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The Line it is Drawn #230 – Mr. Spock Tribute Mash-Ups

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 and Sonia Harris

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 artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions 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…

Muppet mash-ups/team-ups! I’ll use the ones people already suggested last week before I switched over to the Star Trek theme, but feel free to suggest even more!

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

In honor of Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek/Comic Book Team-Up/Mash-Ups (but really Mister Spock mash-ups)

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Let’s Give the Hatchers a Hand

As you might very well know if you have been following Greg Hatcher’s columns the last few months, he and his wife Julie have been going through some tough times as of late. He had a good line in his latest column about a friend sympathizing with him over the death of Leonard Nimoy:

My first indication that this was going to be a thing was when a co-worker came up to me on Friday and said, “I’m so sorry.”

My initial reaction was that she was talking about one of the several household disasters we have had to deal with in the last three weeks– I won’t bore you with the litany of car trouble and medical crap and so on we’ve been dealing with since Julie got laid off at the end of January, but our run of bad luck recently has been such that sympathy from someone at work was not unreasonable.

But then she added, “I heard Leonard Nimoy died.”

I’ll level with you: my first response, that I had to really work hard to bite back, was Are you kidding me? THAT’S what you came to express sympathy over? Where the hell were you when Julie was in the hospital, or…

But I didn’t say it, because the woman was absolutely NOT kidding. She was sure I was devastated and she genuinely wanted to be helpful.

So let’s do a bit more than just sympathize with Greg and help him and his wife out a little financially.

Some friends of Greg have set up a GoFundMe campaign for the Hatchers here. We’re talking a very little amount of money being requested. If the regular readers of Greg’s columns each gave, like, five-ten bucks each, we’d be done in no time.

In addition, there is a Facebook group for Help the Hatchers where donated items are being raffled off to people who have donated at least $25 to the GoFundMe campaign. So not only can you do a good thing for a good guy, you can WIN stuff, too!

I’e been asking some artists who know the Hatchers and how awesome they are if they’re willing to donate some artwork, but if anyone else is willing to donate stuff, feel free to drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Daredevil Defeated Ultron With a Stick

Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

In honor of the latest trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, we look at the time that Daredevil defeated Ultron…with a stick.
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1987 And All That: Mister Miracle Special #1

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

Mister Miracle Special #1 (DC) by Mark Evanier, Steve Rude, Mike Royer, Anthony Tollin, Todd Klein, Richard Bruning, Robert Greenberger

MrMiracle_1There’s something very comforting about Mister Miracle Special #1. It’s fun yet unremarkable, and takes itself exactly as seriously as it deserves. A lot of story gets packed in, but so much of it is so goofy and/or low-stakes, it ends up being airy overall. While some sections fall flat, most of the book is successfully zany, and there are even some legitimate superheroics in a couple of scenes. It’s hard to do something this feel-good without it becoming saccharine, but this is just sweet enough not to be off-putting, a nice, simple story about two super-people in love working on their relationship.

At the beginning of the comic, Mister Miracle/Scott Free is getting back into death-defying escapes, like being locked in a safe that is dropped from a plane, which his wife Big Barda is not happy about. She understandably doesn’t like to watch her husband willingly put his life on the line, but Scott loves escaping and is having a hard time giving it up. Continue Reading »

The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 127

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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Flippin’ through Previews – March 2015

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What could possibly be in Previews #318 that I could want, you might ask. Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out!
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Vote for the Top 50 Female Comic Writers and Artists of All-Time!


Hi Folks. Kelly Thompson here.

Sorry for the confusion this morning, some confusion between Brian and I between who was doing this portion of the post. Apparently it’s me! Here goes!

So, as noted in this widely circulated post from yesterday’s Special Edition of She Has No Head!, which I encourage all of you to read before voting, the impetus of this poll is to shine a big spotlight on female writers and artist in the comics industry.

While we have no intention of ghettoizing women, I was really disheartened when Brian’s last Top 100 Comic Book Writers and Artists of All-Time poll went up last December to see that not only did only two women make the final list (Fiona Staples debuted on the artist list for the first time at #31, and Gail Simone again made the writers list, this time at #41) but many people’s ballots featured no women at all. And I can understand that. When you have only 10 precious artist spaces and 10 precious writers spaces and you have to cover all comics writers and artists of all-time it gets crowded and men have, traditionally, been more visible and done more work in comics than women. That is for a variety of acceptable and less acceptable reasons. But the point of this poll is not to argue or debate those facts or analyze the why and how of why we got here. The point of this poll is to put a strong focus on the best women working in comics of all time and maybe with increased focus and visibility, one day we don’t need to spotlight them in their own poll. That’s the ultimate goal.

So, especially for those of you that are going to claim there are not enough women working in comics to fill your ballot…I urge you to click on the She Has No Head post that includes in evolving list of women in comics  (it includes writers artists and colorists, though for the purpose of the poll you should focus on artists and writers, not colorists). The list has well over 1,000 women on it at this time, so if you don’t think you can fill 20 spaces…you may need to broaden your comics reading!

Form here – for THE RULES – I will crib from Brian’s old text, with a few minor modifications!

Here’s the deal. You kids all vote in the comments section here for the next two weeks – up until 11:59 PM Eastern time, March 16th. Brian will tabulate all the votes and Brian and I will begin a countdown of the winners starting March 21st!

Sound good?

Okay, here are the guidelines!

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House to Astonish Episode 129


Well, we did say we’d be back.

After eight months away, Paul and I have returned to the House, to resolve our cliffhanger. We’re also here to give you our thoughts on Convergence and Secret Wars, a few of the books out of the Image Expo, Marvel and DC‘s upcoming movie slates and the Marvel/Kirby settlement. We’ve also got reviews of Curb Stomp and Thor Annual, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is so low. All this plus a falling tide that lifts one ship, Mad Dave’s Power Armour Sale and Cornelius Meredith Punk.


The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or you can just listen to it right here…

House to Astonish 129 – What We Lost In The Fire by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, by email to housetoastonish@gmail.com, on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul’s @ifdestroyed), or on our Facebook fan page.

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She Has No Head! – Women in Comics

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There are some great perks to working at Comics Should Be Good and one of the weird ones is that I can see comments as they come in to the site, before they are approved, or rejected, or burned in a frenzy of horror (some awful stuff comes through here, guys). But this weird perk became rather depressing during the most recent round of voting for CSBG’s Top 100 Comic Book Artists and Writers (50 for each category) because almost no ballots had women on them.

It’s not really surprising that given only 20 precious slots to fill (each voter was allowed to vote for 10 artists and 10 writers), and with all the absolutely stunning comics creators over the years that women almost never made it into people’s ballots. Women just haven’t historically had the comics credits to their name and that’s for a variety of reasons both reasonable and less reasonable. But this post is not about examining the past and the how and why we got here, it’s about celebrating what we do have, and what we have had.

While I have no interest in ghettoizing women in comics, watching the voting results come in for the latest CSBG Top 100 Comic Book Artists and Writers in comics was an eye-opener.

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Weekend at the Wake

My first indication that this was going to be a thing was when a co-worker came up to me on Friday and said, “I’m so sorry.” Continue Reading »

Month of African-American Comics: Eating Vampires #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

I technically am finishing the month with Eating Vampires #1 by Regine Sawyer (writer) and Delia Gable (artist), but since it always irks me about Black History Month being so short, I’ll be doing three bonus spotlights the next three days. But this is the “official” end of the month, since it is, you know, the actual end of the month.


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What I bought – 25 February 2015


Another time Billy heard Rosewater say to a psychiatrist, “I think you guys are going to have to come up with a lot of wonderful new lies, or people just aren’t going to want to go on living.” (Kurt Vonnegut, from Slaughterhouse-5)
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Month of African-American Comics: Hardears #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Next up is Hardears #1 by Nigel Lynch (writer) and Matthew Clarke (artist)…


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Month of African-American Comics: E.P.I.C. #2

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Next up is E.P.I.C. (Earth’s Protector in Crisis) #2 by Lonnie Lowe Jr. (writer), J.C. Grande (artist, pp 1-20) and Chuck Taylor (artist, pp 21-24)…


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Month of African-American Comics: Heroes of the World – Legend of the Earth Conduit #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Next up is Heroes of the World – Legend of the Earth Conduit #1 from Vincent M. Galvez (writer), Joe Bonsu (artist) and Mark Williams (colorist)…


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