Essential 8

Essential 8 Column Link Catch-Up Extravaganza!

Lots of catching up to do. I haven’t posted over a month’s worth of columns from Bleeding Cool. Here we go!

 

Essential 8 Bleeding Cool Stories – Five Years of Lying in the Gutters

Essential 8 Questions with BC EiC Hannah Means-Shannon – There’s Nothing Like Understanding How Alive Comics Are

Essential 8 Comic Book Movies – From Portland, with Kleenex and Ricola

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf – Hard Drinking Irish Vampires, Reluctant Cannibalism and a Mea Culpa to Johnnie Christmas

Essential 8 Questions with Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov – You’ll Love the Reckless Abandon With Which We Rocket Undertow to Your Brains

Previous columns:

Essential 8 Batman Comics – Celebrating 75 Years of the Batman You Deserve

Editorial 8 Things that Need to Change in Comics – Threats, Harassment and Understanding

Essential 8 Things About Emerald City Comicon – Day One

Essential 8 Things About Emerald City Comicon – Day Two

Essential 8 Tips to Having the Most Fun You’ve Ever Had At a Comicon

Essential 8 Questions with Alex De Campi – It All Has To Come From Somewhere That it Kind of Hurts To Go To

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for March – Time Machines, Flashbacks and Secret Agent Men

Essential 8 More Women in Comics – It All Starts with Batman’s Anatomically Correct Costume

Essential 8 Women Working in Comics – Yes, Gail, Boys Like Comics Too

Essential 8 Thor Comics – Hammers, Beards, Dragon-Punching and the Best of Baddest Asgardian

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for February – Superman, Talking Dinosaurs, Vulgar British-isms and More!

Essential 8 Comics for Kids!

Essential 8 Comics For Reaching The Comic Book Curious ? Why Allie Brosh is a Bigger Deal than Batman

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Essential 8 Batman Comics – Celebrating 75 Years of The Batman You Deserve

Essential 8 Column for 4/22! I’m trying to get caught up posting links on my site. Bear with me.

Essential 8 Batman Comics – Celebrating 75 Years of the Batman You Deserve

 

Previous columns:

Editorial 8 Things that Need to Change in Comics – Threats, Harassment and Understanding

Essential 8 Things About Emerald City Comicon – Day One

Essential 8 Things About Emerald City Comicon – Day Two

Essential 8 Tips to Having the Most Fun You’ve Ever Had At a Comicon

Essential 8 Questions with Alex De Campi – It All Has To Come From Somewhere That it Kind of Hurts To Go To

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for March – Time Machines, Flashbacks and Secret Agent Men

Essential 8 More Women in Comics – It All Starts with Batman’s Anatomically Correct Costume

Essential 8 Women Working in Comics – Yes, Gail, Boys Like Comics Too

Essential 8 Thor Comics – Hammers, Beards, Dragon-Punching and the Best of Baddest Asgardian

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for February – Superman, Talking Dinosaurs, Vulgar British-isms and More!

Essential 8 Comics for Kids!

Essential 8 Comics For Reaching The Comic Book Curious ? Why Allie Brosh is a Bigger Deal than Batman

Editorial 8 Things that Need to Change in Comics – Threats, Harassment and Understanding

For my column the week of 4/15, I wrote an editorial responding to threats and harassment within comics.

 

Editorial 8 Things that Need to Change in Comics – Threats, Harassment and Understanding

 

Previous columns:

Essential 8 Things About Emerald City Comicon – Day One

Essential 8 Things About Emerald City Comicon – Day Two

Essential 8 Tips to Having the Most Fun You’ve Ever Had At a Comicon

Essential 8 Questions with Alex De Campi – It All Has To Come From Somewhere That it Kind of Hurts To Go To

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for March – Time Machines, Flashbacks and Secret Agent Men

Essential 8 More Women in Comics – It All Starts with Batman’s Anatomically Correct Costume

Essential 8 Women Working in Comics – Yes, Gail, Boys Like Comics Too

Essential 8 Thor Comics – Hammers, Beards, Dragon-Punching and the Best of Baddest Asgardian

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for February – Superman, Talking Dinosaurs, Vulgar British-isms and More!

Essential 8 Comics for Kids!

Essential 8 Comics For Reaching The Comic Book Curious ? Why Allie Brosh is a Bigger Deal than Batman

Essential 8 – Emerald City Comicon Column Link Catchup

Emerald City Comicon Column Catchup! Here are the two pieces I sent in from ECCC and a column I did afterwards:

 

Essential 8 Things About Emerald City Comicon – Day One

Essential 8 Things About Emerald City Comicon – Day Two

 

Essential 8 Tips to Having the Most Fun You’ve Ever Had At a Comicon

 

Previous columns:

Essential 8 Questions with Alex De Campi – It All Has To Come From Somewhere That it Kind of Hurts To Go To

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for March – Time Machines, Flashbacks and Secret Agent Men

Essential 8 More Women in Comics – It All Starts with Batman’s Anatomically Correct Costume

Essential 8 Women Working in Comics – Yes, Gail, Boys Like Comics Too

Essential 8 Thor Comics – Hammers, Beards, Dragon-Punching and the Best of Baddest Asgardian

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for February – Superman, Talking Dinosaurs, Vulgar British-isms and More!

Essential 8 Comics for Kids!

Essential 8 Comics For Reaching The Comic Book Curious ? Why Allie Brosh is a Bigger Deal than Batman

Essential 8 Questions with Alex De Campi – It All Has To Come From Somewhere That it Kind of Hurts To Go To

New column on Bleeding Cool! An interview with Grindhouse and Smoke/Ashes creator Alex De Campi!

Essential 8 Questions with Alex De Campi – It All Has To Come From Somewhere That it Kind of Hurts To Go To

 

Previous columns:

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for March – Time Machines, Flashbacks and Secret Agent Men

Essential 8 More Women in Comics – It All Starts with Batman’s Anatomically Correct Costume

Essential 8 Women Working in Comics – Yes, Gail, Boys Like Comics Too

Essential 8 Thor Comics – Hammers, Beards, Dragon-Punching and the Best of Baddest Asgardian

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for February – Superman, Talking Dinosaurs, Vulgar British-isms and More!

Essential 8 Comics for Kids!

Essential 8 Comics For Reaching The Comic Book Curious ? Why Allie Brosh is a Bigger Deal than Batman

Essential 8 Comics From The Shelf For March – Time Machines, Flashbacks And Secret Agent Men

Column link catch up! This is the Essential 8 column from Tuesday 3/25 that covers recent March releases!

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for March – Time Machines, Flashbacks and Secret Agent Men

Previous columns:

Essential 8 More Women in Comics – It All Starts with Batman’s Anatomically Correct Costume

Essential 8 Women Working in Comics – Yes, Gail, Boys Like Comics Too

Essential 8 Thor Comics – Hammers, Beards, Dragon-Punching and the Best of Baddest Asgardian

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for February – Superman, Talking Dinosaurs, Vulgar British-isms and More!

Essential 8 Comics for Kids!

Essential 8 Comics For Reaching The Comic Book Curious ? Why Allie Brosh is a Bigger Deal than Batman

Essential 8 More Women in Comics – It all Starts with Batman’s Anatomically Correct Costume

Column link catch up! This is the Essential 8 column from Tuesday 3/18 that I never shared – a follow up to the first women in comics column

Essential 8 More Women in Comics – It All Starts with Batman’s Anatomically Correct Costume

Previous columns:

Essential 8 Women Working in Comics – Yes, Gail, Boys Like Comics Too

Essential 8 Thor Comics – Hammers, Beards, Dragon-Punching and the Best of Baddest Asgardian

Essential 8 Comics from the Shelf for February – Superman, Talking Dinosaurs, Vulgar British-isms and More!

Essential 8 Comics for Kids!

Essential 8 Comics For Reaching The Comic Book Curious ? Why Allie Brosh is a Bigger Deal than Batman

Essential 8 FAQs About My Essential 8 Columns

I’ve been working on these columns for a while now and I’ve found that many similar questions come up. I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the column itself discussing them so I thought I might go ahead and compile 8 of these FAQs. So, without further ado, I give you Essential 8 FAQs About My Essential 8 Columns!

Why isn’t character/creator/book/item X on your list? This is the most common question I get. There are several reasons why something might be included. First, I try for variety in every column and will intentionally exclude items that are too alike so that I can highlight something different. So, if I’m highlighting books I will probably avoid including only books from a single publisher (unless the column is publisher specific). Second, I also try to avoid repeating myself. So, if I featured a book/character/creator in a previous E8 column, I might choose a different one next. Third, I try to only select books in particular that are easily accessible to readers (meaning not out of print or incredibly rare). Finally, I don’t always know about everything. This is what sequel columns and the comments section are great for.

How can your list be “essential” without character/creator/book/item X on your list? This is another common question and I think the best way to explain it is reply with two points: “essential” doesn’t mean that I’m picking the best or only options – my inclusion of one pick or exclusion of another shouldn’t be interpreted as me saying one pick is superior to another. Also, “essential” more than anything means “essential” to the dialog and conceit I’m writing about in any given column not to the whole comics industry or of all time.

That doesn’t sound like it’s really “essential” then – why use the word “essential?” Two answers: alliteration and branding. I chose a title that would be pretty easy to remember and that would help people remember who I am (Essential, Eight, Erik – clever, right?).  “8 things we can talk about and maybe agree or disagree about” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Why 8 and not 5 or 10 or 12? Well, like I said above – alliteration – and it’s also less typical and therefore more distinct and memorable. More than that though – 8 is a manageable number for me to research, write and present. If I did 10 or 12, the columns would be too long and people could lose interest. 5 just makes it too difficult to get in enough variety and content. So, that’s why 8.

I don’t like your selections. FAIL. Well, that’s not a question but I get it more often than I wish I did so I’ll take it. My goal is to create a dialog about comics. Part of dialog is agreeing and disagreeing with other points of  view. It’s rare that everyone will like everything in my column. My goal is that most people like at least one thing. Everybody has favorites and I’m happy to talk about yours.

Will you do a column on X or Y? Maybe! I’m happy to take suggestions in the comments on the column or you can send me ideas on Twitter – I’m @erikgrove. You can also message me from my website.

How can I find past Essential 8 columns? There are two ways to find them. You can search on the Bleeding Cool site or you can click this link to see my own re-posts of all columns. I include all previous columns at the bottom when I put a new one up so you can see past stuff pretty easily.

What else do you do besides the Essential 8 columns? I write other stuff for Bleeding Cool, short fiction, novels, blogs and occasionally comic book scripts. Coincidentally, you’re on my website right now so you can browse and check out my other interests and work.

Wait. Was this all a trick to get us to come to your website and read your other stuff? Oh, look at that. I’ve answered 8 questions already. They go so fast. 🙂

 

I want to thank Bleeding Cool for giving me an awesome platform and everyone for talking comics and asking me questions. Keep asking and maybe this FAQ will get a sequel!