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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…

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Comics Shark Tank at Big Apple Comic Con

Are you an aspiring comic creator who would love to see your work get published? On Saturday, March 11 at 3:00 pm, indy publishers will be looking at comic book work to see if they can find the next comic creator superstar! You can submit your artwork, writing samples or finished comic story for consideration! Publishers will include Atlas Unleashed, Pronto Comics and Scifies! To enter, you must send 5-10 pages of sequential art, script pages or finished comic pages to ramon@scifies.com and be prepared to make a presentation on March 11 at Big Apple Comic Con in New York City. Deadline for…

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Alternatives to Traditional Comic Art

One of the most common issues discussed on social media by comic book creators, lately, is money. It costs money to hire an artist or artists don’t get paid enough money. It’s the biggest obstacle that I hear coming from aspiring writers. And artists are often not paid enough for the many hours that they spend on a page. Well what if I told you that you it didn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time? What if I told you that fame and fortune could be yours even if you don’t have the…

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Do It For Love, Of Comics.

In a recent Comics Experience webinar,  Brian Michael Bendis started off the conversation with this little nugget. “If you can remove money from the equation or desire for fame, it gets a lot easier.” I’ve thought about this a lot and actually came up with a list (I love lists!) of reasons that makes it easier to do it for the pure love of comics. Here are TEN amazing things that happen when you do what Brian suggests: You can focus on making the stories YOU want to tell and not stories for other companies or what ever’s popular. You…

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My Kickstarter Diary

I thought it might be of interest for some of you to read about my latest Kickstarter campaign recounting  the day-by-day progress, including all my research, assumptions and assets. FACT: I had already completed the first issue of THE HARD CODE last year and was finally able to muster the funds needed for the second issue earlier this year. Artist Trevor Von Eeden finished the pencils for 19 pages in less than three weeks. Lui Antonio inked issue #2 and Macarena Cortes did coloring chores. All I needed now was money to print them. RESEARCH: I went on Kickstarter and…

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Never Give Up!

For those of you who are feeling dejected over not getting into the DC Comics Talent Workshop, keep at it! Here are two letters I got from Tom DeFalco. One was a rejection letter. The other was the introduction for my first trade paperback. And it only took 24 years!

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A New Distribution System

Dear fellow creators, I am working on a possible new distribution system that would benefit self-publishers. But I need your help in figuring out some of the factors. If you could, kindly fill out the simple 5 questions below. Thank you!