05.Aug.2014 Buts aren’t just for sitting

“And then…” is the enemy of a good story. “Therefore” and “But…” are your friends. South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker break it down… Read more ›

17.Jun.2014 Never stop improving

Last night, I was watching MasterChef with my fiancé and I realized that, over the two seasons I’ve watched, there are always a few contestants who seem certain they know better than the judges. Gordon Ramsay will come around, ask them what they’re cooking, taste it, and often offer some sort of “Are you sure about this? Did you think this through?” criticism. The contestants who often do the best, take that cue and work toward applying the criticism to their cooking. The contestants who are often eliminated early on in the competition are the ones who shake their heads at the criticism and seem convinced that they know better than the judges. Read more ›

14.Jun.2014 Find a crucible for your story

In David Mamet’s On Directing Film, he explains that a director’s job is to make a film by putting together a series of uninflected shots. Using straightforward images alone, you tell the story. He suggests that if you try to make a silent film, you should be able to make a great film because you’ll be forced to make sure each image you use means something, each shot furthers the scene.

Think about that. It’s a great guide for the visual storyteller—Comics very much included in that. Make sure every scene/image works toward telling your story. Read more ›

10.Jun.2014 Branch out

I recently read a great piece from Brian McDonald’s Invisible Ink blog about how imagination is like a reservoir.

Here’s a sample, but go read the whole thing (and check out his book too!)… Read more ›

09.Jun.2014 On top of the world, Ma!

Recently, ComicBookResources.com announced that Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa’s thrilling high altitude noir comic High Crimes, originally published digitally via MonkeyBrain Comics and currently nominated for the Best Digital Comic award at this year’s Eisners, would be getting a print edition via Dark Horse. A collection that I’m very proud and excited to be editing! Read more ›

13.May.2014 #BATFLECK

Not sure why this thing I made back in August isn’t the most popular thing on the internet yet…
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#BATFLECK: The (Bat)Man Without Fear!

10.Mar.2014 Easter Eggs That Only I Care About

I’m lucky enough to have been drawn into/referenced in a few comic books. You can read about them here, here, here, and here. These are Easter Eggs, if they’re even special enough to be called that, which I’m sure most people don’t notice. But—naturally—to me, they’re awesome!

Here’s a bunch more from last year that I’m eternally grateful for, but I haven’t had a chance to blog until now. Read more ›

14.Feb.2014 Bale-entine’s Day 2014: Man of Bale

The time-honored tradition continues! Happy Bale-entine’s Day! Read more ›

11.Jan.2014 My Year in Books: 2013

Because I’m so busy making books that I end up reading the best books of any given year after they’ve become the best books of last year, I’ve never been able to make a very good “Best Books of [Insert Year here]” list.

Observing a book I midwifed into reality this year.

Observing a book I midwifed into reality this year.

So, instead, I offer you (as I have in 2010, 2011, and 2012) a list of the books that I’ve read this year! Featuring both graphic novels and prose publications, this year—due to my move to digital comics—I added single issues that would eventually be collected to the list once I reached the end of a story arc. Read more ›

06.Jan.2014 My 2013

This year, I…

-Got engaged to an amazing woman.

-Wrote my first comic.

-Received my first editor credit in comics.

-Got promoted to associate editor.

-Traveled to…

    Seattle, WA
    Lexington, KY
    San Diego, CA
    Bend, OR
    Chicago, IL
    Newport, OR
    Toronto, Ontario
    Boston, MA

-Ran over 100 miles.

-Read over 70 books and graphic novels.

-Gave the acceptance speech at the Eisner Awards when Dark Horse Presents, on which I work, won its second Best Anthology award. It also won it’s second Harvey Award in the same category this year.

-Attended my third consecutive Lollapalooza.

-Participated in my fifth consecutive Movember fundraiser as part of a network that raised nearly $30,000.

-Drank Bourbon on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

-Saw my sister graduate from college.

-Moved in with my best friend.

-Edited my first book (The Black Beetle Vol. 1: No Way Out) that ended up on a ton of year end “Best of” lists.

-Worked on 69 different comics and books published/released in 2013.

-Lived with a cat for the first time.