Screenshot of Comics Bulletin main page, 5 December 2011
Type of site
|Created by||Jason Brice|
Comics Bulletin is a website with an emphasis on the American comic book industry, which is updated daily with news, reviews, interviews, and editorial content. Its coverage ranges from mainstream to independent comic books and graphic novel publishers. It has had a recent shift towards focus on small press and creator-owned works.
Silver Bullet Comics
The site was founded in January 2000 as Silver Bullet Comic Books by its New Zealand based publisher/editor Jason Brice. On January 14, 2008, the site was relaunched as Comics Bulletin, in order to avoid confusion with a retail site.
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 advertising and promotion of the project on their site without any charge.
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.
Online comics blogger Johanna Draper Carlson suggested the name change to Comics Bulletin as a result of pressure from the unrelated but similarly named comics retailer Silver Bullet Comics, "...since SBC had a US trademark registration". The dispute arose at the same time that the retailer was experiencing criticism and customer complaints.
In 2008 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 and he is the current owner and publisher. The site, now operating solely as Comics Bulletin, debuted a podcast in the same year, called Comics You Can Dance To, alongside a number of new columns. Notable writers for the site currently include Kate Leth and Don McGregor.
- What Looks Good by Matt Spatola and Kyle Garret
- Comics Grind and Rewind by Zack Davisson
- Comics You Can Dance To, the official podcast for the site, hosted by Nathaniel MacDonald and Danny Djeljosevic
- The Squeaky Wheel by kyrax2, who first came to fame as 'The San Diego Batgirl' after her attendance at every DC panel during 2011's San Diego Comic Con brought widespread attention to DC's handling of their female creators and characters.
- Kate Or Die by Kate Leth
- Riding Shotgun by Don McGregor
- Killing Jokes by Steve Morris, which explores the use of humor in comics
- Fool Britannia by Regie Rigby
- Manifesto by Jason Sacks, an editorial which addresses some of the bigger questions about the industry
- Cool Art, Bro by Michelle Six, which looks at the role of art in bringing comics to life
- Busted Knuckles by Beau Smith
- Kryptonite Got You Down? by Alison Stevenson, a faux dating advice column for superheroes
- Donna Barr: "Submission Engine"
- Tom Brevoort: "Brevoort's History of Comics"
- Rich Johnston: "All The Rage"
- Tony Lee: "He’s Only a Writer… and It’s More than Just a Comic"
- Bill Messner-Loebs: "Storytelling"
- Clifford Meth: "Meth Addict"
- Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray: "Two In The Chamber"
- Bob Rozakis: "The Answer Man"
- Buddy Scalera: "Hey, Buddy!"
- Brandon Thomas: "Ambidextrous"
- Marv Wolfman: "What Th--?"
As Silver Bullet Comic Books, the site has been the recipient of a number of awards and award nominations, including:
- 2004 Eagle Award nomination for "Favourite Comics E-Zine"
- 2005 Eagle Award winner for "Favourite Comics-Related Website"
- 2006 Eagle Award nomination for "Favorite Comics-Related Website"
- 2006 Gibson Comic Awards nominated for "Favourite Web Related Material"
- Michael Dean (2004). "Marvel Makes Dave Cockrum an Offer He Can't Refuse". The Comics Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-24.[dead link]
- Jonah Weiland (February 17, 2005). "AARDWORLF TO PUBLISH BILL MESSNER-LOEBS BENEFIT BOOK". Comic Book Resources.
- Dave Sim (2007). "Craig R. Johnson defends Dave Sim". Dave Sim's blogandmail. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- Johanna Draper Carlson (2007). "Johanna Draper Carlson claims comics retailer pressured Silver Bullet Comic Books to change its name". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- JK Parkin (2007). "Comics retailer and Silver Bullet Comic Books go head to head". Newsarama. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- "The Eagle Awards - Results 2005". Eagle Awards. 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
- "The Eagle Awards - Results 2005". Eagle Awards. 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-24.[dead link]
- "The Eagle Awards - Results 2006". Eagle Awards. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
- "Gibson Comic Awards". Gibson Comic Awards. 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-24.