjoy!

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Sunday’s Second Thoughts

When you do one of these things once a week, the obsession is always to try to avoid repeating yourself.

But it happens. Things do come up more than once, sometimes you get new information, and occasionally you even have a change of heart about something.

All of which brings me to the Flash.
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You Decide ’11 – Best Marvel Comics Run of the 1980s!

Each day this month, I’ll be posting a different poll question – each poll will last five days, and I’ll reveal the results of the finished polls every Tuesday.

This way, for this month, we can see what our readers feel about various comic book questions. For a month, you folks will decide! Click here to see the other questions that you can answer as well as checking out the latest poll results!

Read on for the latest poll question!
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Month of Indy Comics – Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender

Every day this month I’ll be reviewing a different independent comic book, based on submissions from the creators of the comic books themselves.

The month continues with Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender #1-3, by Onrie Kompan, Giovanni Timpano and Adriana De Los Santos, a tale of victory torn from the grips of defeat.

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You Decide ’11 – Best Designer in Superhero Comics?

Each day this month, I’ll be posting a different poll question – each poll will last five days, and I’ll reveal the results of the finished polls every Tuesday.

This way, for this month, we can see what our readers feel about various comic book questions. For a month, you folks will decide! Click here to see the other questions that you can answer as well as checking out the latest poll results!

Read on for the latest poll question!
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Temptation’s Page Announcement – Andy Diggle will be a Judge!

One of the people who will be judging the winner of the first Temptation’s Page contest (see here for details about the contest, which involves drawing a page from an actual comic book script) is none other than Andy Diggle, the acclaimed comic book writer and editor who actually WROTE the page in question!

Pretty cool, huh?

Thanks to Andy for agreeing to be one of the judges!

Month of Indy Comics – Jack and the Zombie Box

Every day this month I’ll be reviewing a different independent comic book, based on submissions from the creators of the comic books themselves.

The month continues with Arcana Comics’ charming all-ages graphic novel, Jack and the Zombie Box, written by Bruce Brown, penciled and inked by Mike Barentine and colored by Rafel Hurtado.

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You Decide ’11 – Superman versus Thor!

Each day this month, I’ll be posting a different poll question – each poll will last five days, and I’ll reveal the results of the finished polls every Tuesday.

This way, for this month, we can see what our readers feel about various comic book questions. For a month, you folks will decide! Click here to see the other questions that you can answer as well as checking out the latest poll results!

Read on for the latest poll question!
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Date Night

I’ll have a real column up tomorrow or Sunday, but in the meantime….
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The Age of X Dialogues Part Two – X-Men Legacy #245 and New Mutants #22

Welcome back to two of your favorite Comics Should be Good bloggers geeking out over alternate reality X-Men fun! “The Age of X Dialogues” where Chad Nevett and I discuss every issue of the “Age of X” storyline.  We continue this week with X-Men Legacy #245 and New Mutants #22.

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