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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:

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A Little KickStarter Experiment

Back in the 90s before digital and print-on-demand, my friend and classmate Mark Okui, creator of BILLY COLE, told me “Publishing your own comics was like a heroine addiction. You just work and work to make enough money to print your next issue.”

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How Networking on Facebook Helps

I’ve heard Facebook described as a total time-suck and it can be. But my friend and master letterer Janice Chiang has described it as a life-line that helps her stay connected with other creators who otherwise would be working alone. I’ve always believed that Facebook was a great way to network and build relationships and here’s the story of how it got me my first paying gig as the cartoonist for TRUER THAN TROUSDALE at the University of Southern California (USC). Back in the early 90s, I used to write and draw a comic strip about life as a freshman student at…

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Two New Printers That Are Great for Comics!

Having been a graphic design professional for the past twenty years, I’ve worked with a lot of printers. And when I started this new journey of being a comic book creator, I made it one of my missions to find the best printer for self-published comics. Well…I found two! And they even had better prices than the usual comic book printing suspects! I was able to print my perfect-bound, 72-page trade SCIFIES GREATEST HITS for $5 each, and my 24-page MEN FROM DARPA comics for under $1 each. All in full-color! And not just that, it was a month before…