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TPG Week 207: Oscillations

| December 12, 2014
TPG Week 207: Oscillations

  Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in James Palmer. He’s doing something we don’t see to often here at TPG—he’s using a licensed character. We’ve got Samantha LeBas in the svelte purple, I’m in the fattening red, and we see […]

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TPG Week 206: A Decent, Short Entry

| December 5, 2014
TPG Week 206: A Decent, Short Entry

  Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One who’s no stranger here: Frank Martin. I’m going to be going it alone this week–Liam had some personal things to take care of. So I’m here, all by my lonesome. It’ll be fine. Frank and I, mano a […]

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TPG Week 205: Don’t Submit Before You’re Ready

| November 28, 2014
TPG Week 205: Don’t Submit Before You’re Ready

  Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! We here at ComixTribe wishes that you all had a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. (I know that I ate enough for most of you. Especially the pie…) This week, we have a new Brave One in Paul Im. We have Samantha […]

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TPG Week 204: Language Can Be A Barrier

| November 21, 2014
TPG Week 204: Language Can Be A Barrier

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Nanda Irfan Lauzan. We’ve got Liam Hayes in blue, I’m the guy in red, and we’re going to see what Nanda has in Related Posts:TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)TPG Week […]

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TPG Week 203: Bad Storytelling

| November 15, 2014
TPG Week 203: Bad Storytelling

  Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Toy Spears. We’ve also got Samantha LeBas in purple, and I’m the overbearing one in red, and we’re both going to jump up and down on Toy as they play with the Related Posts:TPG Week 190: […]

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TPG Week 202: Wasted Effort (It’s Not Pretty–You Were Warned)

| November 7, 2014
TPG Week 202: Wasted Effort (It’s Not Pretty–You Were Warned)

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Andrew Burgess. We also have Liam Hayes in blue, and I’m the frustrated guy in red. You’ll see why as we see Andrew write about Edgewood Goes Mad Scientist Related Posts:TPG Week 207: Oscillations […]

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TPG Week 201: Stories Need Real Endings

| October 31, 2014
TPG Week 201: Stories Need Real Endings

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Jose Pereira. And for added bonus, today is my wedding anniversary! Nine years to my lovely wife. I love you, sweetheart.   Related Posts:TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)TPG Week 186: […]

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TPG Week 200: Blast From The Past Resubmission

| October 24, 2014
TPG Week 200: Blast From The Past Resubmission

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have someone who’s on stranger to these parts. We welcome back Brave One Kyle Raios! We’ve got Liam Hayes in blue, I’m the sedate one in red, and we see what Kyle has done with Related Posts:TPG Week 183: A […]

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Warner Brothers Changed Its Mind

| October 22, 2014
Warner Brothers Changed Its Mind

  But is it a good thing? Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Warners Screwed Batman (And Thus, Their Movie Universe)

| October 21, 2014 | 1 Comment
Warners Screwed Batman (And Thus, Their Movie Universe)

  It’s a terrible thing when people who get paid gobs of money to make smart decisions get it extremely wrong. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 199: Not Enough Peanut Butter

| October 17, 2014
TPG Week 199: Not Enough Peanut Butter

  Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Jason Bonine. We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m in the festive red, and we’ll all see how Jason does with Related Posts:TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG Week […]

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B&N Week 198: Are You Taking Advantage Of Digital?

| October 15, 2014
B&N Week 198: Are You Taking Advantage Of Digital?

  It’s another Tuesday! We’re in the middle of October, and while some parts of the country are only hitting the mid 70’s, we’re projected to hit the 90’s here in sunny Tucson. No hate, please. I’m just the messenger… Related Posts:TPG Week 207: Oscillations TPG Week 206: A Decent, Short EntryTPG Week 205: Don’t […]

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Comics College

| October 13, 2014
Comics College

  I know I’m something of a comic historian. Not a deep one, surely, but enough to understand how each job works and has evolved. I’ve read a decent amount of “old” comics. Definitely not a lot by far, and definitely not enough, but also enough to know what I’m missing. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Why Are You Creating?

| October 12, 2014
Why Are You Creating?

  Simple question, right? But have you ever really thought about it? Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Dream Big

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Dream Big

  With all the talk about making plans and setting goals in order to accomplish your dreams, the act of dreaming itself can get lost. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 198: How To Bore In Five Pages

| October 10, 2014
TPG Week 198: How To Bore In Five Pages

    Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have another entry from Chelsea Smith! We also have Liam Hayes in blue, and I’m looking rather svelte in red, and we’ll see what Chelsea does with Related Posts:TPG Week 78: Readers Want Cake!TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was Better…TPG Week 188: […]

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Rate Inquiries

| October 9, 2014
Rate Inquiries

  Understand that a rate inquiry is a numbers game. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Busy As You Want To Be

| October 8, 2014
Busy As You Want To Be

  There was a point in time when I had too much time on my hands. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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What Does Kryptonite Mean To You?

| October 7, 2014
What Does Kryptonite Mean To You?

  Simple question, but it really has a lot of impact. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Being Personable

| October 6, 2014
Being Personable

  People see my posts in The Proving Grounds, and think I’m a sarcastic jerk. They think I enjoy ripping people apart, and they think that’s all I am. They never say that I’m wrong in my analysis, they just sometimes object to the way I say things. They’d rather be let down gently than […]

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Being Available

| October 5, 2014
Being Available

  This should not be an option. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Being Humble

| October 4, 2014
Being Humble

  It’s not hard to be an asshole and think you’re great. It isn’t difficult at all, especially if you’ve been told this all your life by those who don’t know any better. It’s much, much more difficult to be humble. To be honestly humble. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Gotham

| October 3, 2014
Gotham

  There are some things to like about this show, and some things I think are troubling. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 197: Another Resubmission That Didn’t Learn

| October 3, 2014
TPG Week 197: Another Resubmission That Didn’t Learn

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a returning Brave One in James Sarandis. It’s becoming a trend, it looks like, because we have another resubmission! We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m in red, and we’ll see if James learned anything from the last time he submitted […]

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Character Powers

| October 2, 2014
Character Powers

  I love superheroes. Always have. I think we, as a species, love superheroes. Superheroes, their tales, their trials and tribulations, are all around us. As far back as we’ve been telling stories, we’ve told tales of superheroes of some sort. Sometimes it’s a person touched by the gods, sometimes it’s a demigod, but it […]

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Independent vs Corporate Storytelling

| October 1, 2014
Independent vs Corporate Storytelling

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B&N Week 197: What’s The Least You Need To Know?

| September 30, 2014
B&N Week 197: What’s The Least You Need To Know?

  We’ve got another Tuesday! And the temperatures are starting to fall here in Tucson. [To be quite honest, I’m thankful for it.] Related Posts:TPG Week 207: Oscillations TPG Week 206: A Decent, Short EntryTPG Week 205: Don’t Submit Before You’re ReadyTPG Week 204: Language Can Be A BarrierTPG Week 203: Bad Storytelling

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Creation Myths

| September 30, 2014
Creation Myths

  There are a lot of them. Most of them revolve around the myth that “creation is easy.” Related Posts:No Related Posts

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You Are Not Special

| September 29, 2014
You Are Not Special

  I know what mommy and daddy told you. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Kirby/Marvel

| September 28, 2014
Kirby/Marvel

  Anyone with a sense of history and an ounce of sense cannot undervalue the effect of Jack Kirby upon Marvel. Even if you aren’t a Marvel person, you can’t help but have seen or read a property he had a hand in, either in looks or in story. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Stop Waiting For “Permission”

| September 27, 2014
Stop Waiting For “Permission”

  You want to be in comics? The only thing you really need are some drawings, a photocopier, some paper, and a stapler. Congratulations! You’re now in comics! Related Posts:No Related Posts

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TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was Better…

| September 26, 2014
TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was Better…

  Welcome back to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in JP Polewczak! We also have Liam Hayes in blue, I’m the guy in red, and we’ll see what JP has to say about Related Posts:TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG Week 83: Use […]

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Do The Work You Like

| September 26, 2014
Do The Work You Like

  It’s damned difficult to find the work you love. Damned difficult. Sometimes, we have to find the work we like, and do that instead. Especially as comic book creators. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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You Have To Ship

| September 25, 2014
You Have To Ship

There is nothing more important than shipping a product. Shipping, no matter how “good” or “bad” the product, separates you from those who are just talking about being a creator. Shipping a product means you have something to show. Shipping a product means you’re no longer a wannabe. The wannabes are still on message boards […]

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Working Smarter?

| September 24, 2014
Working Smarter?

  Your audience doesn’t want to be bored. Neither does the prospective publisher. If you have to dig past your first issue in order to find something interesting in order to pitch a publisher, then you haven’t worked hard enough on your story. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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B&N Week 196: What Are You Doing To Bring Fun & Games To Comics?

| September 24, 2014
B&N Week 196: What Are You Doing To Bring Fun & Games To Comics?

We’ve got another Tuesday upon us! The sun is shining once again in Tucson, and the heat won’t hit in the triple digits anymore. [You’re all going to be envious of me in a couple of months, when I’m still talking about 80 degree weather…] We’ve got a short discussion this week. This week’s question: […]

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Knowing Better

| September 23, 2014
Knowing Better

There’s the hard way, there’s the smart way, and there’s the strange way. Lots of creators go the hard way, thinking it’s the smart way. Then they run into a wall, understanding that it’s wrong. A lot of creators stop right there, never trying anything else. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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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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