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Vote for the Top 50 Female Comic Writers and Artists of All-Time!

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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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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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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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The Greatest Stories Never Told: A Comic Book Legends Collection

Very often during Comic Book Legends Revealed, I touch upon comic book stories that, for one reason or another, never got made. The greatest stories never told. Reader Freedy asked if I could collect them all together. This is that collection.

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #512

Welcome to the five hundred and twelfth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while).This week, did a letter from a reader convince Charles Schulz to introduce an African-American character into Peanuts? Was Spider-Man Unlimted originally intended to be a continuation of the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon series? Finally, were the Team Titans originally intended to become a NEW Teen Titans?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #229 – What Would Their Kid Look Like?

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…

In honor of Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek/Comic Book Team-Up/Mash-Ups

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

What would their kid look like? Pick two comic book characters and our artists will draw what their kid would look like all grown-up!

Enjoy!
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Month of African-American Comics: Ajala – A Series of Adventures, Books 1-3

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 today is Ajala: A series of Adventures by Robert Garrett (co-creatorwriter), N. Steven Harris (co-creator/penciler) and Walt Msonza Barna

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Month of African-American Comics: The Zoo Act

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’m awfully sorry, I was traveling the last few days with my wife visiting her sister and our nephew (it is amazing how good video games are nowadays – this new Disney Infinity 2.0 is nuts – kids have it good!) and with the timeline change and a seven-year-old waking us up every day at 6am, I didn’t have enough time to get these reviews done. But I’ll catch up right now (I’m actually writing this on a plane – hooray for airplane WiFi!).

First up is Myron Macklin’s graphic novel, The Zoo Act.

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Left Unresolved – Did Jean Grey Nearly Become the Phoenix in 1998?

In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved.

Today, I take a look at a storyline I addressed years ago in Comic Book Legends Revealed but also applies to this column, the story of how Steve Seagle (co-creator of Big Hero 6. Just thought someone should mention that if the Oscars weren’t going to mention it. ;)) planned to have Jean Grey become the Phoenix during his run on Uncanny X-Men but the story was left unresolved.
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – Superman’s Super-Boners!

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!

Everyone recalls the classic Batman/Joker Boner War of 1951, but three years later, Superman had some boner trouble of his own!
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Month of African-American Comics: Mythallica Lux Nova Volume 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.

Today we look at the first volume of Mythallica Lux Nova by Mikhail Sebastian (creator/writer/artist)…

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Meta-Messages – That Time John Byrne Nuked Jim Shooter’s Hometown

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, based on a suggestion by Brian B., we take a look at the time that John Byrne and Mark Gruenwald decided to nuke Jim Shooter’s hometown…
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Month of African-American Comics – Diskordia Volume 1: Feels Like Falling

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.

Today we look at the first volume of Diskordia, “Feels Like Falling,” which collects the first nine issues of the series by Rivenis (writer/artist)…

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