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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!

Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 30: Futures End #31

There are 17 issues left now and this is the beginning of the final breather, I assume, before we head into that final stretch where it comes to a head with Brainiac and Brother Eye. This week, we’re given a quieter issue that follows up on the two recently resolved plots: the Firestorm/Madison/Red Robin plot and the Green Arrow/Cadmus/Earth 2 heroes plot. Neither plot is fully resolved, because nothing is ever fully resolved and the resolutions created new plots to be resolved. It’s the never-ending battle for a reason. We’ve already looked at the solicitations for what’s coming next (barring the final five issues) and it didn’t seem like we get down to business again, really, until January. There’s still some work to fit the various disparate threads into something coherent before they can converge properly.

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My Week In Geek

I don’t know why this ramps up the way it does every year around this time, but it always does. People ask me things. I mean, non-fan sorts of people. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 340: Howard Chaykin, Part 3 – Star Wars #8 and Cody Starbuck

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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 Star Wars #8 and Cody Starbuck, the first of which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 1977 and the second of which was published by Star*Reach Productions and is cover dated July 1978. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #500 (Part 2)

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. Yesterday was Wolverine, today is Daredevil and tomorrow is Batman. Today, learn how censors squelched Frank Miller’s original first issue on Daredevil! Plus, did Jack Kirby really secretly draw the first issue of Daredevil? Finally, was an issue of Born Again released without the Comics Code?

Let’s begin!
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Fred Van Lente Day Chat Transcript!

On Thursday, we held a public chat with the man, the myth, the legend himself, Fred Van Lente. Here is the transcrpt from that chat!

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2014 Top 50 Comic Book Artists #50-41

The countdown begins now!!!

Here are the first 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.).

Continue Reading »

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 339: Howard Chaykin, Part 2 – Marvel Premiere #32

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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 Marvel Premiere #32, which was published by Marvel (I know, right?) and is cover dated October 1976. Enjoy!
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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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Comic Book Legends Revealed #500 (Part 1)

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. Today is Wolverine, tomorrow is Daredevil and Sunday is Batman. Today, a pair of legends involving Wolverien’s bizarre Australian accent in the Pryde of the X-Men and the story of why, exactly, Wolverine turned out not to be a mutated wolverine!

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #218 – Superhero Music Groups!

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…

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

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

True Rock and Roll Superheroes! Pick four or five superheroes and our artists will draw them as a rock band. The superheroes don’t have to have any prior connection! NOTE: These suggestions will appear in two weeks.

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 338: Howard Chaykin, Part 1 – Weird Worlds #8

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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 Weird Worlds #8, which was published by DC and is cover dated December 1973. These scans are from Ironwolf #1, a compilation of the entire story which DC put out in 1986. Enjoy!
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