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New GCD LogoWe have a new logo to help mark our 20th Anniversary! It is our first major design change since 1999 and will be seen on our t-shirts and convention gear throughout the year. We would like to thank Brian Saner Lamken for submitting his winning design and HippieBoy Design for applying those finishing touches. We hope you like it as much as we do!
Beta Search Capabilty!We have a new search capability in beta right now, and we need your help to run it through its paces. This cool new feature searches the different data objects at the same time and allows easier combination of different search terms. We already identified (and starting working through) some aspects that are not quite behaving as we would like, but we still need to hear from you. Please use on of the contact points on the left or join our mailing lists to share your comments, ask questions or provide suggestions. We can't do this without volunteers like you.
GCD Convention SceneJoin us as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary at several comic conventions. Volunteers will be running GCD booths at the following shows:
- AwesomeCon Washington, DC (18-20 April)
- Heroes Convention Charlotte, NC (20-22 June)
- Baltimore Comic-Con Baltimore, MD (5-7 September)
- with more to be confirmed
GCD Comics Timeline
With the success of the weekly magazine Le Journal de Mickey in France, and the popularity of the weekly Adventures of Tintin in Le Petit Vingtième, many new comic magazines or youth magazines with comics appeared in France and Belgium in the second half of the 1930s. In 1936, the experienced publisher Jean Dupuis put his sons Paul and the 19 year old Charles in charge of a new magazine aimed at the juvenile market.
First appearing in April 1938, it was a large format magazine, available only in French and only in Wallonia. It introduced two new comics, the eponymous Spirou drawn by the young Frenchman Rob-Vel, and Les Aventures de Tif (later to become Tif et Tondu) drawn by Fernand Dineur, and printed American comics such as Superman, Red Ryder and Brick Bradford.
Spirou in the Grand Comics Database:
As well as his comics work, Dorkin has also written for animation, including (with his wife Sarah Dyer, also a comics writer/artist, married August 12, 2001) Space Ghost Coast to Coast (in an audio commentary for one episode, he repeatedly jokes that he and Dyer were "fired" from this job). He also wrote and produced an animated television pilot for Adult Swim called Welcome to Eltingville, based on his own characters. Dorkin and Dyer also wrote some episodes of the Superman animated series, particularly the episode "Live Wire," which introduced a new character of the same name. Additionally, the pair contributed to the script of the 2006 English-language version of the anime Shin Chan. After an initial six-episode order proved successful, more episodes were ordered, but Dorkin and Dyer are no longer working on the series. They had also been developing a pilot for a series entitled Tyrone's Inferno for Adult Swim for the last few years, but according to Dorkin's LiveJournal the project is dead. Dorkin has been the recipient of several Eisner Awards, including 2002's Best Writer/Artist: Humor.
Evan Dorkin in the Grand Comics Database:
His first published works were stories about the character "Sargon, Mistress of War", which appeared in the First Comics series Warp!, based on a series of plays by that same Chicago theatre company. He and Timothy Truman co-created the character Grimjack which originally appeared in a backup story in the First Comics title, Starslayer, before receiving its own title. Just prior to entering the comics industry, Ostrander had a supporting character named for him in The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl series. His friend, writer Paul Kupperberg incorporated him into the Supergirl storyline in 1982.
Ostrander made his DC Comics debut by plotting the miniseries Legends which was scripted by Len Wein and penciled by John Byrne. Following Legends, Ostrander and artist Luke McDonnell launched the Suicide Squad into their own title in 1987 and developed several characters for the series.
John Ostrander in the Grand Comics Database:
His most famous cartoon, To Trøtte Typer (Two Wasted Wankers), depicts the life of the two drug users and petty criminals Odd and Geir living their relatively boring lives in Oslo, Norway. This cartoon has been made into a feature for television, running for 13 episodes plus a Christmas special. They also star in the animated movie Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy Fri) along with several others of Nielsen's more famous characters. Another well-known character is the notorious Hold Brillan (Hold My Glasses), a huge "redneck"-like character who terrorizes his so-called mates and always gets into fights. Thus "Hold My Glasses" - he cannot fight with them on for fear of breaking them.
Christopher Nielsen is the brother of late musician Joachim Nielsen. He drew all of the album covers for his brothers band, Jokke & Valentinerne, except one due to the artist being in India on holiday.
Christopher Nielsen in the Grand Comics Database:
The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with the producer James L. Brooks. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and was an early hit for Fox, becoming the network's first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989–1990).
Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the show has broadcast 523 episodes and the twenty-fourth season started airing on September 30, 2012. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American primetime, scripted television series.
Numerous Simpson-related comic books have been released over the years. So far, nine comic book series have been published by Bongo Comics since 1993. The first comic strips based on The Simpsons appeared in 1991 in the magazine Simpsons Illustrated, which was a companion magazine to the show. The comic strips were popular and a one-shot comic book titled Simpsons Comics and Stories, containing four different stories, was released in 1993 for the fans. The book was a success and due to this, the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, and his companions Bill Morrison, Mike Rote, Steve Vance and Cindy Vance created the publishing company Bongo Comics. Issues of Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror and Bart Simpson have been collected and reprinted in trade paperbacks in the United States by HarperCollins.
Simpsons Comics in the Grand Comics Database:
The original idea for Broom-Hilda came from Elliott Caplin, brother of Li'l Abner cartoonist Al Capp. He described the main character to Myers, who responded with a sketch of the witch and several samples. Caplin, acting as Myers' business manager, submitted these to the Chicago Tribune Syndicate. Introduced on April 19, 1970, it became an immediate success. Broom-Hilda was reprinted in several collections during the 1970s and 1980s.
Broom Hilda in the Grand Comics Database:
Broom-Hilda in the Grand Comics Database:
1 million English storiesWhile our international content is steadily growing, we reached for English language stories an even big number: 1 million story sequences!
100,000 Norwegian storiesNorwegian is the second language to reach 100,000 stories!
Take a look at our international statistics to see what else the GCD's been up to.
New Features for BrandsWe recently deployed changes in our handling of brands. Like before we store for each issue which emblem of a brand is used. New is the grouping of different emblems together into one brand group. For example, see the brand group for DC, which collects all the different emblems used over time by DC.
Publisher's Age GuidelinesAt the same time we also introduced a new field recording any age designations or ratings that are supplied by the publisher on a comic.
450,000 covers uploaded!
Check out the cover which is from Pocket Chiller Library #9 (Thorpe & Porter, 1971 Series), a series from the United Kingdom.
Take a look at our international statistics to see what else the GCD's been up to.
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