Advance Warning: A Classic Comics Christmas 2023 Nov 25, 2023 5:08:06 GMT -5 shaxper, coke & comics, and 10 more like this
Post by Cei-U! on Nov 25, 2023 5:08:06 GMT -5
It's been a really rough year for your old pal Cei-U!, gang, and nothing could lift me out of my doldrums better than that most welcome harbinger of the holiday season: the announcement of the tenth/nineteenth celebration of the Twelve Days of Classic Comics Christmas!
Most of you know full well what the preceding is referencing, but for those of you who've joined us over the last twelve months, I shall deign to elaborate. TDCCC is an annual celebration of the tastes, opinions and quirks of our happy little society of classic comics fans. I began it back in 2005 and, to my eternal shock and pleasure, it has become a tradition, one I wouldn't dream of futzing with. I know I say that every year but every year I mean it.
This year's topic was suggested to me by my niece Karly Moxon, and it's a winner. We've all heard the cliché “Success breeds success.” Well, sayings generally become clichéd because there's an element of truth to them, and this particular one certainly applies to the wild and wooly world of comic books. Which brings us to the matter at hand and a pertinent quote from our old friends The Fixx:
One Thing Leads to Another:
Your Twelve Favorite Spin-Off Series
Your Twelve Favorite Spin-Off Series
For our purposes here, I'm defining a “spin-off series” as any comic book feature running for at least three episodes starring a character or characters first introduced in another feature. Keep in mind that a series is not the same as a title (i.e., "Supergirl" is a series that ran in the title Action Comics). You can pick the entire publication history of your selection or a specific run (e.g., the Jack Kirby issues of Jimmy Olsen). You may also cite more than one run as individual entries (e.g., both Carl Barks' and Don Rosa's versions of Uncle Scrooge). Alternate universe versions of established characters (e.g., Ultimate Spider-Man or Batman Adventures) are not eligible. Your choices may appear in comics of any genre, any format, any era, any nation of origin with a single restriction. Because it's the Classic Comics Forum, the series must have debuted in a comic published prior to January 1, 2014.*
Keep in mind that these are your personal favorites, not what you or anyone else considers “the best,” and remember: you must explain your choice. You are not required to include pictures for your selections but if you do, please post no more than two images per entry. Also—and I must insist on this—if you quote someone else's posts, please edit out the images.
The survey will work just as it has in previous years. Each participating poster will draw up a list of their favorite spin-offs, ranked 12 (lowest) through 1 (highest). On December 13, I will post my #12 choice, on the 14th, #11, and so on until our #1 choices on Christmas Eve. You must post each selection on the appropriate day's thread, though not necessarily on that day. Late entries (up through, say, the 31st) are welcome. At the end of the survey, the results and a brief statistical overview will be posted with links to the original 12 threads.
Rules are subject to tweaking based on participant input for the next week (until midnight on December 2), after which they’re locked in. Any questions, suggestions or (horrors!) criticisms should be posted in this thread.
So this is your official heads up: you have two-and-a-half weeks to create your lists before the fun starts. Who's in?
I summon the comic book equivalents of Laverne & Shirley and The Jeffersons!
* I try to keep public rules lawyering to a minimum so I encourage you to contact me via PM if you have any questions about your choice's eligibility.