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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. There is no vetting process, it is an open invitation. I’ll e-mail you your list of suggestions on Friday.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Random Thoughts will return Tuesday at 4:45 pm.
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?)!
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:
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?
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:
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?
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!
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