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Supply, Demand & Comics

If you google “supply and demand,” this is what you’ll get. “the amount of a commodity, product, or service available and the desire of buyers for it, considered as factors regulating its price.” Most of us get it, but as a personal exercise, I thought it would be interesting to apply this concept to several aspects of the comic book industry. Especially since the grumblings about the economics of this business seem to be louder than ever. 

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Happy 4th of July!

Every hour, artists join others from around the world in the largest community of creators in the history of comics. Comics — that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We should be united in our common interests. Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from exclusivity, censorship, or editorial interference — but from mediocrity. We’re fighting for our right to draw, to write. And should we win the day, the 4th of July…

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The Truth Behind This Photo

As some of you may have seen before, this picture (by Jane Haslam) of me in the original 1966 Batcave accompanies my online bio. But there have been some folks who have accused me of posting a doctored photo which I have taken great offense to. The truth is, I have been friends with various superheroes for decades and today April 1, 2019, I present these additional pictures as proof of my past associations with certain famous crimefighters. I hope this settles one and for all any doubts as to my true place in pop culture history.  

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A Tale of Two Posters

The year was 1983 and I was a 15-year-old George Perez fan who drew two posters in his honor. One full of Marvel heroes going to the right and the other full of DC characters going to the left, with all the characters’ poses mirroring each other. A comic book shop in Long Beach, CA put them both up for sale on commission basis but only the DC one was sold. To who, I had no idea. Thirty four years later, a gentleman by the name of Stephen Csomos contacted me on social media and said he had one of my…

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Happy New Year!

With every celebration of a new year comes resolution and goals. I myself already have a few in mind but one thing I always try to do is to make them tangible and measurable.

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My Inktober Contribution, Sort Of…

So I came up with the above joke and decided to make a meme out of it. ‘Posted it on FaceBook in honor of Inktober and it went pretty viral. It expressed my frustration in the difficulty of making a living as a comic book creator and I guess it resonated with a lot of people. I have more of these that I was thinking of also sharing but I didn’t want to be too pessimistic about the business. Though just just for shits and giggles, here they are: Feel free to share.

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DivCon Was A Blast!

Last October 11, I had the honor of creating and running Diversity Comic Con at the college where I teach SUNY | Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan. It was a culmination of my two passions, comic books and event organizing! We had quite a star-studded line-up of guests including Vivek Tiwary, Heather Antos, Trevor Von Eeden, Larry Hama, Sean Chen, Dean Haspiel, Heidi MacDonald, Adriana Melo, Jim Salicrup, Robyn Chapman, Reilly Brown, Andrea Colvin, Janice Chiang, Kristen Gudsnuk, Tea Fougner, Chris Sotomayor, Joan Hilty, Brendan Leach, Sasha Matthews and many, many more!  There were eight panel discussions, a cosplay…

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Your Secret Super Power

A workshop that I’ve been doing at Comic Cons this season is called “Make Comics, Not Excuses!” An experiential lesson on motivation. The motivation to get off our duffs and get moving with that comic book or dream project we’ve been procrastinating on. More often than not, when things don’t work out for us or we’re behind on our goals, we blame our circumstance or something or someone else. “I don’t have the time.” “I’m broke.”  or “I can’t find an artist I can count on.” The problem with blame is that it doesn’t give you control. It doesn’t give you power. In fact,…