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Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. Mike Tyson


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#21: Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. Mike Tyson This should be an evergreen quote in my repertoire of quotes. Almost at the level of Life finds a way. (I assume by this point in time that everybody knows that quote, except for toddlers.) But creators knows what Mike is talking about: everybody has a plan until adversity smacks you upside the head. Being stymied by lack of time, lack of energy, creative blocks, fear, doubt, judgement – you name it. All punches to the face that creators are well acquainted with. Some of them can...

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Black Metal not if you still need to ask


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#19: Wisdom from comics

This week I ponder the wisdom we receive from the stories we love. /// You can run all your life and not go anywhere. Mike For years, Social Distortion’s Ball & Chain has been a favorite song of mine. I was home from college in the summer of ‘92. And one night a friend wanted me to join him to see some bands I’d never heard of, in a venue that I’d never been to: the venerable Toad’s Place in New Haven. He was always into new music and new bands, but I was suspicious of his taste in music....

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Process, ego, and revealing my next project


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#16: Process, ego & revealing my next project

Welcome to the new shorter version of the newsletter! (Editor: NOT.) First, some good news! I have been honored with a BIPOC scholarship by the Center for Cartoon Studies! They offer scholarships for their summer workshops and I applied for Creating Graphic Novels for the Young Adult Market. I chose this to get better at a “crafting authentic, relatable teen characters and narratives.” Can’t wait til August! /// That’s most people’s problem: they try to learn a magic trick instead of learning how magic works. Brian McDonald I’m still grooving to Brian McDonald’s podcast, You Are A Storyteller (though I’ve...

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Patreon wannabes


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#14: My latest comic & Patreon wannabes

A link to my latest comic, thoughts on every platform turning into Patreon, and 3 reading recommendations. /// A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann I forgot where I got this but I am so feeling it this week. I haven’t made a lot of progress on my myth story outline re-write. There’s something wrong with the story that I can’t quite place (that’s usually the case with anything that seems like ‘writer’s block’). On the plus, I FINALLY finished the 5 page dry run of the graphic memoir,...

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Favorite movies Raiders of the Lost Ark


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#13: Favorite movies

Coloring comics & movie movies movies! /// If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all. Billie Holiday I heard this fine bit of wisdom from Brian McDonald’s excellent podcast, You Are A Storyteller. I tried to editorialize on it (I’ve written & deleted several paragraphs so far) but it speaks for itself. /// What I’m working on It’s been nearly 2 weeks since I stopped taking allergy meds, and after being waylaid last week by post 2nd dose side effects, this was my most productive week in well over a month. I...

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