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Old 03-31-17, 09:56 PM   #1
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The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

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What's a Comic Book Challenge?

- monthly threads to encourage more reading and discussion
- a way to figure out "what do I read next?"
- motivation to try different genres
- motivation to keep reading and make progress on our unread piles
- a place to get recommendations

How does it work?

- we pick a genre (or company, or title, or whatever) for a month
- we post in this thread and talk about what we plan to read and read throughout the month
- you could keep a spoilered list in one post and update it all month, or post as you read
- in theory the lists could be kept in a separate thread to allow for fancier formatting while avoiding clutter

What makes it a "challenge"?

- well, unofficially, the goal is to read 100 comics a month, but that isn't stressed
- the group discussion will challenge and encourage you to read more (the main goal of most participants I imagine)

Who can participate?

- anyone and everyone!
- you don't have to list your reading or even post at all to participate, but what's the fun in that?
- quasi-technically, anyone on the planet who reads a qualifying book for the month is a participant, whether they know it or not

When does it start and end?

- it begins at dusk on the last day of previous month, and ends at dawn on the first day of the next month
- this bonus time allows for possible "double counting" cross-Challenge content
- content eligible for both Challenges has the bonus of being able to be counted for all 24 hours of the last/first days of both Challenges

How does counting work?
- as with every other 'rule', we're pretty liberal and you can count any way you want really
- in general, a comic book counts as one
- for graphic novels and oversize books, feel free to count one for every twenty pages

Who wins?

- there are no losers, the person who reads one page a month is equal to the person who reads 20 books a day

What is the schedule?

January - TV/Movie/Book
February - Eisner/Harvey/Etc Winners
March - Rotating Company
April - TBD (random idea every year)
May - Make-Your-Own
June - Reality
July - Science Fiction
August - Fantasy
September - Outside-Your-Comfort-Zone
October - Horror
November - Comedy
December - Holiday (w/ bonus Thanksgiving and New Year's time)

Want a personal checklist to help you pick stuff to read?

Obviously you'll want to edit the below spoilered example checklist to fit your needs.

Spoiler:
Read something from my:


Boom -
Comixology -
Dark Horse digital -
DC -
Digests -
FCBD books -
Groupees bundles -
Humble bundles -
Image -
magazine -
Marvel -
original graphic novel -
physical collection -
physical single issue -
3D comic -
treasury edition -
TwoMorrows -
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Old 03-31-17, 09:59 PM   #2
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Re: The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

Thanks for the idea David! Cosmic involves a pretty high percentage of books from most companies, so that should make it easy for people to find stuff.

And GotG 2 opens early May, so perhaps I'll read a ton of Guardians to prepare.
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Old 03-31-17, 10:02 PM   #3
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Re: The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

Fwiw, year one:
http://forum.dvdtalk.com/comic-book-...il-2015-a.html
And year two:
http://forum.dvdtalk.com/comic-book-...il-2016-a.html
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Old 04-01-17, 01:35 AM   #4
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Re: The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

Thanks for accepting the theme! My hope is to make more progress on the Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus, but I have many other titles that qualify, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Dreadstar, etc.

Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #4-5 (in Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers Vol. 1)
Uncanny X-Men 482-484* (War of Kings Omnibus)
Marvel Preview #4 Star Lord
Marvel Preview #11 Star Lord
Invincible 127-129*
Silver Surfer #46-50* (Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus)
The Infinity Gauntlet 1-4*
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Old 04-03-17, 02:55 AM   #5
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Re: The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

Here are some past threads for suggestions/background.

Cosmic Marvel

Guardians of the Galaxy recommendations?

'90s Guardians of the Galaxy
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Old 04-03-17, 02:46 PM   #6
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Re: The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

I just read Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps' trade titled Sinestro's Law. It's one of the decent Rebirth comics, even as it does end on a cliffhanger of sorts.
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Old 04-09-17, 11:44 AM   #7
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Re: The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

In addition to continuing the War of Kings omnibus, I went old school with two issues of Marvel Two-in-One from the '70s: The Thing and Captain America and The Thing and the Guardians of the Galaxy. As someone who read a lot of team-up books back in the day, I always liked how they felt they couldn't continue a story in a second issue unless they brought in a new titled guest star.
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In addition to continuing the War of Kings omnibus, I went old school with two issues of Marvel Two-in-One from the '70s: The Thing and Captain America and The Thing and the Guardians of the Galaxy. As someone who read a lot of team-up books back in the day, I always liked how they felt they couldn't continue a story in a second issue unless they brought in a new titled guest star.
I miss one-and-done stories. I always enjoyed the old Marvel and DC team-up books because they were usually one-and-dones.
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Old 04-15-17, 08:00 PM   #9
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Re: The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

Finally reading what may be the perfect crossover title for this Challenge, the Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes six issue series from IDW a few years back. Halfway thru and it's just ok, a bit formulaic, as this things tend to be.

My list this month:

Boom -
Comixology -
Dark Horse digital -
DC -
Digests -
FCBD books -
Groupees bundles -
Humble bundles - Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes 1-6
Image -
magazine -
Marvel -
original graphic novel -
physical collection -
physical single issue -
3D comic -
treasury edition -
TwoMorrows -

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Old 04-20-17, 08:56 PM   #10
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Re: The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

I'm taking advantage of the theme to re-read one of my favorite cosmic stories, Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Terry Austin's Starlord from 1977. I think I have this story in five different formats: the original Marvel Preview, the colorized special edition reprint, Chris Claremont Visionaries, and the recent Starlord TPB in both physical and digital. It's a grand tale of space-traveling swashbucklers, and the funny thing is that I never read his first appearance (though it'd told in flashback here) or any of the follow-ups until the recent TPB collection. And of course the movie character is based on a later version.

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Old 04-30-17, 02:12 PM   #11
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Re: The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

May thread is up.

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/comic-book-...ay-2017-a.html
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Re: The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

I was able to get something in under the wire yesterday! Read Saga, Vol. 7.
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Re: The 3rd Annual DVDTalk TBD Comic Book Challenge - April 2017

I did well with this challenge, reading some old favorites and taking a good bite out of my Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus, including much of the main event itself. I like Starlin's writing but miss his art, though Ron Lim is OK.
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