Wait, what?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2009 in Writing 101 | No Comments

Wherever you were yesterday at about 10:00 a.m. PST, if you heard the distant sound of a scream, that was me. I’d gone to bed the previous night having finished the most recent script for IRREDEEMABLE and feeling very good about it– –and then I sat down the next morning to polish it and realized […]

The Dictionary Is Wrong

Posted by on Mar 26, 2009 in Writing 101 | No Comments

Writing this one on the plane from La Guardia to LAX, so it may or not be posted by Wednesday depending upon how late the flight gets in. In 1990, having recently departed my editorial position at DC Comics, I went to work for Archie Comics in Mamaroneck, NY as an assistant editor/proofreader/colorist/cover gag editor/researcher/monkey. […]

What Matters

Posted by on Mar 19, 2009 in Writing 101 | No Comments

There used to be a Triangle Rule in comics. I first heard it from one of my mentors, the brilliant writer/cartoonist William Messner-Loebs. I’ve repeated it many times since, and God only knows who first articulated it, but it supposed this:

You’d Better Be In There Somewhere

Posted by on Mar 5, 2009 in Writing 101 | No Comments

When I was working at a company called Crossgen back in 2001, I was stuck writing a book called Sigil. I didn’t start it; it was inherited. It was about a two-fisted, ex-military, blue-collar guy named Sam who traveled the galaxy and fought aliens. I forget why. I do remember it wasn’t a very compelling […]

Characters Are Not Furniture

Posted by on Feb 26, 2009 in Writing 101 | No Comments

Losing two of the next five days to cross-country flights, but no complaints from me. I’m on my way to the Orlando MegaCon this week, and while (like most of you) I’ve come to hate flying, it’s worth it: MegaCon has become one of the largest and best-run comics/anime/sf conventions in this country, and whatever […]