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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:
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.
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.
It’s less than a week, technically, until this year’s Blogathon where I will blog every 30 minutes for 24 hours beginning at 9am on Monday August 15, all for the Hero Initiative. The Hero Initiative is a charity that provides financial assistance to current and former industry professionals who need it. It’s a fantastic charity started by people who saw what the comics industry can (and has) done to the people who made the comics and wanted to give something back and right some of the wrongs that have happened. If you wish to sponsor me, there are a variety of options:
If you do give money, please let me know so I can keep track of the amount of money raised and, of course, to thank you for sponsoring me. My e-mail address is chevett13[AT]yahoo[DOT]ca. If you purchase any items, don’t include the cost of shipping in your total. And, I do encourage anyone who’s hesistant about donating money directly to see what the Hero Initiative has for sale. They have comics, t-shirts, collections of their various ’100 Project’ books featuring a lot of great art. I recently purchased the New Avengers one and it’s really cool to see what all of the different artists decided to draw on the blank New Avengers #1 covers.
So far, $105 has been raised. That’s amazing and I hope that keeps up as we approach the Blogathon itself.
Once again, I will be doing a Blogathon on my blog GraphiContent. It will be my fourth one and, like always, will be for charity. For those unaware, a Blogathon is where you blog for 24 hours straight, updating every 30 minutes, for charity. There’s an ‘official’ one of these where everyone does it on the same day and that’s how I first got into it back in 2007 when I blogged on some Joe Casey comics for 24 hours. Since then, I’ve set my own date to work with my schedule, aka when my girlfriend is out of town. This year, I have the added problem of my work schedule. In my three previous Blogathons, they always happened from 9am Saturday until 9am Sunday. This year, that won’t work because I work Saturdays and Sundays. This year, the Blogathon will run from 9am Monday August 15 until 9am Tuesday August 16.
Just dropping a line to remind people that I moved the deadline for this week’s The Line It Is Drawn suggestions up a bit to late tonight rather than early tomorrow morning so that I could give the artists a bit of a head start on their pieces.
So get to Twitter and tweet your suggestions for a five-person super team (consisting of one Marvel character, one DC character, one character from any other comic book company and two characters from ANY fiction at all – movies, TV shows, video games, novels, plays, etc.) to us @csbg.
And do it before 11:59 PM tonight (Pacific time)!
Plume Books (a division of Penguin) is publishing a second book about comics by me! It will be due out in July 2012. It’ll basically be an extension of the various features that I do on the blog (in list format), with a mix of some of the best ones that I’ve featured these last few years as well as a lot of new stuff. In fact, I’d say about 3/4 of the book will be brand-new material. Essentially, all the stuff you see from me throughout the year at Comics Should Be Good (Comic Book Legends Revealed, Goofiest Moments, When We First Met, Drawing Crazy Patterns, Comic Book Easter Eggs, I Saw It Advertised One Day, Top ___ Writers/Runs/Storylines, etc.) will be represented.
We have a tentative/working title, but I figure I’ll wait until it is the “official” title before I share it with you all (I think it might become official as soon as tomorrow).
On top of all the material from me, I will also be having guest contributions from comic book creators. Some of the best and brightest creators from the world of comics have been gracious enough to agree to contribute guest pieces to the book.
Here is an alphabetical list of those who have agreed to contribute pieces to the book:
Jason Aaron (Jason let me use a list he had written in the past for CSBG)
Fred Van Lente
Thanks, of course, to all those creators who are doing lists. Thanks to my editor at Plume, Kate Napolitano. And thanks to my agent, Rick Broadhead.
Fun stuff. As soon as you can pre-order the book, you know I’ll share that information with you all.
First off, the great Jimmy Palmiotti is doing a new project called Queen Crab. You can read more about it here.
Secondly, George Zapata, one of the artists from our The Line It Is Drawn feature, is drawing a series called The 36 (written and created by Kristopher White), which is sort of like Fables, only with Jewish mythology. You can read more about the project here.
Please do whatever you can to support independent comic book work (if you think the project is worth supporting, of course)! I’m personally backing both books myself!
Kimberly Groff, a a clinical psychology master’s student at Loyola University Maryland is doing her thesis on “Family Relationships and Men’s Participation in Comic Book Fan Culture.”
As part of her research study, she needs male comic book fans over 18 years of age to take an anonymous survey (she says it will take less than 25 minutes to answer). If you partcipate, you will get a chance to win $100 in a raffle.
Click here for more information and details on how to help.
Today marks five years of being a part of Comic Book Resources.
Thanks for having us, Jonah!
In case you haven’t noticed, Comics Should Be Good has a Facebook page (check it out here). If you “like” us on Facebook (which basically means you become “friends” with the site), you’ll be able to keep track of updates on the blog on your Facebook feed, as well as being able to interact with us on Facebook (comment on articles, etc.). As time goes by, I’ll begin to add some original content to our Facebook page.
As with our Twitter feed, I’m putting in some incentives to “like” us. If 2,000 people “like” us, I’ll do a bonus edition of Comic Book Legends Revealed!
Pretty cool, right? So go click on “like” on our page here!
Similar to my request for February’s Month of Indie Comics, where folks who make mini-comics or self-published comics can send in their work for spotlight/review throughout the month of February, I will be doing a similar event for the month of March with LGBT Comics.
So if you have an LGBT-related comic book, feel free to send it in for review/spotlight during the month of March, where I’ll review/spotlight 31 LGBT comic books (one a day).
Check out the sidebar (or click here) to read where to mail review copies of your work.
Daniel Best has a piece up at his site where Alan Kupperberg explains the awful situation that long-time comic book colorist Tom Ziuko is in, both financially and having to deal with some rough health problems that have prevented him from being able to work (so it’s doubly bad – he can’t afford his health care and his health is keeping him from being able to afford his health care).
Alan is collecting donations at his PayPal account at firstname.lastname@example.org. In all seriousness, if everyone who reads this just gave Alan a buck, Tom would be a lot better off.
You can click on the above link to see Tom’s credits, but suffice it to say that he has colored a LOT of your favorite comics, from ‘Mazing Man to A. Bizarro to a long run on Action Comics (before and after John Byrne’s run on the book) to Adventures of Superman to Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld to Angel and the Ape to Animaniacs to Arion, Lord of Atlantis to Atari Force to Avengers Classic…this is just the A’s, people!!
Okay, so I’ve decided that one of the features for February will be A Month of Indie Comics.
So if you want your mini-comic or your self-published comic book featured/review on the site in February, now would be a good time to start sending me copies of your stuff. I’ll have 28 slots, so there certainly is no guarantee that you’ll be featured, but hey, 28 slots is still a lot of slots!!
You’ll find my mailing address on the side bar (Where to Send Review Copies).
Our sister blog here at Comic Book Resources, Robot 6, is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary at CBR with a big ol’ birthday bash with LOTs of cool stuff!
Check it out here!
I was a part of the group blog that is now called Robot 6 years ago when it was The Great Curve, and it’s nice to see them continuing to be such a great comic book group blog!
Later today, there will be a post at Robot 6 with content from a bunch of the bloggers here. I’ll do another post when that goes up!
So…after a Year of Cool Comic Moments and a Year of Cool Comics, what next?
I considered another Year of Cool Comic Moments, but you know what, looking back at that, I think I spoiled too many comics with that series. I do like the idea of doing more cool comic moments, but just not stuff that spoils the main plot of the book. I will revisit that concept definitely.
So if not a Year of Cool Comic Moments, what next? Why, go bigger, of course!
Instead of ONE daily feature this year, I’m going to do TWO daily features every month, for a total of 24 “Month of…” bits!
Eventually you’ll see the return of Top Five Month and almost certainly A Month of Cool Comic Moments (if you have suggestions for cool moments that don’t spoil the main plot of the book in question, drop me a line at email@example.com with your ideas), but for the month of January I will be doing…
A Month of “I Saw It Advertised One Day”
A Month of “Cover Theme Game”!
Feel free to make suggestions of other old features you’d like to see featured for a month (or new ones! Someone suggested “Brilliant…but Canceled,” I suppose I could wring a month out of that!).