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Monday, April 18th, 2005
Wow, a lot has been happening at CBR in the past couple of weeks, so I’ll get right to it.
First off, for a while now folks have been wondering when CBR will have a live chat room again. We had one up until about three years ago when it became clear that our old chat just wasn’t up to snuff anymore. We’ve looked a couple of different solutions since then, but none really excited us. Recently one of the administrators of the forums, Matt, found a nice hack for vBulletin called vBChat. We installed it a little over a week ago and opened it to the community for testing purposes. While it’s not the perfect solution (is there ever really a perfect solution for anything out there?), it’s been working pretty nicely thus far so I’m happy to announce that it’s officially a part of CBR once again. How do you use it? It’s simple. Visit the CBR Forums at http://forums.comicbookresources.com . Once there you’ll need to register for an account if you don’t already have one. When you’re logged in, simply click the “Comic Chat” link near the top of the page and you’ll be chatting away with like minded comic fans!
Now, forums users may have noticed that the forums server has been randomly slowing to a crawl for short periods. I’m aware of the problems and I’m looking in to it. Unfortunately, all our investigations thus far haven’t yielded any concrete answers. I have one lead I’m following and have sent in some e-mails to vBulletin support as I believe some module within vBulletin is what’s causing the slow down. Hopefully we can get this sorted out soon.
March turned out to be the strongest month for traffic on the CBR main site. Just shy of 1 Million unique visitors visited the site in March of 2005. It looks like our coverage of Wizard World LA and our exclusive first look at one of the new “Batman Begins” one-sheet posters helped give us that extra push we needed to break our old record set in August of 2004 (we only beat it by a few thousand unique visitors, but we’ll take it!). That’s just the main CBR site and doesn’t include the over 200,000 unique visitors the CBR Forums see each month. Thanks to all of you for making it happen and do tell a friend about CBR and the CBR Forums.
Finally, this past weekend I took a drive from my Los Angeles home south to the city of Santa Ana to check out “Raw, Boiled and Cooked: Comics on the Verge” at Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center. This exhibition of comic art is open until May 22nd and is highly recommended for students and fans of the art form. Some of the featured artists include Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Renée French, Gilbert Hernandez, Jamie Hernandez, Peter Kuper, David Mazzucchelli, Tony Millionaire, Brian Ralph, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Steven Weissman, Jim Woodring and many, many others. I particularly enjoyed seeing work by Mazzucchelli up close, as well as animated shorts for “Maakies” by Tony Millionaire. There’s also an animated featured by Peter Kuper called “Stripped” that’s simply amazing. It’s always nice to see comics art treated with total respect and in this gallery setting it gets just. For more information, visit the link below.
That’s it for this time. Talk with you all soon.
Executive Producer, CBR
Los Angeles, CA
> 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:
* Veitch and Edwards On The Conclusion of “The Question”
* Marvel Comics Solicitations for Product Shipping July, 2005
* Normal in the Face of Gods: Rucka talks “The OMAC Project” and “Gotham Central”
* John Layman Announces “Gambit” To End with Issue #12
* Image Comics Solicitations for Product Shipping July, 2005
* Top Sales Charts for Actual Sales in March, 2005
* Back To The Streets: Jim Rugg Talks About the End of “Street Angel”
* “Green Lantern” #1 to Feature Variant Cover by Alex Ross
* 2005 Eisner Nomination Announced
* Hunting Devils in the City of Angels: Andreyko talks ‘Manhunter’
* Talking With The Makers of “The Fountain”
* CBR’s Montreal Set Visit To Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain”
* War is Hell. Here Come the Demons; Denton Talks “Common Foe”
* Talking “The Fountain” Graphic Novel With Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel
Plus there’s much more like the daily Comic Reel Wrap’s by Hannibal Tabu. CBR News is updated daily, so stop by the CBR News entry page at https://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 https://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/ Here’s the latest from CBR’s Columnists:
THE COMIC PIMP by James Sime
> James checks in to talk about the winner of the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics, a creator long time CBR visitors should be familiar with, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey.
ODDBALL COMICS by Scott Shaw! – Every Friday
> It’s strange enough when a Red Kryptonite pearl transforms the Boy Of Steel into a giant purple gorilla, but when Beppo The Super-Monkey swings into the situation, things go from odd to weird! Who will emerge Top Banana? (One thing’s for certain — you’re not likely to see this sort of oddball Superboy action in the latest episode of “Smallville!”)
CALLING MANGA ISLAND by Tony Salvaggio – Every Other Thursday
> This week Tony checks in with Tokyopop’s “Planetes,” a highly recommended bit of manga that’s sure to entertain fans of “The Right Stuff,” “Apollo 13” or even your average scifi fan.
PERMANENT DAMAGE by Steven Grant – Every Wednesday
> Steven continues his step-by-step lesson on creating comics, this week spending more time looking at the challenges of plot, plus reader e-mail and much more.
THE BASEMENT TAPES by Joe Casey and Matt Fraction – Every Tuesday
> Joe and Matt sit down to talk about the big summer event comics including the recent “Coundown to Infinite Crisis” and the upcoming “House of M.” What do they really mean for the industry? And what drives these events?
PIPELINE COMMENTARY by Augie De Blieck Jr. – Every Tuesday
> Augie looks at the “Sin City” movie to see how far stylization can go, gives Jim Lee’s “Superman” a chance, and looks back to the horror tale, “Freak Show.” Updated 4/13/05 with Pipeline Podcast #13
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 links database at https://www.comicbookresources.com/resources/links/ and much more! Stop on by today at https://www.comicbookresources.com/
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