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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TPG Week 173: Ending Up Worse Than Where You Started

| April 18, 2014
TPG Week 173: Ending Up Worse Than Where You Started

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One who is no stranger here: Talisha Harrison. We’ve got in indomitable Samantha LeBas in the punishing purple, I’m in the raging red, and together, we’ll all see how Talisha handles   Related Posts:TPG Week 159: When Exposition Goes MissingTPG […]

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B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?

| April 15, 2014
B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?

It’s another Tuesday! Summer’s coming, and with it, the summer movies. While technically not a summer movie, we’ve already had the Captain America sequel [which I consider to be the opening salvo to the summer tentpoles], and on the horizon are the Spider-Man and X-Men sequels, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja […]

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TPG Week 172: Work On Other Projects First

| April 11, 2014
TPG Week 172: Work On Other Projects First

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Curt Achberger. And while this was supposed to be Steve Colle’s week, he’s taking a sabbatical, and will be back when he can. In the meantime, the beautiful, talented, and ice cold Samantha LeBas […]

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B&N Week 172: What Are The Hidden Steps In Creating Comics?

| April 8, 2014
B&N Week 172: What Are The Hidden Steps In Creating Comics?

It’s another Tuesday, and I’m happy to be here! Let’s just get into this week’s question, shall we? What are the hidden steps to creating comics? 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 […]

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TPG Week 171: Prosaic Thinking Is Not Your Friend

| April 5, 2014
TPG Week 171: Prosaic Thinking Is Not Your Friend

Welcome, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have another new Brave One in Cody Stewart. We also have the ravishing Sam LeBas in purple, I’m in the ravaging red, and let’s see how Cody swims in the   Related Posts:TPG Week 165: The Story Must Make SenseTPG Week […]

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B&N Week 171: To Be Or Not To Be–Should You Quit Comics?

| April 2, 2014
B&N Week 171: To Be Or Not To Be–Should You Quit Comics?

It’s a windy-ful Tuesday here in beautiful Tucson! It’s great, really. We’ve got the low 80s here, so the breezes are more than comfortable. It’s great, and a precursor to what’s coming next: heat! And not the Miami Heat, either. It’ll be fine. Right now, though, it’s time to get into some Bolts & Nuts! […]

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

| March 29, 2014
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 […]

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B&N Week 170: Casting–Do You Do It?

| March 25, 2014
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 […]

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TPG Week 169: Write For The Gap

| March 22, 2014
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 […]

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

| March 19, 2014
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

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TPG Week 168: Dialogue Shouldn’t Destroy Your Efforts

| March 15, 2014
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 […]

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

| March 11, 2014
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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TPG Week 167: Know The Story You Want To Tell

| March 7, 2014
TPG Week 167: Know The Story You Want To Tell

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?

| March 4, 2014
B&N Week 167: How Disciplined Do You Have To Be To Create Comics?

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

| March 1, 2014
TPG Week 166: Padding Is Not Your Friend

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?

| February 25, 2014
B&N Week 166: How Often Can You Reasonably Publish?

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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TPG Week 165: The Story Must Make Sense

| February 21, 2014
TPG Week 165: The Story Must Make Sense

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

| February 18, 2014
B&N Week 165: How Many People Do You Know That Can Further Your Career?

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

| February 15, 2014
TPG Week 164: You Need To Add Story To Your Premise

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

| February 11, 2014
B&N Week 164: Which Conventions Do You Plan On Attending?

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

| February 7, 2014
TPG Week 163: Actions Alone Do Not A Story Make

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

| February 4, 2014
B&N Week 163: How Often Do You Adapt Other Stories To Comics?

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

| February 1, 2014
TPG Week 162: Effort Put Forth

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?

| January 28, 2014
B&N Week 162: How Often Do You Set Stories Aside?

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

| January 24, 2014
TPG Week 161: Don’t Keep Writing When The Story Is Senseless

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?

| January 21, 2014
B&N Week 161: How Do You Approach Your Stories?

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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TPG Week 160: Deep Problems

| January 17, 2014
TPG Week 160: Deep Problems

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

| January 14, 2014
B&N Week 160: What Exercises Can Strengthen Your Skills?

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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TPG Week 159: When Exposition Goes Missing

| January 11, 2014
TPG Week 159: When Exposition Goes Missing

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?

| January 7, 2014
B&N Week 159: What Are Your 2014 Goals?

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

| January 4, 2014
TPG Week 158: When Dialogue Doesn’t Do Its Job

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

| December 31, 2013
B&N Week 158: Top 10 ComixTribe Posts of 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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TPG Week 157: When Stories Turn Into Hack Jobs

| December 28, 2013
TPG Week 157: When Stories Turn Into Hack Jobs

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

| December 25, 2013
B&N Week 157: Top 10 Things Creators Forget

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

| December 20, 2013
TPG Week 156: A Worthy Entrant

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

| December 17, 2013
B&N Week 156: Top 10 Habits Of Successful Creators

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

| December 13, 2013
TPG Week 155: More Study Needed

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

| December 10, 2013
B&N Week 155: Top Five Horror Stories & Lessons Learned

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

| December 6, 2013
TPG Week 154: Writing Challenge Submission

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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B&N Week 154: Top 10 Reasons You’ll Fail At Making Comics

| December 4, 2013
B&N Week 154: Top 10 Reasons You’ll Fail At Making Comics

It’s not only Tuesday, but it’s also December! Where has the time gone? I have no idea, but we’re here, it’s nearing the end of the year, and you know what that means. Countdowns! So for the next few weeks, we’re going to do countdowns. Let’s get settled in, shall we? Related Posts:The COZ Top […]

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