Monday, January 21, 2008

Where to get your Comic Book Buzz! Part 1 of 2

How does one find out what's going on in the comic book industry? It's a question that is easily answered as the amount of resources available on the internet are just about endless. Part 1 of this 2 part post will cover buzz sites. Part 2 will cover reviews and comic related magazines.

However, there are the really good comic book resources and there are ones that are better left alone. I'm going over just a few but these few will get you started in a big way.

Newsarama is, in my opinion, the #1 source to find out what is happening in the comic book industry. I'm not just talking about the latest comic book to hit the stands either. I'm talking about movies, toys, what creators are going to do which projects, convention news - the whole shebang! It also has some very good forums with a lot of decent information.

CAVEAT! Unlike the news articles, forums often just have the posters opinion - take forum posts with a grain of salt unless you are very familiar with the poster. As usual "Caveat emptor"....

Jonah Weiland's Comic Book Resources has been around awhile. It is very similar to Newsarama as it covers about the same topics. My opinion is that Newsarama is a little stronger as I believe they have a larger staff and can get newer "buzz" posted more promptly - both are very good though. Between the two websites, you can get the latest comic book "buzz" pretty thoroughly.

The venerable Comic Buyer's Guide is included here because unlike Newsarama and Comic Book Resources, Comic Buyer's Guide covers the old comic stuff (i.e. Bronze Age and earlier) as well as the new and their reviews are pretty good. I enjoy Peter David's "But I Digress", Craig Shutt's "Ask Mr. Silver Age" and Chuck Rozanski's "Tales From The Database" - all of these columns are consistently good but there are several others that are just as worthy - I just listed my favorites.

These are just three comic book resources - there are a ton more and we will get you hooked up with them tomorrow. In the meantime, if you have a particular comic book resource that you would like to share, please do so.
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