10 Steps to Make Your Creations Real

Douglass Neff instructing on what constitutes as attainable.

TweetBy: Nick Eskey The thing about fandom is that on some level, we all wish we be a part of what we love: We want to write a hit novel because we love to read; we want to draw a comic book because we love to draw; we want to be a filmmaker because we […]

Go read: Color palette basics by Melanie Gillman

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Eisner-nomintaed As the Crow Flies cartoonist Melanie Gillman has a cute, simple intro to the basics of color theory, which will help you understand why movies are all orange and teal and European-style coloring look way more pleasing than rando pseudo CGI.

Introducing a new resource page for working in comics

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Tweet At the MGA Con a few weeks ago I was on a panel on breaking into comics, and someone asked about resources for writing comics. I said I would throw up some reference, and I didn’t have time until now, but it’s a great idea. I’ve started a page for it, which is thus […]

2014 Inkwell Award Nominees announced

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The nominees for the Inkwell Awards, which recognize the stars of inking, have been announced and they are below. You can find out more about the awards, which will be presented at this year’s Heroes Con, at their website.

Inking may be one of the more fragile vocations in the comics ecosystem, but these talenetd people deserve all the recognition they can get.

As DENVER launches, Jimmy Palmiotti talks the new era of Kickstarter

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JImmy Palmiotti talks about how to run a Kickstarter and where he sees it going for comics creators, as well as his new project, Denver, a story inspired by European comics albums.

Getting Into Inking with Mark Morales [Interview]

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TweetMark Morales is a comic book superstar. Having worked on many of the best-selling Marvel titles of the last few years, he’s worked as an inker alongside artists like Olivier Coipel, Jim Cheung, and Leinil Yu on comics like Infinity, Avengers Vs X-Men, Children’s Crusade, Fear Itself… if Marvel have a big storyline they want […]

This is the year we actually GET THINGS DONE

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Yeah right. I’m sure with the new year, everyone has an idea to lose weight, get organized, ditch email or read more comics. How close we come to any of those is a matter of focus and discipline, but let’s all try!

Getting Things Done is the subject of many books and methods, especially for today’s multi tasking electronic world. The distraction of 25 Crazy Thongs Miley Cyrus Wore and You Won’t Believe What This Adorable Puppy Did to This Shoe! is a constant menace for all, and some experts think we all have some degree of ADD because of it.

Must Read: Becky Cloonan on self-publishing

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Tweet This is a good one to leave the year on, I think, a 4000 word essay by Becky Cloonan on the evolution and execution of her self-published minis, which have won Eisner awards and sold thousands of copies. The piece covers some of the intangibles, but mostly the practical side, from living with tons […]

Charles Soule reveals how the heck he’s writing seven books a month

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If you wonder who is the hardest working man in comics biz, there is only one answer: Charles Soule, currently scripting seven monthly titles and running a law firm. As he admits in this post, people are always asking him “HOW ARE YOU DOING THIS???”—in fact I asked him that the last time I saw him—so he has written a blog post to explain so he doesn’t have to waste precious time answering that question any more.

Will Sliney Profiles The Fearless Defenders: Ren Kimura

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TweetFearless Defenders, the Marvel series from Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney, is drawing to a close. After twelve issues with the characters, next month’s issue will be the last. Which is sad – but it also gives us just enough time for Will to offer another character profile! We ran five of these back at […]

Keep your chin up, Jim Lee got lots of rejection, too

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Tweet Marvel historian Sean Howe has collected a bunch of Jim Lee’s instagrams of rejection letters from the ’80s, including this one from Eliot R. Brown. Although the curt advice “come back when you are consistent and can draw hands” seems harsh it’s just the truth. (One can only speculate on what Rob Liefeld’s rejection […]

SPX 2013 Panel Report: The Awesomeness of Influence

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Tweet[Photo courtesy of SPX] By Adam McGovern One of the final panels of SPX 2013 was about fruitful points of departure. “Paying Tribute: Traditions of Style,” hosted by Joe McCulloch and featuring comics re-creators Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, Tom Scioli, Seth and R. Sikoryak, navigated the spacetime crossovers and dimensional leaps of writer-artists who assemble […]

Learn the secrets of Todd Klein’s lettering lore with his new print

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Tweet For 20 years, ace letterer Todd Klein has been releasing a series of prints showcasing his calligraphic skills. Many were done with writers supplying the text—Neil Gaiman and Bill Willingham among them—but his new one goes all meta with KLEIN’S COMPENDIUM OF CALLIGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE and for anyone who knows what a Speedball is, it […]

INTERVIEW: Colorist Brian Reber on his Exclusive Valiant Contract

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TweetValiant Comics have been building up an exclusive roster of creators over the last few months. From writer Joshua Drysart to artists Doug Braithwaite and Trevor Hairsine, the company have a number of creatives on exclusive contract. But unlike any other company I can think of, they didn’t stop with announcing writers and artists – […]

Larry Hama’s 10 rules for drawing a comic book page

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TweetGI Joe maestro (and all around comics renaissance man) Larry Hama posted these on FB the other day. I stole them so we could talk about them. These are my ten rules for drawing a comic book page, that sums up what I have learned in forty odd years in the biz. They are not […]

Must read: Evan Dorkin on dealing with rejection

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Tweet A few weeks ago on his “Ask me anything” on Tumblr, Warren Ellis gave his Herc Hansen version of how to keep working on creative projects speech. Over on Brian Blackmon’s Neptune City, Saturn Town tumblr he’s asking cartoonists about how to deal with rejection, and Evan Dorkin—who set a record for self-deprecation sometime […]