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Year of the Artist, Day 308: Mark Texeira, Part 4 – Black Panther #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 Mark Texeira, and the issue is Black Panther #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated December 1998. These scans are from the trade paperback, which came out in 2001. Enjoy!
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Reminder: Pick What I Buy on Wednesday

There’s around 26 hours left in the comment-voting to determine which three comics I’ll buy on Wednesday. Head there, see the full details, and leave your comment.

Year of the Artist, Day 307: Mark Texeira, Part 3 – Megalith #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 Mark Texeira, and the issue is Megalith #1, which was published by Continuity and is cover dated 1989. Enjoy!
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #074 – The Phil Noto Interview

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We begin with a review of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples Saga #24, last issue before the hiatus (and triumphant return again in 2015). We’ve also got a review of Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising #29. Next up we have an interview this week with the lovely and talented Phil Noto. Phil dishes on all things Black Widow, talks process, his forthcoming Marvel “snapshot” variant covers which came about thanks to his excellent tumblr Your Nice New Outfit, and gets geeky with us on favorite characters (I find a way to talk about Rogue, because I will ALWAYS find a way!) Sue and I also talk about the big Marvel Film announcements – most notably of course – Captain Marvel and after we’re done gushing about how excited we are about that we get into the continued nonsense that is a lack of a Black Widow movie. We also talk a bit about developments on the forthcoming Supergirl, and I get borderline inconsolable about the cancellation of She-Hulk. Enjoy!

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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Year of the Artist, Day 306: Mark Texeira, Part 2 – Jonah Hex #89 and Hex #14

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mark Texeira, and the issues are Jonah Hex #89 and Hex #14, both of which were published by DC and are cover dated February 1985 and October 1986, respectively. Enjoy!
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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 25: Futures End #26

This has been a year of considering the same things over and over again. I first did it with my in-depth examination of Age of Ultron #10. Now, I’ve fallen into that habit here every week, examining the same ideas again and again and again as they pop every week in Futures End and Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers titles. I’ve been doing it elsewhere in my life as well. It’s rewarding to continually find new things in the same. But, I want to try something different this week: a close reading of Futures End #26, where we’ll go scene-by-scene and see what’s there. Maybe I’ll just wind up repeating the same old ideas anyway. Who knows.

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Comic Book Questions Answered – Why Aren’t There Any Marvel Comics on The Big Bang Theory?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Today we look at a question by reader C.M.Griffin about the reasoning behind Marvel Comics not appearing on The Big Bang Theory.

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Flippin’ through Previews – November 2014

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For some reason, it feels like the Marvel brass are being tremendous douchebags this month. Why? Go below the cut, where all the secrets of Previews #314 will spill out!
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Year of the Artist, Day 305: Mark Texeira, Part 1 – Ghosts #108 and The Warlord #58

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mark Texeira, and the issues are Ghosts #108 and The Warlord #58, both of which were published by DC and are cover dated January and June 1982, respectively. Enjoy!
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Vote for the Top 100 Comic Book Writers and Artists of All-Time!

Welcome to the Comics Should Be Good Top 100 Comic Book Writers and Artists poll!

Yes, it’s been another four years already (I was shocked to learn that this is only the second time that we’ve done this particular poll on this site. The first time I did this poll it was on the CBR forums)! It’s time to vote for your top ten all-time favorite comic book writers and artists!

Here’s the deal. You folks all vote in the comments section here up until 11:59 PM Eastern time, November 30th. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the winners starting December 3rd or 4th!

Sound good?

Okay, here are the guidelines!

1. Vote in the comments section below, making sure to include that classic word “ACBC” somewhere in your comment so your vote will be marked invisible.

2. You’re going to be voting for twenty people in total here. Your ten favorite comic book writers AND your ten favorite comic book artists. Vote for TEN each – less than ten writers and ten artists and I don’t count your ballot.

3. Rank your ten favorite comic book writers and artists from #1 (your most favorite) to #10 (your 10th most favorite). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count.

3. Rank your ten favorite comic book writers and artists from #1 (your most favorite) to #10 (your 10th most favorite). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count. On that note, please also avoid listing them like this “1) 2) 3) 4),” because 8 with a ) after it transforms into a smiley face in the comments section (this one 8) ). Just plain ol’ “1. 2. 3.” works best.

Here’s a template you can use as a guide. You can just copy and paste it into your comment:

TOP TEN COMIC BOOK WRITERS AND ARTISTS

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ARTISTS
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ACBC

4. Your top choice will be given 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.

5. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.

6. This is for writers and artists who worked primarily in the field of comic books and graphic novels, not comic strips. Vote accordingly.

7. Vote for ten artists and ten writers. You have to have ten writers and ten artists you like! Less than ten artists and ten writers and I will not count your ballot.

8. I get that it is difficult to rank certain creators like Chris Ware, who both write and draw, but just try to do your best. So if you really like Ware, for instance, feel free to put him #1 on both lists.

9. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.

10. Vote for ten artists and ten writers. Less than ten artists and ten writers and I will not count your ballot.

11. Plotters count as writers. So if you are just a fan of Keith Giffen’s plots, feel free to vote for him as a writer. If you want to vote for Jack Kirby’s plots or Steve Ditko’s plots, go for it.

12. Teams are a pain in the ass, but I think I’m going to go with you have to split them up unless they have ONLY worked as a team. So Giffen and DeMatteis don’t count as one vote. I know it is tough to break them up if you like their JLI work, but do your best. If that means having one ranked #1 and one ranked #2 on your list, then so be it. Same with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Or Stan Lee/Jack Kirby. Or Stan Lee/Steve Ditko.

13. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.

14. I’ll make various other decisions in the interest of fairness.

If you have questions and or requests for clarification, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.

Remember, please include the following word: ACBC – on your ballot. It will make it so your ballot appears invisible to other readers, so only I can read it (and count your vote secretly).

Most importantly, have fun!

Now vote! :)

Foggy Ruins of Time – Spider-Man Is….Batman!

This is the latest in a series giving you the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the sort of then-topical references that have faded into the “foggy ruins of time.” To wit, twenty years from now, a college senior watching episodes of Seinfeld will likely miss a lot of the then-topical pop culture humor (like the very specific references in “The Understudy” to the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal). Here is an archive of all the Foggy Ruins of Time installments so far.

Today, based on a suggestion by commenter Sparko, we take a look at Spider-Man referencing the Tim Burton Batman film…
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Halloween in the Skull Cave

Just a short one, this time out. Between school stuff, Halloween stuff, and story deadline stuff, something had to give, and so you are only getting a half-size column this week. But this really awesome comic came out Wednesday that made me ridiculously happy, and I have a hunch some of you may not be aware of it because it’s not from one of the big publishers. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 304: Lucy Bellwood Super-Duper Deluxe Edition!

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Lucy Bellwood, whom I interviewed about most of her comics works and her process. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #495

Welcome to the four hundred and ninety-fifth 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-four. This week, was Robin nearly in Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth? Did Peanuts coin the term “security blanket?” And was Mockingbird nearly black?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #213 – Happy Halloween 2014 From the Line!

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…

In honor of Marvel’s announcements of Phase 3 of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, suggest Marvel movies that you don’t think we’ll ever see in Phase 4. Like U.S. 1…the movie! Feel free to make casting suggestions, as well, if you’d like.

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

For our annual Halloween edition, place comic characters into famous horror stories, whether they be novels, short stories, movies or television shows

Enjoy!
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