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All throughout June, I’ll spotlight a different web site about comic books.. Like with the month of independent comics, the month of LGBT comics and last month’s month of webcomics, I figure I will let you comic book site/blog owners out there suggest your comic book web site (or blog) for spotlight during this month. So if you want me to spotlight your comic book site, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Today we look at Marvel Flipside, a commentary blog about, you know, Marvel Comics. It is written by reigning CBR Runway champion Danny Wall.
Danny’s set-up is actually pretty similar to our set-up, in the sense that he basically just throws up whatever he thinks is interesting.
One day it might be the Top Ten Most Inhuman X-Men, another day it might be a guide to the Alpha Flight character Guardian and another day it might be examining dated references in comic books (most recently, he looked at the usage of references to Dustin Hoffman’s “I’m walkin’ here!” from Midnight Cowboy).
In addition, he kept us up to date on his progression through the CBR Runway contest (a contest on the Comic Book Resources’ forums, run by my pal Matt Bib, where contestants put their design skills to the test). Here is the piece he did that ultimately won him the contest, five different looks for one character (done in five different genre styles – you know, one as a cowboy, one as a horror character, one as a superhero, etc.).
He recently also had an interesting discussion about how a characters’ arcs lacking clearly defined “beginnings” as well as having their arcs end too soon can affect how we perceive said characters. Interesting idea.
Anyhow, if you’re interested, here’s the site – http://marvelflipside.com
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