This site has been around since the late '90s, and has been called many things: "Captain Comics site." "The Board." "The Round Table." "The Forum." "The Website." Usually most of these have been preceded by "Captain Comics' ...", but not always -- Legionnaires have often just used shorthand with each other.

When I was forced to make some changes recently -- Ning stopped supporting our chosen design -- I threw together a masthead that reads as you see it above. I chose "Round Table" from all the options, because I liked the suggestions of  inclusiveness and equality. But I'm not married to it, and would happily consider other names.

Especially since an actual professional has volunteered to do a new masthead for us, far better than my 10-minute effort. (It's Legionnaire Lumbering Jack, and we should all applaud his generosity!) But if Jack's going to go that effort, we should get something we're all happy with. He and I went 'round and 'round narrowing down the ideas, and here's some of our thoughts:

* I thought putting my name on every version he came up with was a little egotistical. He said my name is a draw and a constant through all the iterations of the board. I'm torn on this one.

* I wanted to make sure the concept of "Forum" came through, and that the Legionnaires are the heart of the board. He thought my column was, but agreed that the Legionnaires should be mentioned somehow.

* He wanted a super-character of our own invention to represent the board, but I worried that it would make us look childish or frivolous. I suggested instead four panels (in CMYK, of course) on a comics page, or a heraldic shield with four colors on it, or some other non-chibi-looking symbol -- if we had a symbol at all. (I don't want to look silly to, say, newspaper editors looking at the site to decide if they want to use my column.)

* I want a name that can be shorthanded and not sound childish in case publishers want to lift quotes from the board -- not just from me, but other Legionnaires -- for blurbs on TPBs. Think Comic Book Resources, which is usually referred to in blurbs as CBR. Or consider IGN (I don't even know what that stands for). One logo that struck my fancy was Screen Rant (screenrant.com), which has a silly name, but has a subdued color scheme (yellow, white and black), and uses as its symbol a clip of film with the letters "SR" on it. That's versatile, simple and can be used in almost any size or context -- even where only two colors are available.

And so forth. I haven't come to any conclusions, and I hate to keep Jack waiting, so I'm throwing it open to the Legionnaires. What should we be called? What about the board is important enough to be suggested in the logo? How can we be both fun and have a shorthand publishers won't be embarrassed to use? How do you conceptualize what we do here? Who, and what, are we?

Let me hear it, Legionnaires!

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Comment by Doctor Hmmm? on June 18, 2013 at 4:09pm

How can we be both fun and have a shorthand publishers won't be embarrassed to use?

To steal honor an old joke, I'm guessing "Captain Comics All-Star Squadron" is out, then?

I'll defer to others on practically everything else, but I'm in agreement with Jack that you should be front and center on any official name, Cap.  You are a draw (and, even if you weren't, I think it's still appropriate).

Comment by ClarkKent_DC on June 18, 2013 at 4:31pm

The first thing that came to mind was "LSH," for "Legion of Superfluous Heroes."

Comment by Kirk G on June 18, 2013 at 5:16pm

I agree with all your points above Captain...

I never knew we were referred to as Legionnaires!

Comment by Philip Portelli on June 18, 2013 at 6:48pm

I have no problem with "Round Table" but as an abbreviation, how about "CCB" Captain Comics' Board to simplify things?

Comment by Captain Comics on June 18, 2013 at 7:01pm

Maybe I should change the name of the board to CCB, and make just the forum area "Round Table"?

Comment by Richard Willis on June 18, 2013 at 7:06pm

Is the word "Board" generally understood by the public? "Captain Comics Round Table" actually is more descriptive and also isn't silly.

Comment by Philip Portelli on June 18, 2013 at 7:07pm

"Where you get the BEST discussions on comics, movies, TV and pop culture?"

"Why at the CCB, of course!"

Comment by Captain Comics on June 18, 2013 at 7:32pm

I suppose CCRT works just as well.

Comment by ClarkKent_DC on June 18, 2013 at 9:22pm

I have to wonder if "CCB" might be confused for any number of other entities. It's one thing to consider as we settle on a name and abbreviation.

Comment by Figserello on June 18, 2013 at 9:45pm

Heroes Round Table night attract a lot of middle-age ladies...

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