Comics Bulletin

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Comics Bulletin
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Screenshot of Comics Bulletin main page, 5 December 2011
Type of site
Comic book
Available in English
Owner Jason Sacks
Created by Jason Brice
Website comicsbulletin.com
Registration Yes
Launched January 2000 (2000-01)

Comics Bulletin is a daily website covering the American comic-book industry.

History

Silver Bullet Comics

The site was founded in January 2000 as Silver Bullet Comic Books by its New Zealand-based publisher/editor Jason Brice.

During this period, the site made efforts to support retired comics professionals. In a Silver Bullet column called Past Masters, contributor Clifford Meth wrote about his efforts to support ailing comic book artist Dave Cockrum. As a result of his advocacy, Marvel Comics announced it would compensate Cockrum for his work in co-creating the X-Men.[1] In 2005, Silver Bullet partnered with Aardwolf Publishing to publish a benefit book in support of ailing comics writer/artist William Messner-Loebs. Silver Bullet provided free advertising and promotion of the project on their site.[2]

Former Managing Editor Craig R. Johnson became associated with Dave Sim's controversial views on feminism when he stepped into a debate between Sim and the Friends of Lulu Board of Directors to defend freedom of expression in the comic book industry.[3]

Comics Bulletin

On January 14, 2008, the site was relaunched as Comics Bulletin, in order to avoid confusion with a retail site. Online comics blogger Johanna Draper Carlson suggested the name change as a result of pressure from the unrelated but similarly named comics retailer Silver Bullet Comics, "...since SBC had a US trademark registration".[4][5]

In the same year, Jason Sacks took over from Keith Dallas as editor-in-chief for the site, and revamped the design and attitude. He eventually bought the site outright in 2011 and is the current owner and publisher. The site debuted a podcast in the same year, called "Comics You Can Dance To", alongside a number of new columns. Writers for the site in 2015 include Kate Leth and Don McGregor.

Regular features

  • "Leading Questions" by Mark Stack and Chase Magnett
  • "ICYMI - Small Press Comics Criticism and Whatnot" by Daniel Elkin
  • "Singles Going Steady", a weekly review roundup by Daniel Gehen and the site's contributors
  • "Tiny Pages Made of Ashes" by Daniel Elkin and Jason Sacks
  • "Reboot Comic Book Club Podcast" by Chase Magnett and Joseph Kyle Schmidt

Former features

  • "What Looks Good" by Matt Spatola and Kyle Garret
  • "Comics Grind and Rewind" by Zack Davisson
  • "Comics You Can Dance To", the site's podcast, hosted by Nathaniel MacDonald and Danny Djeljosevic
  • "The Squeaky Wheel" by the pseudonymous kyrax2
  • "Kate Or Die" by Kate Leth
  • "Riding Shotgun" by Don McGregor
  • "Killing Jokes" by Steve Morris, which explores the use of humor in comics
  • "Fool Britannia" by Regie Rigby
  • "Manifesto" by Jason Sacks, an editorial column
  • "Cool Art, Bro" by Michelle Six, which looks at the role of art in bringing comics to life
  • "Busted Knuckles" by Beau Smith
  • "Kryptonite Got You Down?" by Alison Stevenson, a faux dating advice column for superheroes

Former columnists

Awards

As Silver Bullet Comic Books, the site has been the recipient of a number of awards and award nominations, including:

  • 2004 Eagle Award nomination for "Favourite Comics E-Zine"[6]
  • 2005 Eagle Award winner for "Favourite Comics-Related Website"[7]
  • 2006 Eagle Award nomination for "Favorite Comics-Related Website"[8]
  • 2006 Gibson Comic Awards nominated for "Favourite Web Related Material"[9]

References

  1. ^ Michael Dean (2004). "Marvel Makes Dave Cockrum an Offer He Can't Refuse". The Comics Journal. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  2. ^ Jonah Weiland (February 17, 2005). "AARDWORLF TO PUBLISH BILL MESSNER-LOEBS BENEFIT BOOK". Comic Book Resources. 
  3. ^ Dave Sim (2007). "Craig R. Johnson defends Dave Sim". Dave Sim's blogandmail. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  4. ^ Johanna Draper Carlson (2007). "Johanna Draper Carlson claims comics retailer pressured Silver Bullet Comic Books to change its name". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  5. ^ Parkin, J.K. (2007). "Comics retailer and Silver Bullet Comic Books go head to head". Newsarama. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  6. ^ "The Eagle Awards - Results 2005". Eagle Awards. 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  7. ^ "The Eagle Awards - Results 2005". Eagle Awards. 2005. Archived from the original on November 9, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  8. ^ "The Eagle Awards - Results 2006". Eagle Awards. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  9. ^ "Gibson Comic Awards". Gibson Comic Awards. 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 

External links

  • Comics Bulletin official website
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