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A Dream Come True!

I was too late to see the famous autographed wall but this was just as good! Big thanks to Director of Editorial Administration, Roger Rivera, I got to visit the famous DC Comics office in New York before their big move to Burbank CA. Got to see Dan Didio and a bunch of other DC staffers in action. Left some samples but no job offer though. Sigh…

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Using The Perception of Luxury To Promote Your Work

I was at a New Year’s party recently where I happened to have had the good fortune to strike up a conversation with the “Product Manager” of a major financial magazine. And after she described to me what her actual role was, I asked her if she had any ideas on how to sell comic books online? Though it’s easier than ever to distribute content, it is practically impossible to get people to pay for it. I told her that a common tactic was to build an audience first then sell them merchandize later. And that’s when she lit up…

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Healthcare for Comic Book Creators

Recently, I had to go into emergency surgery for my heart just two weeks before NYCC! I’m fine now, but off the top of my head, I can name several other comic book creator friends who are currently having health issues. Unfortunately, because of the freelance nature of our work, health insurance is sometimes something that is overlooked. I was lucky in that I had a policy but for those of us who don’t, here are some options. With the Affordable Healthcare Act, many freelancers can now avail of health insurance at reasonable rates. Open enrollment begins November 15 so…

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Baltimore Comic Con was a Blast!

I had a full table at the Baltimore Comic Con this past weekend and it rocked! Aside from all the great responses from the crowds, all the amazing panel discussions and Irish food with the guys from Comics Experience, I got to personally hand my books to Tom Brevoort (Marvel), Mark Chiarello (DC), Matt Gagnon (Boom), Jim Kuhoric (Avatar), Hannah Gorfinkel (Dynamite), Warren Simons (Valiant), Chris Staros (Top Shelf),  Josh Blaylock (Devil’s Due), Mike Gold (ComicMix) and Thomas Doherty (Committed Comics). The big surprise was my book “The Men from DARPA.” I thought it was going to appeal to kids…

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Boston Comic Con was a Great Learning Experience!

I did an Artist Alley table for the first time and it was quite an experience. Met a lot of great folks and learned a lot of things from some really cool creators! Anthony Del Col, Kill Shakespeare – Leverage all your skills when you’re pitching your comic. If you can do marketing, say so! Bob Salley, The Salvagers – If it’s more important that you let people know about your comic than for you to make $2.99 off each issue, then give it away. Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Nick Pitarra, Ming Doyle (Image Panel) – After we got our…

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Superheroes Under the Brooklyn Bridge

I was walking around Dumbo last week and saw this amazing installation exhibit under the Brooklyn Bridge. “Each of the photographers in this exhibition has approached the subject of superheroes as a allegorical exploration of social issues, whether it be the unsung heroes all around us, the innate desire of humanity to believe in powers greater than ourselves, or upending gender roles and stereotypes.” – (super)heroes – a FENCE project Check it out at http://unitedphotoindustries.com  

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What I Learned from Attending Three Comic-Cons in One Weekend

There were several Comic Conventions that were on this past weekend and I was crazy enough to attend three of them. Partly to network, partly to gather information but mostly to pass out the Preview Edition of my Scifies Anthology. I usually keep a record of things I learned so why not post it here. “Build relationships with people who are your peers. You will get more opportunities and support from them than anyone else.” – Greg Pak, CodeMonkey “If you don’t eat, drink, breath and dream comics, then don’t become a comic book creator. You have to be that…

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How I Spat on Tom DeFalco, Almost!

It was late 1993 and I was sitting alone at the San Diego Comic Con cafeteria after a round of portfolio reviews. Most of the feedback was positive. A few folks like Jim Shooter, Jim Salicrup and Joseph Naftali had even told me to call them when I moved to New York in a month so I was pretty excited. When all of sudden, Tom DeFalco, then Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics, comes up with a bunch of Marvel folks holding food trays in their hands. He asked “Mind if we share this table?” I was in the middle of sipping…

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Kickstarter Launches Despite Snags!

On Wednesday, May 21, we officially launched our Kickstarter Campaign during the launch party at the Ugly Kitchen! And what an ordeal that was! After weeks of phone tag with the venue, waiting for illustrators to submit work for the kickstarter page, and printing up marketing materials, I finally had all the pieces to launch! Or so I thought! Your Kickstarter account is not complete until your Amazon Payment account is set up and for that they need your letter of “employee ID number confirmation” from the IRS! (which I probably received way back in 2006 and God only knows…