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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 194: Science Fiction Needs ResearchTPG Week […]

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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 190: Artist Turned…Writer? […]

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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 195: Nothing Learned (and it’s brutal)B&N Week 195: What Are Your Mobile Tools?TPG Week 194: Science Fiction Needs ResearchB&N Week 194: Are You Defining Your Own Role In Comics?A “Super” Kickstarter

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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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Moving Boxes

| August 30, 2014
Moving Boxes

  The thing that sucks about collecting comics? Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 192: The Resubmission That Didn’t Learn

| August 30, 2014
TPG Week 192: The Resubmission That Didn’t Learn

  Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds. This week, we have Brave One Luke Pierce back with a resubmission! Hopefully, this is the start of a trend. I like resubmissions. We also have something of a graduate from TPG: Liam Hayes has stepped up to try his hand at editing. We’re going […]

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The Path

| August 29, 2014
The Path

  I’ve seen a lot of creators come and go in my time. A lot of them. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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The Cheap Way

| August 28, 2014
The Cheap Way

  When you’re making comics, there’s really only two ways to do it: Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Doing The Important Work

| August 26, 2014
Doing The Important Work

  I had a conversation over Twitter a few days ago. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?

| August 26, 2014
B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?

  It’s another Tuesday! It’s been pretty cloudy and rainy here in Tucson, and to be honest, I’m loving it. It’s not all sun, all the time…just most of it. If you like sunny weather that doesn’t change all that much, this is the place to be. Just putting it out there. Related Posts:TPG Week […]

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The Story That Won’t Come

| August 25, 2014
The Story That Won’t Come

  You know exactly the story I’m talking about. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Recommending Comics

| August 24, 2014
Recommending Comics

  There are times when I feel old. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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The Informed Opinion

| August 23, 2014
The Informed Opinion

  That’s really all editing is. An informed opinion. And it is that informed opinion that the smart creator will seek out. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not True

| August 22, 2014
TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not True

Welcome, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Joshua Crowther. Related Posts:TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)TPG Week 188: Nothing Good To SayTPG Week 183: A Clinic In WrongTPG Week 179: Don’t Bore The Reader Into SubmissionTPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In […]

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The Advocate

| August 22, 2014
The Advocate

  Sometimes, creators rail against the process of editing. They rail against the need of an editor for their stories. It doesn’t matter what step you’re in, be it scripting or the more visible artistic side, sometimes, creators don’t feel the need for an editor. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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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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