Beautiful Balloons

Have you begun to fill in your 2013 calendar yet? (Beautiful Balloons, CBG #1699, March 2013)

Maggie shares suggestions for the year ahead in her Beautiful Balloons column from CBG #1699! See More

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Who’s the most iconic editor? Stan! ‘Nuff said! (Beautiful Balloons, CBG #1697, Jan. 2013)

As 2012 comes to a close, we pause to celebrate again that Elder Statesman Stan Lee celebrated his 90th birthday this year! We’re looking forward to seeing you again in 2013, Stan! And here’s just one of the tributes we ran in CBG #1697: See More

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When collectors settle down (Beautiful Balloons, CBG #1687, March 2012)

Maggie unearths a trio of columns by Elizabeth Slaughter. Two appeared in the print edition of CBG #1687, while the third is a bonus for our online readers. See More

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First impressions: The first 27 of DC’s New 52 (Beautiful Balloons, CBG #1684, December 2011)

No, it’s not a typo, Maggie had two distinct topics in CBG #1684’s Beautiful Balloons, presented here in two parts for your enjoyment. See More

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Turning devotion into a career: Loving comics (Beautiful Balloons, CBG #1684, Dec 11)

Maggie Thompson reviews Michael Uslan’s The Boy Who Loved Batman as part of her Beautiful Balloons column from CBG #1684. See More

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Once upon a time, there was Newfangles (Beautiful Balloons, CBG #1678, June 2011)

Maggie Thompson takes a nostalgic look at her TBG/CBG associations. See More

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It all began … (Beautiful Balloons, CBG #1677, May 2011)

Maggie Thompson provides a rundown of her convention experiences in CBG #1677. See More

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Did comic strips handle romance better than comic books did? (Beautiful Balloons, CBG #1676, April 2011)

So here’s the deal about many comics fans and the romance they find in their hobby: Romance is often preferred as an element, rather than as the element. And, for some reason, comic books (as opposed to comic strips) don’t often seem to be able to handle the concept that married people can be effective in action-adventure stories. Ah, but what about comic strips? See More

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Declaring Independence (Beautiful Balloons, CBG #1675, March 2011

Maggie ThompsonIt may have been clear (albeit dangerous) enough in 1776, but figuring out what “independence” amounts to in the comics world is not as obvious. We call them “independent” publishers, “indie” publishers, or even “indy” publishers — and their comics the same. But each of us means something slightly different by “independent.”
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What’s up for 2011? and In Memoriam: 2010 (Beautiful Balloons, CBG #1674, Feb. 2011)

Maggie ThompsonOur cover celebrates the year past and the year ahead. That includes the sad summary below of some who died during 2010. So let’s take this first section to look at 2011 — and hope all of us enjoy good health, great happiness, and terrific comics. See More

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