Comic Book Resources

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

Comic Book Resources
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Screenshot of CBR main page from May 21, 2008
Type of site
Comic book (wholly owned brand of Valnet Inc.)
Available inEnglish
OwnerValnet Inc.
Created byJonah Weiland
Websitewww.cbr.com
Launched1995
Current statusOnline

History

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.

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. Other columns are published by comic book historians and critics such as George Khoury and Timothy Callahan.

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 Screen Rant.[1] The site was relaunched as CBR.com on August 23, 2016 with the blogs integrated into the site.[2]

The company has also hosted a YouTube channel since 2008, with 1.3 million subscribers as of September 12, 2018.

Comic Book Idol

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

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

In April 2013, comics writer Mark Millar said he read the site every morning after reading the Financial Times.[13]

Awards

  • 1999: Won the "Favourite Comics-Related Website (professional)" Eagle Award.
  • 2000: Won the "Favourite Comics-Related Website (professional)" Eagle Award.
  • 2001: Won the "Favourite Comics-Related Website (professional)" Eagle Award.[14]
  • 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.
  • 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 for its Robot 6 blog.[20]
  • 2014: Won the "Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism" Eisner Award.[21]

Controversy

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

  1. ^ Rich Johnston (2016-04-04). "How Comic Book Resources Employees Learned Their Site Had Been Sold To Valnet". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  2. ^ Heidi MacDonald (2016-08-25). "CBR.com has new design, rebrand, no blogs". The Beat. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  3. ^ a b Torres, J (September 5, 2007). "Just the FAQs, m'am". Comic Book Resources. Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on April 28, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  4. ^ Patrick Scherberger at the Comic Book DB
  5. ^ Cronin, Brian (September 26, 2007). "Idol Thoughts 9/26". Comic Book Resources. Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on May 27, 2009. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  6. ^ Jonathan Hickman at the Comic Book DB
  7. ^ Cronin, Brain (September 4, 2007). "Jonathan Hickman on "Comic Book Idol… what!?!"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  8. ^ Carlos Rodríguez at the Comic Book DB
  9. ^ a b c Cronin, Brian (27 May 2009). "Idol Thoughts 10/4". Comic Book Resources. Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on May 27, 2009. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  10. ^ Billy Penn at the Comic Book DB
  11. ^ Joe Infurnari at the Comic Book DB
  12. ^ "Comic Books: Internet Resources". University of Buffalo Libraries. Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "The Third Degree: Mark Millar" Jupiter's Legacy 1: 27 (April 2013), Image Comics
  14. ^ "2001". the Eagle Awards. Wayback Machine. February 6, 2011. Archived from the original on February 6, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  15. ^ "2008". the Eagle Awards. Wayback Machine. November 30, 2011. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  16. ^ "2000s". Comic-Con International: San Diego. December 2, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  17. ^ "2010". the Eagle Awards. Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  18. ^ "2011". the Eagle Awards. Wayback Machine. November 30, 2011. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  19. ^ "2010-Present". Comic-Con International: San Diego. December 2, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  20. ^ "Your 2013 Harvey Awards Winners". The Comics Reporter. September 8, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  21. ^ "2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners". Comic-Con International: San Diego. July 26, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  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. ^ Asselin, Janelle (April 11, 2014). "Anatomy of a Bad Cover: DC's New "Teen Titans" #1". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  24. ^ CBR Staff (April 30, 2014). "Out With the Old: Introducing the New CBR Community". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 10, 2017.

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