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Dara Naraghi's graphic novel Lifelike is now available in both digital and print editions. Click here for more info.

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Over on my personal blog.

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    Continuing my occasional forays into sharing my pitches, here’s one that was successful:

    Dark Horse Presents pitch: The Protest

    Read the full entry on my personal blog.

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      I’ve now uploaded my other DC Comics pitch from last year, this one for a new take on The Spectre.

      It’s over on my personal website/blog. Click here to read the pitch, and some history behind it…

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        Over on my personal blog, I’ve posted my original pitch from a couple of years ago for Ghostbusters: Tainted Love, along with some of the behind-the-scenes notes that detail the process of going from pitch to final book. You can check it all out here.

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          The Watchmen toaster.

          Yes, you read that right: toaster.

          No, it is not April 1.

          From the press release:

          Dynamic Forces is excited to work with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to release these collectible image toasters that capture the spirit of some of Warner Bros.’ most admired properties and timeless brands,” President of Dynamic Forces, Nick Barrucci said via press release. “We’re thrilled to give fans the opportunity to interact with their favorite brands and characters in a new way.

          No comment.

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            From Ruben Bolling’s Tom the Dancing Bug:

            If you like Ruben’s comics, be sure to check out his Inner Hive, where for $9.99 every six months, you get his latest comic emailed to you a day before publication, plus access to additional content like sketches, unused scripts, and giveaways

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              I decided to put my pitch from last year for a new Blue Devil series up on my blog. I knew it didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell (sorry, couldn’t resist) but I still had fun writing it. And if nothing else, it was good practice for writing pitches, which let me tell you, is not an easy thing to do.

              Anyway, you can read it here.

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                Sorry I’ve been to busy to post this but there’s still space available for a workshop with Paul at the Thurber Center. If you’re an aspiring creator, student, or take advantage of this, it’s a good opportunity. Here’s the deets…
                What: The Graphic Novel
                When: March 26, 2012; 6-8 p.m.
                Instructor: Paul Hornschemeier, author of acclaimed graphic novels, including MotherCome Home, and the New York Times bestseller, Life with Mr. Dangerous.
                Deadline to Register: March 16, 2012

                Where: Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave., next door to Thurber House.

                Details: Class size is limited so enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be over 18. Please go to: www.thurberhouse.org for price and further details or call: 614-464-1032.

                Paul’s been honored with the first ever ‘graphic novelist in residence’ offered by the Thurber House & the Columbus Museum of Art. This is one of many events planned while Paul is here in town. (click the tag for the full rundown) Again, congrats to Paul.


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                  The digital version of my Lifelike graphic novel is available at several places, including DriveThruComics.com, which is currently offering a special bundle of digital comics, with all proceeds to benefit the Hero Initiative. HI is a non-profit organization that “creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work”.

                  The bundle will cost you $20, for which you’ll get $95 (retail) worth of comics and graphic novels, donated by over 30 different publishers. We’re talking books like Mouse Guard #1 (Archaia), Nexus Greatest Hits, First Born #1 (Top Cow), and many more.

                  So drop on by the DriveThruComics site and check out this great way to support the Hero Initiative.

                  Official press release follows:

                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                  DriveThruComics Launches Hero Initiative Fundraiser with over 30 Comic Publishers!

                  March, 12th, 2012 — DriveThruComics.com has partnered with over 30 comic book publishers to offer a $20 bundle of digital comics for charity. Proceeds of the charity bundle, which has a retail value of $95, will be donated to the Hero Initiative. Participating publishers include: Top Cow Productions, Archaia Entertainment, Moonstone Books, Dork Storm Press, and a number of creator-owned and small press publishers.

                  Filip Sablik, Top Cow’s publisher says, “Top Cow has been a proud supported of the Hero Initiative from the beginning, with Jim McLauchlin, the current director of the charity being a former editor-in-chief at the Cow. We’re always thrilled to support Hero in any way we can and it’s very cool to see DriveThruComics stepping up to participate in this way!”

                  Since June 2011, DriveThruComics.com has offered customers the chance to make a $5 direct donation to the Hero Initiative. This new $20 DriveThruComics Charity Bundle offers participating publishers an opportunity to provide customers with an excellent selection of digital comics and raise money for this well-respected charity. Titles in this digital comic bundle include: Mouse Guard Fall 1152 #1 from Archaia Entertainment, First Born #1 from Top Cow Productions, Flare #20 from Heroic Publishing, the Harbor Moon graphic novel from Spoke Lane Entertainment, the Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink graphic novel from Dork Storm Press and many more!

                  DriveThruComics.com and its sister-site, DriveThruRPG.com, have previously offered charity bundles of digital product to benefit Doctors Without Borders in response to the earthquake in Haiti and flooding in Pakistan.

                  Visit DriveThruComics.com today and donate to the Hero Initiative!

                  About DriveThruComics:

                  DriveThruComics.com is part of a family of sites operated by OneBookShelf. From games, to comics, to fiction, starting an account on any of the sites gives you access to thousands of titles to satisfy the inner geek, grognard and fanboy we all have. DriveThruComics.com works with publishers and creators to offer digital and print editions of current and out-of-print comics to fans around the world.

                  On the web: http://www.drivethrucomics.com

                  About The Hero Initiative:

                  The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit over 40 creators and their families with over $400,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

                  On the web: http://www.heroinitiative.org/

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                    In a surprise email I got the other day,  it looks like Paul Hornschemeier is to receive a Graphic Novel Residency honor. A new venture created by the Thurber House & the Columbus Museum of Art. While Paul stays in here in town, he will be researching and creating new work on site in the boyhood home of James Thurber. Wow. They’re scheduling a series of events through late March and early April including workshops, and a talk at the museum with Paul. Below is a provided list of events from the Thurber House. A sincere congrats to Paul. It’s been a thrill watching his career. Looking forward to the next book.

                    @ the Thurber House

                    The Graphic Novel

                    Adult Writing Workshop
                    Monday, March 26, 6:00-8:00 pm
                    Instructor:  Paul Hornschemeier.

                    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: March 16

                     Young Writers’ Studio

                    Wednesday, March 28, 6:00-8:00 pm
                    Led by Paul Hornschemeier

                    @the Columbus Art Museum

                    Big Picture Lecture

                    Saturday, March 31, 2:00 pm

                    Otterbein professor of philosophy Andrew Mills will speak about Hornschemeier’s work in a philosophical context. Hornschemeier majored in philosophy at The Ohio State University and often addresses philosophical issues in his books, most notably in his 2007 work The Three Paradoxes.
                    Presented in collaboration with The OSU Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities.

                    Admission to the lecture is free.

                    Artist’s Talk and Interview

                    Thursday, April 5, 7:00 pm

                    Paul Hornschemeier speaks about his creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. In conjunction with his talk, CMA will display a selection of Hornschemeier’s scripts, storyboards, and sketches highlighting his creative process.

                    Free with museum admission.

                     

                     

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                      Cross-posting a link here:

                      Creating comic books – the process

                      I’m a big process junkie. I love the behind-the-scenes looks at how different creators work, the process they follow to produce their script or art or whatever. So here are a few links worth perusing, if you’re equally interested in what it takes to put together a comic.

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                        A rather long-ish post on my personal blog that I think I’ll link to instead of repost:

                        The realities of the comic book market

                        “So in the face of all this, what’s a new creator to do? Throw in the towel? Walk away?”

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                          Supertype – a nice collection of comic book mastheads.

                          The Pictorial Arts Journal spotlights Frank Frazetta.

                          Will Schofield’s blog 50 Watts spotlights “Mid-20th-century science fiction and fantasy illustrations in America” with Fantastic Plangent.

                          Kevin Nolan is almost done with a fully painted 62-page Man-Thing graphic novel, begun back in the 80s with Steve Gerber. Expect it sometime in 2012.

                          And finally, Jason Kirk has put together a list of the Top 100 most prolific DC Comics writers.

                          “The most prolific DC writer of all time is Robert Kanigher who is responsible for 3.5% of all DC’s original output across their entire 75-years. Second to him is Gardner Fox. Together they are responsible for more than 5% of DC’s entire output…The most prolific DC female writer of all time is Gail Simone at No 42…The most prolific DC writer to start working after the Golden Age is Chuck Dixon at No. 3.”

                          Kanigher wrote 2,843 stories in 1,917 issues, for a total of 30,287 pages!

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                            Demystifying the age old topic of “how much do comic book writers at Marvel and DC get paid, anyway?” former Marvel EIC Jim Shooter has posted his actual contracts from both publishers from when he was doing freelance work for them recently. You can read all the legalese in teeny, tiny print as well, if you’re so inclined.

                            So, what were his rates?

                            Marvel: $120/page
                            DC: $200/page

                            Of course, keep in mind that:

                            a) the Marvel rate is from 10 years ago
                            b) the DC rate is from 4 years ago
                            c) This is Jim Shooter we’re talking about, a creator with a lot of baggage (whether deserved or not), which may play a role in his compensation, compared to other writers.

                            If you’ve ever been curious what a work-for-hire publishing contract from the Big Two looks like, this is your chance. He even has the royalty rates posted.

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                              What timing! Just a couple of days ago I was bemoaning the fact that comics publishers don’t bother to survey their readership and get a better understanding of their marketplace, when DC goes and hires the Nielsen group to do just that.

                              The survey is geared specifically towards the New 52 relaunch. But if you’d like to give them a piece of your mind, good or bad, click here to take the survey. It’ll take you probably around 15 minutes or so.

                              I thought it was a pretty good survey, as far as these things go. There were several places where they provide you with a free-form field to type out your opinions, so you can definitely go in depth with your concerns, observations, accolades, or rants.

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