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Brian Cronin, Author at Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

Comic Book Six Degrees: Dawnstar to Purgatori

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 week, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next week’s match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for next week). Last time was ‘Mazing Man to Amazing Joy Buzzards. Eric H. was one of a few peoples to get it in three 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 next week 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!

‘Mazing Man was in “Ambush Big: Year None” #1 with Superman
Superman was in “Superman & Savage Dragon: Metropolis” with Savage Dragon
Savage Dragon was in “Savage Dragon” #137 with the Amazing Joy Buzzards

Eric’s challenge is…

Dawnstar to Purgatori

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)!

NOTE: A reader asked me if a character appears in a comic but as a voice only, does that count? What do you all think? Vote in the comments – I’ll accept whatever the majority says.

The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 96

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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Gal Gadot is a Badass Looking Wonder Woman

As I noted a while back, I was pumped about Gal Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman, and now we have our first visual evidence that she can pull the roll off.

CBR has the photo, but you can just look at it here, too:

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Congratulations to Comic Book Resources On Their Eisner Win!

CBR just won the Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism!

Awesome!

Congrats to Jonah and the gang! And, I guess us? Kind of, sort of?

By the way, how is Tom Spurgeon not at least nominated, like, every year for that award? Not saying he should win it all the time, but that guy should at least be nominated every year (I feel the same way about CBR, but that’s sort of a biased opinion, ya know?).

Comic Book Legends Revealed #481

Welcome to the four hundred and eightieth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and seventy-nine. This week is a special theme week tied in with our recently completed 75 Greatest Batman Stories of All-Time countdown. Was the Joker going to dress like Madonna in Arkham Asylum? Was KnightQuest shortened due to fan backlash? And did Harley Quinn really make her comic book debut in Mad Love?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #199.1 – Line it is Drawn Origins!

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, Sonia Harris, Melissa K. and Ken H.

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.

There is no regular edition of the Line this week. Instead, this is a special Line it is Drawn ORIGINS edition! There is a ton of unpublished artwork as well as some art that hasn’t been seen in years. These are all the try-out drawings by the current Line it is Drawn atists. The drawings by the newer artists have never been published before, so you’re in for quite a treat!

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75 Greatest Batman Stories: #3-1

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official 75th anniversary of Batman on July 23rd. We’ve done Batman covers, Batman characters, Batman creastors and now, finally, Batman stories!

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Batman Stories! Here are #3-1!

Enjoy!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 95

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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Come See Axel Medellin at the San Diego Comic Con!

Longtime Line it is Drawn artist Axel Medellin will be at San Diego Comic Con again this year at the Comicraft/Elephantmen booth (#2106) starting tonight. He’ll be there all the way through Saturday. He begins his sketching schedule tonight at 7-9 pm Pacific time. From that point on, just go to the booth where they’ll have a schedule posted where he’ll be there doing sketches.

As he told me, Line it is Drawn fans get the best sketches, so come and show your support for a great artist!

75 Greatest Batman Stories: #6-4

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official 75th anniversary of Batman on July 23rd. We’ve done Batman covers, Batman characters, Batman creastors and now, finally, Batman stories!

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Batman Stories! Here are #6-4!

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Six Degrees: ‘Mazing Man to Amazing Joy Buzzards

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 week, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next week’s match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for next week). Last time was Jonny Double to Johnny Dynamite. Daryl M. was one of three people to get it in four moves, all using a classic Six Degrees connective issue. Here is how Daryl 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 next week 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!

Jonny Double was in Crisis on Infinite Earths #11 with Blue Beetle
Blue Beetle was in Ghost Manor #21 with E-Man (that’s the classic connective issue I mentioned earlier – I believe Rob Means was the first one to come up with it)
E-Man was in The P.I.’s: Michael Mauser and Ms. Tree #1 with Ms. Tree
Ms. Tree was with Johnny Dynamite in Ms. Tree #36

Daryl’s challenge is…

‘Mazing Man to Amazing Joy Buzzards

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)!

NOTE: A reader asked me if a character appears in a comic but as a voice only, does that count? What do you all think? Vote in the comments – I’ll accept whatever the majority says.

75 Greatest Batman Stories: #10-7

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official 75th anniversary of Batman on July 23rd. We’ve done Batman covers, Batman characters, Batman creastors and now, finally, Batman stories!

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Batman Stories! Here are #10-7!

Enjoy!
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75 Greatest Batman Stories: #15-11

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official 75th anniversary of Batman on July 23rd. We’ve done Batman covers, Batman characters, Batman creastors and now, finally, Batman stories!

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Batman Stories! Here are #15-11!

Enjoy!
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Don’t Send Me No More Letters No – Hey Kids, There Ain’t No Santa Claus!

In this feature I spotlight responses that amuse me for whatever reason by Mort Weisinger to letters fans wrote in to the Superman family of titles back in the 1950s and 1960s. Here is an archive of past installments.

In this latest installment, we look at Weisinger letting kids know that Santa Claus is a lie…
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Brendan Tobin’s Art Show is TONIGHT, People!

Be forewarned! The awesome longtime Line it is Drawn artist Brendan Tobin is having an art show in Brooklyn tonight.

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You’ll get to see cool stuff like Blitz Randall, Man of Action…

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If you’re in the Brooklyn area tonight, be sure to check it out!

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