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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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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:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While You Kickstarter: 7 Design Tips for Your Project Image TPG Week 172: Work On Other Projects […]

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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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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:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While You Kickstarter: 7 Design Tips for Your Project Image TPG Week 172: Work On Other Projects FirstB&N […]

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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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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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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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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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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:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While […]

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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 AnnouncedB&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You […]

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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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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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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:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While You Kickstarter: […]

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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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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:B&N Week 173: Critical […]

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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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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:B&N […]

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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:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While You Kickstarter: 7 Design […]

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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:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While You Kickstarter: 7 Design Tips […]

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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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B&N Week 153: What’s Your Professional Attitude?

| November 26, 2013
B&N Week 153: What’s Your Professional Attitude?

There’s another Tuesday staring us straight in the eye. Must mean it’s time for more Bolts & Nuts! This week, I want to ask a simple question: do you have a professional attitude? Related Posts:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While You Kickstarter: 7 Design Tips for Your Project Image […]

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B&N Week 152: Engaging Two Types of Readers

| November 19, 2013
B&N Week 152: Engaging Two Types of Readers

We have another Tuesday upon us! Was I missed? I certainly missed you. Let’s get into some Bolts & Nuts, shall we? This week, I want to discuss engaging the reader. However, there are two types of readers that you have to do this for: the editor, and the audience. Related Posts:TPG Week 142: Newbie […]

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B&N Week 151: Are You Building Your Worlds Correctly?

| November 12, 2013
B&N Week 151: Are You Building Your Worlds Correctly?

We’ve got another Tuesday! Just as water flows, time marches on, my friends! This week, I want to talk about world building. Related Posts:TPG Week 73: Another Copyrighted Character!TPG Week 161: Don’t Keep Writing When The Story Is SenselessTPG Week 159: When Exposition Goes MissingTPG Week 146: Keeping Reader InterestTPG Week 144: Words On Paper

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B&N Week 150: A Very Brief History of Comics

| November 5, 2013
B&N Week 150: A Very Brief History of Comics

It’s Tuesday! That’s really all I have the energy for this week by way of introduction. Sorry. This week, I wanted to take a brief-ish look at the history of comics. See where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and take a little peek into where we’re going. Let’s start, shall we? Related Posts:A Netflix for […]

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B&N Week 149: Do You Cause More Work For The Creative Team?

| October 29, 2013
B&N Week 149: Do You Cause More Work For The Creative Team?

It’s another Tuesday! The sun is shining now, but the days are appreciably shorter, and for most of us living in the US, we’re about to have Daylight Savings Time soon. So, yeah, the seasons are changing about us. I hope you’re ready. What I want to talk about this week will be mainly for […]

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B&N Week 148: Guest Post on Perseverance

| October 22, 2013
B&N Week 148: Guest Post on Perseverance

I’ve got a treat for you this week! There’s a guest speaker! I’m going to let him introduce himself, and do all the rest. Take it away, my friend! It’s Tuesday and boy is it weird to be typing this column, rather than reading it! Related Posts:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You […]

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B&N Week 147: Where Do You Find Inspiration?

| October 15, 2013
B&N Week 147: Where Do You Find Inspiration?

We have another Tuesday before us! What am I doing with this day? I’m asking a simple question: Where do you get your inspiration? Related Posts:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While You Kickstarter: 7 Design Tips for Your Project Image TPG Week 172: Work On Other Projects FirstB&N Week […]

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B&N Week 146: Increasing Awareness Of Your Brand

| October 8, 2013
B&N Week 146: Increasing Awareness Of Your Brand

Tuesday! Who’s ready for it? I know I am. I missed you guys. Last week, we talked about Managing Your Brand. This week, I want to continue in that theme, and talk about increasing your brand awareness. Related Posts:B&N Week 145: Managing Your BrandReview: Broken #1Review: Scam #148-Foot Billboard on the Vegas Strip Heralds World-Wide […]

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B&N Week 145: Managing Your Brand

| October 1, 2013
B&N Week 145: Managing Your Brand

It’s a beautiful day in the Tuesday-hood, a beautiful day in the Tuesday… Fine, so I don’t have the best singing voice. That doesn’t matter! What matters is that we have another Bolts & Nuts today! That’s important! So, let’s get to it! Today’s question is really quite simple: Related Posts:B&N Week 146: Increasing Awareness […]

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B&N Week 144: Ask Questions, Learn, & Then Do

| September 24, 2013
B&N Week 144: Ask Questions, Learn, & Then Do

We have another Tuesday! Really, that’s all the introduction this week. I’ve got some stuff I want to talk about, and I feel it’s important. [Well, to be honest, I fell that all subjects are important. Some are more important than others, though.] This week, I want to talk about self-help and the newbie. Related […]

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B&N Week 143: Top 10 Things Creators Can Do To Help Themselves

| September 17, 2013
B&N Week 143: Top 10 Things Creators Can Do To Help Themselves

Steven is back with a must-read list of ten things that comic creators need to do to help themselves.

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B&N Week 142: Contests of Champions

| September 10, 2013

It’s Tuesday! You know what that means! This week, I want to talk about something I’ve been seeing a lot of recently: contests. Top Cow is currently running one, as is DC Comics, as is another company who’s still doing things with a “beta” tag on their site, Ucreatecomics. Now, all contests have their pros […]

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B&N Week 141: Script To Thumbnails

| September 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
B&N Week 141: Script To Thumbnails

I can see clearly now that Tuesday has come… I can see all the Bolts & Nuts in my way… Okay, fine. I’ll stop singing. However, it doesn’t stop the song that’s in my heart. This week, I want to talk about something that should be near and dear to all of your hearts. (Steven, […]

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B&N Week 140: Titles & Story Names

| August 27, 2013 | 3 Comments
B&N Week 140: Titles & Story Names

Hello, everyone! There is a Tuesday upon us! I’m hungry, the sun is shining, and I’m hungry. [Is there an echo in here?] What I want to talk about this week are titles. I know that Tyler James wrote a very nice article about titles, but it’s been a while, and I think it needs […]

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B&N Week 139: Effective Communication

| August 20, 2013
B&N Week 139: Effective Communication

It’s another Tuesday! We’ve got happy skies, I’ve made some moves (both figuratively and literally), and all the while, you’ve been on my mind. This week, I want to talk about not just the importance of communication, but the importance of clarity within that communication. That’s extremely important. Related Posts:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial […]

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B&N Week 138: Format & Frequency

| August 13, 2013
B&N Week 138: Format & Frequency

There’s a Tuesday going on right here, a celebration, to last throughout the year. So bring your glasses, and a chair or two… We’re gonna share some Bolts & Nuts with you, come on now… [Sorry. Was having a Kool and the Gang moment.] (Glasses, Steven?) [Hey! I wear them, and some of you may, […]

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B&N Week 137: 5 Pages & A Cover?

| August 6, 2013
B&N Week 137: 5 Pages & A Cover?

It’s another wonderful Tuesday! Wonderful, I say! Wonderful! Just one of those days where you look at it and everything is fine. I love Tuesdays. I’m here, you’re here…what’s not to love? This week, I want to take a look at something a lot of us do. I want to look at it, examine it, […]

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B&N Week 136: Hard Truths (Or, If…Then You’re Wrong)

| July 30, 2013
B&N Week 136: Hard Truths (Or, If…Then You’re Wrong)

It’s Tuesday! And do you know what I’ve seen a lot of, lately? Thunderstorms. Flood warnings. Flash flood warnings [which are different and more dangerous than flood warnings]. Rain. Frogs. No, not a rain of frogs [technically, that’s called a fall of frogs], but after the rain, the frogs come out in force here. The […]

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B&N Week 135: The Creative Ego

| July 23, 2013
B&N Week 135: The Creative Ego

We’re looking at another wonderful Tuesday! We actually had a day of rain here. Not just a storm that blew through, either. It started out as a thunderstorm, but then it settled into a nice, long, soaking rain. Water fell from the sky for about five hours. It was wonderful. Cooled it off nicely, too. […]

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B&N Week 134: Snobbery

| July 16, 2013
B&N Week 134: Snobbery

Welcome to another wonderful Tuesday! It’s monsoon season here in Tucson, and we’ve got thunderstorms predicted for the day. [Just heard some rumbling, to tell the truth.] Well, technically, they’re no longer considered “monsoons” in this area. Because of some years without a buttload of rain, we’ve been downgraded to “seasonal heavy rains.” People still […]

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