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Drawing Crazy Patterns – The Inmates All Escape From Arkham Asylum

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

This time around, based on a suggestion by Will B., we take a look at times that the inmates all escape from Arkham Asylum…
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 103

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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Year of the Artist, Day 255: Stuart Immonen, Part 4 – Never As Bad As You Think and Moving Pictures

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Stuart Immonen, and the comics are Never As Bad As You Think and Moving Pictures, the first of which was published by Boom! and is cover dated December 2008 and the second of which was published by Top Shelf and is cover dated April 2010. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #488

Welcome to the four hundred and eighty-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and eighty-seven. This week, who came up with Batman’s origin? Bill Finger or Gardner Fox? Which artist’s retirement opened the door for Frank Miller’s legendary Daredevil run? Plus, did the French decide to make William Buckley the Kingpin of Crime?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #206 – Superheroes Doing Commercials!

Welcome to our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from YOUR suggestions!

Go follow Comics Should Be Good on Twitter (if you have Twitter, that is – if you don’t, you can go sign up). Here is our Twitter page… http://twitter.com/csbg. And here are the Comics Should Be Good writers who are on Twitter (the links go to the person’s Twitter account) – myself, Greg Hatcher, Chad Nevett, Kelly Thompson, Bill Reed, Greg Burgas, Sonia Harris, Melissa K. and Ken H.

I update the blog’s 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. In addition, I post new content on the blog’s Twitter account.

Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 3pm Pacific Friday).

The topic is…

Superhero-themed television shows seem to be taking over the airwaves, with a new superhero TV show seemingly announced every week. What if that were the ACTUAL case, though? What if EVERY TV show became superhero-based? Just in time for the new fall TV season, name a current TV show that you’d like to see our artists redo as a superhero-themed show. Cast of Big Bang Theory as superheroes, cast of Scandal as superheroes, etc.

Read on for the sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

Comic Book Character Spokespersons! You simply pick a product and the comic book character you’d like to see as a spokesperson for that product. Green Lantern/Energizer Bunny, Flash/Nike, Spider-Man/Papermate Erasers, you get the drift

Enjoy!
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You Decide – What is Your Favorite Jack Kirby Creation?

We did this one for Kirby’s 97th birthday. Which Kirby creation/co-creation is your favorite (the 20-choice limit was rough here)?

Read on for the choices!
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You Decide – Which Earth Are You Most Looking Forward to in Multiversity?

Oops, I’ve forgotten to keep us up to date on these CBR polls I do on the front page. I missed a few. I’ll try to put up the results, at least, later on!

But for now, here are the polls you can still vote on, beginning with what Earth in the Mulitverse are you most excited about seeing more about?

Read on for the choices!
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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 18: Futures End #19, Futures End: Action Comics #1, Futures End: Constantine #1, Futures End: Justice League United #1, Futures End: Infinity Man and the Forever People #1, and Futures End: World’s Finest #1

See, my problem is that I keep trying to find cohesion where there is none. Thematically, there are throughlines, perhaps, but they are often tenuous and, quite frankly, rely on me making small leaps to bring them all together. And that was when I was only writing about Futures End. Now that we have entered September and there’s the line-wide “Futures End” event, finding cohesion, even on a thematic level, is damn near impossible. We’re only in the second week and I’m not at all sure what DC intended with this month. Some titles hint at the events of the weekly series, most contradict part of them, and a few are focused enough to at least provide an issue for the monthly readers of the title to buy. If, you know, its issue this month is actually done by the regular creative team, which is iffy at best. Last year’s “Villain Month” line of books were at least willing to divorce themselves from the regular line, to do their own thing and, in a few rare cases, actually worry about the regular monthly readers. Hell, many titles had numerous one-shots under their banner, while a bunch of regular monthlies just skipped a month. There seemed to be plan there. This time around, I can’t see it.

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Year of the Artist, Day 254: Stuart Immonen, Part 3 – Nextwave #10

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Stuart Immonen, and the issue is Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #10, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated January 2007. Enjoy!
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1987 And All That: Strange Tales #1-7

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born.

StrangeTales_1Strange Tales #1-7 (Marvel) by Bill Mantlo (#1-6), Peter Gillis, Bret Blevins (#1-6), Chris Warner (#1-4), Larry Alexander (#5, 7), Terry Shoemaker (#6-7), Al Williamson (#3), Bob Wiacek (#6), Gerry Talaoc (#7), Randy Emberlin, Christie Scheele (#1, 3), Glynis Oliver (#2, 4-6), Paul Becton (#7), Bob Sharen, Ken Bruzenak, Jim Novak (#1-3), Janice Chiang (#4-5, 7), Ken Lopez (#6), Carl Potts

With a book like Strange Tales, where every issue is divided between two different narratives (or any number of narratives, but in this case it’s just the two), you always want some sort of connection to tie the stories together, something to bring unity to the title. Obviously the stories should work individually as well, but it’s nicer when there’s a bond between them, an identity to the series as a whole that fits with each section’s own goals and attitudes. Strange Tales is split evenly every issue between Cloak and Dagger and Dr. Strange, the two titles which it replaced. Because they’re both continuations of previously existing comics, it would be understandable if there wasn’t a ton of cohesion between their respective outlooks or aims. Whether through editorial design, creator collaboration, or sheer dumb luck, though, the two halves of Strange Tales find common ground almost immediately, and continue to examine the same core concept, though still in their own ways, right up through issue #7 where their narratives actually collide and briefly become the same. Both Cloak and Strange wrestle with remaining heroic while sometimes needing to act unheroically, and this struggle quickly becomes the center of Strange Tales. But the two men deal with their shared problem differently and end up in different places because of it, so their stories stand apart even as they come together, thematically and literally. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 253: Stuart Immonen, Part 2 – Superman: Secret Identity #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Stuart Immonen, and the issue is Superman: Secret Identity #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated February 2004. These scans are from the trade paperback, which was published in 2004. Enjoy!
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Committed: Designing a Prohibition-Era logo for RUM ROW

rumrowA few months ago I was commissioned to design a logo for the upcoming comic book Rum Row, by Andrew Maxwell and Michele Bandini. I thought you might be interested in the process of designing a logo, from brief to research, to sketching, through to the final logo (pictured on the right, click to view it enlarged).

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 102

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Breaking Bad Easter Eggs!

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In this feature, I share with you three comic book “easter eggs.” An easter egg is a joke/visual gag/in-joke that a comic book creator (typically the artist) has hidden in the pages of the comic for readers to find (just like an easter egg). They range from the not-so-obscure to the really obscure. So come check ‘em all out and enjoy! Also, click here for an archive of all the easter eggs featured so far! If you want to suggest an easter egg for a future column, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

Today we take a look at some Breaking Bad easter eggs!
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Year of the Artist, Day 252: Stuart Immonen, Part 1 – Legion of Super-Heroes #53 and a few added bonuses

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Stuart Immonen, and the issue is Legion of Super-Heroes #53, which was published by DC and is cover dated January 1994, plus I begin with a few panels from X-Men Annual #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 1992. Enjoy!
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