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Welcome to another piece of the pitching pie-that’s-not-in-the-sky.
“But I’m still working on the first piece,” you say, spraying crumbs.
“That’s fine,” I reply, with my transparent face-shield in place, “but once you’ve set the hook, you’ve got to start reeling in the fish…er, editor, and...
It’s been six months, a longer semester than most semesters, and you’ve had your face shoved in the mirror so many times you might barely recognize it for all the bruises and scars.
You have a right to be tired.
A hand goes up.
“Yes?” I ask.
“How about you?” you ask.
Funny you should mention comics editors.
A hand goes up.
“Yes?” I ask.
“Nobody said anything about comics editors,” you note.
“No?” I ask. “Then perhaps I had a dream of writers chaffing at the bit, fomenting revolution, and muttering time-honored American battle cries like Don’t Tread...
Many moons ago, I promised to come back to this topic, and here we are.
“Yay,” cries a lone voice from the back.
Now, a lot of you are probably wondering what I mean when I use the term “thematic storytelling”....
Blank stares. Not a sign that anybody is wondering anything.
My mother taught me that it’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.
With all deference to Mom, I think that’s only half true.
Mom also said you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
I agree with that completely, not that I’ve always practiced this particular tenet.
That was so much fun, let’s do it again!
“Yay,” an enthusiastic classroom mumbles.
A hesitant hand rises above the sea of single-fingered salutes.
“Yes?” I ask, cheerfully, ready once more to storm the breach.
“Why?” you ask.
We’ve spent no small amount of time discussing how comics aren’t film, and that remains the case.
As we’ve discovered, trying to write film on paper comes with a series of potential craft-related problems, not the least of which is that the creator’s intent often doesn’t translate to the...
“It’s a shame you can’t get frequent traveler miles for what we’re going to be discussing this week,” I lament.
Your hand goes up.
“Yes?” I ask.
“Does this mean we don’t have to stay in one place like last week?”
“Yes,” I reply.
“We’re going to discuss what happens between panels,” I announce, boldly.
“You mean where nothing happens?” you ask, taken aback.
“Oh, something happens,” I confirm, with confidence. “And if you combine this with what we learned about becoming Comics Panel Time-Masters, you’ll have two of...
Before we start, once again, I want to remind you that Ronald Montgomery started up a Comics Pro Prep group on Facebook. You can check it out at:
It’s déjà vu all over again.
I was prepared to move away from the Comics...
Before we start, once again, I want to say thanks to Ronald Montgomery for starting up a Comics Pro Prep group on Facebook. I’m not sure where it’s going yet, but it’s getting there. You can check it out at:
Well, we made it...
Before we start, I want to say thanks to Ronald Montgomery for starting up a Comics Pro Prep group on Facebook. I’m not sure where it’s going yet, but it’s getting there. You can check it out at:
The first week, we examined a...
Well, our days have literally turned into weeks, but whatever gets us through this material is okay with me.
Last week we came to one conclusion: the history of project ownership comes down to an employer owning the IP (intellectual property), even if it’s the self-employed creator...
Let’s cut to the chase: zealots should not leave places where they’re comfortably surrounded by likeminded people to interact with other more diverse cultures, unless they’re willing to consider other point of views.
Otherwise, terrible things happen, to them and people with whom they interact....
Last week, we continued a series of discussions from the previous week, and we’re going to keep going, but this time with a column and conclusion.
Or at least a place where you can take what you wish to from this discussion and apply whatever portions you choose to your professional project...
Last week, we began a series of discussions that we need to return to.
We need to return to them, put the spotlight on them, and get to a subject we'll be exploring later, hopefully next week: the different cultures of comics.
I'm front-loading this information because I want you to see where...
We're going to go back over a topic we discussed a few weeks ago.
You know that I walked you through a series of exercises, which were intended to shift your perspective for how frozen moments of time progress through a panel, and how, pacing-wise, that affects the way a person...
“Let’s see, where were we?” I ponder.
“You just dashed my Hollywood dreams into tiny pieces of tinsel,” you reply, still sulking. “Here I’d hoped to go from impoverished unknown indie-comics creator to hot Hollywood filmmaker, then you gave us a peak behind the curtain to get a glimpse of how...
“And now, “ I say, while trying my Bullwinkle-best to perform a bound-to-misfire magic trick, “for something completely different!”
I yank your head from the top hot.
“But I’m not done with my last homework assignment,” you snarl.
“There’s no homework on this one,” I respond, temptingly.
WARNING: We’re about to jump into the pool. To those of you who have not yet fully absorbed the lessons of columns 1 & 2, you should turn back now and reread them until the gage in your brain reads: “full.” Otherwise, possible side effects may include: throbbing headaches, confusion, loss of...
WARNING: This column can cause a rise in blood pressure. Should this occur, please remember these three things:
1) Certain points are going to be redundant because I want to make sure they’re given due consideration;
2) Sometimes it takes a really big hammer to pound a point through a skull;...
Determining a topic for this first original column was a lot like walking into a Baskin Robbins and having to choose between Chunky Monkey and Coconut Pineapple; they both taste great (if you like Chunky Monkey and Coconut Pineapple), but I wasn’t quite sure which would satisfy my craving.
Now we come to the Ugly Duckling of the three articles on pitching, the one that nobody talks about, the one left standing in the corner of the party that nobody wants to dance with.
I guess you could also call it the tough love article.
This is the common sense article, the one that says,...
Welcome to Comics Pro Prep.
“What’s this ‘prep’ thing?” you ask. “You mean like prep school?”
“Exactly like that,” I reply.
“What if we’re already working professionals?” you ask.
“Then maybe you can share some insights into what we’re discussing on the forums,” I respond. “I’m not Mr....
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