Board game baby.

My friends are really into board games.  I like them, but I don't go out of my way to seek them out.  When my friends wants to get together to play, I come along because I enjoy their company, not because I'm super eager to try out a new board game. I give my friends a hard time for their love of board games, too.  I'll tell them they can be more competitive than they ought to be.  I'll joke that explaining the rules of some of their games takes longer than actually playing them.  I'll p...

Our new game.

The news has been terrible all year.  Political rhetoric has been especially divisive.  It's been a steady stream of negativity and bad news.  It's enough to make you want to bury your head in the sand and wait for the worst of it to pass you by, or hope it doesn't come for you.  But with all the bad news and darkness looming on the horizon, it makes you appreciate the joys and pleasures in your life, no matter how simple.  A simple joy like inventing a new game with your son. We call it...

That peculiar building.

Last night I was a guest on The Geek Down, which airs on WEMF radio on Monday nights at 9pm.  I chatted geek stuff with the hosts, promoted STAR POWER as best I could, and had a really great time.  Today's blog could be all about my experience on the show, but you'll be able to see the episode in its entirety on their website soon, if it's not been uploaded already.  Instead, I want to talk about the building where WEMF is located. I found myself standin...

Travel times.

I was supposed to visit my best friend this weekend.  We haven't seen one another in over a year thanks to distance, work schedules, and parenthood.  We tried to make plans before the Thanksgiving holiday but things didn't work out.  I suggested going to visit him this Saturday, the weekend directly after Thanksgiving.  The idea was to get together as soon as possible, before the Christmas season (and all its scheduling nightmares) prevented us from seeing one another. This weekend works....

Happy birthday, little man.

Today is my son's birthday.  He's three years old.  That makes me the father of a three year old.  This parenthood thing is starting to get real.  I'm excited and nervous as hell. I know I've had it pretty easy.  Despite my difficulties in learning to deal with a newborn, once I got into the groove things have been smooth sailing.  From newborn to infant to toddler, my boy has been mellow and well-behaved as babies go.  He's curious, loves to laugh, doesn't seem to have a mean bone in ...

Thankful.

It's Thanksgiving here in the United States, and it's a holiday we celebrate everything we're thankful for with mountains of food.  I have a lot to be thankful for: I'm thankful for Garth, my partner in comics and one of my best friends. I'm thankful for my loving wife, adorable son, and my immediate and extended families. I'm thankful for my friends, both local and abroad, for being my family when my relatives are out of reach. I'm thankful for you, our readers.  Your continued lo...

Missing the mark and realizing my mistakes.

I normally don't write follow-ups to blog posts, but this was bothering me all weekend and I felt the need to provide corrections, self-critiques, and an apology. Last week I wrote a blog post about avoiding heavy-handed representation and used an example of an unnamed minor character's transgender past that you would have never known about unless I mentioned it. It was my attempt to provide writing advice about subtle representation. For some people who read it, I missed the mark completely....

Avoiding heavy-handed representation.

"Garth, we're doing well with representation and diversity in Star Power," I said to him, "but we haven't had any transgender characters yet.  We should do something about that." "We already did," he said to me. "We did?" Garth then revealed to me that the Human officer in the above panel, from way back at

The softening of the metal.

I love heavy metal.  It's been my soundtrack for years.  I love heavy metal across the spectrum of the genre, which is surprisingly vast.  For the better part of the last ten years, I've leaned towards very aggressive metal.  It's the "hard liquor" of my musical tastes and definitely not for everyone.  Still, if there were double bass drums slamming and a lead singer screaming with zero consideration for staying in key, chances are I was listening to it.  A lot.  And probably at ear-shatt...

The appeal and curse of Psi Cop.

Our Kickstarter campaign to turn STAR POWER & THE LONELY WAR into our fourth book reached its initial funding goal in two days.  We are, as always, humbled by your overwhelming support and grateful for your generosity.  The book may already be funded but the campaign still has a month left to go, so that means it's time for Stretch Goals. Garth and I were initially struggling with ideas as to what...