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Free Advice

| August 21, 2014
Free Advice

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Lego Comics

| August 20, 2014
Lego Comics

  Growing up, I Made Mine Marvel. That’s who I was as a kid. I was a True Believer. Even the Marvel cartoons (Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, the Incredible Hulk, and the early cartoons of the 60s and 70s) had me all open. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?

| August 20, 2014
B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?

  What is your creative wish list? This is the question of the week. Related Posts:TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look LikeB&N Week 189: What Is The Value Of Your Name?TPG Week 188: Nothing Good To Say

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The Long Cut

| August 19, 2014
The Long Cut

  A couple of years ago, I got an email from someone purporting to be a family member of a pop star. This person wanted to know if I did things for “karma points”, and then wanted to know if a publisher would be interested in a story written by a family member of a […]

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The Marvel/DC Conundrum

| August 18, 2014
The Marvel/DC Conundrum

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If You Don’t Know Your Business, Get Out Now

| August 17, 2014
If You Don’t Know Your Business, Get Out Now

  Pretty bold statement, right? Nonetheless, it’s true. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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A Big Mac

| August 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Big Mac

  When I was a kid, all I did was read Marvel Comics. And when the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe came out, I was always nose deep in them. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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The Wish List

| August 15, 2014
The Wish List

  I wish comics were less expensive to create. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)

| August 15, 2014
TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)

  Hello, one and all, and welcome to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Morgan Wellborn! Morgan is an artist who’s trying his hand at writing. We’ll see how he does. We also have Steve Colle in blue, I’m in red, and we all get to […]

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Characters

| August 13, 2014
Characters

  I’m not talking about characteristics (not really), and I’m not talking about the inner character that is seen through actions and dialogue. I’m talking about how a character looks. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Rejection

| August 12, 2014
Rejection

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B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?

| August 12, 2014
B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?

  We have another Tuesday! It’s actually going to be cloudy with a chance of rain here in Tucson, and I’m loving it. It’s great. Rain brings some cooler weather, and that’s always a plus when you’re in the triple digits. Related Posts:B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? […]

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The File

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
The File

  How many of you have lived this scenario: Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Quality vs Getting Something Made

| August 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Quality vs Getting Something Made

  Creating comics is a difficult thing, if you’re doing it right. It always has been. Because if you’re doing it right, you’re doing it with quality. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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And Then DC Plotzed…

| August 9, 2014 | 2 Comments
And Then DC Plotzed…

  There comes a time in every movie studio’s life where you just have to say two words: Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look Like

| August 9, 2014
TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look Like

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have something of a treat: Brave One Jon Parrish has done a resubmission! We don’t get those too often around these parts. We have Samantha LeBas looking svelte in purple, I’m looking crazed in red, and we’ll see what Jon does with Related […]

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Doing Your Own Work

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Doing Your Own Work

  It’s important to do your own work. Not only is it worth doing, but you’re the only one who can really do it. It’s your own growth, and only you can do it. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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How Many Universes Can You Hold?

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
How Many Universes Can You Hold?

  Right now, the Marvel Universe has at least two: the comics, and the movies. The movies have also expanded into television with the advent of Agents of SHIELD, the Peggy Carter show that’s coming, and the Netflix series which is currently filming. This doesn’t include the cartoons, of course. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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B&N Week 189: What Is The Value Of Your Name?

| August 5, 2014
B&N Week 189: What Is The Value Of Your Name?

  It’s another glorious Tuesday! The sun is shining, but it isn’t overly hot yet. It’s monsoon season, and we’ve been getting our share of rain and temperatures that people can actually live in. Related Posts:B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s […]

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Creating Value

| August 5, 2014
Creating Value

  It’s not as simple as it sounds. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Saying The Truth

| August 4, 2014
Saying The Truth

  It’s not an easy thing. I know this from experience. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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We’re All In It Together

| August 3, 2014
We’re All In It Together

  I hang out at Digital Webbing a lot, and every so often, some newbie comes in and starts a particular ruckus… 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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Where Does Creation Start?

| August 2, 2014
Where Does Creation Start?

  I don’t know. 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 188: Nothing Good To Say

| August 1, 2014
TPG Week 188: Nothing Good To Say

  Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds. This week brings us a new Brave One in Andrew Brinkley and co-writer Eric Parfait. Andrew is also an editor, which is something we don’t get too often here at TPG. Anyway, we have Steve Colle in blue, I’m in red, and we’ll see what […]

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Guardians 2!! (?)

| August 1, 2014
Guardians 2!! (?)

  I’m both ecstatic and extremely puzzled that Marvel has announced a sequel to this movie already. I mean, it has only hit theaters today, but the sequel was announced at SDCC 2014. Related Posts:B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping […]

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Netflix Gets Marvel-ous!

| July 31, 2014 | 1 Comment
Netflix Gets Marvel-ous!

  Sure, it’s somewhat old news, but I’m still excited about it. Next summer, we’ll get to see Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones, all on Netflix. This should all be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, just as Agents of SHIELD is. I’m looking forward to it. Related Posts:B&N Week 191: What […]

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What Are You Doing?

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
What Are You Doing?

  Are you sitting on the sidelines, saying “I wish I could do that,” or are you in there, doing the damned thing, makin’ and creatin’? Related Posts:B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?TPG Week 189: What A […]

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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 191: What Is Your Creative […]

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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:B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look LikeB&N Week 189: What Is The Value Of Your […]

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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:B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look LikeB&N Week 189: What Is The Value Of Your Name?

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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:B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look LikeB&N Week 189: What Is The […]

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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:B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look LikeB&N Week 189: What Is The Value Of Your Name?

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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 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)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:B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look LikeB&N Week […]

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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 190: Artist […]

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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:B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?TPG Week 189: What A […]

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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:B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look LikeB&N Week 189: What Is The Value Of Your Name?

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