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ComixTribe’s THE RED TEN Kickstarter Campaign Is Live!

ComixTribe’s THE RED TEN Kickstarter Campaign Is Live!

ComixTribe Launches THE RED TEN Volume 1 Hardcover Kickstarter!

ComixTribe to Publish Acclaimed Horror Series AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE

ComixTribe to Publish Acclaimed Horror Series AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE

A 5-issue horror mystery series by Lees & Laurie coming this summer.

Review: Prime-8s #1

Review: Prime-8s #1

The writers behind HOAX HUNTERS reunite for a fun retro adventure…with MONKEYS!

Last Chance to Pre-Order EPIC #1 Pilot Issue!

Last Chance to Pre-Order EPIC #1 Pilot Issue!

“Digital Directors Cut” of EPIC #1 Pilot Releases Tonight at Midnight to ALL BACKERS!

ComixTribe announces NYCC Exclusive & Guest Signing Schedule

ComixTribe announces NYCC Exclusive & Guest Signing Schedule

ComixTribe has announced its plans for the big show, including a number of creator signings and a NYCC Exclusive book! Tyler James (The Red Ten, Oxymoron, EPIC), John Lees (The Standard, And Then Emily Was Gone), and Joe Mulvey (SCAM) will be at the ComixTribe booths #1170-1172 in the Small Press Alley on the main […]

ComixTribe Launches EPIC Kickstarter! Bonus Incentives for Day One Backers

ComixTribe Launches EPIC Kickstarter! Bonus Incentives for Day One Backers

ComixTribe Lauches 25 Day Campaign to Fund EPIC!

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TPG Week 170: Comedy Needs To Be Paced (And Funny)

TPG Week 170: Comedy Needs To Be Paced (And Funny)

Hello, and welcome once again to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in the personage of Dan Dayton. We have Steve Colle in the cooling blue, I’m in the “slap ‘em around some more” red, and let’s see how Dan answers the question   Related Posts:TPG Week 161: Don’t Keep […]

B&N Week 170: Casting–Do You Do It?

B&N Week 170: Casting–Do You Do It?

We’ve got another Tuesday! I thank you for spending some of it with me. I appreciate it. This week’s question is: casting—do you do it? Related Posts:TPG Week 173: Ending Up Worse Than Where You StartedB&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While You Kickstarter: 7 Design Tips for Your Project […]

TPG Week 169: Write For The Gap

TPG Week 169: Write For The Gap

Hello, one and all, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a returning Brave One in Schuyler Van Gunten! We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, and I’m in the fiery red. Sam is a bit under the weather, so she did what she could. Let’s see what we have when […]

B&N Week 169: Are You An Effective Pitch Writer?

B&N Week 169: Are You An Effective Pitch Writer?

We’ve got another Tuesday! You know what that means, right? Another Bolts & Nuts question! This week’s question: are you an effective pitch writer? Related Posts:B&N Week 160: What Exercises Can Strengthen Your Skills?B&N Week 152: Engaging Two Types of ReadersTPG Week 142: Newbie MistakesTPG Week 78: Readers Want Cake!B&N Week 77: Loyalty

TPG Week 168: Dialogue Shouldn’t Destroy Your Efforts

TPG Week 168: Dialogue Shouldn’t Destroy Your Efforts

Welcome back, one and all, to the another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Cody Stewart. We also have Steve Colle in blue, I’m in red, and we’ll see what Cody does when he faces   Related Posts:TPG Week 171: Prosaic Thinking Is Not Your FriendTPG Week […]

B&N Week 168: Are You Ready For Some Advice?

B&N Week 168: Are You Ready For Some Advice?

Tuesday! We’ve got a warming trend in Tucson. It’s hitting the high 70s to low 80s on a more consistent basis, which means it’s going to be blazing hot in a couple of weeks. Thus, the circle will start again. Not looking forward to it. This week’s question is another deceptively simple one. Here it […]

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Learning to Color With Hi-Fi

Learning to Color With Hi-Fi

| March 17, 2014

ComixTribe’s Sam LeBas had a chance to chat with Brian Miller, founder of Hi-Fi Colour Design, a well-regarded comic book coloring studio, with clients including DC, Disney, Image and Marvel. Brian is currently Kickstarting “Hi-Fi Color for Comics,” a book that walks creators step-by-step through the process of coloring comic books. Sam LeBas: Why is […]

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Dukeshire’s Fist of Justice Returns With the Help of Kickstarter

Dukeshire’s Fist of Justice Returns With the Help of Kickstarter

| March 13, 2014

Ed Dukeshire shares thoughts about resurrecting Fist of Justice with the help of Kickstarter.

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Review: Headspace #1

Review: Headspace #1

| March 7, 2014

Welcome to Carpenter Cove…

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TPG Week 167: Know The Story You Want To Tell

TPG Week 167: Know The Story You Want To Tell

| March 7, 2014

Welcome, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One who’s no stranger to these parts: Frank Martin! We also have Sam LeBas in purple, I’m in red, and let’s see what happens when Frank goes   Related Posts:TPG Week 169: Write For The GapTPG Week 161: Don’t Keep Writing […]

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B&N Week 167: How Disciplined Do You Have To Be To Create Comics?

B&N Week 167: How Disciplined Do You Have To Be To Create Comics?

| March 4, 2014

Hey! It’s another Tuesday! The sun is shining, we’re regularly hit the upper 70s and low 80s in Tucson (along with a full day of rain, which is unusual), and the days are getting demonstrably longer. How do I know? I have to wear shades going in to work now, and the sun is lighting […]

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TPG Week 166: Padding Is Not Your Friend

TPG Week 166: Padding Is Not Your Friend

| March 1, 2014

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Michael Hasset. We have Steve Colle back in the calming blue, I’m firing off in red, and we’re going to see what Michael does with Mind Expanding Adventures of Sparky and His Homies #2 Related Posts:TPG Week 161: Don’t […]

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B&N Week 166: How Often Can You Reasonably Publish?

B&N Week 166: How Often Can You Reasonably Publish?

| February 25, 2014

Hey! Wasn’t it just Tuesday? Feels like it, doesn’t it? Well, I’m back, you’re back, so let’s ask a question in the newly minted B&N tradition! This week’s question is simple: how often can you reasonably publish? Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Kickstalling: 9 Things to Do During the “Dead Zone” of a Kickstarter Campaign

Kickstalling: 9 Things to Do During the “Dead Zone” of a Kickstarter Campaign

| February 24, 2014

After a tremendous start, your Kickstarter campaign’s momentum has come to a screeching halt. What do you do?

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TPG Week 165: The Story Must Make Sense

TPG Week 165: The Story Must Make Sense

| February 21, 2014

Welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Tommy Sigalov. Tommy, it seems, has some lessons to learn. We’ve got Samantha LeBas looking svelte in purple, I’m doling out haymakers in red, and we’ll see just what happens when Tommy gets Related Posts:TPG Week 173: Ending Up Worse […]

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‘Til something sticks: How My Third Project ‘Torsobear’ Might Turn Out to be a Charm

‘Til something sticks: How My Third Project ‘Torsobear’ Might Turn Out to be a Charm

| February 20, 2014

Writer Brett Uren discusses the challenges he’s faced making comics, and a recent breakthrough with his latest project.

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B&N Week 165: How Many People Do You Know That Can Further Your Career?

B&N Week 165: How Many People Do You Know That Can Further Your Career?

| February 18, 2014

We’ve got another Tuesday upon us, and you know what that means, right? It’s time to ask another question in the new Bolts & Nuts tradition! This week’s question is relatively simple, but carries some things with it that could be unpleasant. Related Posts:TPG Week 173: Ending Up Worse Than Where You StartedB&N Week 173: […]

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TPG Week 164: You Need To Add Story To Your Premise

TPG Week 164: You Need To Add Story To Your Premise

| February 15, 2014

Hello, one and all, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Calvin Gimpelevich. Also, while I know you’re looking forward to having Steve Colle in blue, this week it’s just me. Steve should be back on his next rotation. So sit back, relax, and let’s see […]

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Reviews – Land of the Rats: Gastrolithicus, Trip, Leftovers #4, Dober-Man, Poop Office #2

Reviews – Land of the Rats: Gastrolithicus, Trip, Leftovers #4, Dober-Man, Poop Office #2

| February 13, 2014

Giant monsters, drug trips, anxiety disorders, superheroes and… talking poop feature this week.

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B&N Week 164: Which Conventions Do You Plan On Attending?

B&N Week 164: Which Conventions Do You Plan On Attending?

| February 11, 2014

It’s another Tuesday! We all know what that means, don’t we? Time for some Bolts & Nuts! So, let’s get right into this week’s question. Which conventions do you plan on attending, and why? Related Posts:Imbibe With the Tribe! 2nd Annual ComixTribe NYCC Drink & Draw AnnouncedTPG Week 173: Ending Up Worse Than Where You […]

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TPG Week 163: Actions Alone Do Not A Story Make

TPG Week 163: Actions Alone Do Not A Story Make

| February 7, 2014

Hello, one and all, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Ezra Dixon. We have Sam LeBas in the lovely purple, I’m in the damning red, ad we’ll see what happens when Ezra goes Into the Abyss Related Posts:TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The […]

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Reviews: Lightweightz: The Anthology, Part Two, New-Gen: New Wave #4, Diskordia #1, Deathridge #1, Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers #4, Noctua #2

Reviews: Lightweightz: The Anthology, Part Two, New-Gen: New Wave #4, Diskordia #1, Deathridge #1, Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers #4, Noctua #2

| February 6, 2014

The COZ returns with a big bunch of reviews!

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B&N Week 163: How Often Do You Adapt Other Stories To Comics?

B&N Week 163: How Often Do You Adapt Other Stories To Comics?

| February 4, 2014

It’s another Tuesday! We’ve got some gentle rain currently falling in Tucson, and while it isn’t typically our rainy season, I’ll take it. [It was just 80 degrees last week, folks. Go figure.] Anyway, let’s get into some Bolts & Nuts, shall we? This week’s question is simple: how often do you adapt other stories […]

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TPG Week 162: Effort Put Forth

TPG Week 162: Effort Put Forth

| February 1, 2014

Here we are, face to face, a couple of Silver Spoons… I think I just aged myself (again)! Nevermind. Related Posts:TPG Week 160: Deep ProblemsTPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG Week 83: Use Your Powers For Good Instead Of…TPG Week 79: Don’t Let Bad Pacing Kill Your StoryTPG Week 78: Readers Want […]

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B&N Week 162: How Often Do You Set Stories Aside?

B&N Week 162: How Often Do You Set Stories Aside?

| January 28, 2014

Another Tuesday is upon us! While the northeast part of the country gets snow, here in Tucson it’s sunny and getting into the mid 70s during the day. The days are getting longer, too! I’m loving it. Know what I’m also loving? Some Bolts & Nuts. This week’s question is simple: how often do you […]

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Before You Submit to Comixology Submit

Before You Submit to Comixology Submit

| January 27, 2014

In your haste to get on the largest digital comics sales platform, make sure you avoid these mistakes.

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TPG Week 161: Don’t Keep Writing When The Story Is Senseless

TPG Week 161: Don’t Keep Writing When The Story Is Senseless

| January 24, 2014

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in John Heidt. As always, we have Sam LeBas in Prince purple, I’m in the Hall and Oates red (I’m a Man Eater), and we see what John does with Related Posts:TPG Week 72: Starting Late Will Annoy […]

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B&N Week 161: How Do You Approach Your Stories?

B&N Week 161: How Do You Approach Your Stories?

| January 21, 2014

It’s another Tuesday, and that means that I’m still asking questions! [What, you thought I’d forgotten already? Another question!] Let’s just get to the Bolts & Nuts of it, shall we? This week’s question: How Do You Approach Your Stories? Related Posts:TPG Week 173: Ending Up Worse Than Where You StartedB&N Week 173: Critical or […]

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The Creator & Small Publisher’s Guide to the Diamond Distribution Cycle

The Creator & Small Publisher’s Guide to the Diamond Distribution Cycle

| January 20, 2014 | 4 Comments

As a creator or small-press publisher, you should know the Diamond Distribution cycle. This article should help.

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TPG Week 160: Deep Problems

TPG Week 160: Deep Problems

| January 17, 2014

Hello, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Christopher Knox, who brings us a very strange setup for a tale. It isn’t good, folks. You’ve been warned. We’ve got Steve Colle in blue, I’m forever in red, and let’s see what Christopher did to Related Posts:TPG […]

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Review: Strange Nation #4

Review: Strange Nation #4

| January 17, 2014

Paul Allor and Juan Romera team-up for a gem of a comic.

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B&N Week 160: What Exercises Can Strengthen Your Skills?

B&N Week 160: What Exercises Can Strengthen Your Skills?

| January 14, 2014

It’s another Tuesday! I don’t know about you, but I really wish I were in Australia right now. I’m a tennis watcher, and right now, we have the Australian Open going on. If I were in Australia, I’d have done a lot of writing and scheduling beforehand, so that I’d have no problems or worries […]

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BTP: Manipulating Comfort Zones with Distance

BTP: Manipulating Comfort Zones with Distance

| January 13, 2014

  That’s right. I’m looking at you. I’m watching you watching me.  How does it make you feel?   Welcome, everyone, to a new BREAKING THE PAGE, where, in this edition, we’re going to delve deep into one of the most basic tools in the repertoire of the comic creator: The use of camera distance. […]

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TPG Week 159: When Exposition Goes Missing

TPG Week 159: When Exposition Goes Missing

| January 11, 2014

Not only is it a new year, but it’s also my birthday today! Now, as a present, I’m going to try not to add too much red to this script. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but you never know. Anyway, we have Nyisha Haynes as our new Brave One! We also have Sam […]

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B&N Week 159: What Are Your 2014 Goals?

B&N Week 159: What Are Your 2014 Goals?

| January 7, 2014

It’s 2014! New year, new goals, and something of a new format for Bolts & Nuts! What’s changing? Just a couple of things. This year, I’m going to try not to be as wordy, so these will be somewhat shorter than we’re used to. [Notice the word “try.” It’s important.] Related Posts:TPG Week 173: Ending […]

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TPG Week 158: When Dialogue Doesn’t Do Its Job

TPG Week 158: When Dialogue Doesn’t Do Its Job

| January 4, 2014

Welcome, one and all! It’s a new year, so we’re off to a new start! First up for the year is a new Brave One in Jeremy Jackson! We still have the beautiful Steve Colle in blue, and I’m ever-crabby in red. So, let’s see what Jeremy does when he has a   Related Posts:TPG […]

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B&N Week 158: Top 10 ComixTribe Posts of 2013

B&N Week 158: Top 10 ComixTribe Posts of 2013

| December 31, 2013

It’s another Tuesday! Not only that, it’s also New Year’s Eve! What are we doing? We’re still doing countdowns. The last countdown of the year, as a matter of fact. First, I want to thank all of you for reading. It’s been a great year, and we really and truly wouldn’t be here without all […]

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A Netflix for Comics? A ComicsFix Interview

A Netflix for Comics? A ComicsFix Interview

| December 30, 2013

Thousands of comics for one low monthly price? That’s the ComicsFix value proposition…but can they deliver? Tyler James talks to their CEO to find out.

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TPG Week 157: When Stories Turn Into Hack Jobs

TPG Week 157: When Stories Turn Into Hack Jobs

| December 28, 2013

Welcome back, one and all! This is the final installment of TPG of the year! Let’s take a moment to look back and thank all the Brave Ones who have submitted this year: Jon Parrish (3x), Conner MacDonald, Sam Roads, Joshua Gorfain, John Lees, Ronnie Massey (3x), JP Redding, Michael Arlain, our own Steve Colle […]

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B&N Week 157: Top 10 Things Creators Forget

B&N Week 157: Top 10 Things Creators Forget

| December 25, 2013

Not only is it Tuesday, but it’s also Christmas Eve! No, I’m not going to do a “present” themed B&N this week. Instead, I want to talk about the top things that creators forget to do as they do their thing. These are in no particular order. Let’s get to it, shall we? Related Posts:TPG […]

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TPG Week 156: A Worthy Entrant

TPG Week 156: A Worthy Entrant

| December 20, 2013

Welcome once again to The Proving Grounds! We’re nearing the end of the year, and there’s no rest for the weary! We’ve got Brave One Frank Martin with another script from a writing challenge, we’ve got Steve Colle in blue, and I’m menacing in red. Let’s see what Frank does with   Related Posts:TPG Week […]

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B&N Week 156: Top 10 Habits Of Successful Creators

B&N Week 156: Top 10 Habits Of Successful Creators

| December 17, 2013

It’s another wonderful Tuesday, and we’re still doing countdowns! This week, I wanted to count the ten habits that successful creators have. These will not be in any particular order. So, with that said, let’s get to it! Related Posts:TPG Week 173: Ending Up Worse Than Where You StartedB&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which […]

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TPG Week 155: More Study Needed

TPG Week 155: More Study Needed

| December 13, 2013

Welcome, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a returning Brave One in Will Robson. Let’s see if he’s learned anything since his previous submission! (Quick answer: not a lot.) Also this week, we have back Samantha LeBas (welcome back, Kotter—I mean, Sam!) in purple, and I’m forever dangerous in red, […]

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B&N Week 155: Top Five Horror Stories & Lessons Learned

B&N Week 155: Top Five Horror Stories & Lessons Learned

| December 10, 2013

It’s another Tuesday, and since we’re still in December, we’re still doing countdowns! T his week, we’re going to do my five greatest horror stories, and the lessons I’ve learned from them. Hopefully, you’ll learn from them, too. Related Posts:TPG Week 173: Ending Up Worse Than Where You StartedB&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do […]

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TPG Week 154: Writing Challenge Submission

TPG Week 154: Writing Challenge Submission

| December 6, 2013

Welcome again to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have Paul LaPorte, with a last name that sounds like he’s from a Louisiana bayou somewhere… Just saying. Anyway, we have Steve Colle back in the calming blue, I’m forever in the fiery red, and let’s see how well Paul handles a writing […]

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Reviews: A Visitor’s Guide to Dempsey, Theodicy, Sticky, Zombolette’s Floppy, Life Through the Lens

Reviews: A Visitor’s Guide to Dempsey, Theodicy, Sticky, Zombolette’s Floppy, Life Through the Lens

| December 6, 2013

WARNING: Contains NSFW images of nipple-licking!

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