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Hey folks, CBR is doing this cool article where they are collecting various stories from people if they are doing something special for watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’m sure SOME of you out there are planning SOMEthing interesting, so share your plans!
Check it out here.
It just occurred to me that I forgot to put a deadline on the contest where you can win cool swag from Valiant Comics just by e-mailing me at email@example.com and telling me what your favorite Valiant comic book issue written by Fred Van Lente is. Everyone who writes in will be entered to win a chance at receiving one of two prize packages. The top prize is two Archer and Armstrong hardcovers. The second-place prize is an Ivar, Timewalker trade paperback. I will just randomly select two winners from the entries. This is a really simple way for you to win some cool comics, so you really ought to give it a try! Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your favorite Valiant issue written by Fred Van Lente some time before December 11th at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. I’ll draw the two winners after that.
The chat is now open!
Go here to chat with Fred!
I meant to feature this legend last week. Since NBC is airing a live performance of The Wiz tonight, I felt that it didn’t make a ton of sense to debut this legend tomorrow, so instead, this week you’ll get FOUR legends! The regular three tomorrow plus this bonus one today (I’ll also reprint it at the end of tomorrow’s column, for those who just check in with that column).
Did DC Comics nearly make a comic book based on The Wiz? Read on to find out!
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One of the things that surprised me about the new Netflix series, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, is how they managed to adapt a part of Patsy Walker’s (“Trish” Walker on the show, although the name Patsy plays a major role) comic book background pretty darn faithfully, namely how terrible her mother was in the comics. So, just in case anyone was bemoaning dealing with dysfunctional family members this Holiday weekend, I figured I’d show them that at least your mom isn’t Patsy Walker’s mom.
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This December, we’re doing not one, but TWO countdowns, one for Captain America’s 75th Anniversary and one for Deadpool’s 25th Anniversary. I figured it would make sense to create a centralized post where you can find the links to vote in each of the votes.
Go here to vote for your favorite Captain America stories.
Go here to vote for your favorite Deadpool stories.
It was the most successful fanzine in history — and also the most controversial. Wizard magazine is approaching its twenty-fifth anniversary, and G. Kendall of Not Blog X is here to examine the creator interviews, industry news, scatological humor, and twisted Mego shenanigans that defined an era.
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Plenty of juicy comics chat for you this time round, with discussion of Fox’s two new X-Men TV shows, the upcoming Power Man & Iron Fist series, AfterShock Comics’ announcement of American Monster, DC’s new Wonder Woman digital series, and all the recent comings and goings on Marvel’s movies and TV shows. We’ve also got reviews of I Hate Fairyland and Uncanny Avengers, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe hasn’t worked out all the bugs. All this plus Marc Alessi’s crossword solving service, the canon of the Gruffalo extended universe and the weird soapy taste of the Inhumans.
By which I mean Daaaaaaag. This was freaking scary. I peed a little bit, and I am not ashamed. This book is pee-scary .
It all starts innocently enough…
Hey, fellow comics fans! I’m Joe. Remember me? It is kind of weird if you do. I was with this blog in the early days and I said many opinions loudly. Still loving comics …feels like a golden time, honestly; I’m reading more great stuff with more variety than ever before.
I’m also a teacher. This year, for the first time in my 13 years at my school, I’m teaching 6th grade. Dunno how much you guys know about 6th grade, but it isn’t the easiest grade to motivate to read. Therefore, I’ve started a crowdfunding project at the wonderful Donor’s Choose website.
The majority of the materials I’m asking for funding for are books, and a lot are comics. This class has gotten super into comics, much to my relief and delight, but my monthly issues I give them fall apart pretty quickly. Sixth graders are mad destructive, yo, and not even on purpose.
This all being said, if you’d like to contribute, please go to http://www.donorschoose.org/project/sixth-grade-classroom-awesome-ification/1729960/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-10-account_projects_teacher-teacher_426351&challengeid=95771 and donate any amount you can. If you use the code “SPARK” at check-out, donor’s choose will match your donation, up to 100 bucks. Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled comics talk. I didn’t get to read this week’s haul yet, but I’m super pumped.
Thanks just for taking time to read this!
This is the debut of a feature that I don’t imagine I will be using very often. In “Things That Turned Out Bad,” I spotlight comic book stories that were bad ideas at the time and only look worse in retrospect. In “Remember to Forget,” I spotlight comic book stories that are probably best forgotten (but not as outright bad as the stories featured in “Things That Turned Out Bad”). Occasionally, though, there are stories that I sort of think are bad enough ideas to spotlight in Things That Turned Out Bad, but I honestly am not sure. Hence, this feature.
A much simpler way of describing it is “in this feature, we spotlight divisive comic book plots.”
We begin with Kitty Pryde’s use of the n-word in X-Men comics during the 1980s.
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CBR senior editor Stephen Gerding put together this amazing-looking infographic of Joker’s various looks over his 75 year history. He did a great job with it. Brett White and I helped him put together the various “looks” that should be featured in the piece, but that’s very little compared to the effort Steve put into the design and production of the actual infographic. Well done!
For whatever reason, seeing that it is “Batman Day” made me think of Brian Azzarello. Maybe it’s that, this year, he’s co-written (or will have work he’s co-written released) four different projects featuring Batman. He’s written a surprising amount of comics featuring Batman from Broken City to Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengeance to the Deathblow crossover to the Wednesday Comics story to First Wave to various shorts and guest appearances… I haven’t read every Azzarello Batman story (it’s pretty much a couple of shorts and that recent issue of Batman that he co-wrote that I didn’t know he co-wrote until the day after it came out), but I’ve read most of them and there are three that stand out to me today.
Today is Batman Day. Let us celebrate by sharing your favorite Batman-related memory!
Also, let me take this occasion to announce a side project I’m writing for About.com about the Dark Knight!
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