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My Immigrant Stories

I don’t really make a lot of noise about it since I’m trying to do this subtly, but one my missions in life is to raise the visibility of minorities in the media, especially Asian Americans. If you look closely at almost all my comic book work, you’ll find that they feature people of color as the lead characters. Contributing to the Gwan Anthology is an opportunity to further that mission.

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To The Batcave!

I’ve seen the ’66 Batmobile lots of times. Once at Cerritos Mall as a teenager and a few times at various comic cons. But at Hudson Valley Comic Con, I had the good fortune of tabling next to Jane Haslam, cosplay photographer extraordinaire!

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2016 Comic Website Rankings

Here’s an updated list of comics-related websites. I first researched these rankings a year ago partly out of curiosity but also because I was trying to figure out what the best sites were to post my comic book work. Some of them really are apples and oranges, and not all of them are exclusively “comic book” sites, but I think the information is useful none-the-less. I also threw in Marvel, DC and Image purely as points of reference.

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SENTURIES Shapes Up!

My latest sci-fi tale is halfway through production and will be out soon! The daughter of a Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut uncovers a secret alien armada protecting the earth. Weaving science fiction with historical events, Senturies touches on everything from the Shuttle disasters, the Iraqi War, Ronald Reagan and more! Art by Ian Waryanto, Colors by Macarena Cortes, Story by me!

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The Nuts & Bolts of Making Comics

Whether you’re a seasoned indie comic creator or an aspiring one, there’s something you can probably take away from my traveling workshop “The Nuts & Bolts of Making Comics!” The seminar covers everything from getting started, funding your comic, collaborating, marketing and more! Here are the dates and locations for this workshop: AlbaCon Albany, NY – March 4, 2016 Hudson Valley Comic Con Poughkeepsie, NY – May 8, 2016 Eternal Con Garden City, NY – June 11, 2016 More dates to come!

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Hard Lessons for a Comic Book Creator

They say we are in a golden age for comic books. And with all the movies and strides in technology and diversity within the industry, I believe that’s true. And it’s also true for a select few creators who are getting their just rewards and recognition from fans and peers. But for the vast majority of us, the struggle continues to be long and hard. 1. The life of a comic book creator is a life of deadlines and low pay. I have a few friends who get steady work from the top comic book publishers and what I’ve noticed…

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How Many, By When?

Aside from creating comic books, the other thing I’ve always enjoyed doing is teaching. And one of the things I always like to impart on people is the importance of measurable “results.” A few years ago, my wife dragged me to a workshop* that forced me to re-examine my emotional hang-ups, crystalize my true dreams   and taught me the right kind of attitude to get real results. As a consequence, my wife started her own successful business and I am now giving comics another shot. There was a lot to learn over this 4-day workshop but the most important lesson I…

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On Doing Free Work

We had dinner with a good friend recently and she was very excited about my new career as a comic book creator because she had an idea. And her idea actually did sound really good but I needed to make sure she understood what was involved in producing a regular comic. So this is what I emailed her.

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Breaking and Entering

In as many years I’ve been trying to “break-into” the comic book industry, I’ve heard as many stories of how creators actually did it. The avenues of entry have changed over the decades and some stories are definitely more colorful than others but when you distill these methods down to their essence, there seems to be a few prevalent ways that one makes it in this industry if at all. Here’s an analysis: