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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: CLASSROOM CODE OF CONDUCT -- PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING

    Welcome to Comics Pro Prep 2.0. Thanks for joining us. If you wish to simply audit the sessions, please feel free to do so. If you wish to contribute to the discussion, please consider the following code of conduct. 1. Don't fight in Comics Pro Prep Club.

    Posted By LeeNordling
    club, comics, material, may
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 05:18 PM Go to last post
  1. What It Takes To Sell Your Pitch, Part 2

    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...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    alert, alien, comic, comic book, comics, dc, dc comics, fall, forum, justice, mass, master, material, matter, may, news, publisher, zoom
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    Sunday, September 19, 2010 01:35 PM Go to last post
  2. Your Professional Self-Assessment

    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.

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    comic, comics, fanboy, material, may, perfect, publisher
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    Wednesday, July 21, 2010 04:50 PM Go to last post
  3. Comics Editors Are Like A Box of Chocolates

    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...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    america, american, artists, comic, comics, dc, dc comics, drama, fail, fanboy, independent, material, matter, matters, may, noir, publisher, writers
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 12,714
    Sunday, May 02, 2010 05:21 AM Go to last post
  4. The Magic Story Pill

    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. Simply put,...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    abomination, adventure, agency, alien, aliens, alterna, comic, comics, fall, fanboy, incredible, mash, masks, masses, math, matter, max, may, movies, noir, publisher, wizard, writers, zoom
    • Replies: 36
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    Sunday, April 25, 2010 05:37 PM Go to last post
  5. Style Has Substance

    My mother taught me that its not what you say; its how you say it. With all deference to Mom, I think thats only half true. Mom also said you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. I agree with that completely, not that Ive always practiced this particular tenet. (Snickers echo...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    aim, artists, comic, comic book, comics, drama, fanboy, marvel, master, matter, max, may, smoking, sound effects, writers, zombies
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    Sunday, April 18, 2010 04:14 AM Go to last post
  6. Silence Is Golden: a workshop, Part 2

    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.

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    aim, airing, aliens, alterna, america, american, artists, comic, comic book, comics, fall, fanboy, master, matter, matters, may, news, sound effects, writers, zoom
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    Monday, April 12, 2010 05:52 PM Go to last post
  7. Silence Is Golden: a workshop

    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...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    agents, alert, alien, aliens, america, artists, comic, comic book, comics, dc, dc comics, drama, fall, fanboy, marvel, mass, master, material, matter, may, publisher, smoking, sound effects, writers, zombies
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2010 01:39 AM Go to last post
  8. Your Own Private Wormhole, Part 2: The Case of the Befuddled Passenger

    “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.

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    2010, adapt, aim, alien, america, american, comic, comic book, comics, competition, drama, facebook, fanboy, justice, masters, material, matter, matters, may, publisher, writers, zoom
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    Monday, March 29, 2010 02:41 PM Go to last post
  9. Your Own Private Wormhole, Part 1: All the time in the world

    “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...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    alterna, comic, comics, detective, drama, fanboy, forum, mass, massive, master, masters, matter, may, sale, sound effects, zoom
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    Sunday, March 21, 2010 09:22 PM Go to last post
  10. Comics Cultures, Part 5: Commerciality

    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: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=318045453082&v=info WEEK 4: It’s dj vu all over again. I was prepared to move away from the Comics...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    agent, agents, alchemy, alien, aliens, america, american, comic, comic book, comics, dc, dc comics, facebook, fanboy, marvel, marvel comics, massive, material, matrix, matter, may, noir, publisher, wizard, zombies
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    Monday, March 15, 2010 04:06 PM Go to last post
  11. Comics Cultures, Part 4

    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: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=318045453082&v=info WEEK 4: Well, we made it...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    adaptation, agent, artists, comic, comics, dc, dc comics, facebook, fall, fanboy, independent, indie, indy, marvel, master, material, matter, may, publisher, work for hire, writers
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    Monday, March 08, 2010 04:44 PM Go to last post
  12. Comics Cultures, Part 3

    Before we start, I want to say thanks to Ronald Montgomery for starting up a Comics Pro Prep group on Facebook. Im not sure where its going yet, but its getting there. You can check it out at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=318045453082&v=info WEEK 3: The first week, we examined a...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    alterna, america, american, archie, artists, comic book, comics, competition, dc, facebook, fall, fanboy, independent, justify, marvel, mass, material, matrix, matter, matters, may, news, publisher, writers
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    Sunday, February 28, 2010 06:20 PM Go to last post
  13. Comics Cultures, Part 2

    WEEK 2: 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...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    agents, alterna, artists, comic, comic book, comics, dc, fanboy, forum, marvel, material, matter, may, publisher, writers
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    Sunday, February 21, 2010 04:00 AM Go to last post
  14. Comics Cultures

    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....

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    archie, artists, comic, comics, dc, dc comics, fall, fanboy, hulk, independent, indy, justify, marvel, mass, matter, may, mcfarlane, publisher, sale, thor, work for hire, writers
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    Monday, February 15, 2010 06:31 PM Go to last post
  15. Assessing project & collaborator needs & goals

    Last week, we continued a series of discussions from the previous week, and were 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...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    artists, comic, comics, dc, dc comics, fall, fanboy, indie, marvel, material, math, matter, may, publisher, self-publishing, writers
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    Friday, February 05, 2010 07:54 PM Go to last post
  16. A discussion about a sense of personal empowerment

    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...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    2010, adapt, aim, artists, comic, comics, fall, justify, material, matter, may, wolverine, work for hire, writers, zoo
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    Wednesday, February 03, 2010 07:25 PM Go to last post
  17. Q: How do you approach panel writing?

    Hi, folks. 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...

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:00 AM Go to last post
  18. Adapting To the Cinematic Sandbox

    “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...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    2010, academy, adapt, adaptation, agent, alterna, america, american, club, comic, comic book, comics, competition, incredible, indie, masses, massive, material, matter, max, may, noir, theatrical
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    Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:03 AM Go to last post
  19. Comics Into Film: A Cautionary Tale

    “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. ...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    adapt, adaptation, aliens, alterna, america, american, comic, comics, dc, dc comics, forum, hulk, indie, judge dredd, justice, marvel, masters, material, matrix, matter, may, mutant, reviews
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 01:44 PM Go to last post
  20. The Comics Panel Time-Master--PART 3: Learning To Control Consideration Inside Panels

    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...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    2010, adapt, comic, comic book, comics, dc, dc comics, master, masters, material, matter, matters, may, zombies
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    Tuesday, January 05, 2010 03:41 PM Go to last post
  21. The Comics Panel Time-Master--PART 2: How We Read Comics

    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;...

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    adapt, america, american, comic, comic book, comics, dc, fall, marvel, master, masters, material, math, matter, matters, may, zoom, old
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    Monday, December 28, 2009 04:52 PM Go to last post
  22. The Comics Panel Time-Master--PART 1: The Problem

    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 wasnt quite sure which would satisfy my craving. What...

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    america, comic, comic book, comics, master, masters, matter, matters, may
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    Wednesday, December 16, 2009 05:50 PM Go to last post
  23. What It Takes To Sell Your Pitch, Part 3

    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,...

    Posted By LeeNordling
    comic book, comics, dc, dc comics, fall, marvel, material, matter, matters, may, publisher
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    Friday, December 11, 2009 07:03 PM Go to last post
  24. What It Takes To Sell Your Pitch, Part 1

    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....

    Posted By LeeNordling
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    aim, aliens, comics, project fanboy, zoo
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    Monday, November 30, 2009 08:31 PM Go to last post

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