Bad karma, so to speak.

I no longer believe in the concept of bad karma. Okay, so I'm not really talking about "karma" in the actual translation of the word, but rather the idea that bad people who do bad things will get what's coming to them.  Not in the next life or some other spiritual sense but in our immediate physical world, so maybe you get to have a front row seat to see it happen.  I know "bad karma" isn't the right term for what I'm talking about, but for the purposes of today's blog we'll just call it t...

After these messages, we'll be right back!

Issue 22, which is part 2 of STAR POWER & THE CHOIR OF DOCTOR HYMN, came to its conclusion yesterday!  We hope you folks liked the second chapter in this strange, (hopefully) suspenseful tale.  We realize this story is moving at a much slower pace than our previous adventures, but this is done very much on purpose.  We're used to moving very fast through stories, chapters, and sometimes planets for STAR POWER, so slowing things down for a "slow burn" has been a wonderful experiment for us...

Internet holidays.

Apparently it was "National Siblings Day" this week, followed very closely by "National Pet Day."  In my nearly forty years on this planet I had never once celebrated, nor even heard of, either of these holidays.  Yet this week my social media feeds were flooded with brothers and sisters and cats and dogs, all in varying states of public affection.  These are only two of the many "holidays" the internet has either invented or just embraced, and I'm having trouble keeping up and caring at all....

Time and care.

The phrase "time heals all wounds" isn't totally true.  It should be "time and care heal all wounds." An uncared-for wound left to heal on its own never heals correctly.  Scars remain.  There are misalignments in the healing process.  And when that happens, a wound you thought was closed can start hurting you again, and without warning.  At best, its just an irritation.  At worst, it reope...

A person of color.

In case you don't follow us on Facebook and Twitter (why don't you?!), we made an announcement this week that we're looking for a temporary colorist who will do the coloring for Issues 23 & 24.  This will alleviate some of Garth's artistic workload, as he works his ass off making amazing pages for everyone's enjoyment at an incredible pace and deserves a break to let his batteries recharg...

Flying solo into the storm, and the calm.

This past weekend I exhibited at Anime Boston while Garth exhibited at AwesomeCon.  These are two very big conventions that he and I have traditionally done as a team, but since they were scheduled on the same weekend and we got into both shows this year, we decided to split up and "tag team" the double convention days.  I've represented STAR POWER at smaller conventions before, even doing the delightfully intimate ConBust only a weekend prior this year, but this was the first time in a long t...

Garth and I are splitting up.

That's right folks.  You heard it here first.  Garth and I are splitting up... ...this weekend so he can exhibit at AwesomeCon while I represent us at Anime Boston. Hyuck hyuck. I'm happy to be returning to Anime Boston this year.  It was the first convention I ever exhibited at, and to return to it when I have the opportunity always feels like a homecoming.  The show is bigger, the venue is different, and the crowds are never the same from one year to another, but there's a part of...

A Small Collection of Thoughts.

All of these things are on my mind at once as I sit down to write today's blog, but none of them are interesting enough to stand alone as the subject of a full entry.  So here's everything on my mind right now in easy-to-swallow snippets: - ConBust was, as always, a complete joy.  I met interesting new people, reunited with old friends and convention regulars, spoke on fantastic panels, and spent a wonderful weekend with my wife.  Meanwhile, my son got to spend a weekend with his grandpare...

ConBust my heart.

This weekend I'll be returning to ConBust.  It's a small convention here in Massachusetts that has, over the years, become so valuable and important to me that I cannot imagine a convention season without it.  It became vital to me not because of its record-setting attendance or wallet-busting sales, but because of its heart.  Conventions with heart and soul are increasingly rare nowadays, and this one has managed to remain a gem. What makes ...

Spaceships and lasers and Freebird.

A great aspect of writing science fiction is being able to use modern culture in futuristic storytelling.  I played around in the fantasy genre for eleven years with my previous webcomic, Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire, and didn't have the luxury to so plainly use things like contemporary films or classic rock.  (Well, you do have that luxury if you're writing urban fantasy, but a thorough breakdown of fantasy sub-genres is a topic for another day....