Author Archive: Steven Forbes

Steven is an editor/writer with such credits as Fallen Justice, the award nominated The Standard, and Bullet Time under his belt, as well as work published by DC Comics. Between he and his wife, there are 10 kids (!), so there is a lot of creativity all around him.

Steven is also the editor in chief and co-creator of ComixTribe, whose mission statement is Creators Helping Creators Make Better Comics.

If you're looking for editing, contact him at [email protected] for rate inquiries.

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Independent vs Corporate Storytelling

| October 1, 2014
Independent vs Corporate Storytelling

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

| September 30, 2014
B&N Week 197: What’s The Least You Need To Know?

  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:TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was Better…B&N Week 196: What Are You Doing To Bring Fun & Games To Comics?TPG Week 195: Nothing Learned (and it’s brutal)B&N Week 195: What Are Your […]

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Creation Myths

| September 30, 2014
Creation Myths

  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

| September 29, 2014
You Are Not Special

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

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Kirby/Marvel

| September 28, 2014
Kirby/Marvel

  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”

| September 27, 2014
Stop Waiting For “Permission”

  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…

| September 26, 2014
TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was Better…

  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

| September 26, 2014
Do The Work You Like

  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

| September 25, 2014
You Have To Ship

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?

| September 24, 2014
Working Smarter?

  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?

| September 24, 2014
B&N Week 196: What Are You Doing To Bring Fun & Games To Comics?

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

| September 23, 2014
Knowing Better

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…?

| September 22, 2014
Bucky Dead Is Now…?

  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

| September 20, 2014
Simple Tips For Your Card

  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?

| September 19, 2014
Are You The “Comic Guy” In Your Office?

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

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

| September 19, 2014
TPG Week 195: Nothing Learned (and it’s brutal)

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 196: Blackenstein Was Better…TPG Week 194: […]

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Put Your Focus Where It Counts

| September 18, 2014
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

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Industry Standards

| September 17, 2014
Industry Standards

  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?

| September 17, 2014
B&N Week 195: What Are Your Mobile Tools?

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

| September 16, 2014
Self-Promotion

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

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Self-Discipline

| September 15, 2014
Self-Discipline

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

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Vision

| September 14, 2014
Vision

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

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Watching Television

| September 13, 2014
Watching Television

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

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TPG Week 194: Science Fiction Needs Research

| September 12, 2014
TPG Week 194: Science Fiction Needs Research

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

| September 12, 2014
Kingdom Come

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

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Taking It Slow

| September 11, 2014
Taking It Slow

  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

| September 10, 2014
Following Comics News

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

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Being Understood

| September 9, 2014
Being Understood

  Clarity is everything. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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

| September 9, 2014
B&N Week 194: Are You Defining Your Own Role In Comics?

  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

| September 8, 2014
Adapting From Other Media

  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

| September 7, 2014
A “Super” Kickstarter

  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

| September 7, 2014
Comic Book Dialogue

  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

| September 6, 2014
Lifelong Habits

  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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TPG Week 193: Another Resubmission Gone Wrong

| September 6, 2014
TPG Week 193: Another Resubmission Gone Wrong

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One who’s no stranger to these parts: Schuyler Van Gunten! We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m in red, and we’ll see how Schuyler does with his resubmission of Mystiker Related Posts:TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was […]

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Vampires

| September 5, 2014
Vampires

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

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Sometimes, The Smackdown Is Necessary

| September 4, 2014
Sometimes, The Smackdown Is Necessary

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

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Zombies

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Zombies

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B&N Week 193: What Can Apple Teach Us?

| September 2, 2014
B&N Week 193: What Can Apple Teach Us?

  What? Tuesday already? Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Related Posts:TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was Better…B&N Week 196: What Are You Doing To Bring Fun & Games To Comics?TPG Week 195: Nothing Learned (and it’s brutal)B&N Week 195: What Are Your Mobile Tools?TPG Week 194: Science Fiction Needs Research

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The Creative Ego

| August 31, 2014
The Creative Ego

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

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The Wing

| August 30, 2014
The Wing

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

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