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Thursday, October 6th, 2005
Wow, so much has happened at CBR in the last three months. It’s really quite out of control, if I do say so myself. As you all know, Robert Kirkman and Erik Larsen have joined CBR with weekly columns that are just doing gangbusters. In addition to those columns, I have more planned to debut in the next six months including a CBR Columns Special Event that’ll launch Friday afternoon for four weeks. The column’s called “Girl In The Clubhouse” by Johanna Stokes. Johanna will be bringing a decidedly different point of view to the CBR editorial ranks and I think you’re all going to enjoy what she has to say. Stop by Friday around Noon for more.
If you’re receiving this notice before 5:00 Pacific time on Thursday afternoon, we’d like to invite you to a chat with comics legend Steve Englehart! Steve will be talking with fans and taking your questions in the CBR Chat room. How can you participate? It’s really quite simple– visit the CBR Forums at http://forums.comcibookresources.com. If you’re not a registered user, go ahead and create yourself a new account– it’s free– then click on the “Comic Chat” link at the top of the page. That logs you into the main CBR Chat. Once you’re inside, you’ll want to click on “Chat Room Change” and select the Steve Englehart chat. It sounds more complicated than it really is, promise! And we’ve got more chats to come in October including Elliot S! Maggin, Bob Layton, Marv Wolfman and more that we’re not quite ready to announce yet.
Traffic at CBR lately has been outrageous. I mean, out of this world outrageous. October was our busiest month ever and we pulled in just shy of 2 Million unique visitors! Clearly we’re not messing around over in these parts! And that’s not page views or hits or any of those numbers that don’t mean much, but unique visitors. Thanks to everyone who’s been following CBR’s growth these past nine years. There are more good things to come.
Before I let you go, I’d like to invite those of you who haven’t visited the CBR Forums before to do so. The CBR Forums are a VERY active community with over 5000 new posts daily. We host forums for all the usual suspects, including a new “Infinite Crisis” forum for those of you jonesing for DC’s next big hit. Plus, we host the likes of the official Hellboy and Boom! Studios forums, plus Ron Marz, Mike Wieringo and J. Torres all have forums hosted at CBR. We have a welcome and inviting community and look forward to seeing you there. Registration is free and all you need can be found at http://forums.comcibookresources.com.
That’s it for now. Don’t miss the chat tonight and check out Johanna’s column Friday afternoon. I think you’re going to dig it.
Jonah Weiland – firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Producer, CBR
Los Angeles, CA
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> CBR News is made up of three different parts. The Comic Wire presents you with news and interviews from the world of comics. The Comic Reel gives you the latest news from Hollywood related to comics. The Comic Brief is where you can find press releases and announcements from the various publishers. Here are some recent headlines from CBR’s comprehensive news section:
– Sweet Fifteen: Pannicia talk “Amazing Fantasy” #15
– Crisis Team: Meltzer, Morales look back at “Identity Crisis”
– Magic Words: Joshua Ortega talks “The Necromancer”
– Going Back To The Wells: Zeb Wells talks “Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan”
– Marvel Previews: “Amazing Spider-Man,” “Monsters on the Prowl” and More!
– Finding Her Way On The Web: McNeil talks “Finder” Changes
– Talking “Sword of Dracula” with Jason Henderson
– Pulp Fiction: Matt Wagner talks “Batman and the Monster Men”
– PREVIEW: Aspen’s “Cannon Hawke” #1
– Marvel’s “Gold Standard”: EiC Joe Quesada Talks Ultimate Plans
Plus there’s much more like the daily Comic Reel Wrap’s by Hannibal Tabu (which celebrates two years at CBR today!). CBR News is updated daily, so stop by the CBR News entry page at http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/ for these stories and many more.
> All of CBR’s daily columns and archives of our past columns can be found at
http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/. New columns are published either at Midnight or Noon Pacific time. Here’s the latest from CBR’s
ONE FAN’S OPINION by Erik Larsen – Every Thursday
Last week, Erik took the comics industry to task and his comments stirred people up something fierce. This week, Erik tells you something about last week’s column you may not have known and has an entirely different type of story to share.
PERMANENT DAMAGE by Steven Grant – Every Wednesday
> Steven starts out with a whole bunch of comic and manga reviews including “Night Fisher,” “WE3,” “Gacha Gacha,” “Genshiken,” “Keif Llama: Xenotech,” “Strangehaven” and more. Plus, a look at shows in the new TV season, the great computer build and much more.
BUY MY BOOKS by Robert Kirkman – Every Wednesday
For the past couple of months Robert’s been telling you about some of his books. This week, he tells you about a whole slew of other books. Books he thinks you should be reading. Come inside and see what he’s talking about.
PIPELINE COMMENTARY by Augie De Blieck Jr. – Every Tuesday
> by Augie De Blieck Jr.
It took him long enough, but Augie finally checked out one of Europe’s greatest comics characters, Asterix. Click through for his look at “Asterix in Belgium.”
LYING IN THE GUTTERS by Rich Johnston – Every Monday
> Rich details the difference between America and Europe when it comes to comics fandon, the future of Marvel Next titles, the ever changing S, Gail Simone lends a helping hand, Scioli’s “Black Bolt” series that never came to be and much more.
ODDBALL COMICS by Scott Shaw! – Every Friday
> One of the most ultra-violent religious comics ever published, “Run Baby Run” tells “the true life story of Nicky Cruz, who tells it like it is!”, the Puerto Rican leader of New York’s most vicious street-gang, the Mau Maus! Plus, it’s scripted and drawn by that legendary oddball cartoonist, Tony Tallarico!
CALLING MANGA ISLAND by Tony Salvaggio – Every Other Thursday
> High School is back in session on Manga Island. This time we visit a school where split personaliies and situational comedy abound in the hilarious and racy “Gacha Gacha.” Fans of “Boys Be” won’t be dissapointed as Hioyuki Tamakoshi brings his fantastic art to Del Rey’s manga inprint.
THE BASEMENT TAPES by Joe Casey & Matt Fraction – Every Tuesday
> Two creators, two very different careers. The guys take a look at their own output, looking for themes amongst the projects they’ve worked on, searching for common thematic elements, trying to find some sort of career context.
In addition to what you see above, there’s a lot more happening at CBR what with our very active community at http://forums.comicbookresources.com/, our comic polls, links database and much more! Stop on by today at http://www.comicbookresources.com/
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