It's only Thursday?!

It's been a long week.  The type of week that drags on because either lots of little things pile up into one big thing, a few big things gather up into an avalanche, or it's a combination of the two and the week feels like a mudslide.  It's been a mudslide week for yours truly, a combination of little things and a couple of big things all making me feel like I'm dragging my feet through a series of days that will never end. My son, almost four years old, breaks out in hives sometimes.  We ...

Each Book Is Distinct!

We craft each STAR POWER storyline to be capable of standing on its own.  While there's a clear chronological order, we think it's easy for a new reader to jump in to whichever book or story sounds the most appealing to them. This was put to the test at New York Comic Con, where I found myself pitching that very idea to many curious people.  As I told them that each book is a complete story, with a clear ending and no annoying cliffhangers, I also found myself pitching the unique flavor of ...

Inktober 2018!

I discovered #Inktober during a major bout of depression three years ago.  It was a hashtag I saw floating around Instagram, and several artist friends of mine were participating in it.  The concept is self-explanatory.  You produce ink drawings during the month of October.  Having worked in pen-and-ink during my time on Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire, it was something I was very much attracted to.  But I discovered it late in October of that year and my battle with depression was...

Patient Zero and the Endurance Test.

We exhibited at New York Comic Con this past weekend, and for those of you following us on social media you already know what happened.  If you don't follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter, I'll tell you what happened.  Garth got sick and was unable to attend the show on Friday and Saturday.  I covered our table solo during his sick days.  He eventually recovered and was able to return for Sunday, but at the end of the weekend the poor guy missed half the show. I've done long shows by mysel...

New York Comic Con Is Now!

We're at New York Comic Con, starting today. Artist Alley. Table I-34. Thursday straight through until Sunday. Issue 25 may have just started updating, but our "staggered filler during updates" starts tomorrow with a map displaying where to find us.  It would be foolish of us to not advertise the hell out of where we are on the weekend we're doing one of the biggest shows in our business. Because New York Comic Con starts today. Artist Alley. Table I-34. We hope to see y...

Off To NYCC.

Garth and I will be representing STAR POWER at New York Comic Con for the first time this weekend.  It's a four-day show, from Thursday to Sunday, and attendance is projected to be bonkers.  This is a show where "the eyes of the industry" are watching, so I confess that I'm feeling a little nervous going in to NYCC. I'm not sure why I'm nervous.  I've done big, crowded shows before.  I've even exhibited in New York City before.  I have friend...

Uncool Is Timeless.

I used to give a talk at conventions called "Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains."  I still do it whenever I get a chance, but I spend more time exhibiting and selling books than I do giving panels these days.  Some people were sharing writing tips on my social media feeds this week, so I thought this would be a good time to share one of my own.  This is one of the pieces of advice I gave at my Heroes & Villains talk, and still give when anyone asks me for insight. Don't try...

The Push To Go Ad Free.

You're all probably sick to death of the between-Issue breaks being nothing but reminders for our Patreon campaign.  I get it.  I like doing lore entries and alien race profiles much better than in-house ads, but sometimes business is business and promotion has to happen.  Don't worry, though!  With the coming of our tweaked update schedule in Issue 25, there won't be prolonged breaks between Issues any more, and thus eliminating the 2-3 week m...

When You're Standing Right Behind Them.

A friend of mine recently went back to school, and in a tweet he spoke of an incident where someone was talking crap about him without knowing he was standing right behind them.  When the truth dawned that my friend was, in fact, right behind them, the crap-talker quickly shut their mouths and all but scurried away.  It reminded me of an incident that happened to me in college, and it was so cartoonishly insulting I didn't realize it was actually happening to me. From my freshman to junior ...

Tweaking the Schedule.

As you saw from yesterday's highly stylized and fancy update... you can tell I made it because I'm so good at graphic design (oh god no someone stop me next time)... we're making a slight change to the update schedule starting with the posting of Issue 25, the concluding chapter of Star Power & The Choir of Doctor Hymn.  We will continue to post new content every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but instead of having the lore entries, convention reminders, and in-house ads in the break we're ...