Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!).
Comic Book Resources puts together a “Best Comics of the Year” countdown each year, polling its various contributors and bloggers, including your pals at this here blog.
The combination is an interesting conglomeration of the very diverse tastes of the folks at CBR.
Here is #50-26 (with links to #100-76 and 75-51) on the list.
Chad, Kelly, Sonia and I have been quoted a goodly amount on the list so far (one comic actually features quotes from both Chad and me saying basically the same exact thing!), so be sure to check it out! And come back tomorrow for the Top 25!
From all of us at Comics Should Be Good, we would like to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season!
If you haven’t seen our Holiday edition of The Line It Is Drawn, you can check that out here. If you only saw it when it first went up, I’ve since added two other pieces to it.
Similarly, our 2010 Comics Should Be Good Advent Calendar is finished – you can check that out here to read about a bunch of cool Christmas comic books.
I did a post awhile back about other Comic-related Advent Calendars – be sure to read that and check out all the other Advent Calendars out there!
If you’re looking to kill some time this holiday weekend, why not give the Comic Book Resources’ message boards a try? It’s the biggest comic book community in the whole world, so you’re bound to find SOMEthing that interests you there! We have our own forum there – you can find it here. Come stop by – over the next week or so, I’ll make a point of stopping by all the threads posted there, so if there’s something you want to talk about, that’s a great place to bring it up!
Also, since ’tis the year of social media, I figure it would also be nice to show you all the various places you can go to keep up to date with the mother site plus our sister blogs, Robot 6 and Spinoff Online. You guys all know the good folks there – they’re really interesting places to visit, so be sure to give them a look see and try to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Yep, so it’s come to this…SIX years of Comics Should Be Good! Six 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 hatred of the Irish!
Thanks to all of our regular folks – our two Gregs (Burgas and Hatcher), Brad Curran, Bill Reed, MarkAndrew, Danielle Leigh, Scott, Chad Nevett, Kelly Thompson and out latest contributor, Sonia Harris!
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 and Lorendiac’s Lists.
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!
And thanks to anyone else that I forgot to thank!
These past six years have been a blast, and I hope…okay, I’m pretty darn certain that the fun will not stop any time soon.
If you folks wish to send me your thoughts on the moments you voted for (via my e-mail at email@example.com), I would be glad to mix them in with the moments as they get counted down.
Just be sure to title the e-mail something obvious like “Moment Comment” or something like that, so I know what the e-mail is regarding.
Oh, and just as an aside, looking at the moments who made the list today, how amazing is this Bruno Premiani panel of the Doom Patrol basically giving the finger to the villain who holds their lives in his hands?
Regular commenter Da Fug is the first person to notice the little hidden message that’s been going on in the Year of Cool Comics Archive since May 11th.
Good eye, Kirk!
1. Get on Twitter and tweet your suggestions for a Marvel/Disney mash-up! Enough of you have written in that there’s a good selection for our artists to pick from, but more would be nice! Just tweet your suggestions to @csbg! We’ve received about 14 suggestions so far – I’d prefer to see that get into the 20s. EDIT: Okay, I’ve mailed the suggestions to the artists! Thanks, folks! You got into the mid-30s!!
2. Be sure to vote for your choices for the most memorable moments in DC Comics history! Click here for the poll. The deadline is August 8th at 11:59pm!
3. I meant to mention this awhile ago – did you know that we now have handy dandy “sharing” technology for all of our posts? Click on the “Share This” part under “leave a comment” and you can share our posts on your Facebook page, on digg, on del.icio.us, on stumbeupon, or on fark! We’d certainly appreciate you spreading the word if you like a particular post!
4. Remember, next Thursday I’m putting up a gallery of “dream inter-company crossovers” for any artist who wants to participate – whether you applied for the weekly sketch thing or not! Just get your sketches to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by next Thursday at 3pm!
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