Friday, January 07, 2005

An Aside About the Sidebar

Those of you who frequent the blog (Okay, both of you) might have noticed my sidebar links and wondered what they're about. Well, this is where I tell you.

The "Blog Buddies" are self-explanatory: Folks I know, like, and respect who have blogs. Most of them are folk I met at the fine message board community on, the damn niftiest comic book website on the Net.

"The Professionals" is a list of the websites and/or blogs of professionals in the comics/sci-fi biz who are, for one reason or another, noteworthy. These folks, I will explain in detail, in hopes that it eventually brings them to this site while googling their own names.

Heidi MacDonald: Longtime columnist for Comics Buyer's Guide and editirix at Publisher's Weekly (but don't tell anyone). Heidi's "The Beat" is perhaps the most essential comics blog in existence; it's certainly one of the most comprehensive. Hosted by comicon.coms, The Pulse, I check it daily. I check most of these daily, but I *really* check this one daily.

Peter David: Writer of Stuff. Recently called by Stan Lee himself "The best writer working in comics today!" Creator of Spyboy, Soulsearchers and Company, and Fallen Angel; author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the brilliant Imzadi and the best-selling New Frontier series; writer of well over a thousand individual comics, including runs on Spider-Man, the Hulk, Supergirl, and Aquaman; father of four. One of my professional idols, and a nice guy as long as you don't piss him off. His blog is a mix of personal stuff, professional updates, liberal politics, and musings.

Tony Isabella: A longtime comics writer most notable for his creation of Black Lightning for DC and his long-running "Tony's Tips" column in CBG. I've never met him in person, but I've always liked the cut of his jib, and I enjoyed the novels he wrote with Bob Ingersoll, Captain America: Liberty's Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist's Corpse (that last being a Perry Mason-style murder mystery featuring Sam Cogley, the lawyer who defended Kirk in "Court Martial." Much better than it sounds to the average non-Trekker). TOT is an online, mostly daily version of his CBG clumn, containign reviews and views on the comics industry, personal gems, and whatever else he might throw in there.

Keith R.A. DeCandido: Author and Editor best known for his work in the Star Trek Universe and on the series of Byron-Preiss novels based on Marvel Comics characters in the 90's. More recently, he published his first original novel, Dragon Precinct. This is his livejournal, where he blogs about his career, life, and other things of interest. He really enjoys linking to Internet quizzes. A much more exhaustive website can also be found at

Neil Gaiman: Author of The Sandman, American Gods, Neverwhere, and more; also branching out into film. Eisner, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award winner, among others. The link takes you directly to his journal; the rest of his site has exhaustive information about one of the greatest writers of our time.

Mark Evanier: The man who knows more about comics than anyone living or sane. Frequent collaborator with Sergio Aragones, and author of yet another long-running CBG column, which has been collected twice by TwoMorrows Publishing. This is his blog.

Wildstorm Productions: One of the original Image Studios, now under the auspices of DC. Still run by founder Jim Lee, the studio publishes, among other titles, The Authority, Ex Machina, Alan Moore's ABC line, and Kurt Busiek's Astro City. This is a blog for the entire company, which also occasionally announces Jim's for-hire work.

Scott McCloud: Creator of Zot!, fierce advocate of the online comics industry, and author of the seminal Understanding Comics, the book that did more for this medium than any not written or illustrated by Will Eisner. His blog contains whatever he damn well wants; the rest of his site is a cornucopia of info about comics on and off the web.

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