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Hitting The 2016 Austin Film Fest Like Godzilla – 13. October, 2016

Today I’m at the Austin Film Festival and I’m THIS excited to meet you!


This is me…


This is my bio…


Come find me!

Best Word Using (2016 Eisner Nominees) – 7. July, 2016

Last but not least, let us celebrate those writers that were nominated for this year’s Eisner award.

Jason Aaron for Southern Bastards, Men of Wrath, Doctor Strange, Star Wars, Thor


John Allison for Giant Days


Ed Brubaker for The Fade Out, Velvet, Criminal Special Edition


Marjorie Liu for Monstress


G. Willow Wilson for Ms. Marvel


And now it’s time to vote for two of your favorite.

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See you at San Diego Comic Con!

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Best Tracing (2016 Eisner Nominees) – 2. June, 2016

Face it, comics are just short stories unless you have a great illustrator. Therefore, let’s look at the 2016 Eisner nominees for best penciling / inking.

Michael Allred for Silver Surfer & Art Ops


Cliff Chiang for Paper Girls


Erica Henderson for Jughead & Unbeatable Squirrel Girl


Joelle Jones for Lady Killer & Brides of Helheim


Nate Powell for March


And now it’s time for you to vote for up to two nominees

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Judging A Comic Book By Its Cover (2016 Eisner Nominees) – 28. April, 2016

Comic book covers can be a controversial topic. Some feel that art by anyone other than the interior artist is tantamount to bait-and-switch. Others see it as a way to maintain buzz — witness one book that had over 20 different covers for their first issue. Regardless, we can all agree that sometimes they’re just beautiful as f**k, so let’s celebrate those nominated for a 2016 Eisner for Best Cover Artists.

David Aja for Hawkeye, Karnak & Scarlet Witch


Amanda Connor for Harley Quinn


Rafael Albuquerque for Ei8ht & Huck


Joelle Jones for Lady Killer & Brides of Helheim


Ed Piskor for Hip-Hop Family Tree


Which cover artist do you love most? Heck, pick two.

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The Emerald of My Eye – 14. April, 2016

If you LOVE comic books then you owe it to yourself to attend Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon. While it has a strong cosplay element…




ECCC lacks any major television and film presence (no offense to the actors signing but the con had no Film/TV premieres or studio/network panels). The focus of this con, the third largest comic book convention in the United States, is comic books.

Personally, I enjoy the size and scope of its artist alley. It’s great discovering up and coming talent seated right next to comic book royalty. This year, I met plenty of potential collaborators, along with a couple of comic book editors. But enough of my blah, blah. Let’s check out my stash.

Here’s my haul…


In greater detail, Joyride #1 signed by Jackson Lanzing (Writer), Collin Kelly (Writer), Marcus To (Artist) & Jorge Corona (Cover) and HeartThrob #1 signed by by Robert Wilson IV (Artist) & Babs Tarr (Cover).


4 Kids Walk into a Bank # 1 signed by Matthew Rosenberg (Writer) and Goldie Vance #1 signed by Hope Larson (Writer) & Brittney Williams. (Artist).


Power Ranger #0 signed by Kyle Higgins (Writer), Mairghread Scott (Writer) & Corin Howell (Artist) and Archer & Armstrong Gold Edition #1 by Rafer Roberts and David LaFuente.


Maiden of the Machine: North and South by Caitlin Like and Heist: Best Laid Plans by Danielle DeMartini.


Wayward #2 signed by Jim Zub (Writer) and The Fix #1 signed by Steve Lieber (Artist).


Whiteout volume 1 signed by Steve Lieber (Artist) and Stringers signed by Justin Greenwood (Artist).


A couple of prints by Cameron Stewart. I know the first is Jessica Jones but whoever can ID the second gets a beer.


Furiosa by Kris Anka.


Oh, there was also karaoke and comic creator arm wrestling, but some tales are meant to be secrets… okay, here’s a glimpse.


See ya at the next con.

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Con Virgin No More – 23. July, 2015

As San Diego Comic-Con fades from memory (along with this damn nerd cold), I contemplate the year of cons that was. See, a little over eighteen months ago I decided to become a comics creator. One of my first orders of business was to immerse myself in the world and that meant going to cons.


Rose City Comic Con was the perfect first con. It was friendly, easily navigated and the mecca of comics. Seriously, I got to meet Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction, Skottie Young, Jim Zub, G. Willow Wilson, Greg Rucka… that’s a murder’s row of comic creators.

Long Beach Comic Con is my local(ish) con and meeting Babs Tarr was the best. I was so smitten that I bought this print from her.


Also, LBCC might be the best place for me to meet potential artists, or at least meeting artists local to me.

Long Beach Comic Expo is LBCC’s baby brother, except that this year they moved it to a larger space so it’s more like LBCC’s twin. Not really sure why we have both but I’m not complaining. It just gives me another excuse to get some great grub from Beechwood Brewing BBQ.

Emerald City Comicon was huge and friendly and I lost my mind hunting exclusives but I got every comic I targeted including this much sought after Lady Killer comic.


And the Artist Alley was HUGE! If you were gonna skip SDCC but still wanted a robust con experience, head to Seattle young (wo)man.

WonderCon is another local(ish) con with AMAZING television panels. Seriously, if you want to get into TV you need to attend WonderCon. One thing: next year this convention is moving from Anahiem to Downtown Los Angeles. Already I’ve heard A LOT of grumbling from folk on the con circuit. “I hate Downtown LA,” “it won’t be as special,” and “I REALLY hate Downtown LA.” Let me be your ambassador. I will help you find a cool bar, a great spot to eat, someplace to buy your crack (that’s a joke… but it’s really easy to buy crack in Downtown LA). I just want you to have an open mind and be ready to discover what’s awesome about LA.

Phoenix Comicon was a total crap shoot. Holy, it’s a pretty great con. It is definitely more for locals but it’s also an omnidirectional nerd explosion. I mean, they had a whole wing of the convention center devoted to horror, including a haunted house. Also, thanks to a truly awesome girl I met there, I discovered tons of cool places to eat, drink, and beat the heat. Would I go back? Maybe not next year but when I have something worth tabling, yeah, you bet.

San Diego Comic-Con was a beast. Honestly, it’s all a blur. I didn’t get into Hall H, I barely picked up any exclusives, I’m not sure what I did there other than attend some panels and network a ton. The best thing I did was the Creator Connection. Here’s hoping some of those meeting bear comic fruit.


So what about next season? I’ll be at Long Beach Comic Con for at least a day. I’m already locked in for Rose City, where my ex-roomie will be tabling solo for the first time. I will also hit Long Beach Comic Expo for a day. I will absolutely be at WonderCon. Emerald City is a strong maybe. Will I got to Phoenix? Maybe not (I’ll get into that in a minute). And then there is SDCC. Do I go again?


So what will be different for 2016? I want to hit up a Canadian con. Crazy, right, but I’m going to do it. The only real questions is which Canadian con should I hit up? Toronto Comic Arts Festival? Calgary Expo? Montreal Comiccon? You tell me… BY VOTING!

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Also, let me apologize for that blog post title. I couldn’t resist. I’m feeling particularly juvenile this week and it’s not just because I’m playing tons of Borderlands 2 on my PS4… or maybe it is.

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SDCC 2015 T-Minus 1 – 8. July, 2015

Took the train (relaxing). Got to the hotel (far from downtown but nice). Set up the feeding station.


Don’t have Preview Night ticket, so we might hit up Bali Hai.

Tomorrow, I’m unstoppable.


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SDCC 2015 T-Minus 2 – 7. July, 2015

I just figured out my SDCC meal plan.


Tony + Tiger’s Milk = The Unstoppable Tony


Look out San Diego, I’m coming for ya!

Tiger Out of Cage

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APB: Hannibal Lecter Missing – 25. June, 2015

I missed my chance. I wanted to write a spec of Hannibal this year but backed away because I found a better suited show and now they’ve cancelled the best television on NBC. Honestly, I’m not sure I could have done Dr. Lecter justice, and heaven help me if Hannibal found me to be rude.

What ya cooking, Dr. Lecter?

What ya cooking, Dr. Lecter?

Did you watch Hannibal? Of course you didn’t. No one did. You should. It is the most singular show on broadcast television, maybe all of television. It is a show that puts dialog and character in the back seat so it can highlight hypnotic imagery, fever dream sound design and a twisted psychology.


As I told everyone, it’s like your favorite foreign film morphed into an awesome television show. It got deep under your skin, burrowed past your eyes and took root in your soul. Yeah, it was a show that would f**k you up.


Is all hope lost? No. There’s a vocal push for another outlet to pick up the show, and as Amazon has exclusive streaming rights, it’s a no brainer. Also, I’m further heartened that the show hasn’t canceled their San Diego Comic-Con panel. You bet your bloody grin I’ll be there.


So don’t be rude or the good doctor might be seeing you next.


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A Fair Wage For A Comic Page – 11. June, 2015

With less than 20 days left until the Oni Press Open Submission deadline, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the economics of comics. How does anyone make a living from working in comics? What’s a fair rate? Luckily, we can thank Alex de Campi for shedding some light on this topic, along with signing this Archie vs. Predator comic for me (and letting me know that I seem more like a “Veronica man”).


This incredibly useful bit of information comes from a panel Alex hosted at the recent Special Edition: NYC. Since the slide is hard to see, I transcribed it here.


A bit of clarification: “work for hire” means you are hired to work on a book for which you claim no IP ownership. That means you’re probably working on Batman or The Avenger or GI Joe or Predator or Archie or any other title based on a preexisting work, and you don’t own any part of that work. You don’t collect royalties from it. You didn’t invent it. You are paid your rate and that is that.

This is in opposition to “creator owned” comics. Think of Mike Mignola and Hellboy or Robert Kirkman and The Walking Dead. They own those characters. They fathered their respective universes. They collect money on every comic, DVD, board game and t-shirt. When they pass from this mortal coil, they can bequeath those rights to an heir or a charitable institution (I believe J.M. Barrie did that with Peter Pan).

Back to the topic at hand. If I were hired write a 5 issue mini series (24-pages/issue) about The Snorks for an indie publisher, and I’m a newbie writer making $25/page, I could reasonably expect to make $600 per book, or $3,000 for the whole mini series.



So if I wanted to make a living as a comic book writer and continue residing in Los Angeles, and if we assume that a recent study claiming that you need to make $70k a year in order to afford a rental unit in LA is correct, how many books would I have to write? Let’s assume I’m writing for one of the big two (i.e., Marvel or DC Comics) and I’m making the rate of $100/page. I would need to bank around $6k/month. That means I’d need to author 2.5 books every month. That’s not an unreasonable amount of writing but we haven’t accounted for taxes, tabling at cons, etc.

Want to see something crazy? Here’s a 1978 rate card from when comic book creators were looking to unionize.


So, if I ended up a hit in the comics world and never launch a creator owned title, I’d need to keep the day job until I’m writing at least 4 titles a month. BTW, are you wondering what we’re doing at the day job?

Hey, can I tell them about the day job?


Apparently not. Guess these weren’t the cybernetic organisms you were looking for.

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