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The Line it is Drawn Try-Out Update

Hey folks, just figured I’d give another update on the Line it is Drawn try-out.

As I mentioned last time, we added two new artists that you’ll meet hopefully tomorrow.

Also, I have contacted the ten artists with the next highest amount of votes and they have all agreed to continue to try out during the last three weeks of January. After three weeks of drawing, we’ll all vote again and the Line it is Drawn will have a new addition to the group!

So if you were not e-mailed by me, then that does, in fact, mean that you did not make it this time around. As you all could see, we had quite literally a TON of good artists (I think there were enough good artists that if you weighed them all together they’d weigh a ton – agreed?) trying out. Choosing between them was insane – you were all so good. And since everyone saw the entries, you know that I’m not just blowing smoke here – they all really were THAT good.

After this week’s edition of the Line it is Drawn, I’ll do a post introducing you to the ten artists you’ll be seeing more from in January.

Thanks so much to everyone for trying out!

Regarding the Line it is Drawn Try Out

Just thought I’d fill everyone in on where we are.

After all the votes were cast by you folks and our judges (including awesome comic book pros Fred Van Lente and Eric Trautmann, who both have had their suggestions used in past Line it is Drawn installments), we have two new regular artists. You’ll be meeting them next week when they make their debut in the column.

However, I’ll be sending out e-mails Monday to the ten artists who received the next most votes. We’d like to see some more of your artwork in January (the Line it is Drawn feature as a whole will take a break until after the New Year after this coming week’s installment). Then after two more weeks of art, we’ll pick our next Line it is Drawn artist!

You all made it extremely difficult for our judges to decide. SOOOO much amazing artwork. I am so honored to be able to share your work with everybody.

Time is Running Away…

Yep, so it’s come to this…SEVEN years of Comics Should Be Good! Seven years ago today this little ol’ blog was started up by Alex, Joe, two Pauls, Tadhg and myself (with a super cool name picked out by Joe). Thanks guys, for starting this place up with me! We’ve come a long way from being a blog just devoted to Joe Rice’s reviews of local brothels!

Thanks to all of our regular folks – our two Gregs (Burgas and Hatcher), Bill Reed, MarkAndrew, , Chad Nevett, Kelly Thompson and Sonia Harris!

Plus, semi-frequent reviews from Michelle and Melinda!

Not to mention contributions from ScottBrad Curran, Danielle Leigh, Alex, Joe, Paul Teel, Pol, Paul McEnery, Tadhg, Tom, Chad, Christopher, Harvey and Marionette.

Plus, of course, the features we host here (or have hosted), like Sean and Brandon’s Comic Critics, Kelly, Sue and Maddy’s 3 Chicks Review Comics podcast, Dean Trippe’s The Good Stuff, John Seavey’s Storytelling Engines, Kethylia’s Manga Mondays, Lorendiac’s Lists, The Line it is Drawn and our latest addition, Al and Paul’s House to Astonish!

Thanks to Jonah for hosting the blog at Comic Book Resources and to Stephen for keeping everything running smoothly!

Thanks, also, to all those folks who come by to read our ramblings!

Thanks to the sites that link to us.

Oh, thanks to those folks who bought my book! Please buy my new one when it comes out in May!

And thanks to anyone else that I forgot to thank!

These past seven years have been a blast, and I hope…okay, I’m pretty darn certain that the fun will not stop any time soon.

Only Four Shopping Days Left Until Fred Van Lente Day!

Yes, it is that most glorious time of the year once again – Fred Van Lente Day approaches!!

Tuesday, December 6th will be Van Lente-riffic, with a lot of breaking Van Lente news, plus some great preview pages for you to marvel at!

Plus, Fred and I will be doing an online panel about comic book history. Fred had an interesting idea to do a sort of Comic Book Comics/Comic Book Legends Revealed team-up. The way it will work is that Fred and I will, in effect, interview each other in a chat room about comic book history. You can all attend if you’d like and ask questions, but it won’t be a traditional chat in the sense that it will mostly be Fred and me interacting. Still, if you’re interested in comic book history, it should be a fun read. We’ll be doing it at 2:30PM Eastern time on Fred Van Lente Day. I’ll put up a link to the chat room at that time (and this year, it will be in a chat room without a limit to how many people could chat at once).

Welcome to the House to Astonish!

I’m pleased to announce that we’re going to be hosting a second comic book podcast here at Comics Should Be Good! On top of the always awesome 3 Chicks Reading Comics Podcast, we’ll also be having Alistair Kennedy and Paul O’Brien’s House to Astonish podcast, which has just recently celebrated its third year of great comic book talk!

Their first podcast will be up tomorrow.

Welcome, Al and Paul!

The Line it is Drawn – Call to Artists!

Some sad and some exciting news, everyone!

First, the sad – all three of our original The Line it is Drawn artists – Caanan Grall, Daniel Irizarri and George Zapata – are going to be moving on. George, as you may or may not know, is hard at work on the independent comic book series, The 36 (you can check out preview pages of The 36 here). Daniel is working on a comic book project of his own and Caanan (besides continuing his Eisner-nominated Max Overacts) is working on some new projects, as well.

So we wish them all very well. We’ll certainly miss them here a lot!

Now on to the exciting news – with us soon to be down three artists, we need to add three artists to the feature! So here’s what we are going to do. If you are interested in becoming one of the new Line it is Drawn artists, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. For the next two weeks, everyone who wants to try out for a spot will join our current seven artists (Caanan, Daniel and George will be sticking around for the next three weeks) for a two week trial period. All of the trial artists will pick out a suggestion from our Twitter suggesters and they will do a drawing on the same schedule as our regular artists. After the two weeks are over, you readers will vote for who you like best. Your votes will be mixed with votes by myself and some other folks whose opinion that I trust. The top two artists will get the chance to join as new regular artists for the Line it is Drawn and the third will be the regular alternate artist (like Sean McFarland is right now).

To refresh what we’re asking for here – we want artists who are willing to do a drawing every week in about 4-5 days time. I’m certainly fine with people missing a week or two (that’s the whole point of having an alternate), but if you don’t think you can meet that schedule, please don’t try out. Chaz Folgar has hit every deadline since he joined 57 weeks ago. Nick Perks has hit every deadline since he joined 52 weeks ago. Mic? has missed 2 out of a possible 48 weeks. Sean has barely missed any, either. So it is certainly a doable achievement, but please be realistic with your abilities to hit a deadline before you offer yourself up as a possible addition to the Line it is Drawn.

Otherwise, I welcome your e-mails! This should be a lot of fun to see a bunch of new faces! Remember, if you think you can hit the deadlines and you want to do this, send me an e-mail at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. There is no vetting process, it is an open invitation. I’ll e-mail you your list of suggestions on Friday.

Someone New!

Megan Parker will be doing the occasional piece about comics here. If you don’t know Megan, she is on Twitter as TheElfGirl. She also wrote a bunch of articles for Pink Kryptonite. Her first piece will be up in thirty minutes. I just figured I’d give her a quick introductory post so you’re not wondering “Who is Megan Parker?” when her post goes up.

You may not have known Minck Oosterveer’s work, but here’s a chance to do so

I just got an e-mail from Chip Mosher of Boom! Studios about the death of Minck Oosterveer earlier this week. Oosterveer was a Dutch artist who only recently started working in the States, most notably on the Boom! series The Unknown, which was written by Mark Waid. The Unknown was a cool comic about a genius private investigator, and it looked superb thanks to Oosterveer’s pencils. It’s too bad more Americans didn’t get a chance to see his work, which was sexy without being exploitative and gritty without obscuring his clean lines. Mosher let us (the “press”) know that in honor of Oosterveer, they’re offering all eight issues of the The Unknown and its sequel, The Unknown: The Devil Made Flesh mini-series for free through all their digital partners – ComiXology, ComicsPl.us, Graphicly, and MyDigitalComics. Or you could, you know, buy the trades. They’re quite good.

Matt Gagnon, the EIC of Boom!, has a nice appreciation of Oosterveer here. And underneath the cut you can check out the first few pages of The Unknown #1.
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Shelter From the Storm of Hard Rain

As the effects of Hurricane Irene makes her way up the East Coast, I think there is at least a decent chance that I’ll be losing power in my neighborhood. Hopefully not, but if I do, well, that would be why you don’t see me posting. Just figured it was worth letting you folks know. Fingers crossed that the water doesn’t lead to our power being lost!

Random Thoughts is Saved!

The final tally for money raised for the Hero Initiative is a stunning $535, boosted by my promise to revive Random Thoughts here on Comics Should be Good if the total reached $500. I would like to thank the following people for their donations: p0w, Raymond Conlon, Alec Berry, Dan Billings, Tim Callahan, Sandy Nevett, Andrew Doyle, Mario McKellop, Lee Merowitz, PerfectDru, Eric Newsom, Brendan Wright, Joshua Schroeder, Rainer Hoermann, Greg Schueller, Brian Estep, James Leech, Brian Cronin, and Joseph Macaluso. This is, by far, the most money raised in any of my Blogathons and I’m extremely grateful to those who donated and those who lent their moral support.

Thank you.

Random Thoughts will return Tuesday at 4:45 pm.

Max Overacts Could Be Released as a Book – And You Can Help!

Caanan Grall is trying to release his excellent (and Eisner-nominated) Max Overacts as a print volume, but he needs YOUR help to get it done! Simply put, he just needs people to pledge to buy the book so that he can raise enough money to print it out.

Here is the site for the information. You all love Caanan’s great work on The Line It Is Drawn and most of you appreciate his awesome Max Overacts series, as well (if you haven’t seen it, check it out here). Now, for the simple act of buying a copy of a good comic book, you can help Caanan reach his goal of actually printing these babies up!

I’ve contributed already and you all should, too (well, if you like Caanan, that is. If you don’t like his work, then fair enough, don’t contribute, but you all do, right?)!

No Random Thoughts… Yet

Well, the deadline came and went this morning, and the goal of $500 for the Hero Initiative as part of my Blogathon and with the promise of the return of Random Thoughts was not met. But, because Brian so wants to see the feature return, he’s talked me into extending the deadline until Friday evening (let’s say around 10pm EST). Basically, I did a 24-hour Blogathon for the Hero Initiative last week and, because I’m greedy for charity, I tried to sweeten the pot by adding the promise of Random Thoughts’s return should the total donations reach $500 (they were at $350 at the time). Since I made that promise/offer, I did receive some more donations, but we’re still around $70 away from the goal. If you want to save Random Thoughts, sponsor the Blogathon, and contribute to a good cause, you can do so in a variety of ways:

* Direct donations to the Hero Initiative
* Purchasing products from their site, including annual memberships
* Purchasing products from their eBay store

When you do, let me know at chevett13[AT]yahoo[DOT]ca so I can keep track of the total raised and of who to thank. And if that’s not enough, Brian went to bat for all of you wonderful Comics Should be Good readers and it would be a shame to let him down, right?

Just a Few More Hours to Keep Random Thoughts Going!

Chad Nevett has promised that if he can raise $150 for the Hero Initiative (the fund for veteran comic book creators in financial need) by 9am Tuesday morning (Eastern Standard Time) that he will return to doing Random Thoughts every Tuesday (starting with today).

So come on, people, it’s for charity, for crying out loud! Just a $5 donation would be awesome.

You can donate three different ways:

* Direct donations to the Hero Initiative
* Purchasing products from their site, including annual memberships
* Purchasing products from their eBay store

Just let Chad know about your donation via his e-mail, (chevett13[AT]yahoo[DOT]ca).

Come on, folks! You want to see more Random Thoughts, right?

Blogathon 2011 Update and Offer

The Blogathon on Monday was a big success. The archive post of the entire thing is up for easy access and $349.99 was raised for the Hero Initiative. That’s the most raised in one of my Blogathons to date. But, I think we can do better. As I always do, I’ve left the sponsorship/donation window open for a week and I wanted to make an offer here. Ever since I stopped doing my weekly Random Thoughts here on Comics Should be Good, I’ve been told how much people miss those posts and how much they want to start doing them again. Well, here’s the deal: if the total amount raised as part of the Blogathon hits $500 by 9am EST Tuesday morning (August 23), then, that day, Random Thoughts returns to this blog — and will continue each and every week. Considering only ten people donating raised $349.99, I’m pretty sure the dozens, hundreds, thousands, how ever many people read this blog and love comics can raise another $150 for a fantastic cause and to get me thinking randomly every week again. I know not everyone can afford a lot and that’s fine. It doesn’t take a lot. Five bucks would make my day as far as a donation goes. And, five dollar donations can add up quickly. Giving money to the Hero Initiative is easy and they offer a variety of ways of helping them out:

* Direct donations to the Hero Initiative
* Purchasing products from their site, including annual memberships
* Purchasing products from their eBay store

If you do give, just let me know via e-mail (chevett13[AT]yahoo[DOT]ca) so I can keep track and give you the proper thanks. Like I said, I’d love to crack the $500 mark and, if that happens by 9am EST Tuesday, Random Thoughts returns at its usual time of 4:45pm that day — and every Tuesday that follows. I’m not sure what else I can do to make this a better deal: there’s 49 posts written in 24 hours, the promise of the return of a weekly feature that people seem to enjoy a lot, and a fantastic cause that deserves your support even without those other things.

Thank you

The Blogathon has Begun!

Over at GraphiContent, my Blogathon to benefit the Hero Initiative has begun. It will be going on for the next 24 hours with new posts every 30 minutes. So, stop by, comment, encourage, read, enjoy, and, if you can, sponsor me by donating to the Hero Iniative. All of the details are on my blog and given in every post. In a couple of minutes, a post discussing superheroes and what I want from superhero comics will go up, followed by me beginning to discuss different interpretations of Superman from the past ten years. Thanks.

3:30 pm edit: We’re over a quarter of the way through and, so far, there’s been a post on superheroes, six posts on different interpretations, and an issue by issue look at Iron Man: The Inevitable! Next up: a series of posts on The Authority: Revolution! Come check it out and donate some money to a good cause!

6:00 pm edit: Random Thoughts! has returned and is happening at GraphiContent as part of the Blogathon!

9:00 pm edit: Well, I’m halfway through the Blogathon and in the middle of a meandering discussion of The Dark Knight Strikes Again with some comparisons to The Dark Knight Returns and Kingdom Come. Stop by, read, comment, donate…

9:00 am edit: I made it, the Blogathon itself is over. But, the donation window is open for another week. Go check out what I wrote (an easy archive post will be up later today after I wake up) and maybe donate some money to the Hero Initiative.


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