Comic Book Resources

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Comic Book Resources
Cbr0.jpg
Screenshot of CBR main page, 5/21/2008
Type of site Comic book (wholly owned brand of Valnet Inc.)
Available in English
Owner Valnet Inc.
Created by Jonah Weiland
Website www.comicbookresources.com
Launched 1995 (1995)
Current status Online

Comic Book Resources, also known as CBR, is a website dedicated to the coverage of comic book-related news and discussion.

History[edit]

Comic Book Resources was founded by Jonah Weiland in 1995 as a development of the Kingdom Come Message Board, a message forum that Weiland created to discuss DC Comics's then-new mini-series of the same name.[citation needed]

Comic Book Resources features weekly columns written by industry professionals that have included Warren Ellis, Erik Larsen, Steven Grant, Robert Kirkman, Gail Simone, Rich Johnston, Scott Shaw, Rob Worley, Rik Offenberger, Keith Giffen and Mark Millar.[citation needed] Other columns are published by comic book historians and critics such as George Khoury and Timothy Callahan.[citation needed]

On April 4, 2016, Jonah Weiland announced that Comic Book Resources had been sold to Valnet Inc., a company that is known for its acquisition and ownership of other media properties such as Screenrant.[1] The site was relaunched as CBR.com in August 2016.[2]

Comic Book Idol[edit]

Comic Book Idol, also known as CBI, is an amateur comic book art competition created and hosted by comics writer J. Torres, and sponsored by Comic Book Resources and its participating advertisers.[3] Inspired by the singing contest American Idol, CBI is a five-week and five-round competition in which each contestant is given one week to draw a script provided by guest judges. These invited comic book professionals comment on the artists' work in each round. The contestants to move on to subsequent rounds are selected by fans who vote in a weekly poll.[3]

Reception[edit]

The University at Buffalo's research library described Comic Book Resources as "the premiere comics-related site on the Web."[12]

Comics writer Mark Millar has stated that he reads the site every morning after reading the Financial Times.[13]

Awards[edit]

  • 1999: Won the "Favourite Comics-Related Website (professional)" Eagle Award.[citation needed]
  • 2000: Won the "Favourite Comics-Related Website (professional)" Eagle Award.[citation needed]
  • 2001: Won the "Favourite Comics-Related Website (professional)" Eagle Award.[14]
  • 2004: Nominated for the "Favourite Comics-Related Website" Eagle Award.[citation needed]
  • 2005: Nominated for the "Favourite Comics-Related Website" Eagle Award.[citation needed]
  • 2006: Nominated for the "Favourite Comics-Related Website" Eagle Award.[citation needed]
  • 2007: Nominated for the "Favourite Comics Related Website" Eagle Award.[citation needed]
  • 2008: Nominated for the "Favourite Comics-Related Website" Eagle Award.[15]
  • 2009: Won the "Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism" Eisner Award.[16]
  • 2010: Won the "Favourite Comics-Related Website" Eagle Award.[17]
  • 2011: Won the "Favourite Comics-Related Website" Eagle Award.[18]
  • 2011: Won the "Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism" Eisner Award.[19]
  • 2013: Won the "Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation" Harvey Award.[20]
  • 2014: Won the "Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism" Eisner Award.[21]

Controversy[edit]

In 2014, the site found itself at the center of a debate around the harassment of women trying to participate in the online comics community.[22] The debate was sparked by the community's reactions to an article by guest author Janelle Asselin, which criticized the cover of DC Comics's Teen Titans.[23] Following harassment and personal threats against the guest author, the site's main editor issued a statement condemning the way that some community members had reacted and rebooted the community forums in order to establish new ground rules.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How Comic Book Resources Employees Learned Their Site Had Been Sold To Valnet - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News". Bleedingcool.com. 2016-04-04. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  2. ^ "CBR.com has new design, rebrand, no blogs". 2016-08-25. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Comic Book Idol 3 - The Amateur Art Contest from Comic Book Resources » Just the FAQs, m'am". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on April 28, 2008. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  4. ^ Patrick Scherberger at the Comic Book DB[dead link]
  5. ^ "Comic Book Idol 3 - The Amateur Art Contest from Comic Book Resources » Idol Thoughts 9/26". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on May 27, 2009. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  6. ^ Jonathan Hickman at the Comic Book DB[dead link]
  7. ^ "Jonathan Hickman on "Comic Book Idol… what!?!" - Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book ResourcesComics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources". Goodcomics.comicbookresources.com. 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  8. ^ Carlos Rodríguez at the Comic Book DB[dead link]
  9. ^ a b c "Comic Book Idol 3 - The Amateur Art Contest from Comic Book Resources » Idol Thoughts 10/4". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on May 27, 2009. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  10. ^ Billy Penn at the Comic Book DB[dead link]
  11. ^ Joe Infurnari at the Comic Book DB[dead link]
  12. ^ "University at Buffalo Libraries". Library.buffalo.edu. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  13. ^ "The Third Degree: Mark Millar" Jupiter's Legacy 1: 27 (April 2013), Image Comics
  14. ^ "2001 | the Eagle Awards". Web.archive.org. 2011-02-06. Archived from the original on February 6, 2011. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  15. ^ "2008 | the Eagle Awards". Web.archive.org. 2011-11-30. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  16. ^ "The Comic Industry's Best Shine at 2009 Eisner Awards". Comic-Con. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  17. ^ "2010 | the Eagle Awards". Web.archive.org. 2010-10-29. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  18. ^ "2011 | the Eagle Awards". Web.archive.org. 2011-11-30. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  19. ^ "The 2011 Eisner Awards: AMD Sponsors 2011 Eisners :: Winners List". Web.archive.org. 2011-11-02. Archived from the original on November 2, 2011. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  20. ^ "The Comics Reporter". The Comics Reporter. 2013-09-08. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  21. ^ "2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners | Comic-Con International: San Diego". Comic-con.org. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  22. ^ Polo, Susana (2014-05-01). "CBR Overhauls Forums In Wake of Widespread Discussion of Treatment of Women in Comics". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  23. ^ "Anatomy of a Bad Cover: DC's New "Teen Titans" #1". Comic Book Resources. 2014-04-11. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  24. ^ "Out With the Old: Introducing the New CBR Community". Comic Book Resources. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2016-02-26. 

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