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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 inEnglish
Predecessor(s)Silver Bullet Comics
OwnerDaniel Gehen
Created byJason Brice
URLcomicsbulletin.com
RegistrationYes
LaunchedJanuary 2000 (2000-01)

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

History

Silver Bullet Comicbooks

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.[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] 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 Interviewer Rik Offenberger took his unpublished interviews from Borderline Magazine to Silver Bullet Comicbooks when after Borderline closed down and eventually served as the Senior Feature Editor.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.[3]

Comics Bulletin

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".[4][5] 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.[citation needed]

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.

Regular features

Former features

Former columnists

Awards

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

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. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  5. ^ Parkin, J.K. (2007). "Comics retailer and Silver Bullet Comic Books go head to head". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. 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.