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Robot 6′s favorite comics of 2013

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We’ve been hearing about what comics various industry folks enjoyed in 2013 in our Looking Forward, Looking Back series, and now it’s our turn: ROBOT 6 contributors share their favorites from 2013, which include Hawkeye, Marble Season, East of West and Batman.

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You’re invited to Robot 6′s fifth-anniversary celebration!

robot-6-logoFive years, 14,230 posts, an Eisner nomination and a Harvey win ago, we launched ROBOT 6 at Comic Book Resources, and ever since then we’ve celebrated the anniversary with a takeover of the Comic Book Resources home page.

After CBR closes down this afternoon for New Year’s Eve, we’ll begin rolling out exclusive previews and announcements, special features, and a lineup of interviews so extensive that we’ll continue through New Year’s Day (and, if history is any indication, likely trickle over into Thursday).

Thanks to CBR Executive Producer Jonah Weiland for handing us the keys for the next couple of days (and for bringing us on board in the first place), and to the creators, publishers, editors and publicity representatives for helping us to mark the occasion. Thanks as well to the ROBOT 6 contributors for their hard work, and especially to our readers. Here’s to another year!

Robot 6 exclusive | The new ‘Sixth Gun’ tale concludes here

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The new Christmas-themed Sixth Gun strip by Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree concludes today on ROBOT 6, conveniently coinciding with the release of the collected edition of The Sixth Gun: Sons of a Gun, which delves into the backstories of General Hume’s horsemen.

You can read the first two parts of the serial here and here, along with our interview with Bunn and Hurtt. We hope you enjoyed the story; we want to thank Cullen, Brian and Bill for creating it, and Oni Press and John Schork for arranging everything.

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Robot 6 exclusive | Read Part 2 of a new ‘Sixth Gun’ tale

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Even as The Sixth Gun, Vol. 1, oversized hardcover arrives today in stores, creators Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree return to ROBOT 6 with the second part of an exclusive new serialized tale set between issues 35 and 36 of the supernatural Western. Last week’s debut installment can be read here.

Published by Oni Press, the hardcover edition collects the first 11 issues of the series, complete with a cover gallery, never-before-seen pitch artwork, and the previously online-exclusive Christmas story “Them’s What Ails Ya!” For those following along on a monthly basis, The Sixth Gun #36 arrives Dec. 11.

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Robot 6 exclusive | A new ‘Sixth Gun’ story begins here

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Fans of The Sixth Gun, the supernatural Western by Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree, know the set-up well: In the darkest days of the Civil War, some wicked cutthroats came to possess six pistols of unimaginable power. But then the most dangerous of all the weapons, the Sixth Gun, vanished, only to resurface in the hands of an innocent girl, reawakening dark forces. And when men long thought dead set out to retrieve the pistol and kill the girl, only shadowy gunfighter Drake Sinclair stands in their way.

Newcomers will have a chance to acquaint themselves with the story next week, when Oni Press releases The Sixth Gun, Vol. 1, an oversized hardcover edition collecting the first 11 issues of the series (there’s plenty for longtime fans, too, including a cover gallery, never-before-seen pitch artwork, and the previously online-exclusive Christmas story “Them’s What Ails Ya!”).

To mark the premiere of the deluxe edition, ROBOT 6 is exclusively serializing a brand-new Sixth Gun story by Bunn, Hurtt and Crabtree over the next few weeks. Read the first installment below, and check back next Wednesday for the second.

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We’re honored to win a Harvey Award

Photo by Tim O'Shea, who accepted the award on our behalf

Photo by Tim O’Shea, who accepted the award on our behalf

Saturday night I was leaving my home to have dinner with some friends when I was surprised by a text message from an industry friend. It simply said, “Holy Shit! Congrats dude! ROBOT 6 won the Harvey!” That certainly was a big highlight of the weekend.

Thanks to everyone who voted for ROBOT 6 as Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation. We have to acknowledge our fellow nominees as well: TwoMorrows Publishing for Jack Kirby Collector and Alter Ego Magazine, Team Cul De De Sac: Cartoonists Draw The Line At Parkinson’s from Andrews McMeel, and Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, from HarperCollins. All worthy nominees; you should check out those publications.

ROBOT 6 is run by a team of contributors and editors, but special thanks should be given to ROBOT 6 lead editor Kevin Melrose, who works with everyone on CBR on curating the blog. He’s joined by a team of contributors — Brigid Alverson, Chris Arrant, Corey Blake, Tom Bondurant, Carla Hoffman, Mark Kardwell, Christ Mautner, Michael May, J. Caleb Mozzocco, Tim O’Shea and JK Parkin — as well as CBR editors Stephen Gerding, Steve Sunu, Albert Ching, Kiel Phegley, Rob Levin and myself, who all work hard daily to bring you exciting and engaging stories from the world of comics.

You can read the complete list of Harvey winners here. Thanks again, and be sure to follow the social media feeds of Robot 6 (Twitter | Facebook) and CBR (Twitter | Facebook) for the latest updates.

BCC | ‘Saga,’ ‘Adventure Time’ among Harvey winners

harvey_winner_logoSaga, Adventure Time, Jaime Hernandez and Parker: The Score were among the winners of the 2013 Harvey Awards, which were presented tonight in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con. Saga was the night’s big winner with six awards, as Fiona Staples took home awards for best artist and best colorist, and Brian K. Vaughan took home the award for best writer.

Also taking home an award tonight was this very blog, as Robot 6 won for best biographic, historical or journalistic presentation. Our fearless leader Kevin Melrose will likely have a few words to say about that in the days ahead, but for now I’ll just say congratulations to the rest of the Robot 6 team — it’s an honor to work with you guys.

Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, the cartoonist and founding editor of MAD magazine, the awards are selected entirely by creators. The full list of nominees can be found below, with the winners in bold and italics. Congratulations to all the winners:

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Follow Robot 6 on Twitter and Facebook

As you can probably tell from the “Tweet” and “Like” buttons at the top of this post, Robot 6 is on Twitter and Facebook! Follow us there to keep up to date on all of the latest comics news, commentary and reviews. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.

Whichever way you choose to follow us, thank you for reading Robot 6!

Reminder: Eisner Awards voting ends Wednesday

eisnerawards_logoComic-Con International is fast approaching, and so too is the deadline for online voting for the 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: It’s midnight Wednesday (June 12).

Among those eligible to vote — you can do so here — are comics creators (writers, artists, colorists and letterers), editors, publishers, retailers, graphic novel librarians and scholars, and all nominees.

And while we’re on the subject of Eisner voting, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that ROBOT 6 has been nominated in the Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism category. If you enjoy what we do, we’d certainly appreciate your vote.

Comic-Con International will be held July 18-21 in San Diego. The Eisner winners will be announced July 19 during the annual awards ceremony.

Robot 6 nominated for Eisner Award

eisner nomineeROBOT 6 is honored to be nominated for the 2013 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Publication/Journalism. We’re in excellent company, alongside Alter Ego, ComicsAlliance, The Comics Reporter and TCJ.com. That’s stiff competition.

As anyone who visits the blog recognizes, it’s a group effort, the work of a dozen daily and weekly contributors: JK Parkin, Brigid Alverson, Chris Arrant, Corey Blake, Tom Bondurant, Carla Hoffman, Mark Kardwell, Chris Mautner, Michael May, J. Caleb Mozzocco, Tim O’Shea and myself. It’s a good team whose varied tastes and opinions help keep our coverage diverse.

However, ROBOT 6 is also the product of a larger site, Comic Book Resources, and many more people whose bylines rarely, if ever, appear on the blog, yet who help shape its content by contributing story ideas, offering advice and lending a hand when needed: Executive Producer Jonah Weiland, Senior Editor Stephen Gerding, News Editor Kiel Phegley, Reviews Editor Steve Sunu, Assistant Editor Rob Levin, Assistant Editor Andy Liegl, Lead Designer Matt Brett and the writers of Comic Book Resources, Brian Cronin and the staff of Comics Should Be Good, and the staff of Spinoff Online.

Thanks to everyone who makes ROBOT 6 possible, and to the Eisner judges for the recognition, and to you, our readers.

Robot 6′s favorite comics of 2012

As ROBOT 6′s fourth-anniversary celebration winds down, our contributors look back at some of their favorite comics of 2012, from Building Stories and Saga to Goliath and Bandette to Life With Archie and Hawkeye.

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One of the hazards of writing about comics is that reading comics starts to feel like work after a while. Then I stumble across something really good and I remember why I started doing this to begin with. Here are some of the books that I really enjoyed this year.

Life With Archie: It’s a soap opera. It’s a clever soap opera, and it’s fun to see the characters I knew as a kid grow up and change in surprising ways. The dual storyline is full of twists, but the characters never forget where they came from.

Jiu Jiu: The best shoujo manga captures what it’s like to be a teenage girl and reflects it back in a new way. Jiu Jiu is a supernatural story about an alienated girl who goes to an ordinary high school but fights demons on her off hours. Her companions are two wolves who can change into hot guys, although they never really lose their doggish ways. This is shoujo manga at full strength, with lots of introspection, innuendo, and incongruity. I loved it.

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Robot 6′s fourth-anniversary celebration round-up

Remember when I said we had so many previews, announcements, interviews and special features that it would take us two days to celebrate ROBOT 6′s fourth anniversary? It turns out I may have underestimated things. Just a little. So throughout the day, alongside our regular content, we’ll be showcasing more previews, as well as a couple of more features (including our contributors’ picks of their favorite comics of 2012).

In the meantime, below you’ll find a rundown of everything we rolled out on Monday and Tuesday. Thanks once again to all the creators, publishers and publicity managers for helping us celebrate, and to all of the ROBOT 6 contributors for all of their hard work for our anniversary and throughout the year. And, especially, thank you to our readers.

(Note: This list has been updated to reflect today’s final anniversary posts.)

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You’re invited to Robot 6′s fourth-anniversary celebration!

Four years ago Wednesday, a rag-tag band of bloggers launched ROBOT 6 at Comic Book Resources, and ever since then, we’ve celebrated the anniversary with a takeover of the CBR home page. And this year is no different.

Beginning at 8 a.m., we’ll roll out exclusive previews and announcements, special features, and a lineup of interviews that’s so long it will take us two days to showcase them all. We’ll share the space with CBR until noon today, but after that, the website is ours (well, at least until Wednesday morning).

Thanks to CBR Executive Producer Jonah Weiland for handing us the keys for the next couple of days (and for putting up with us for the past four years), and to the creators, publishers, editors and publicity representatives for helping us to mark the occasion. Thanks as well to the ROBOT 6 contributors for their hard work, and especially to our readers. Here’s to another year!

Follow Robot 6 on Twitter and Facebook

As you can probably tell from the “Tweet” and “Like” buttons at the top of this post, Robot 6 is on Twitter and Facebook! Follow us there to keep up to date on all of the latest comics news, commentary and reviews. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.

Whichever way you choose to follow us, thank you for reading Robot 6!

Robot 6 is hiring!

ROBOT 6 is expanding its team of writers with the addition of two paid positions:

Daily contributor
We’re looking for a writer with a mastery of link-fu who obsessively scans RSS feeds between message-board visits to help us cover comics. The ideal candidate is as comfortable unraveling the plot points of the latest X-Men event as you are explaining the details of the newest Dark Horse digital initiative. What’s more, you can contribute two posts per day, Monday through Friday, without breaking a sweat. Familiarity with WordPress is a plus; fluency in comics is a must.

Writer-at-large
If you can write passionately and persuasively about a range of comics-related topics, from creator rights and convention wars to reboots and crossovers, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for a writer with a distinctive voice and an ability to respond quickly to developing news to contribute one to two opinion pieces a week. Some days publisher announcements or fan reactions will make your topics clear; other days you’ll be igniting the discussion. Again, familiarity with WordPress is a plus; fluency in comics is a must.

Send links to a half-dozen examples of your work to Kevin Melrose, ROBOT 6’s managing editor. Be sure to specify which position you’re applying for in the subject line.


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