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Tenth Time Around

Yep, so it’s come to this…TEN years of Comics Should Be Good! Ten years ago today this little ol’ blog was started up.

This year, I thought something sort of special would be to have new pieces by the other three guys who formed the blog with me back then – Joe Rice, Alex Cox and Paul Teel.

In addition, in honor of the types of pieces we did back in the earliest days, I did a new “This Comic Is Good” piece, as well.

Click on any piece to read it!

Brian Cronin – This Comic Is Good “Sisters”

Joe Rice – Mission Accomplished

Alex Cox – How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Ignore the Internet

Paul Teel – A Review of Manhattan Projects in Exchange for Chex Mix

Thanks a lot for the blast from the past, guys!

And, of course, thanks to our CURRENT writers, as well! Our two Gregs (Burgas and Hatcher), Chad Nevett, Kelly Thompson, Sonia Harris, Melissa K., Mark Ginocchio, Alec Berry, and Matt Derman.

Plus past contributions from Kaitlin Tremblay, Bill Reed, MarkAndrew, Ken H., Connie C., Scott, Brad Curran, Danielle Leigh, Alex, Joe, Megan Parker, Michelle, Melinda, Paul Teel, Pol, Paul McEnery, Tadhg, Tom, Chad, Christopher, Harvey and Marionette.

Plus, of course, the features we host here (or have hosted), like Sean and Brandon’s Comic Critics, Kelly and Sue’s 3 Chicks Review Comics podcast, Dean Trippe’s The Good Stuff, John Seavey’s Storytelling Engines, Kethylia’s Manga Mondays, Lorendiac’s Lists, The Line it is Drawn and Al and Paul’s House to Astonish!

Thanks to Jonah for hosting the blog at Comic Book Resources and to Stephen, Albert, Kiel, Rob and Steve for keeping everything running smoothly (and thanks to Andys Khouri and Liegl for their past efforts)!

Thanks to our readers and, of course, on a personal note, thanks to the folks who bought both my first and my second book!

And thanks to anyone else that I forgot to thank!

These past ten years have been a blast, and I hope…okay, I’m pretty darn certain that the fun will not stop any time soon.

Year of the Artist, Day 344: Barry Windsor-Smith, Part 2 – Savage Tales #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 Barry Windsor-Smith, and the story is “Red Nails” (part one) from Savage Tales #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated October 1973. These scans are from Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian #1, which was published in 1983 and features a colored version. Enjoy!
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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!

2014 Top 50 Comic Book Artists #40-31

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!

Year of the Artist, Day 343: Barry Windsor-Smith, Part 1 – Daredevil #51 and Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #12

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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 issues are Daredevil #51 and Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #12, both of which were published by Marvel and are cover dated April and May 1969, respectively. Enjoy!
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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 342: Howard Chaykin, Part 5 – Dark Horse Presents #1, Satellite Sam #1, and Century West

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Howard Chaykin, and the issues are Dark Horse Presents #1, which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated April 2011, Satellite Sam #1, which was published by Image and is cover dated July 2013, and Century West, which was published by Image and is cover dated September 2013. Enjoy!
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The Line it is Drawn – 2014 Call to Artists!

Hey everybody, it’s that time again! We’re having try-outs for new artists for the Line it is Drawn. I’m looking to add five new artists to the Line.

The try-out period is going to be two weeks long, with pieces being posted on December 15th and December 22nd. So if you’re interested in being a Line it is Drawn artist, just send me a jpg drawing (preferably at least 615 pixels wide) to bcronin@comicbookresources.com (“Line it is Drawn Try-Out” should be your subject heading) based on the following choices that I will list below. Along with your drawing, include your name and your website if you have one. The pieces don’t have to be colored, but I won’t lie, there’s a decent chance that colored pieces might stand out more when it comes to decision-time.

On December 15th, I will post the first batch of drawings from this week. Then I’ll give you a new set of choices. You draw one of them, as well, and then on the 22nd, after I post the second set of drawings, I’ll have a poll where people will vote for their favorites and the top two picks of the public will automatically make it and then I’ll pick three more artists by myself (maybe with an anonymous panel of experts helping out, as well). The new artists will start in January.

Being a part of the Line it is Drawn is for artists who are willing to do a drawing every week in about 5 days time. Being part of the Line is not a paid gig. I’m certainly fine with people missing a week or two, but if you don’t think you can meet that schedule, please don’t try out. Most of our artists are here every week, so it is certainly a doable achievement, but please be realistic with your abilities to hit a deadline before you offer yourself up as a possible addition to the Line it is Drawn. For instance, this try-out is for two weeks. If you don’t show up both weeks, you’re not going to be eligible to be picked.

I welcome your try-outs! This should be a lot of fun to see a bunch of new faces! Remember, if you think you can hit the deadlines and you want to do this, pick a choice from below, draw it and then e-mail it to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com by 9am Pacific time on December 15th.

Read on for the choices!
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #075 – The JEM Interview

It’s EPISODE #075 – THE JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS INTERVIEW!!!3 Chicks Logo 2 - Blue

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Inside this episode! 

We begin with a spoiler-free ADVANCE REVIEW of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine de Landro’s Bitch Planet #1! We’ve also got a review of Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl’s Gotham Academy #3. Next up is our interview with Ross Campbell and yours truly as the creative team announced for IDW’s new JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS comic debuting in March! Woo! We talk all things JEM and Sue even gives us a quiz to see if we can pass the mustard as creators. Unfortunately because of my insane excitement (and some other reasons), I hardly let Ross get a word in edgewise…I’m sorry, Ross! I’ll do better next time! After the interview Sue and I talk about various new comics and a few forthcoming things we’re looking forward to before the end of the year.

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers. Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue.  Special thanks to Caanan Grall for our incredible 3 Chicks Logo and to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

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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 341: Howard Chaykin, Part 4 – American Flagg! #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Howard Chaykin, and the issue is American Flagg! #3, which was published by First Comics and is cover dated December 1983. These scans are from Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! Definitive Collection volume 1, which was co-published by Image and Dynamic Forces in 2008. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #500 (Part 3)

Welcome to the five hundredth 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 ninety-nine. This week, in honor of the five hundredth edition of Comic Book Legends Revealed, you’ll get a TRIPLE-sized column this week, in three parts (today, tomorrow and Sunday). The special theme this week is comic book anniversaries, as each part will spotlight a different superhero celebrating an anniversary this year. Friday was Wolverine, yesterday was Daredevil and today is Batman. Today, did we almost have a homeless Bruce Wayne in a Batman movie? What company sued Warner Bros. over Dark Knight Rises and what was their surprising reason for suing? Finally, what famous comic book writer was the model for Batman in Arkham Asylum?

Let’s begin!
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2014 Top 50 Comic Book Writers #50-41

The countdown begins now!!!

Here are the first 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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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!

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