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2014 Comics Should Be Good Advent Calendar

As with any traditional Advent Calendar, each day reveals a treat. Just click on the current day and you’ll be linked to a neat comic-related Christmas treat. This year, we’re spotlighting Silver Age Christmas, Christmas tales from the Silver Age of Comics (1956-1970)!

Nick Perks did a brand-new drawing for this year’s Advent Calendar! Thanks, Nick!

Year of the Artist, Day 348: Frank Miller, Part 1 – Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #27 and Wolverine #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Frank Miller, and the issues are Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #27 and Wolverine #1, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated February 1979 and September 1982, respectively. The scans of PPtSSM are from Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson volume 1, which was published in 2008, and the Wolverine scans are from Wolverine, the trade paperback, which was originally published in 1987 but went through several printings. Enjoy!
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2014 Top 50 Comic Book Writers #30-21

Here are the next ten writers that you voted as your favorites of all-time (out of roughly 1,040 ballots cast, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc.).
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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Kitty Pryde Gives an Impassioned Speech

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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 Alex F., I take a look at Kitty Pryde’s predilection for giving impassioned speeches…
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2014 Comics Should Be Good Advent Calendar

As with any traditional Advent Calendar, each day reveals a treat. Just click on the current day and you’ll be linked to a neat comic-related Christmas treat. This year, we’re spotlighting Silver Age Christmas, Christmas tales from the Silver Age of Comics (1956-1970)!

Nick Perks did a brand-new drawing for this year’s Advent Calendar! Thanks, Nick!

Happy Wold Newton Day!

Today, as I write this, it’s the 13th of December. The anniversary of the day a meteorite fell to Earth near the village of Wold Newton in Yorkshire, England, back in 1795.

I know this because, believe it or not, that event would eventually result in the greatest ongoing crossover story ever; and incidentally have a remarkable effect on my own life as well. Continue Reading »

Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 31: Futures End #32 and Avengers #39

Superhero comics sure are obsessed with geniuses… My instinct is to say that it’s a new fad, but it’s always been the case. Super-smart people who used their massive intellects to thwart slightly lesser smart people who are bent on destruction and domination. A conspiracy-minded writer could probably string together a nice little story about most supervillains being government agents meant to keep the super-geniuses of the world too occupied to realise that the world is a fucking mess and needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. Anyway… it’s all about the geniuses and how they aren’t really that smart, except at finding new ways to hit people. But not too hard, of course. I’m going to talk my way through this and, hopefully, make some sense intermittently.

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Year of the Artist, Day 347: Barry Windsor-Smith, Part 5 – Storyteller #4

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Barry Windsor-Smith, and the story is “The Freebooters” – from chapters 4 and 5 – from Storyteller #4 (technically it’s Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller, but I hate when the person’s name is part of the title – for some reason it irks me), which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated January 1997. These scans are from The Freebooters Collection, which was published by Fantagraphics in 2005. Enjoy!
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Check out Brian Clevinger’s new comic on Kickstarter!

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Why spend money on a comic after it comes out when you can spend money on it before it comes out????
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2014 Top 50 Comic Book Artists #30-21

Here are the next ten artists that you voted as your favorites of all-time (out of roughly 1,040 ballots cast, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc.).
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2014 Comics Should Be Good Advent Calendar

As with any traditional Advent Calendar, each day reveals a treat. Just click on the current day and you’ll be linked to a neat comic-related Christmas treat. This year, we’re spotlighting Silver Age Christmas, Christmas tales from the Silver Age of Comics (1956-1970)!

Nick Perks did a brand-new drawing for this year’s Advent Calendar! Thanks, Nick!

When We First Met – The Creature Commandos

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like the first time someone said, “Avengers Assemble!” or the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny or the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth or the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter. Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ‘em out!

With the announcement that Marc Singer will be playing Matthew Shrieve (the leader of the Creature Commandos) on Arrow this season, we figured we’d show you all the debut of the Creature Commandos!
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Year of the Artist, Day 346: Barry Windsor-Smith, Part 4 – Uncanny X-Men #205

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Barry Windsor-Smith, and the issue is Uncanny X-Men #205, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 1986. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #501

Welcome to the five hundred and first in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous five hundred. This week, how did Spider-Man’s mask lead to the creation of Deadpool? Was Deadpool originally going to be Weapon NINE? And did Rob Liefeld try to get John Byrne to draw Supreme?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #219 – Daredevil Team-Ups!

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 artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions 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…

It’s the Line it is Drawn’s annual Holiday Special! So suggest comic book characters for drawings inspired by Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, what have you!

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

In honor of his 50th anniversary, team-up comic book characters with Daredevil.

Enjoy!
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