I got into blogging a very long time ago. My original site was berkeleyplace.blogspot.com, created in 2002, which I deleted after getting an early DMCA notice. Several sites and several notices later, and two kids later, I started a comics-only blog. (The DMCA notices were all bullshit, by the way, from record labels for posts of music actually sent to me by the artists themselves and/or their PR team. There was an LA Weekly article about me, but I’ve lost track of the link. Here’s a creative commons article about it, and here’s one I wrote about my own history with DMCA.)
Anyway, back then we were a community. We’d all send posts to each other. We’d all read each others sites. Then it became a competition, corporations started buying, creating, and shutting down music blogs, eventually Google bought Blogger….
But I’m still a community kind of guy. So every so often I’m going to be doing shout outs to cool sites and/or posts I find. Of course, the goal is not just to share–I’m hoping for some reciprocation. If you’re a comic-book site interested in being on my blogroll, I ask only that you put me on yours. Let me know…
We’ll see how this goes. This idea is in its infancy.
Hence, the X-Baby Doop.
THE SHOUT OUTS
- Here’s some instructions on how to make a Captain Marvel Hoodie. Kelley Sue DeConnick’s take on the character, and the only current Marvel title focusing and named after a female, is absolutely terrific and is getting lots of Girl Nerd attention. If you’re looking to meet comic book chicks, make one a hoodie.
- This is the most fun comics-related tumblr I know of. I steal tons of shit from it.
- What’s On The Pile writes about how many pouches there are in X-Men.
- Jack writes about the three commandments of zombie fiction.
- Comicbookmen may not be the best show on TV, but it’s entertaining. In the last ep they sold a comic book (gee, I wonder how they did that!) and here’s a post about it.
- This has nothing to do with comics, but it’s cool. A mug that transforms its message. I’d rather have one that went from “It’s Clobberin’ Time” when full to “Wot a revoltin’ development!” when empty, but the idea is cool.
- Ken makes cool art.
- More on DC Comics’ self destruction. There’s no room for mediocrity when so many indie books are so damn good.
- I’m getting close to the end of Avengers Volume 1. I figure I’ll kill it off in a month or two. Should I go on to New Avengers Volume 1, or start back up with an old title like Amazing Spider-Man or Batman?
- An examination of how graphic novels were influenced by classic movies…Interesting thesis.
- And let’s close this out with an awesome drawing of a boy and his sentinel by Marc Silvestri…