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Valentine Cards from Apollo and Ms. Marvel!

Rogan Josh had a bit of a delay so he didn’t make the initial Line it is Drawn posting, so I’m sharing his entries for this week’s Valentine’s Day theme now!
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Six Questions About This Week’s Arrow

Since you folks seem to like talking Arrow and I typically have a few questions after every episode, I figure I’ll occasionally post something like this.

So read on for seven questions about this week’s episode of Arrow, “Canaries”…
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Congratulations to This One Summer for Making Caldecott History!

I meant to mention this yesterday, but Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki’s excellent graphic novel This One Summer received a historic honor this week as it was given a Caldecott Honor (which is basically the short list for the Caldecott Award), the first graphic novel to ever receive a Caldecott Honor, which is for the most distinguished American picture books for children.

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The book was on my Top Ten for 2014 and artist Jackson Guice made it his pick for Went to Tell Everybody, so I definitely agree with the honor!

Happy Groundhog Day from Axel Medellin!

Longtime Line it is Drawn artist Axel Medellin does a sketch a day bit that he is now posting on his Tumblr page. Today, he celebrated Groundhog Day with a piece.

Read on to see what Axel came up with!
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Your Starman timeline!

I’m starting to enjoy comics that have discernible timelines, because then I can put something like this together! Starman was anchored in “real time,” but even as it started to drift, we can still see some discernible dates for when things happen. And, of course, everything in the past is very closely pegged to a date, so it’s fairly easy to construct a timeline. So that’s what I did! And don’t forget – MASSIVE SPOILERS BELOW!!!!
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Deadpool Takes Over the Funny Pages!

Nick Butch bit off JUST a bit more than he could chew this week, doing such an elaborate Line it is Drawn piece that he didn’t have it ready for the Line going up. I’ve edited it into the Line this week, but since so many people have already read the Line and might not give it a re-read, I figured I’d spotlight Nick’s pieces here, too.

These are based on a bunch of different suggestions involving Deadpool.

Enjoy!
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Xemnu the Titan Versus Chewbacca!

Brendan Tobin got this in a bit late for this week’s Line, so while I will also edit it into the Line, I’ll also give it its own spotlight entry. As suggested by Ecovore, let’s take a look at Xemnu the Titan versus Chewbacca!
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Flash and the Class of 1940

Thea and Amanda were late today, but I was much later editing their piece into the Line, so I thought I’d give them a spotlight piece.

keath suggested

Flash and The Class of ’40

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Here is the website of Cynthia “Thea” Sousa.

And here is the website of Amanda, her colorist.

Let’s Help Norm Breyfogle Out!

Classic Batman artist Norm Breyfogle (who you all voted as one of the five best Batman artists of all-time last year) suffered a stroke recently. He is currently paralyzed on the left side of his body (and he is a left-handed artist!), so he needs a good deal of therapy to ever have a chance at recovering.

If you want to donate to a medical fund for him, go here. I’ve donated and if you’re a fan of Breyfogle (and I know lots of you are big fans) and you have some spare money, hopefully you will, too!

Convention Coverage 2014

In the weeks that followed Boston Comic Con back in August, I had decided to write an objective, just-the-facts report of the con to be posted here. When that post was completed and I read it to myself, I was so bored by it that I deleted it all and started from scratch. Except that my next version of the post was just more of the same, and I hated it all over again. I gave up on it and didn’t post.

And then, a couple of months later, I read a somewhat contentious article on another site, all about the sorry state of comics journalism. The writer of that article gave advice on how NOT to do journalism, some of which was more than fair, but there was one piece of advice he dispensed in particular that bothered me. The writer declared that when reporting on a con, you should separate yourself from it. He said that commenting on record attendance or major announcements made at the con are better ways to begin your event coverage, and that you, the writer, should not be a part of it.

I disagree.

Reading that made me realize why I hated my original attempts at this convention coverage so much. Because, here’s the thing—I wasn’t there to be a reporter. When it comes to cons, I’m an attendee, and more importantly, I’m a fan. I started my blog from the perspective of a fan, and trying to change that into something else just doesn’t really work for me.

In the past, I’d written con posts in the style that I would want to read them from others. I did that because every other outlet always covers cons in the same way, and if I wanted to read an objective report for info on attendance, guests, panels, etc., I can find that information on X number of other sites. But that’s not what I want to read, and frankly, it’s not what I want to write, either. What I want to hear about are the different experiences, not con stats.

So I have to follow through here and get this off my plate—months later, but better late than never—my experience at Boston Comic Con 2014, in all its fangirl glory. You were warned.
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Some Extra Line it is Drawn Hopefuls

Due to various issues, a trio of potential Line it is Drawn artists weren’t able to make it for the second week. But I thought that their reasons for missing were legit enough that I decided to keep them in the mix for a spot. They’re too late for the public vote, but I’ll give them an even chance for making the final cut when it comes to me picking out some new Liners. This isn’t to say that any of them WILL make it, of course, as any one artist has long odds, but they at least have a chance.

Here they are…
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An All Star Tribute to a Fallen Artist

Today is the fifteen anniversary of the passing of Edvin Biukovic, the amazing comic book artist who left us way too soon.

His friend Goran Sudzuka has put together a great Facebook page honoring Edvin here. Goran also let me share the tribute pieces he collected on the blog, as well.

Read on a brief sampling of one of my favorite Biukovic works, some short words from Goran about Edvin and then the tribute pieces.
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Go Chat With Fred Van Lente!

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Go here to chat with Fred!

Who Will Be the Sidekicks of the All-Robin Squadron? Featuring Detective John Munch!

This Thanksgiving leftover was leftover from our Thanksgiving leftover feature last week! John Trumbull tried to get this in for our Munch Week, but instead, we get to share it all with you all here!

Enjoy!
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Congrats to Kelly Thompson for Jem and the Holograms!

Kelly told me about this great news a little while ago and now it is public info!

Kelly will be writing a Jem and the Holograms comic book for IDW with art by Ross Campbell!

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Awesome!

Congrats, Kelly!

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