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Comics Buyer's Guide

Comics Buyer's Guide, established in 1971, was the longest-running English-language periodical reporting on the American comic book industry. It awarded its annual Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards from 1982 to circa 2010; the publication ceased with the March 2013 issue. The magazine was headquartered in Wisconsin. CBG was founded in February 1971 by Alan Light under the title The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom as a monthly newspaper in a tabloid format. TBG began as an advertising venue – known in comics fandom as an "adzine", i.e. a fanzine devoted to ads. Ron Frantz, in his book Fandom: Confidential, traces the lineage of Light's endeavor to Stan's Weekly Express, a pioneering adzine published from 1969 to 1973, whose bare-bones approach was inspired by an "obscure journal of flower advertising known as Joe's Bulletin". Frantz provides background on Light's interaction with the WE Seal of approval program, with which he cooperated in order to help combat mail fraud. Frantz in addition describes the infamous long-running feud between Light and Comics Journal founder Gary Groth.

TBG's frequency was changed to twice-monthly with issue #18. Besides occasional letter columns, beginning with issue #19, prominent fans Don and Maggie Thompson began a monthly column, "Beautiful Balloons." A news column, "What Now?" by Murray Bishoff, was added with #26. These provided the editorial content required by the United States Postal Service to qualify for second class mail. TBG went weekly with issue #86. Cat Yronwode succeeded Bishoff as news reporter with issue #329, renaming the column "Fit to Print". In 1983, The Buyer's Guide was purchased by Krause Publications. Columnists Don and Maggie Thompson were hired as editors. Krause changed the name with their first issue #482 to Comics Buyer's Guide. At that time Krause instituted the controversial CBG Customer Service Award, the display of which signifies an advertiser had a "clean bill of health". Writer Peter David's column, "But I Digress...", joined the publication in 1990. The magazine added Mark Evanier's column "P. O. V." in late 1994.

In 1992, the magazine spun off its distributor and retailer news into a separate periodical, Comics & Games Retailer. Co-editor Don Thompson died in May 23, 1994. In 1998, Krause brought on John Jackson Miller as managing editor and Brent Frankenhoff as projects editor, with Maggie Thompson remaining as editor. Frankenhoff was promoted to CBG Editor in 2006, with Maggie Thompson assuming the title of Senior Editor. In July 2002, Krause was acquired by F+W Publications. With issue #1595, CBG changed its format from a weekly tabloid to a monthly perfect bound magazine. In addition, in hopes of enhancing newsstand sales, CBG added a price guide for contemporary comics as well as other new features intended to make the magazine more appealing to those with an avid interest in comic books as an investment; this marketing strategy was tied to the yearly publication of the Standard Catalog of Comic Books, produced in conjunction with Human Computing, the makers of the comic collectors’ software ComicBase.

In July 2005, the magazine began archiving past features at its service. In late 2009, CBG's page count was reduced, the perfect binding ended, some of the features changed, including the removal of the price guide listings. On January 9, 2013, Krause Publications announced the cancellation of Comics Buyer’s Guide effective with issue #1699; the website CBGXtra and its Facebook page continued as archived resources for a time but are no longer online, replaced by the web site of the new owner Antique Trader. Alter Ego #122 is a tribute issue devoted to Comics Buyer's Guide with features regarding what would have made the 1700th CBG issue if the magazine had continued. A complete collection of CBG and its predecessor is held by the Michigan State University Comic Art Collection. CBG hosted many columns over the years in addition to Don and Maggie Thompson's "Beautiful Balloons", Murray Bishoff's "What Now?", Cat Yronwode's "Fit to Print". With issue #25 Martin L. Greim, publisher of the fanzine The Comic Crusader, began to contribute an occasional column titled "M. L. G. on Comics", that would be known as "Crusader Comments".

With issue #162 in 1976 Shel Dorf began an occasional series "Shel Dorf and the Fantasy Makers" interviewing creators in comics and film. Another columnist in the 1970s was David Scroggy. Another column was Robert Ingersoll's "The Law is A Ass!". The column dealt with how comics writers erred in their depiction of the law, what Ingersoll thought they should have done, it dealt with procedural errors. In the CBG era, the magazine has been noted for its letter column "Oh, So?", as well as columns by Peter David, Tony Isabella, Catherine Yronwode, Rick Norwood, Mark Evanier, John Jackson Miller, Bob Ingersoll, Heidi MacDonald, Chuck Rozanski, Craig Shutt, Beau Smith, Andrew Smith, others. As part of the June 2004 switch to monthly publication, Maggie Thompson revived the "Beautiful Balloons" column. Cartoonists whose work appeared in CBG include Marc Hansen, Chuck Fiala, Jim Engel, Dan Vebber, Fred Hembeck, Mark Engblom, Brian Douglas Ahern, Chris Smigliano, Mark Martin, Batton Lash, Brian Hayes, others.

For some years CBG reprinted installments of The Spirit comic strip by Will Eisner. The panel cartoon "Last Kiss" by John Lustig was among the longtime fixtures. Professional comic book artists such as Jack Kirby, C. C. Beck and Alex Toth, as well as otherwise-unknown fan artists contributed cov

Michael Lee (speedway rider)

Michael Andrew Lee is a British former international speedway rider who won the World Championship in 1980. A controversial character, he was banned for endangering other riders in the early eighties. Michael Lee is the son of former well known British Scrambler Andy Lee. Born in Cambridge, Lee began his professional speedway career in 1975 with Boston in the second division of speedway in the United Kingdom, the National League. In his first season, he recorded an impressive average points score of 9.13, he rode part-time for top division team King's Lynn. In 1976, Lee moved full-time to British League team King's Lynn and finished the season with an average of 9.22, he was the British Junior Champion that year. At the end of the 1977 season, Lee had become the top scorer in the British League with an average of 10.64. He won the first of his two British Speedway Championship titles. Lee won the World Team Cup with England and he had made his first appearance in a World Championship Final. In 1979, Lee finished 3rd in the World Finals, beating Kelly Moran, Billy Sanders and Ole Olsen in a run-off race to claim the bronze medal.

The next year, Lee won the World Championship in Gothenburg for the only time, finishing ahead of King's Lynn team mate Dave Jessup. He was triumphant again with England in the World Team Cup. In 1981 he became the first British rider to win the World Long Track Championship, taking the title in Gornja Radgona ahead of Christoph Betzl and Anders Michanek. Lee moved to the Poole Pirates, he had another successful year, finishing with and average of 10.43. At the start of the 1984 season Lee was involved in an incident that would result in him being banned from speedway for a year. In a cup match against former club King's Lynn, Lee was excluded mid-race for a starting offence in heat 5 and returned to the pits in the wrong direction causing the other riders to take evasive action. Despite the three other riders and the home promoter giving evidence that he had posed no danger, the Speedway Control Board fined him and banned him for 5 years, although this was reduced on appeal. Many people at the time, including Lee himself, felt that the incident and the length of the ban had been used as a pretext to force him out of the sport.

In 1983, Lee appeared in his last World Final at the Motodrom Halbemond in West Germany. Installed as one of the pre-meeting favourites in what was described as the most open World Final for a number of years, Lee finished third on 11 points behind local favourite Egon Müller and Australia's Billy Sanders. Lee finished second as part of the English team at the 1983 World Team Cup Final in Vojens, Denmark. After his ban ended, Lee returned to King's Lynn for two seasons, but he was given another fine after he didn't show up to a match in June 1986 and he quit the sport. Lee made his comeback to speedway on 16 February 1991, riding in the West End Speedway International at the Wayville Showground in Adelaide, South Australia where he finished fourth in the Final behind local rider Shane Bowes, 1990 World #3 Todd Wiltshire, Swede Dennis Lofqvist, he finished third behind Wiltshire and 1986 Australian champion Troy Butler in the "Mr Melbourne" meeting at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, before heading back to England to take up a short-lived stint with King's Lynn.

Lee was avoided a jail term. He was subsequently fined for possession of cannabis and amphetamines in July 2013. On 8 October 2013 Lee was charged with rape and other sexual offences but was cleared of the charges at a trial in May 2014. 1977 - Gothenburg, Ullevi - 4th - 12pts + 2pts 1978 - London, Wembley Stadium - 7th - 9pts 1979 - Chorzów, Silesian Stadium - 3rd - 11pts +3pts 1980 - Gothenburg, Ullevi - Winner - 14pts 1981 - London, Wembley Stadium - 10th - 5pts 1983 - Norden, Motodrom Halbemond - 3rd - 11pts 1979 - Vojens, Speedway Center - 2nd - 24pts 1977 - Wrocław, Olympic Stadium - Winner - 37pts 1978 - Landshut, Ellermühle Stadium - 2nd - 27pts 1980 - Wrocław, Olympic Stadium - Winner - 40pts 1983 - Vojens, Speedway Center - 2nd - 29pts Finalist 1979 - Marianske Lazne 9pts 1980 - Scheeßel 8pts 1981 - Gornja Radgona 23pts 1983 - Marianske Lazne 11pts

Shandon Hopeau

Shandon Hopeau is an American soccer player who plays as a winger for Tacoma Defiance in the USL Championship. Hopeau, from Kapolei, began his youth career with Hawaii Rush Soccer Club. In 2014, Hopeau was invited to participate in the Real Madrid Select camp, an invitation only soccer camp for the top 36 youth players around the world. While playing for the Kapolei High School boys soccer team, Hopeau was named the 2015 and 2016 OIA West player of the year. After being noticed as a standout with his Hawaii Rush club team, Hopeau joined the Sounders Academy in 2016 after the Sounders claimed the state of Hawaii as a homegrown territory, making him eligible to sign as a homegrown player, he ended up being the leading scorer on the Sounders academy team. Hopeau impressed enough at the academy level to earn two appearances, including one start, as an amateur with the Sounders FC second team in 2016. Hopeau signed his first professional contract on March 22, 2017, joining Seattle Sounders FC 2 ahead of the 2017 USL season.

Hopeau was the first Sounders Academy player from Hawaii to sign a professional contract with the team. Hopeau made his professional debut on March 26, 2017, starting in S2's season-opening 2-1 loss to Sacramento. Stats accurate as of June 1, 2017 USSF Development Academy bio Sounders FC 2 player bio Shandon Hopeau at USL Championship

Slependen Station

Slependen Station is a railway station on the Drammen Line located at Slependen in Bærum, Norway. Situated 15.82 kilometers from Oslo Central Station, it consists of an island platform and serves the L1 line of the Oslo Commuter Rail operated by the Norwegian State Railways. It had 900 daily passengers in 2008; the first station at Slependen was located 270 meters further west and opened on 11 September 1873, a year after the Drammen Line. It was variously known as Slæbenden and Slæbende until it took its present name in 1921. A new station building was erected in 1916 and demolished in 1960. With the doubling of the Drammen Line, Slependen was rebuilt 90 meters to the east, still on a curve, as an elevated station; this station was designed by Ina Backer. That station and the one to the east, Jong Station, were closed on 23 May 1993 and replaced by the current station, designed by Arne Henriksen; the Drammen Line through Slependen opened as a narrow gauge railway on 7 October 1872. The area was at first served by Sandvika Station, but the station known as Slæbenden, was opened on 11 September 1873.

A year the name was changed to Slæbende, from April 1894 as Slæbenden and received its current name in April 1921. The original station was situated 15.15 kilometers from Oslo West Station. The second station, at the same location, opened in 1916, it was demolished in 1960. The third station at Slependen was constructed as part of the double-tracking of the Drammen Line between Sandvika and Asker; as the first of four phases, the double track past Slependen opened on 9 November 1958. Along with Billingstad Station and Hvalstad Station, Slependen was built as an elevated station. Designed by Ina Becker of NSB Arkitektkontor, it receive an island platform and was built over a road, from where the access to the station came; the station building was therefore located at the end. Like the original location, Slependen was located in a curve; the polished concrete building featured a flat slate cornice. The new station was situated 90 meters further Sandvika than the first two stations. Jong Station, situated between Slependen and Sandvika, opened in 1959.

From that year Slependen Post Office moved into the station, where it remained until 1993. By the late 1980s both Slependen and Jong Stations were in need for modernization. In particular, the platforms were less than 170 meters long. NSB had just ordered new center cars for their Class 69 commuter trains and a double set would therefore exceed the platform length. Both stations were located in curves. NSB therefore proposed merging the two station, located 790 meters apart, instead building a new station between them; this was estimated to cost 8.4 million Norwegian krone in 1986. This involved moving the station 360 meters towards Sandvika; the new station, designed by Arne Henriksen, opened on 23 May 1993, the same day the old station and Jong were closed. The old station was demolished in 1996. Slependen Station is situated on 15.82 kilometers from Oslo Central Station. The line past the station featured double track and is equipped with a 220-meter long and 57-centimeter tall island platform with two tracks.

It is situated in a residential area next to a steep slope. Access to the platform from the steep side is via a rotunda, which features a circular ramp and stairs; this is connected to the staircase on the platform via an overpass, as is access from the other side of the tracks. These are built in untreated concrete, although walls are clad in pine; the station has parking for 80 cars. The Norwegian State Railways serves Slependen with line L1 of the Oslo Commuter Rail. L1 calls at all stations, running from Spikkestad Station along the Spikkestad Line to Asker Station and past Slependen to Oslo Central Station, it continues along the Trunk Line to Lillestrøm Station. Slependen has two trains per direction per hour, scheduled to increase to four in late 2014; the station had about 900 daily passengers in 2008. Travel time to Oslo Central Station is 21 minutes

Codman triangle

Codman triangle is the triangular area of new subperiosteal bone, created when a lesion a tumour, raises the periosteum away from the bone. A Codman triangle is not a full triangle. Instead, it is a pseudotriangle on radiographic findings, with ossification on the original bone and one additional side of the triangle, which forms a two sided triangle with one open side; this two sided appearance is generated due to a tumor, growing at a rate, faster than the periosteum can grow or expand, so instead of dimpling, the periosteum tears away and provides ossification on the second edge of the triangle. The advancing tumour displaces the perisosteum away from the bone medulla; the displaced and now lateral periosteum attempts to regenerate underlying bone. This describes a periosteal reaction; the main causes for this sign are osteosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, a subperiosteal abscess

Devil's Film

Devil's Film is an American pornographic film studio, based in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California. Launched in 1997, the studio continues to specialize in swinger and gang bang oriented gonzo pornography and niche product centered on such popular fetishes as interracial pornography, transsexual pornography, MILF pornography. Devil's Film entered the adult parody market in 2009 with the release of Coctomom, a spoof inspired by tabloid sensation Nadya Suleman after giving birth to octuplets through in vitro fertilisation. Parodies of HBO's Big Love, AMC's Mad Men, ABC's The Bachelor and NBC's The Biggest Loser soon followed, along with send-ups of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and the entire Twilight Saga. In April 2013, Giant Media Group, the parent company of Pipedream Products, announced the acquisition of Devil's Film. Devil's Film is home to lesbian shingle The L Factor and transsexual studio GoodFellas Productions, producer of America's Next Top Tranny, a parody of The CW's long-running reality series America's Next Top Model.

Official website Devil's Film at the Internet Adult Film Database