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Old 11-15-14, 10:07 AM
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DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

Rather than have discussion of future Challenges and other miscellany spread throughout the actual Challenge threads, I figured a catch-all thread could be useful.

Here's the schedule so far (definitely are bolded):

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

I'll quote and paste relevant comments from the other threads now.

I do a personal checklist each month to help me remember the various parts of my collection and help justify owning all this stuff. If you'd like one, obviously you'll want to edit the below example checklist to fit your needs.

Read something from my:


Comixology -
Dark Horse digital -
DC -
FCBD books -
Groupees bundles -
Humble bundles -
magazine -
Marvel -
original graphic novel -
physical collection -
physical single issue -
3D comic -
treasury edition -
TwoMorrows -

Spoiler:
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Personal Monthly Checklist
Spoiler:
for my Trevor Presents Dark Horse Presents blog -
for podcasts -
Aliens progress -
Avengers progress -
DC History Catch-Up progress -
Grendel progress -
Justice League progress -
Nexus progress -
Swamp Thing progress -


Personal DVDTalk Challenge Checklist
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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 11-15-14, 10:13 AM
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

Stuffed pulled from the Comedy Challenge thread:

Originally Posted by majorjoe23 View Post
For me the challenge was a great motivator to work through unread backlog, but I could see following the pre-set movie challenges could make some months tougher than others.

Maybe sub in something like a DC/Marvel month (or individual months for each), a creator-focused month (rather than everyone read Alan Moore, people pick books that they're reading because Moore or Matt Fraction or Hickman or whoever wrote/drew them). There could be an Eisner-winner/nominee challenge.

But maybe getting too specific like that cuts down on participation.
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Good ideas there joe. I think we can plan month to month and work those ideas in.

I think we're good with comedy for November. I'm not a huge 'funny book' fan, but it is a huge part of comic history, with tons of content available and lots of fans to this day. I'm defintely pulling out my Plop! comics for the month.

For December (or just before Thanksgiving thru January 1st) I was leaning towards doing a Holiday Comic Challenge. But then, Holiday comics (and movies) are things I personally collect. I can see where the options to you normal people would be quite limited.
Originally Posted by davidh777 View Post
It's kind of fun to speculate about possibilities for translating challenges into a comics theme. Granted, some of these would be a little thin to fill a full month depending on how much someone is reading.

January > comics based on TV series
February > might not have enough action/adventure comics to run a challenge
March > Eisner winners
April > indies
May > Make your own
June > historical settings
July > sci-fi fantasy
August >
September > boutique labels such as Vertigo?
Originally Posted by majorjoe23 View Post
Off the top of my head, I can only think of having a Frank Miller Batman story that fits into Christmas, as well as some Barks Duck stuff. And a chapter of The Long Halloween, if I'm remembering right.

It would be a challenge, but I might be up for trying.
Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
There are tons of Christmas stories out there. Many series have Christmas or Thanksgiving or other holiday themed issues at those times of year. Mainly Christmas of course. There are hundreds of Christmas stories already on Comixology for example.

Depending on your collection a comicdatabase search may show holiday stories sprinkled in all kinds of series.
Originally Posted by mrhan View Post
There was also Batman 219...only reason I remember was because it was the first issue of Batman that Neal Adams drew. JLA 110 was a Christmas story and it was the second appearance of John Stewart.
Originally Posted by majorjoe23 View Post
It's funny you should mention it, tonight I read Hellblazer 49, which was a Christmas story.

But I'm counting it toward horror, since it's still Oct.
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

Stuff pulled from the October Horror thread:

Originally Posted by terrycloth View Post
Ill def be interested in doing theme challenges to look for material id notmally over look
Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
You could always re-read titles. I'll be doing a mix of old and new.

Yeah, I've been sort of following the film challenges along in my reading on and off for the last year or so. But I figured that we might as well make it official and post about it.

If there are no objections I'll post a thread each month here, and we'll just follow the film Challenges. We'll need a substitute for at least one, September's Criterion. Any suggestions?
Originally Posted by terrycloth View Post
I always use criterion releases to watch titles id normally never watch to expose myself to something different
Keep in theme of that and use that month for series or booms ud normally not read
Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
That's a good idea; a Read-Outside-Your-Comfort-Zone Challenge.
Originally Posted by majorjoe23 View Post
Since there are only a few days left in October, what are the thoughts on doing this again next month? It would be comedy, right?

I don't have as many funny funny books in my backlog, but I do have some underground comix type stuff that probably fits with it. Plus a bunch of Barks/Rosa Duck stuff.
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We could just follow every Challenge I guess. I'm in! I'll work on some ideas and maybe spice things up with goals or themes or something.
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

Some possibilities for Feb:

Romance comics/comics that are love stories. It wouldn't have to be all cheesy 50s stuff, I would consider something like Preacher and Y the Last Man to be love stories at their hearts.

Maybe an Anything Marvel/DC month, followed by an Anything Not Marvel/DC. That's fairly broad

TV/Movie Adaptations could possibly include stories that were adapted into another medium. So something like Days of Future Past could fit in, along with something like the Flash/Arrow comics based on the shows.
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

When you created the holiday challenge thread, I was going to suggest that we'd eventually need a compendium thread. If nothing else, I figured it'd drive your OCD crazy, but I didn't even have to.

on calling it an Omnibus.
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

Any more thoughts on the 4 months we still need to fill?
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

I like the DC/Marvel and then non DC/Marvel idea. Was initially thinking of separate DC and Marvel months, but perhaps there are not enough months.

How about a 'real life' month to go with the Historical Appreciation DVD Challenge?
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

An Omnibus? What, where can I buy it?

I'd suggest splitting up a few months into Golden Age, Silver Age, and Modern Age comics.
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I'd suggest splitting up a few months into Golden Age, Silver Age, and Modern Age comics.
Cool idea, except I'm a fan of the Bronze Age. I guess that wouldn't really be a challenge for me.
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Cool idea, except I'm a fan of the Bronze Age. I guess that wouldn't really be a challenge for me.
Bronze Age/Modern comics, there isn't much difference I guess.
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

I kind of like the ages idea, but I'm not sure. If we did that it would pretty much be it, as we'd be out of months and not have room for a DC, Marvel, or non-those months. Pros and cons both ways, I guess we don't have to decide until close to March actually.
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

I feel like golden might have a more limited appeal (the sales number of golden age archives and masterworks are pretty low). Maybe a combined golden/silver ages month?
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

I've edited the schedule a bit. The eight months I've bolded seem agreeable, and they sync with our media Challenges.

The other four months we can talk about and firm up as needed. No decision really needed until close to March. The time periods would be hard, as it would take almost all of them up. A compromise might be the "older than you" that I threw in as an idea? That would leave the Big Two for one month and Everyone Else as another, with maybe the outside your comfort zone syncing with Criterion?
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

What exactly are reality comics?
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

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What exactly are reality comics?
Bad phrasing perhaps. I just meant anything 'real'. No superheroes for example. Should cover a pretty large subset of books, right?

Our media Challenge that month is the Historical Appreciation one for biographies, documentaries, sports, music, etc.
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

I guess we need to decide on March's Challenge.

I don't think we want to follow the media Challenge that month or April; as Action/Adventure is too broad and Cult is, well, maybe?

I don't know, opening up the discussion again.

Separate DC and Marvel?
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I'd be up for a split of the big 2
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

I like the idea of a line-wide challenge but am not sure if that'd end up being too open (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Maybe focus on a specific creator with a wide catalog [i.e. Alan Moore, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, etc].

It might be cool to rotate challenge headliners each year in some of the months.

Alternative comic book challenge ideas: Time travel / Multiverse [basically anything alternate to canon of anything], Robots [must feature some robot / tech focus; possibly too limited]; caped heroes [traditional superheros]...
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

How about Marvel/DC comics not set in the present, so either historical settings or the far future? That knocks out a lot of their standard superhero output.
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

A lot of good ideas, but we only have four open months. And two days to decide.

How about this? DC one year and then Marvel the next? And possibly other companies the third?

That could get March covered at least, and give us more time to decide on the other month or three.

Other months could have rotating years as well, or we could even have two Make-Your-Own months.
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I feel like any restrictions that limit the Marvel or DC book options, like having to be past or future, time travel or multiverse are going to be more exclusive than inclusive. It's easy to pick up a Superman or Spider-Man book and know it qualifies, but making it adhere to specific story elements makes it a little tougher.

Same with going with a specific creator for everyone. Someone will always dislike the picked creator (I can't stand much Johns work after 2004 or so). A way that could work is if everyone picked their own specific creator, like one person reads all Alan Moore, another picks Jim Lee, Gail Simome or whoever.
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Good thoughts. Maybe a Pick-Your-Own-Creator month?
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I'd be fine with either of the big two or pick your creator. While I like the idea of being exposed to talent that might be new to us, it's possible we might not have that person in our libraries, which would set Trevor off on a buying binge. Unless it's Stan Lee or someone like that, of course. On the other hand, my performance in these challenges has been so poor that I shouldn't be offering input. If I have one Geoff Johns title on my shelf and I read it, that will be better than I've done in some of them so far.

Aren't there some of those "greatest 100 graphic novels of all-time" or "books you must read before you die" lists out there? That could be an incentive to fill some of those I never read... (Comic Book Edition) holes (coughKingdomCome).
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^ With over 50 long boxes, 6 bookcases of graphic novels, and 15000 digital comics, I think I have every creator covered.

Travis would like your last idea there. I guess most of both would be covered in the awards month of course. They would also be great in May.
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Re: DVDTalk Comic Book Challenge Omnibus Thread

Ok, as we are only 30 hours from it starting, we will stick to the original tentative plan for March, with a slight modification. Instead of DC/Marvel, let's make it a rotating Company Challenge month. I flipped a coin and DC won. We can do Marvel next year, and perhaps other companies in future Marches.

Or you can talk me out of it in the next 18 or so hours.

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