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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 firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 email@example.com by next Thursday at 3pm!
Obviously, since it is Monday and the sketches will be debuting tomorrow, if you have not been contacted by me, then you were not one of the five artists chosen by the super secret panel. I’m sorry about that. There was an amazing outpouring of talent – so much so that the panel was extremely divided on the artists, with roughly 30 or so artists receiving votes in the balloting (the panel was a twelve-member committee), so it was clearly no easy task getting it down to just five artists.
Outside of my apologies for you not being picked, I was thinking that perhaps a kind of cool idea would be to do a gallery of people who tried out next week to show off your skills and promote your art blogs/DeviantArt galleries/whatever.
So, if you’d like to participate, e-mail me a sketch at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll feature it here next Thursday along with a link to your site.
For the theme, you can use this week’s sketch theme – just draw your “dream” inter-company crossover.
Okay, I didn’t expect so many people to want in. I was just planning on taking the first four to reply. Now that just seems silly.
Also, I don’t feel like choosing between all the great artists who want in (saying no to SO many great artists is annoying), so instead, I’m going to form a secret panel of some folks (odds are it’ll end up just being a few CSBG writers) to pick out the artists that we’re going to use.
I figure since there were so many entrants, we’re going to pick five to go along Brad for six total.
Since I’m going to let people pick, if you did not send a link to your art blog (or attach some artwork), please do so now, as I’d like them to be able to make an informed decision (let’s say you have until Monday night to do so).
To refresh, we are looking for someone to do a weekly sketch based on reader suggestions. It’s not a paying gig, but your stuff will get to be seen by thousands of people every week, which should be nice, I presume.
Remember that nifty Twitter art bit I was doing? Well, my artist pal Brad doesn’t think that he can meet a weekly three sketch deadline (his other job takes up too much time), so I figure let’s open this up to more artists. When it was just him, I was doing a Top 3, but I figure if we’re going to go for multiple artists, we might as well expand to a Top 5.
So what I need is four artists who wish to draw sketches every week for the blog that are based on reader suggestions.
The requirements are:
1. That you are at least roughly as good as Brad (here‘s his art blog) (I will take your word for it)
2. You can do a sketch a week (really a sketch in three and a half days, because the voting will take a few days)
3. While the sketch doesn’t have to be super finished or anything, it has to be good enough that, say, if I ask for you to draw Superboy fighting Hellboy, a reader would recognize that it is a drawing of Superboy fighting Hellboy.
I figure if you have a sketch blog, this is perfect for you, since you’d be doing sketches ANYways, and this way your stuff gets to be seen by thousands of people every week (and I’ll put up links to your sites, too, of course).
If you want in, e-mail me at email@example.com.
I have finished this year’s blogathon at GraphiContent. 24 hours of posting every 30 minutes on Hellblazer to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (you can donate by clicking the link). It was lots of fun. A little bit too much so towards the end when all I wanted to do was sleep. As I have in the past, I’m keeping the window for donations open for the rest of the week, so please give a little bit. Doesn’t have to be much, $5 is great if you can spare it. Just let me know that you donated, because I do want to keep track (and to thank you). An easy archive page will be up later today after I wake up. Thanks for any and all support!
Tomorrow (July 17), starting at 9am, this year’s blogathon will begin at GraphiContent. That means I will be posting every 30 minutes for a full 24 hours (49 posts in total). This year, I will be discussing pretty much all of the Hellblazer comics I own (list here) and will be doing so to raise money for Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. You can sponsor me by donating the CBLDF at the link there (or by clicking on the picture at the top of the page on my blog); give whatever amount you feel appropriate, just be sure to let me know you have so I can keep track of the money raised — and give out proper thank yous. The past two times I’ve done this, it’s been fantastic and this year should be as well. I’ve got a few surprise topics to throw in with the established list and, well, it’s always fun to see what I’ll wind up writing when we hit four in the morning and I’m desperate for a little bit of sleep.
Some people have asked how I do this and it’s simple. None of the posts are written in advance. They’ll all be scheduled to go up on the hour/half-hour, but all of them will be written during the half-hour period following the previous post. Sometimes, I’ll get a little ahead to afford me time to prepare food or run to the store for something, but, in those cases, I always leave part of the post to be written after I return to keep in the spirit of things. I’m doing this for charity, so I’m not about to cheat — I just bend things a little so I can, well, eat. I’ll be responding to comments as I go and posting on Twitter most likely. I hope people can give some money to a good cause and also tune in to lend moral support since 24 hours is a long time to be stuck at your computer writing about comics. It’s a fun 24 hours, but long.
Okay, I have not paid enough attention to Comics Should Be Good’s Twitter account. I will try to rectify this.
First off – you folks with Twitter should follow us on Twitter – http://twitter.com/csbg
The 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. Plus, starting today, I will try to post daily original content on the twitter account, as well. I will start with ten reviews of comics that came out last week, and hopefully (no promises, of course) then do a review a day (while sprinkling in stuff I did before like the Comic Theme Game).
And I just thought of an incentive to follow us – if we reach 3,000 followers, I will do another Month of Greatest Stories Ever Told! You folks loved the first Greatest Stories Ever Told, so go follow us on Twitter and you can get another month of it!
While we’re at it, be sure to follow the Comics Should Be Good writers who are on Twitter (the links go to the person’s Twitter account) – myself, Chad Nevett, Kelly Thompson, Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith!
If other writers for the blog have twitter accounts, let me know and I’ll add you here (I know Sonia has to have one, I just can’t find it).
Also, I think we can take it for granted that a portion of you do not like Twitter, so I will post a few comments for you now so you can just skip commenting on this post:
1. “I don’t like Twitter.”
2. “Twitter is dumb”
3. “New social media angers me”
4. “Twitter is not cool.”
5. “What is Twitter?”
Online comic book retailer Heavy Ink is celebrating Free Comic Book Day… and if you have the internet, you’re invited! Those shopless among us, or unable to visit their local comick booke establishment on the fateful day (which is tomorrow, Saturday, May 1st), but who still want to snag a free comic or three such as Atomic Robo & Friends, Iron Man/Thor, Toy Story, Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock, Atomic Robo & Friends, Bongo Comics, Doctor Solar/Magnus Robot Fighter, Atomic Robo & Friends, Irredeemable/Incorruptible, Green Hornet, The Tick, Owly, Atomic Robo & Friends, etc., look no further!
Full details under the cut.
Casanova is back, baby! And it’s at Marvel, through their Icon imprint. Whoo-bleepin’-hoo!!!!!!!!!
Sadly, it will probably sell many, many, many more copies even though the original was $1.99 per issue and this … won’t be (to be fair, the issues will be combined, so the price won’t be too prohibitive). But damn, this is a great comic book. I already own the damned issues and I may have to buy them again. Seriously – I’m so freakin’ stoked for this.
Steve Bryant, creator of Athena Voltaire, a fun, pulpy comic set in the 1930s, has been trying to work on the latest chapter for a few years. With that in mind, he has set up a web site where you can donate money to allow him to work on the book exclusively until it’s finished. Plus, he has all sorts of extras for people who donate – you can see what they are at the site. You may think it’s silly to help fund a comic, but for such a small book, it’s not a bad idea. I’m used to this – my favorite band, Marillion, has been doing this for years, and it’s pretty keen to think that you’re part of the reason why something creative exists. Athena Voltaire is a fun read, with a great main character, lots of Nazis (and Nazi-killin’!), and all sorts of odd monsters and fabulous science. Bryant’s campaign to fund the book has a little less than two months to go and he’s a little less than halfway there (he’s trying to raise $7,000). If you’re at all interested, I encourage you to check it out. Here’s the web site, where you read (and hear) more about it. It won’t hurt to give it a look!
Every year, the Comic Book Resources forum has the “Corries,” a series of awards by CBR forum posters.
Well, the nomination process has begun for this past year’s Best Comics (Best Writer, Best Artist, etc.) and nominations are currently taking place here (you can have to log into the CBR forum – if you don’t have a log-in name, feel free to sign up for a new one here).
Go nominate some stuff now! After all, it’s always more fun to complain about the results if you actually take part in the voting process!!
My pal Brandon is running the awards, so please give him a lot of votes to count!
Let’s have a big welcome to Sonia Harris, who is going to be doing a new regular column every Wednesday for the blog.
Sonia is a writer and a designer (you can see her design work at her company’s site, Soyabean Design) who has been writing a column about comics on iFanboy since 2008. Here is an archive of her past columns and here is a longer bio, courtesy of iFanboy.
Sonia’s column is called “Committed,” and it will mostly be about Sonia looking at life through the lens of comic books.
Comics Should Be Good accepts review copies. Anything sent to us will (for better or for worse) end up reviewed on the blog. See where to send the review copies.