Type of site
|Predecessor(s)||Silver Bullet Comics|
|Created by||Jason Brice|
Comics Bulletin is a daily website covering the American comic-book industry.
The site was founded in January 2000 as Silver Bullet Comicbooks 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. 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. Silver Bullet Comicbooks published the last issue of Phil Hall's Borderline Magazine online for free. Interviewer Rik Offenberger took his unpublished interviews from Borderline Magazine to Silver Bullet Comicbooks when after Borderline closed down and eventually served as the Senior Feature Editor.
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.
On January 14, 2008, the site was relaunched as Comics Bulletin, in order to avoid confusion with the comics retailer Silver Bullet Comics. Comics blogger Johanna Draper Carlson suggested the name-change as a result of pressure from the unrelated but same-named retailer, "...since SBC had a US trademark registration". By the time Jason Brice relaunched the site as Comics Bulletin, the Silver Bullet Comics retailer had gone out of business, leaving a large number of subscription customers with unfilled orders.
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. The site debuted a podcast in 2011, called "Comics You Can Dance To", alongside a number of new columns. Writers for the site in 2015 included Kate Leth and Don McGregor.
Jason Sacks stepped away from Comics Bulletin in 2016; it is currently owned by Daniel Gehen.
As Silver Bullet Comic Books, the site has been the recipient of a number of awards and award nominations, including: