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Comic Book Resources
Screenshot of CBR main page, 5/21/2008
URL Comic Book Resources.com Type of 'zine comic book Available language(s): English Chief-editor Owner Boiling Point Productions Created by Jonah Weiland Launched 1996 Current status online
Comic Book Resources was founded by Jonah Weiland in 1996 as a development of the Kingdom Come Message Board, a message forum that Weiland had created to discuss DC Comics's then-new miniseries of the same name. Described by the University of Buffalo's research library as "the premiere comics-related site on the Web" this news site has become the favored research and news site on comics and graphic novels by American Libraries and Universities.
In addition to having an active message board, Comic Book Resources also has weekly columns written by various writers in the comics industry. Writers who have written or are currently writing columns for Comic Book Resources include Warren Ellis, Erik Larsen, Steven Grant, Robert Kirkman, Gail Simone, Rich Johnston, Scott Shaw, Rob Worley, Rik Offenberger, Keith Giffen and Mark Millar, among others. Other columns are published by comic book historians and critics like George Khoury and Timothy Callahan (who wrote Grant Morrison: The Early Years). There are also specialised columns like Comic Book Legends Revealed, which has recently been collected into a book Was Superman a Spy? (ISBN 0452295327).
Comic Book Idol
Comic Book Idol, also known as CBI, is an amateur comic book art competition created and hosted by award-winning comic writer J. Torres, and sponsored by Comic Book Resources and its participating advertisers. Deriving the idea from the singing contest American Idol, CBI is a five-week and five-round competition in which each contestant is asked to draw a script provided by guest judges in a period of one week. These invited comic book professionals will then comment on the artists’ work in each round. Fans will then determine which contestants will move on to subsequent rounds by voting in a weekly poll.
A number of winners and runners-up have gone on to work professionally in the comics industry:
- Patrick Scherberger won CBI1 and has since worked on a number of Marvel Comics titles like Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man, Marvel Adventures: Hulk and GeNext.
- Jonathan Hickman was the runner-up in CBI1 but has gone on to work for Virgin Comics (Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper and Seven Brothers), Image Comics (Pax Romana, A Red Mass for Mars and Transhuman). and Marvel Comics (Fantastic Four, Astonishing Tales).
- Carlos Rodríguez won CBI2 and went on to work on Shadowhawk for Image and Batman and the Outsiders for DC Comics.
- Billy Penn also competed in CBI2 and has since done work on Savage Dragon.
- Joe Infurnari, another CBI2 contestant, has worked on a couple of titles from Oni Press, including Wasteland and Borrowed Time  as well as on the back-up feature of Jersey Gods with Mark Waid.
- Nick Pitarra competed in CBI3 and has gone on to do work for Marvel Comics, on books such as Astonishing Tales.
- 1999: Won the "Favourite Comics-Related Website (professional)" Eagle Award
- 2000: Won the "Favourite Comics-Related Website (professional)" Eagle Award
- 2004: Nominated for the "Favourite Comics-Related Website" Eagle Award
- 2005: Nominated for the "Favourite Comics-Related Website" Eagle Award
- 2006: Nominated for the "Favourite Comics-Related Website" Eagle Award
- 2007: Nominated for the "Favourite Comics Related Website" Eagle Award
- 2009: Won the "Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism" Eisner Award
- ^ "UB Libraries Comic Book Internet Resources". http://library.buffalo.edu/libraries/asl/guides/comics.html. Retrieved 2007-03-06.
- ^ Bussert, Lesley (February 2005). "INTERNET RESOURCES: Comic books and graphic novels: Digital resources for an evolving form of art and literature" (web cache). College & Research Libraries News 66 (2). Archived from the original on 2005-03-22. http://web.archive.org/web/20050322093559/http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/crlnews/backissues2005/february05/comicbooks.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
- ^ Comic Book Idol 3 - The Amateur Art Contest from Comic Book Resources » Just the FAQs, m’am
- ^ Patrick Scherberger at the Comic Book DB
- ^ Idol Thoughts 9/26, Comic Book Resources, September 26, 2007
- ^ Jonathan Hickman at the Comic Book DB
- ^ Jonathan Hickman on “Comic Book Idol… what!?!”, Comic Book Resources, September 4, 2007
- ^ Carlos Rodríguez at the Comic Book DB
- ^ a b c Idol Thoughts 10/4, Comic Book Resources, October 4, 2007
- ^ Billy Penn at the Comic Book DB
- ^ Joe Infurnari at the Comic Book DB
- ^ "The Comic Industry's Best Shine at 2009 Eisner Awards". http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_09win.shtml. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
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