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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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Are You The “Comic Guy” In Your Office?

Are You The “Comic Guy” In Your Office?

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

Put Your Focus Where It Counts

Put Your Focus Where It Counts

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

Industry Standards

Industry Standards

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

Self-Promotion

Self-Promotion

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

Self-Discipline

Self-Discipline

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Vision

Vision

  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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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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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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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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Sometimes, The Smackdown Is Necessary

Sometimes, The Smackdown Is Necessary

| September 4, 2014

  Sometimes, you see things that just infuriate you. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Zombies

Zombies

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

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The Creative Ego

The Creative Ego

| August 31, 2014

  There’s a lot that goes on with the creative ego. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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The Wing

The Wing

| August 30, 2014

  Generally speaking, we’re not nice to those who are just coming into comics. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Moving Boxes

Moving Boxes

| August 30, 2014

  The thing that sucks about collecting comics? Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 192: The Resubmission That Didn’t Learn

TPG Week 192: The Resubmission That Didn’t Learn

| August 30, 2014

  Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds. This week, we have Brave One Luke Pierce back with a resubmission! Hopefully, this is the start of a trend. I like resubmissions. We also have something of a graduate from TPG: Liam Hayes has stepped up to try his hand at editing. We’re going […]

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The Path

The Path

| August 29, 2014

  I’ve seen a lot of creators come and go in my time. A lot of them. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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The Cheap Way

The Cheap Way

| August 28, 2014

  When you’re making comics, there’s really only two ways to do it: Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Doing The Important Work

Doing The Important Work

| August 26, 2014

  I had a conversation over Twitter a few days ago. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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The Story That Won’t Come

The Story That Won’t Come

| August 25, 2014

  You know exactly the story I’m talking about. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Recommending Comics

Recommending Comics

| August 24, 2014

  There are times when I feel old. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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The Informed Opinion

The Informed Opinion

| August 23, 2014

  That’s really all editing is. An informed opinion. And it is that informed opinion that the smart creator will seek out. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not True

TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not True

| August 22, 2014

Welcome, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Joshua Crowther. Related Posts:TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)TPG Week 188: Nothing Good To SayTPG Week 183: A Clinic In WrongTPG Week 179: Don’t Bore The Reader Into SubmissionTPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In […]

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The Advocate

The Advocate

| August 22, 2014

  Sometimes, creators rail against the process of editing. They rail against the need of an editor for their stories. It doesn’t matter what step you’re in, be it scripting or the more visible artistic side, sometimes, creators don’t feel the need for an editor. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Free Advice

Free Advice

| August 21, 2014

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Lego Comics

Lego Comics

| August 20, 2014

  Growing up, I Made Mine Marvel. That’s who I was as a kid. I was a True Believer. Even the Marvel cartoons (Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, the Incredible Hulk, and the early cartoons of the 60s and 70s) had me all open. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?

B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?

| August 20, 2014

  What is your creative wish list? This is the question of the week. Related Posts:TPG Week 195: Nothing Learned (and it’s brutal)B&N Week 195: What Are Your Mobile Tools?TPG Week 194: Science Fiction Needs ResearchB&N Week 194: Are You Defining Your Own Role In Comics?A “Super” Kickstarter

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The Long Cut

The Long Cut

| August 19, 2014

  A couple of years ago, I got an email from someone purporting to be a family member of a pop star. This person wanted to know if I did things for “karma points”, and then wanted to know if a publisher would be interested in a story written by a family member of a […]

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The Marvel/DC Conundrum

The Marvel/DC Conundrum

| August 18, 2014

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If You Don’t Know Your Business, Get Out Now

If You Don’t Know Your Business, Get Out Now

| August 17, 2014

  Pretty bold statement, right? Nonetheless, it’s true. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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A Big Mac

A Big Mac

| August 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

  When I was a kid, all I did was read Marvel Comics. And when the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe came out, I was always nose deep in them. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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The Wish List

The Wish List

| August 15, 2014

  I wish comics were less expensive to create. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)

TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)

| August 15, 2014

  Hello, one and all, and welcome to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Morgan Wellborn! Morgan is an artist who’s trying his hand at writing. We’ll see how he does. We also have Steve Colle in blue, I’m in red, and we all get to […]

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Characters

Characters

| August 13, 2014

  I’m not talking about characteristics (not really), and I’m not talking about the inner character that is seen through actions and dialogue. I’m talking about how a character looks. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Rejection

Rejection

| August 12, 2014

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B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?

B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?

| August 12, 2014

  We have another Tuesday! It’s actually going to be cloudy with a chance of rain here in Tucson, and I’m loving it. It’s great. Rain brings some cooler weather, and that’s always a plus when you’re in the triple digits. Related Posts:TPG Week 195: Nothing Learned (and it’s brutal)B&N Week 195: What Are Your […]

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The File

The File

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

  How many of you have lived this scenario: Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Quality vs Getting Something Made

Quality vs Getting Something Made

| August 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Creating comics is a difficult thing, if you’re doing it right. It always has been. Because if you’re doing it right, you’re doing it with quality. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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And Then DC Plotzed…

And Then DC Plotzed…

| August 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

  There comes a time in every movie studio’s life where you just have to say two words: Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look Like

TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look Like

| August 9, 2014

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have something of a treat: Brave One Jon Parrish has done a resubmission! We don’t get those too often around these parts. We have Samantha LeBas looking svelte in purple, I’m looking crazed in red, and we’ll see what Jon does with Related […]

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Doing Your Own Work

Doing Your Own Work

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

  It’s important to do your own work. Not only is it worth doing, but you’re the only one who can really do it. It’s your own growth, and only you can do it. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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How Many Universes Can You Hold?

How Many Universes Can You Hold?

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Right now, the Marvel Universe has at least two: the comics, and the movies. The movies have also expanded into television with the advent of Agents of SHIELD, the Peggy Carter show that’s coming, and the Netflix series which is currently filming. This doesn’t include the cartoons, of course. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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