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2015 31 Days of Comics – Comic For Kids

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 28, which is a Comic For Kids

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Review time! with Family Portraits #1-3

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You know who’s the perfect person to write about a comic about people who AREN’T boring heterosexuals? A BORING HETEROSEXUAL, THAT’S WHO!!!!!
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Committed: The Naked Power of Outsider Superheroes

012815_silversurferAs ridiculous as it is to compare superhero comic books to the real world, there is one area in which I can’t help but do so, and that is in the ways in which nudity is treated. Within the logic of superhero universes, the implications of and reactions to nudity are radically different to our own. It is generally acknowledged that revealing clothing and near-nudity is one of the ways in which women can be objectified, i.e. turned into objects of desire instead of complex, human adults. However, in writing about the nudity of some of my favorite superheroes, I began to see another way which nudity can be used; as a signifier of power and outsider status. Continue Reading »

Went to Tell Everybody – Bob Harras, Steve Epting and Tom Palmer’s Avengers

In this feature, I ask comic creators that I like a lot to recommend a great comic that they’d like to see spotlighted. They pick the comic and then I write a review of the comic (of course, this runs the risk of them picking a comic that I don’t like, but there’s so many great comics out there to pick from that I find it hard to believe that that will ever actually happen).

Today’s creator is Jay Faerber, writer of Copperhead for Image (plus the upcoming Secret Identities) and Anti-Hero for MonkeyBrain Comics. Faerber has a long history in comics, from Generation X and New Warriors at Marvel to Titans at DC to a bunch of Image series, like Noble Causes, Dynamo 5 and Near Death. Jay has also worked as a television writer for the past few years, as well, working as a staff writer on shows like Ringer and Star-Crossed. Jay picked The Avengers by Bob Harras, Steve Epting and Tom Palmer.
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2015 31 Days of Comics – Comic You’ve Read the Most Times

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 27, which is the Comic You’ve Read the Most Times

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Another View 2: Thanos vs. Hulk #1 Part 27

Something that’s weird to notice is what characters ‘feel’ like creator-owned characters when it comes to Jim Starlin. Within the Marvel cosmic cast of characters, Starlin’s contributed quite a few, but the ‘big four’ as it were are Thanos, Drax, Gamora, and Pip, I’d argue. The rest of his creations in the cosmic realm for Marvel are fairly minor. Those four are the ones that people know – and three of them have appeared in at least one movie so far. Yet, not all four of them seem confined to the group of character that ‘feel’ like Starlin has ownership/creative possession of. Nor is that group limited to characters he actually created. Does this make sense? Hopefully it will.

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The Past Was Close Behind: That Time Magneto Took Control of Scarlet Witch’s Mind And Made Her Dance For Him

This feature spotlights moments, exchanges, etc. from older comics that take on a brand new light when read in concert with later comic books. Here is the archive of previous installments.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader James B., we take a look at a very creepy Avengers scene that became creepier in the future (and is possibly less creepy now)…
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Comic Book Six Degrees: Chrissie Claus to Jingle Belle

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters, public domain characters (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) and real people (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance – you just can’t use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from Marvel Comics, since obviously Kirby can no longer give approval for his appearance). Approval tends to be the key.

Every installment, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for the next match. Last time was Girl Genius (Agatha Heterodyne) to Boy Genius (Barry Ween). Eric H. was one of two people to get it in five moves. Here is how Eric connected the two…

NOTE: Before I begin, let me again request that when you folks send in your answers to please include your suggestion for the next match if your answer is chosen. Oh, and it would be nice if you demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices. Thanks!

Agatha Heterodyne was in “Girl Genius” #5 with the Heterodyne Brothers
The Heterodyne Brothers were in “GrimJack” #40 with Gordon Munden
Gordon Munden was in “The Gift” with Nexus
Nexus was in “Nexus Meets Madman” with Madman
Madman was in “Oni Press Color Special 2001″ #1 with Barry Ween

Eric’s challenge is…

Chrissie Claus to Jingle Belle

E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT post your answers in the comments section!

Whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!

2015 31 Days of Comics – A Guilty Pleasure Comic

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 26, which is A Guilty Pleasure Comic

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Another View 2: Thanos vs. Hulk #1 Part 26

Why isn’t Thanos vs. Hulk #1 funny? I guess that depends in a large part on how funny you find Jim Starlin’s writing in general (when he’s trying to be funny), of course. When he’s on, he can usually make me chuckle, even laugh out loud on occasion, so I’m clearly in the group of people who think he’s a decent comedy writer when he wants to be. His previous Hulk stories were certainly funny in spots and his previous Pip stories were amusing in their own way, while his work on Dreadstar had some funny issues, same with Wyrd the Reluctant Warrior and whatever else I’m forgetting (from a certain perspective, Batman: The Cult is a laff riot). Given his history with both the Hulk and Pip, you’d think an issue that features both heavily would be funnier. Or funny. At all. And, yet, it’s not…

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Accepting PDF Submissions for a Month of African-American Comics

Last year, I did a Month of African-American Comics. A few creators asked if I was going to do it again this year. I’m certainly willing to do so, but if I’m going to do it, I am going to have a few more requirements than last year.

First off, just like last year, if you’re an African-American comic book creator (or if one of your co-creators is African-American), feel free to send in your comic for review/spotlight during the month of February, where I’ll review/spotlight as many current comic books by African-American comic book creators as I can.

Here’s the change, though. I’ll only be accepting submissions that meet the following requirements:

The submission must contain…

1. A PDF copy of the book (or a reasonable equivalent, like a CDisplay file. That’s totally fine).

2. A JPG of the book’s cover

3. 3 or more reasonably-sized JPGs (big enough where they can be read on a web page) of sample pages from the book that I can include with the review.

All three of those things are things that you really should have for your own purposes ANYways, and a number of creators did last year. But a whole pile of them did not and it’s just not worth it for me to search for sample pages of your comic to feature in my review. Sample pages are very valuable. They only help promote your book.

So if you wish to be spotlighted, e-mail me your pdf and your jpgs to bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

She Has No Head! – Perspective Shift

Comics creator Jim Zub started a great little hash tag called #FourComics last week that caught fire Alias Headerand made twitter a nice time for sharing comics for a bit (isn’t it nice when it’s not all doom and gloom and terribleness at every turn?). Anyway the idea was simple, tweet out the covers of Four Comics that “influenced you growing up.” It brought forth a bunch of great creators and great comics (check out Comics Alliance piece which gathers together a lot of great creators picks, including Zub’s, and you can also check out CSBG’s Greg Hatcher’s from last week here).

Because I came to comics a bit later in the game than many (I was almost 16) my picks are probably a bit newer and less “classic” than some, and reflect less something that influenced me “growing up” and more books that influenced my creative direction, or as I said on twitter “four comics that permanently shifted my perspective.”

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Another View 2: Thanos vs. Hulk #1 Part 25

Jim Starlin tends to favour two types of big, muscular characters: the very intelligent and the very dumb. There have been a few characters that haven’t fallen into either end of the intelligence spectrum, but they have usually been thinly-drawn bad guys there to pose a physical threat and be eliminated and, then, forgotten. What’s interesting is that, with the less intelligent big characters, Starlin also tends to use them for comedic purposes. A notable exception there is pre-death-and-resurrection Drax the Destroyer who was nothing but a one-note character trying to kill Thanos. Post-resurrection, his intelligence was just as dim, but in a more childlike way where, often, he was the subject of comedic stories (one involving the Hulk to good effect). That’s also been the way that he’s used the Hulk most often in the past.

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Magneto is Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch’s Dad…Or IS He?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we take a look at Magneto’s three decade’s long tenure as the parents of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
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