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Comics Buyer's Guide (CBG) is the longest-running periodical reporting on the comic book industry. Founded in 1971 primarily as an advertising venue by Alan Light under the title The Buyer’s Guide for Comic Fandom (abbreviated TBG), it was bought in late 1982 by collectibles publisher Krause Publications and renamed Comics Buyer’s Guide (abbreviated CBG) and since that time has been edited by Don and Maggie Thompson (with Maggie editing it alone after Don's death in 1994). This article is about the magazine as a published medium. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Generally speaking, advertising is the promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas, usually by an identified sponsor. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A collectible (or collectable) is a manufactured item designed for people to collect. ... Don Thompson (Jan 18, 1940 - ) is a Canadian jazz pianist and bass player with Rob McConnells Boss Brass. ... Maggie Thompson (born November 29, 1942), is the editor of Comics Buyer’s Guide. ...

For most of its history "The Comics Buyer’s Guide", has been published weekly in a tabloid newspaper format. In May 2004 the editors announced that the publication would be switching to a monthly magazine format, allowing to to broaden its distribution to the mass market. In July 2005, the magazine began archiving past features at its CBGXtra.com service. Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... This article is about the month of May. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A collection of magazines A magazine is a periodical publication containing a variety of articles, generally financed by advertising and/or purchase by readers. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

CBG has at times been noted for its lively letter column "Oh, So?", as well as columns by Peter David, Tony Isabella, Mark Evanier, John Jackson Miller, Robert Ingersoll, Heidi McDonald, Chuck Rozanski, Craig Shutt, Beau Smith, Andrew Smith and others. Cartoonists who have graced its pages over the years include Chuck Fiala, Jim Engel, Dan Vebber, Fred Hembeck, Brian Douglas Ahern, Chris Smigliano, Mark Martin (cartoonist), Batton Lash and others. For some years they reprinted installments of The Spirit comic strip by Will Eisner. The panel cartoon Last Kiss by John Lustig is among the longtime fixtures. In addition, the CBG monthly is especially valuable to those with an avid interest in comic books as an investment for its monthly price guides and the yearly publication of the Standard Catalog of Comic Books, produced in conjunction with Human Computing, the makers of the comic collectors’ software, ComicBase. Peter Allen David (born September 23, 1956) is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. ... Tony Isabella (born December 22, 1951) is a comic book writer and commentator, best known as the creator and writer of Black Lightning, DC Comics first major African American superhero. ... Mark Evanier (born March 2, 1952 in Santa Monica, California) is an American writer. ... John Jackson Miller (born January 12, 1968) is an American comic-book writer and commentator, best known for his research into comic book circulation history, as presented in the Standard Catalog of Comic Books series. ... Mark Martin is an American cartoonist. ... In June of 1940 Will Eisner created The Spirit, a comic serial that appeared weekly in a Sunday newspaper insert (which contained four or five stories, each seven to eight pages long). ... Will Eisner (March 3, 1917, Brooklyn, New York City – January 3, 2005, Lauderdale Lakes, Florida) was an acclaimed American comics writer, artist and entrepreneur. ... John Lustig is a Disney Comics Artist. ... The Standard Catalog of Comic Books is the worlds largest book about comic books. ... Begun in 1992 by Peter Bickford, ComicBase is a popular program for tracking comic book collections, as well as the world’s largest published database of comic books. ...

It has also awarded their annual Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards since 1982.

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