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Screenshot of Comics Bulletin main page, 5 December 2011
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Silver Bullet Comics
The site was founded in January 2000 as Silver Bullet Comics by its New Zealand-based publisher/editor Jason Brice.
During this period, the site made efforts to support retired comics professionals. In a Silver Bullet column called Past Masters, contributor Clifford Meth wrote about his efforts to support ailing comic book artist Dave Cockrum. As a result of his advocacy, Marvel Comics announced it would compensate Cockrum for his work in co-creating the X-Men. In 2005, Silver Bullet partnered with Aardwolf Publishing to publish a benefit book in support of ailing comics writer/artist William Messner-Loebs. Silver Bullet provided free advertising and promotion of the project on their site.
Former Managing Editor Craig R. Johnson became associated with Dave Sim's controversial views on feminism when he stepped into a debate between Sim and the Friends of Lulu Board of Directors to defend freedom of expression in the comic book industry.
On January 14, 2008, the site was relaunched as Comics Bulletin, in order to avoid confusion with a retail site.
Online comics blogger Johanna Draper Carlson suggested the name change as a result of pressure from the unrelated but similarly named comics retailer Silver Bullet Comics, "...since SBC had a US trademark registration".
By the time Jason Brice relaunched the site as Comics Bulletin the Silver Bullet Comics retailer had ceased trading, leaving a large number of subscription customers with unfilled orders.
In the same year, Jason Sacks took over from Keith Dallas as editor-in-chief for the site, and revamped the design and attitude. He eventually bought the site outright in 2011 and stepped away from the site in 2016. The site is currently owned by Daniel Gehen. The site debuted a podcast in 2011, called "Comics You Can Dance To", alongside a number of new columns. Writers for the site in 2015 included Kate Leth and Don McGregor.
- "Leading Questions" by Mark Stack and Chase Magnett
- "ICYMI - Small Press Comics Criticism and Whatnot" by Daniel Elkin
- "Singles Going Steady", a weekly review roundup by Daniel Gehen and the site's contributors
- "What Looks Good" by Matt Spatola and Kyle Garret
- "Comics Grind and Rewind" by Zack Davisson
- "Comics You Can Dance To", the site's podcast, hosted by Nathaniel MacDonald and Danny Djeljosevic
- "The Squeaky Wheel" by the pseudonymous kyrax2
- "Kate Or Die" by Kate Leth
- "Riding Shotgun" by Don McGregor
- "Killing Jokes" by Steve Morris, which explores the use of humor in comics
- "Fool Britannia" by Regie Rigby
- "Manifesto" by Jason Sacks, an editorial column
- "Cool Art, Bro" by Michelle Six, which looks at the role of art in bringing comics to life
- "Busted Knuckles" by Beau Smith
- "Kryptonite Got You Down?" by Alison Stevenson, a faux dating advice column for superheroes
- Donna Barr: "Submission Engine"
- Tom Brevoort: "Brevoort's History of Comics"
- Rich Johnston: "All The Rage"
- Tony Lee: "He’s Only a Writer… and It’s More than Just a Comic"
- Bill Messner-Loebs: "Storytelling"
- Clifford Meth: "Meth Addict"
- Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray: "Two In The Chamber"
- Bob Rozakis: "The Answer Man"
- Buddy Scalera: "Hey, Buddy!"
- Brandon Thomas: "Ambidextrous"
- Marv Wolfman: "What Th--?"
As Silver Bullet Comic Books, the site has been the recipient of a number of awards and award nominations, including:
- 2004 Eagle Award nomination for "Favourite Comics E-Zine"
- 2005 Eagle Award winner for "Favourite Comics-Related Website"
- 2006 Eagle Award nomination for "Favourite Comics-Related Website"
- 2006 Gibson Comic Awards nominated for "Favourite Web Related Material"
- Michael Dean (2004). "Marvel Makes Dave Cockrum an Offer He Can't Refuse". The Comics Journal. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
- Jonah Weiland (February 17, 2005). "AARDWORLF TO PUBLISH BILL MESSNER-LOEBS BENEFIT BOOK". Comic Book Resources.
- Dave Sim (2007). "Craig R. Johnson defends Dave Sim". Dave Sim's blogandmail. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- Johanna Draper Carlson (2007). "Johanna Draper Carlson claims comics retailer pressured Silver Bullet Comic Books to change its name". Comics Worth Reading. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- Parkin, J.K. (2007). "Comics retailer and Silver Bullet Comic Books go head to head". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- "The Eagle Awards - Results 2005". Eagle Awards. 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
- "The Eagle Awards - Results 2005". Eagle Awards. 2005. Archived from the original on November 9, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
- "The Eagle Awards - Results 2006". Eagle Awards. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
- "Gibson Comic Awards". Gibson Comic Awards. 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2008-01-24.