Fred Van Lente’s Five Comic-Making Mistakes

New York Times Bestselling author Fred Van Lente—who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on Resurrectionists, Brain Boy, Project Black Sky, new editions of his Action Philosophers and The Silencers, and a few other things—is, in my humble opinion, one of the finest writers in comics. If you’re looking for a script format to mimic, head to his website and check out his templates. As an editor, I love this format! It’s also one of the preferred formats of letterer extraordinaire Nate Piekos of Blambot! Continue Reading “Fred Van Lente’s Five Comic-Making Mistakes”

Portland Pizza Week 2016

It was the sauciest of times, it was the cheesiest of times… The first ever Portland Pizza Week transpired this past week and it was delightful! Seemed like a cool thing to blog about after neglecting this space for far too long. Something to get me warmed up to the ol’ blogosphere again.
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It was a fantastic week full of pizza, beer, friends, and good times! I hope it was a raucous success for all by-the-slice pie shops in town, as I certainly hope this becomes a recurring annual event. Continue Reading “Portland Pizza Week 2016”

My Year in Books: 2015

Continuing my tradition of making a “Here’s What I Read Last Year” list instead of a “Best Books of the Past Year” list—I’m super envious of those folks who have the ability to consume loads of newly published content each year—here’s a list of what I read in 2015.

(Check out previous My Year In Books posts: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.) Continue Reading “My Year in Books: 2015”

My new gig!

Back in September, I left Dark Horse Comics after six years to pursue a position at a brand new company. But, due to the top secret nature of that new job, I couldn’t say anything about where I was headed.

Now, thanks to the killer publicity efforts of Steve Sunu, I’m psyched to share that I’m the senior editor at Stēla: a brand new digital publisher producing exclusive and totally excellent mobile native comics, aka radical comics built specifically to read on your smart phone! Continue Reading “My new gig!”

Diversifying my reading list

Last year, I read an article on XOJane entitled “35 Practical Steps Men Can Take To Support Feminism.” I consider myself a feminist, but being a male feminist often means regularly relearning that you have a long ways to go when it comes to understanding and supporting feminism. Thankfully, I’m lucky to have many amazing women in my life—my wife chief among them—who challenge me to consistently better my comprehension of feminist issues and struggles. So, I read lists like this hoping to push myself to even better understand the issues. Continue Reading “Diversifying my reading list”

My Year In Books: 2014

Every year, instead of a “My Picks for Best Books of the Year” list, I make a “Here’s What I Read This Year” list. I’m way, way, way behind on this post … 2015’s been a busy one so far! But, in keeping with the grand tradition (Check out previous Years In Books, if you’re so inclined: 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.), here’s what I read in 2014… Continue Reading “My Year In Books: 2014”

Young Shaq in the Bad Future

A while back, I had a silly idea. It was a notion of what would become a short comic story and—though I doubted anything would ever come of it—I sat down and wrote the script so I could get the idea out of my head and down on paper, freeing me up to move on to the next silly idea. Continue Reading “Young Shaq in the Bad Future”