ConBust or bust! Again!

Tomorrow evening I begin my weekend at ConBust, the smallest and most intimate show I do all year.  It is also one of my favorites because it has unbelievable heart, soul, and character.  While the bigger shows may be good for my wallet, some of them have left my soul feeling empty and drained.  ConBust has always been fuel for my spirit, for numerous reasons: I mean it when I say that ConBust is a small show.  The entire convention takes pl...

Don't bother me today.

Don't bother me today.  I'm going to be playing Mass Effect: Andromeda and ignoring my family. Well, the second part of that statement is false.  I have to watch my 2-year-old son, and the realism of modern video games frightens him, so I can't get into any sci-fi firefights while I'm on full-time fatherhood duty.  I have to wait to "ignore" him until after he goes to bed, which is what happens anyway while he's asleep... unless I hear him through the baby monitor in distress, in which cas...

Representatives.

Representation is becoming more and more important in storytelling and comics these days, and I welcome it.  Characters of all types belong in the spotlight.  But like I said in Tuesday's blog post, "Stereotypical," doing so in science fiction can be tricky.  Well, there's not much of a trick to it.  You just do it.  The trick is how to do it without being heavy-handed or coming off like you're oh-so-tolerant-and-progressive and you should be congratulated for including a gay character in y...

Stereotypical.

I love subverting stereotypes when I'm writing characters.  More than anything I love typically brutish characters in intellectual professions.  Put an orc in a wizard's outfit and I'm a happy fellow.  Turning a stereotype on its head is easy to do, too!  Consider the first thing that comes to mind when you imagine goblins, ogres, dragons, and other such creatures.  Take that first thought, say "nope!" and do something completely different.  Congratulations!  You're taking a character in ...

Out of your bubble.

"Get out of your bubble."  I say that to lots of people who come to me for writing advice.  What I mean when I say "get out of your bubble" is that I believe you shouldn't only consume things from the genre you love.  For example, I love science fiction and fantasy and superheroes, but they are not the only stories I am interested in.  I also enjoy horror, thrillers, mysteries, romance, and drama.  I cast a wide net of interests because exposure to many genres can only help you become a bet...

Fantasy Star.

I love writing science fiction and superhero adventure, but a large part of my heart still belongs to the fantasy genre.  I'm in no hurry to return to writing a fantasy comic, but when given the chance to play around in a fantasy setting I usually jump at the opportunity.  Whether it's a video game or a tabletop roleplaying game, I enjoy switching technology for magic and guns for swords.  So that got me thinking about what would STAR POWER be like if it was a fantasy comic.  What would our ...

The end of the metal?

I listen to heavy metal a lot less frequently than I used to, and it's mostly because of my son.  I watch him during the day while my wife's at work, and I like to have music playing in the background.  Needless to say, metal is not on the playlists.  Classic rock, classical music, and jazz dominate our days musically.  As much as I love the heaviness of sound that metal provides, a toddler does not need to be raised on that kind of music.  So less metal for Daddy, too. As a result, over...

Mass Effect musings.

As Mass Effect: Andromeda draws ever nearer I find myself getting more and more excited.  It's taken some serious willpower to avoid the hands-on reviews some of the gaming sites have been granted access to, trailer breakdowns, interviews, behind-the-scenes peeks, and so on.  You'd think that someone as excited as I am for a new Mass Effect game would be devouring every bit of information he could find.  On the contrary, I like to know as little as possible going in to a new game, or...

Into the arena, and back out again.

I had been hearing talk about a game called For Honor recently.  I looked into it and was intrigued.  Brutal melee combat.  Knights versus Vikings versus Samurai.  I was excited at first, and then I slowly came to realize that this game seemed heavily focused on player-versus-player combat.  Yes, there's a single player campaign, and there's also co-op versus A.I. options, but it still seemed the real meat of the game was focused on players fighting other players.  I'm sure the game is ver...

Adventures at Katsucon!

Katsucon was a blast.  It's always a blast.  We spoke on some very well-attended panels (thank you!), met some great people, reunited with some old friends, and generally had the awesome time we've come to expect from a Katsucon weekend.  But aside from all that, there were a couple of stand-out adventures I got to have this year that made the weekend especially enjoyable. I got to join a pirate crew.  It's not a real ship (duh) nor do I have any regular obligations to terrorize the seven...