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A 71-year old DC Ad

While spending an anniversary weekend at the old Laingdon Hotel in Ocean Grove/Asbury Park, NJ,  I found a bound book of New York Times newspapers from the 40s. While going through the huge volume, I came across this ad from National Comics, now known as DC comics, dated July 19, 1946. Exactly 71 years ago. It’s quite eerie how the issues that plagued the industry then so mirror what we are experiencing today. I have posted details of the ad so you can read it in full.     

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Meeting Legends

The month of July had quite the auspicious start. While attending Eternal Con in Long Island, NY, I got to share a breakfast table with actor Edward James Olmos of Battlestar Galactica, The West Wing, Bladerunner and Stand and Deliver fame. Big thanks to Mark Mazz of Atlas Unleashed who hosted breakfast!

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Comics for Passion Not Profit

There has been a lot of talk recently (again) about the lack of income in having a career in comics. The problem is that many creators think of making comics as a business, when it’s really an art form. Yes, art can be a business but I’m not talking so much about the monetizing of it as much as I’m talking about the reasons for doing it. I’d like to suggest that we treat comics, not as a for-profit business but as a non-profit business. When you’ve stopped laughing, let me explain the difference.

Interviews

Elliot S. Maggin

The very first prose novel I ever read was Superman: Last Son of Krypton by Elliot S. Maggin. Years later while I was trying to make it as a comic book artist, a good friend was going to introduce us. But the industry tanked before that could happen and I went off and did advertising for 20 years. Then Facebook happened, I friended him and eventually mustered up the guts to ask him for an interview. I had a ton of questions about his recent re-release of his book Miracle Monday, his political aspirations, his years at DC Comics and how…

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Are You A Professional Comic Book Creator?

Ever experience self-doubt about being a pro or not? Go through this bucket list and find out! Have you contributed to an anthology? Do you self-publish a creator-owned book? Have you been asked to autograph your book? Have you done a Kickstarter? Have you gotten a good review on your book? Have you been in the Diamond Previews Catalog? Have you been published by an Indie Publisher? Have you ever made money through Comics? Been invited as a guest at a Comic Con? Has someone cosplayed as your character? Have you attended San Diego Comic Con? Ever been part of…

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In Pursuit of Happiness.

By our nature, artists and writers are crazy or at least a bit neurotic. Since joining a bunch of comic book related groups on Facebook, I’ve been guilty of posting things about my work in hopes of likes and shares. Whether it was artwork, reviews, or just innocuous questions about comics, it was like I was addicted to affirmation from my fellow comic book creators. It got so bad that I was spending too much time on Facebook and not enough time actually creating. Luckily, I realized that being a comic book creator isn’t all that I am. I am…

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When Time Is Precious

Greetings all! As if I haven’t said it enough, we must take care of our health! I was recently hospitalized for 5 weeks and though I am now home, I am by no means fully recovered. But having faced my own mortality and now finding myself easily fatigued, I’ve been forced to re-evaluate what activities are truly important to me. Of course, making comics is still on the list. But what other related efforts are still worth it and which ones are not? Here’s what I came up with:

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My Latest Kickstart: Senturies

I just launched my newest crowdfunding project. A Kickstarter campaign for my “Historical Science Fiction” adventure… Test pilot Alex Ozuka discovers her father may have survived the doomed Challenger space shuttle and history may not be what we think. Currently seeking funding on  Written by Ramon Gil. Art by Ian Waryanto. Colors by Macareña Cortes. Cover by Mikiko Ponczeck and Kevin Stone. Edited by Marta Tanrikulu. Support the KickStarter and read the rest of Senturies #1

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I Got Intertwined!

Next month, I officially get my first byline on a book from one of the top ten publishers. Spider-man Noir creator Fabrice Saplosky asked me to write a few pages of backstory for his kung fu noir book Intertwined being published by Dynamite.

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Insights On Pitching Comic Book Projects

Over the last two years, I’ve been trying to find out as much as I can about pitching your project to a comic book company. Here’s what I’ve learned: Have A “High Concept” Idea. Which is basically an idea that people are familiar with or can relate to BUT turned on its ear or with an interesting twist. Pitch The Relationships/Backstory Who the characters are and what they’re dealing with is much more relatable to people than the actual story, setting or plot. So talk more about that in your pitch. Have Your Own Voice Don’t pitch a story using the latest, current hot genre…