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Real Change?

| July 29, 2014
Real Change?

  Soap operas don’t have real change. There is a status quo, and while the writers move the characters through the stories, they always have to return back to the status quo. It’s a merry-go-round, and the only exit is when the show goes off the air. Related Posts:B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your […]

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B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?

| July 29, 2014
B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?

  It’s another Tuesday! Guess that means it’s time for more Bolts & Nuts! Related Posts:Real Change?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of Captain America?Dawn Of Batman?Welcome To The Daily Dose!

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The Painting of Captain America?

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Painting of Captain America?

  There’s a time and a place for everything, isn’t there? Related Posts:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesDawn Of Batman?Welcome To The Daily Dose!

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Dawn Of Batman?

| July 27, 2014 | 2 Comments
Dawn Of Batman?

  I’m very skeptical of the next DC movie, Superman vs Batman: Dawn of Justice.  Very skeptical. Related Posts:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of Captain America?Welcome To The Daily Dose!

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Welcome To The Daily Dose!

| July 27, 2014
Welcome To The Daily Dose!

  Hello, and welcome to the Daily Dose! Related Posts:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of Captain America?Dawn Of Batman?

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TPG Week 187: Too Much Imaginating, Not Enough ‘Splainin’

| July 25, 2014
TPG Week 187: Too Much Imaginating, Not Enough ‘Splainin’

    Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a newcomer from across the pond, Luke Pierce! We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m in the soothing red, and we’ll see what Luke has to say about Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…TPG Week […]

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B&N Week 187: Are You Social On Social Media?

| July 23, 2014
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? Related Posts:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of Captain America?Dawn Of Batman?

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TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…

| July 18, 2014
TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Jim Mello. We also have Steve Colle in blue, I’m in red, and we see what Jim has to say about the year Related Posts:TPG Week 177: Laziness Is Not BecomingTPG Week 145: Too […]

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B&N Week 186: Do You Fail, or Do You Learn?

| July 16, 2014
B&N Week 186: Do You Fail, or Do You Learn?

It’s another Tuesday! Know what that means, dontcha? Time for this week’s Bolts & Nuts question! This week’s question: do you fail, or do you learn? Related Posts:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of Captain America?Dawn Of […]

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TPG Week 185: Hand-Waving, Slaps, And A Porcupine

| July 11, 2014
TPG Week 185: Hand-Waving, Slaps, And A Porcupine

    Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week brings us a new Brave One in Justin Schepper. This week also sees the return of Samantha LeBas. She’s a mother for a second time! Give her a round of applause, and welcome Odette “I’m Too Damned Cute To […]

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B&N Week 185: Why Do We Create Superhero Stories?

| July 8, 2014
B&N Week 185: Why Do We Create Superhero Stories?

  We’ve got another Tuesday upon us, so it’s time for another Bolts & Nuts question! Related Posts:Review: Secrets & Shadows #1Review: Rapid City #1Review: Fat-Man and Ribbon #1Review: SpandexTPG Week 73: Another Copyrighted Character!

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TPG Week 184: A Study In Not-Good

| July 4, 2014
TPG Week 184: A Study In Not-Good

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One who’s no stranger to TPG: Schuyler Van Gunten! This week, unfortunately, will be the last week that Yannick Morin will be with us. He’s stepping away for his own reasons. We’ll miss you, Yannick. The door is always open. […]

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B&N Week 184: Are You A Good Storyteller?

| July 1, 2014
B&N Week 184: Are You A Good Storyteller?

  It’s another Tuesday! Guess it’s time for another Bolts & Nuts question! Related Posts:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of Captain America?Dawn Of Batman?

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TPG Week 183: A Clinic In Wrong

| June 27, 2014
TPG Week 183: A Clinic In Wrong

Hello, and welcome back to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Ben Goldsmith. We also have the return of Steve Colle! We also have the return of the rant! So, we have Steve in the soothing blue, I’m in the hyped-up red, and we’ll all see […]

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B&N Week 183: Does Your Worldview Make Your Characters Preachy?

| June 24, 2014
B&N Week 183: Does Your Worldview Make Your Characters Preachy?

It’s another Tuesday! Guess that means it’s time for another Bolts & Nuts question! This week’s question is about your worldview: does your worldview make your characters preachy? Related Posts:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of Captain […]

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TPG Week 182: Reaching For The Funny

| June 20, 2014
TPG Week 182: Reaching For The Funny

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One who is no stranger around these parts: Jon Parrish! We have the irritable Yannick Morin in green, I’m in the soothing red (HA!), and let’s see what Jon has to say about Professionalism Related Posts:TPG Week 183: A Clinic […]

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B&N Week 182: Ghosting Panels

| June 17, 2014
B&N Week 182: Ghosting Panels

Welcome to another Tuesday. I’m interrupting the flow of asking questions this week with a column that I thought I had posted, but obviously haven’t. This week was going to be all about checking in to see what you’ve done over the past six months, to see if you’ve stuck to the path you laid […]

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TPG Week 181: Searching For A Signal

| June 14, 2014
TPG Week 181: Searching For A Signal

Hello, one and all, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, our Brave One is someone who’s no stranger here: Sam Roads. I’m alone again this week, so it’s only me and Mr. Roads. Let’s see how he does with   Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…TPG Week 177: […]

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B&N Week 181: How Much Research Should You Do On A Topic?

| June 10, 2014
B&N Week 181: How Much Research Should You Do On A Topic?

Welcome to another Tuesday! That means it’s time for me to ask a question, in the Bolts & Nuts tradition! How much research should you do on a topic? Related Posts:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of […]

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TPG Week 180: Don’t Make The Reader Hungry In A Bad Way

| June 7, 2014
TPG Week 180: Don’t Make The Reader Hungry In A Bad Way

Hello, one and all, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Alyssa Crow! Alyssa hails from Australia, land of Vegemite. (I want to try the stuff, but I may want to be drunk first…) This week, we have Yannick Morin in green, I’m scruffy in the […]

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B&N Week 180: Are You A Misunderstood Creator?

| June 4, 2014
B&N Week 180: Are You A Misunderstood Creator?

It’s another Tuesday, another Bolts & Nuts, another question! Are you a misunderstood creator? Related Posts:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of Captain America?Dawn Of Batman?

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TPG Week 179: Don’t Bore The Reader Into Submission

| May 30, 2014
TPG Week 179: Don’t Bore The Reader Into Submission

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Micah Bryant. I’m by myself this week, as Sam is taking care of some personal stuff. So, it’s just Micah and myself. Insert tones of doom here. Let’s get started!   Related Posts:TPG Week 183: A Clinic […]

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B&N Week 179: Mix ‘n Match–Which Genres Can Be Mixed To Best Effect?

| May 27, 2014
B&N Week 179: Mix ‘n Match–Which Genres Can Be Mixed To Best Effect?

We’ve got another Tuesday upon us, so that means we’ve got another installment of Bolts & Nuts! This week, we discuss mixing and matching: which genre’s can be mixed to best effect? Related Posts:TPG Week 170: Comedy Needs To Be Paced (And Funny)Review: Rat Queens #1Review: Ghosted #1Points of Impact – Week 16: Location, Location… […]

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TPG Week 178: You Have To Let Dialogue Do Its Job

| May 23, 2014
TPG Week 178: You Have To Let Dialogue Do Its Job

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One in James Sarandis. We’ve also got Yannick Morin in the wordy green, in spartan in red, and let’s see what James does with his   Related Posts:TPG Week 183: A Clinic In WrongTPG Week 159: When Exposition Goes MissingTPG […]

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B&N Week 178: Critique or Personal Attack–What Is The Difference?

| May 21, 2014
B&N Week 178: Critique or Personal Attack–What Is The Difference?

We’ve got yet another Tuesday upon us! Know what that means? Time for more Bolts & Nuts! This week’s question is: Critique or Personal Attacks—What’s the Difference? Related Posts:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of Captain America?Dawn […]

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TPG Week 177: Laziness Is Not Becoming

| May 17, 2014
TPG Week 177: Laziness Is Not Becoming

Well, it’s another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week we have Chad Handley, who’s no stranger around here. This week, though, I’m by myself. So, let’s dive right on in! PAGE ONE Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG Week 83: Use Your […]

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B&N Week 177: Peers–Who Are Yours?

| May 13, 2014
B&N Week 177: Peers–Who Are Yours?

It’s another bright and shiny Tuesday! I’m loving it! That’s all the introduction for today. Let’s just jump into this week’s B&N question, shall we? Related Posts:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of Captain America?Dawn Of Batman?

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TPG Week 176: A Hat-Trick of Bad

| May 9, 2014
TPG Week 176: A Hat-Trick of Bad

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Michael Mullane. We have Yannick Morin in the vile green, I’m in the damned red, and let’s see what Michael does when he has the High Ground Related Posts:TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG […]

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B&N Week 176: Are You Doing Your Part For Comics?

| May 7, 2014
B&N Week 176: Are You Doing Your Part For Comics?

It’s another Tuesday! We’ve actually got a cooling trend here in Tucson, and I’m happy for it. It’s going to get in the triple digits soon enough. Let the cooler weather prevail for a while. Anyway, let’s get into some Bolts & Nuts! This week’s question holds up a mirror: are you doing your part […]

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TPG Week 175: Inciting Incident Needed

| May 2, 2014
TPG Week 175: Inciting Incident Needed

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we’ve got a Brave One who is no stranger to these parts: novelist Ronnie Massie! We have something we don’t often see around here: a resubmission! We’ve also got Samantha LeBas in purposeful purple, I’m wearing the rarin’ red, and let’s see how Ronnie […]

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B&N Week 175: Do You Really Want To Be In The Public Eye?

| April 29, 2014
B&N Week 175: Do You Really Want To Be In The Public Eye?

We’ve got another spectacular Tuesday! I won’t bore you with talk about sunshine—there’s a lot of it here in Tucson. You can literally count the number of times its overcast all day here, or how often the daytime temperature dips below 65. I love this place. Anyway, this week’s question is, like all of them, […]

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TPG Week 174: When Pacing Is The Only Thing Wrong

| April 25, 2014
TPG Week 174: When Pacing Is The Only Thing Wrong

Welcome back to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Michael Mourounas! Let me also introduce a man who needs no introduction, as he was my first helper here at The Proving Grounds: Yannick Morin! Steve Colle is still on sabbatical, and will be for the near […]

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B&N Week 174: Is Continuing Education Important In Comics?

| April 22, 2014
B&N Week 174: Is Continuing Education Important In Comics?

It’s another Tuesday! Arizona doesn’t do Daylight Savings Time [thankfully], so the days are extremely noticeably longer. I can drive in to work and the sun is coming up, and I can drive home from work twelve hours later and the sun is still hanging in the sky. I like it. [And yes, I work […]

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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 186: Nothing To See Here, […]

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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:Real Change?B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million HeadachesThe Painting of Captain America?Dawn Of […]

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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 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…TPG […]

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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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