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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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#17: Exposition how much I loathe thee

Let’s try something different today: starting off with a rant – followed by a segue to another rant! /// Seeing is different than being told. African proverb Not sure where I got came across this (probably Brian McDonald’s podcast) but it’s apropos for every writer & comic creator in the world. Show don’t tell, the teachers try to beat into our heads. And they’re right. If there’s one thing I loathe – my biggest pet peeve – is poorly executed exposition. Nothing ruins being engrossed in a story or kills the suspension of disbelief for me like bad exposition. The...

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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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Thoughts on Tolkien & writerly advice from the Tampa Bay Comic Con 2016

I decided to start reading The Fellowship of the Ring again after many, many years. The last time I read it was in 2001 before the movie came out, in an effort to know & remember the book before the movie potentially spoiled the memory. I didn’t know that I had no reason to worry because Tolkien is a writer who needed to be reeled in by an editor. Trying to read Tolkien is a chore. It’s actually not fun or interesting. You know That Guy in every bar who talks too much about stuff no one cares about? Tolkien is that guy in … Continue reading