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Vampires

Vampires

  Everyone makes fun of Twilight, because of the sparkly vampires. Related Posts:No Related Posts

Lettering Is Like Polish

Lettering Is Like Polish

  I love my letterer. Related Posts:No Related Posts

The Flash (original series)

The Flash (original series)

It’s cheesy. Definitely 80s. But the costume looks good. That may be all that matters. Oh, and this is a tumblr post. Related Posts:No Related Posts

Mission Control

Mission Control

Just starting this thing up and seeing what’s out there. Let’s see how long before I delete it… Related Posts:No Related Posts

B&N Week 187: Are You Social On Social Media?

B&N Week 187: Are You Social On Social Media?

B&N Week 187: Are You Social On Social Media? It’s another Tuesday! Another week of Bolts & Nuts, and time to ask another question. Are you social on social media? There are lots of options out there for you, with all kinds of platforms. S… Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Warner Brothers Changed Its Mind

Warner Brothers Changed Its Mind

  But is it a good thing? Related Posts:No Related Posts

Warners Screwed Batman (And Thus, Their Movie Universe)

Warners Screwed Batman (And Thus, Their Movie Universe)

  It’s a terrible thing when people who get paid gobs of money to make smart decisions get it extremely wrong. Related Posts:No Related Posts

Comics College

Comics College

  I know I’m something of a comic historian. Not a deep one, surely, but enough to understand how each job works and has evolved. I’ve read a decent amount of “old” comics. Definitely not a lot by far, and definitely not enough, but also enough to know what I’m missing. Related Posts:No Related Posts

Why Are You Creating?

Why Are You Creating?

  Simple question, right? But have you ever really thought about it? Related Posts:No Related Posts

Dream Big

Dream Big

  With all the talk about making plans and setting goals in order to accomplish your dreams, the act of dreaming itself can get lost. Related Posts:No Related Posts

Rate Inquiries

Rate Inquiries

  Understand that a rate inquiry is a numbers game. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Busy As You Want To Be

Busy As You Want To Be

| October 8, 2014

  There was a point in time when I had too much time on my hands. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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What Does Kryptonite Mean To You?

What Does Kryptonite Mean To You?

| October 7, 2014

  Simple question, but it really has a lot of impact. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Being Personable

Being Personable

| October 6, 2014

  People see my posts in The Proving Grounds, and think I’m a sarcastic jerk. They think I enjoy ripping people apart, and they think that’s all I am. They never say that I’m wrong in my analysis, they just sometimes object to the way I say things. They’d rather be let down gently than […]

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Being Available

Being Available

| October 5, 2014

  This should not be an option. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Being Humble

Being Humble

| October 4, 2014

  It’s not hard to be an asshole and think you’re great. It isn’t difficult at all, especially if you’ve been told this all your life by those who don’t know any better. It’s much, much more difficult to be humble. To be honestly humble. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Gotham

Gotham

| October 3, 2014

  There are some things to like about this show, and some things I think are troubling. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Character Powers

Character Powers

| October 2, 2014

  I love superheroes. Always have. I think we, as a species, love superheroes. Superheroes, their tales, their trials and tribulations, are all around us. As far back as we’ve been telling stories, we’ve told tales of superheroes of some sort. Sometimes it’s a person touched by the gods, sometimes it’s a demigod, but it […]

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Independent vs Corporate Storytelling

Independent vs Corporate Storytelling

| October 1, 2014

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B&N Week 197: What’s The Least You Need To Know?

B&N Week 197: What’s The Least You Need To Know?

| September 30, 2014

  We’ve got another Tuesday! And the temperatures are starting to fall here in Tucson. [To be quite honest, I’m thankful for it.] Related Posts:Kickstarter Page DesignTPG Week 199: Not Enough Peanut ButterB&N Week 198: Are You Taking Advantage Of Digital?TPG Week 198: How To Bore In Five PagesTPG Week 197: Another Resubmission That Didn’t […]

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Creation Myths

Creation Myths

| September 30, 2014

  There are a lot of them. Most of them revolve around the myth that “creation is easy.” Related Posts:No Related Posts

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You Are Not Special

You Are Not Special

| September 29, 2014

  I know what mommy and daddy told you. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Kirby/Marvel

Kirby/Marvel

| September 28, 2014

  Anyone with a sense of history and an ounce of sense cannot undervalue the effect of Jack Kirby upon Marvel. Even if you aren’t a Marvel person, you can’t help but have seen or read a property he had a hand in, either in looks or in story. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Stop Waiting For “Permission”

Stop Waiting For “Permission”

| September 27, 2014

  You want to be in comics? The only thing you really need are some drawings, a photocopier, some paper, and a stapler. Congratulations! You’re now in comics! Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was Better…

TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was Better…

| September 26, 2014

  Welcome back to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in JP Polewczak! We also have Liam Hayes in blue, I’m the guy in red, and we’ll see what JP has to say about Related Posts:TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG Week 83: Use […]

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Do The Work You Like

Do The Work You Like

| September 26, 2014

  It’s damned difficult to find the work you love. Damned difficult. Sometimes, we have to find the work we like, and do that instead. Especially as comic book creators. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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You Have To Ship

You Have To Ship

| September 25, 2014

There is nothing more important than shipping a product. Shipping, no matter how “good” or “bad” the product, separates you from those who are just talking about being a creator. Shipping a product means you have something to show. Shipping a product means you’re no longer a wannabe. The wannabes are still on message boards […]

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Working Smarter?

Working Smarter?

| September 24, 2014

  Your audience doesn’t want to be bored. Neither does the prospective publisher. If you have to dig past your first issue in order to find something interesting in order to pitch a publisher, then you haven’t worked hard enough on your story. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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B&N Week 196: What Are You Doing To Bring Fun & Games To Comics?

B&N Week 196: What Are You Doing To Bring Fun & Games To Comics?

| September 24, 2014

We’ve got another Tuesday upon us! The sun is shining once again in Tucson, and the heat won’t hit in the triple digits anymore. [You’re all going to be envious of me in a couple of months, when I’m still talking about 80 degree weather…] We’ve got a short discussion this week. This week’s question: […]

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Knowing Better

Knowing Better

| September 23, 2014

There’s the hard way, there’s the smart way, and there’s the strange way. Lots of creators go the hard way, thinking it’s the smart way. Then they run into a wall, understanding that it’s wrong. A lot of creators stop right there, never trying anything else. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Bucky Dead Is Now…?

Bucky Dead Is Now…?

| September 22, 2014

  If you’ve been in comics for a while, there were three truths that we always knew: Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Simple Tips For Your Card

Simple Tips For Your Card

| September 20, 2014

  Don’t print a lot of them, unless you’re getting a break on the price. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Are You The “Comic Guy” In Your Office?

Are You The “Comic Guy” In Your Office?

| September 19, 2014

  You know exactly what I mean. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 195: Nothing Learned (and it’s brutal)

TPG Week 195: Nothing Learned (and it’s brutal)

| September 19, 2014

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have someone who’s no stranger here: Luke Noonan! He’s been here twice before. We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m frantic in red, and we’ll see what Luke does with an established character in Related Posts:TPG Week 199: Not Enough Peanut ButterTPG Week […]

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Put Your Focus Where It Counts

Put Your Focus Where It Counts

| September 18, 2014

  It’s pretty easy to say, but it can be a challenge to put into practice. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Industry Standards

Industry Standards

| September 17, 2014

  In comics, this is a myth that somehow keeps being perpetuated. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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B&N Week 195: What Are Your Mobile Tools?

B&N Week 195: What Are Your Mobile Tools?

| September 17, 2014

It’s another Tuesday! Today’s been a gray day outside. The monsoon season has extended itself, and we’ve gotten a lot of rain here. More than usual for this time of year, but I don’t think records have been broken yet. Approached, maybe, but not broken. Oh, well, one has: a hurricane/tropical storm has affected our […]

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Self-Promotion

Self-Promotion

| September 16, 2014

  I’m horrible at it. I won’t lie. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Self-Discipline

Self-Discipline

| September 15, 2014

  Here’s my work day: Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Vision

Vision

| September 14, 2014

  Every creator has one, but quite often, that vision is cloudy. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Watching Television

Watching Television

| September 13, 2014

  I’m a television watcher, of sorts. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 194: Science Fiction Needs Research

TPG Week 194: Science Fiction Needs Research

| September 12, 2014

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Chelsea Smith. We also have Liam Hayes returning this week in blue, I’m the wild one in red, and we’ll see if Chelsea is good enough to really invoke the Bard in A Clone By Any Other […]

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Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come

| September 12, 2014

  Remember when this was the future that DC was working towards? Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Taking It Slow

Taking It Slow

| September 11, 2014

  Sometimes, it’s the hardest thing in the world. You’ve got a new idea, and you just want to get it out there! Put it into production immediately, and damn the naysayers! Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Following Comics News

Following Comics News

| September 10, 2014

  Remember what General Ackbar said, his most famous line, quoted time and again. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Being Understood

Being Understood

| September 9, 2014

  Clarity is everything. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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B&N Week 194: Are You Defining Your Own Role In Comics?

B&N Week 194: Are You Defining Your Own Role In Comics?

| September 9, 2014

  Welcome to another Tuesday! We’ve had lots of rain here in southern Arizona—more than usual. Lots of flooding in my area. Not me, though. I’m fine, thanks. But places around me? Difficult to access or egress, because of the flooding. People were even sent home early because of it. So, yeah, lots of rain […]

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Adapting From Other Media

Adapting From Other Media

| September 8, 2014

  You’re watching a movie that’s based on a book. A book that you love. A book that you’ve loved for years. The writer/director has made some choices you don’t agree with: actor/actress, costume, setting. It isn’t how you see it in your mind’s eye. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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A “Super” Kickstarter

A “Super” Kickstarter

| September 7, 2014

  A couple of months ago, I was asked by creator Joshua Crowther to do some editing for him. He had a book that was already well underway, but being intrigued with the premise, I agreed.  Then I started asking Josh some questions about the story. Here are the answers, and what he wants to […]

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Comic Book Dialogue

Comic Book Dialogue

| September 7, 2014

  There aren’t very many rules to comic book dialogue. I’m talking about in scripting, not in how it’s represented on the page. That’s for the letterer to deal with. Just make sure you know your terms, and things will go smoothly. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Lifelong Habits

Lifelong Habits

| September 6, 2014

  Breathing. It’s one of those things you just can’t get around. We all enjoy breathing, and we want to do more of it. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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