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Friday, September 27, 2013

An Inspiring Non-Comics Story that Inspires Me to Make Comics

I’m completely addicted to podcasts during my day job.  It keeps me sane and really helps the day go by faster.  One of my favorite podcasts is Janet Varney’s The JV Club, which is part of the Nerdist Podcast Network.  Janet, perhaps best known as the voice of Korra on the voice of Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, interviews various women in the entertainment industry about how their teenage years influence who they are today.  It’s a really interesting podcast that I can really relate to, even as a male listener, due to how insane my high school and college experiences were.

That being said, I heard a story on an old episode with Kerry Kenney today that really inspired me to the point that I wanted to share with my readers, especially those who want to break into comics.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Have you been to yet?  Are you shocked to find that this week’s Dear Dinosaur isn’t actually a Dear Dinosaur strip?  Don’t worry, though, this is only temporary!  The local Staples where I get Dear Dinosaur scanned each week had a malfunctioning scanner this week, so I was unable to scan this week’s page (which is pretty awesome).  In it’s place, you get a sneak peek at Nerdy Little Secrets!

Nerdy Little Secrets is a new “occasional webcomic” that I will be running through sporadically as part of the Filler Friday semi-anthology comic. NLS is a series of confessions from your favorite pop culture superstars.  Everything from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings to comics to video games to pretty much anything you can think of will be posted.  Some of them are shocking, but all of them are ridiculous.  First up is Luke Skywalker, who reveals exactly when he found out that Leia is his sister.

The next Nerdy Little Secrets comic will run tomorrow on Filler Friday.  I should have a solid run for the next few weeks while we build up Filler Friday submissions.  Check it out!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Appearance Announcement! COMIC BOOK DAY @ Burlington Public Library on 9/28!

Greetings friends!  I have done a horrible job of using the site to promote my upcoming appearances, but I have a slew of them to announce for the next few weeks.  Hopefully you don’t mind the short notice!  First up, this Saturday, September 28th, I will be taking part of the Comic Book Day! at the Burlington Public Library in Burlington, Iowa!  They were kind enough to invite me to be a featured speaker and to hawk my wares.  You should come check it out!  You can learn more on their website and/or Facebook page!

The event involves a number of speakers, including fellow Iowan comic book creators John Ira Thomas and Sharean Morishita; and I’ve been told me my friend, comic book superstar Phil Hester will be making an appearance!  They will also have a screening of Iron Man 3, a Nerf firing range filled with zombies, craft tables, costume contests, and a Superman flash mob!

I will be speaking at 1pm about my life as a comic book creator, but I’ll also be selling comics all day with the help of my lovely assistant/wife!  I will be doing a limited number of sketchcards ($1 each), but I am taking 11 x 17 sketch orders in advance.  If you are interested, these full color masterpieces are only $15 and can be pre-ordered now!  

Come see me!  Let’s meet and talk about comics!  Bring burritos*!

*You don’t really have to bring burritos.  I imagine that the BPL has a pretty strict anti-food policy, as most libraries are known to do!

Monday, September 23, 2013

MAKIN' LISTS MONDAY - Top 10 Current Ongoing Comics!

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that the last month has been CRAZY for me.  I’ve barely been active on either site and, for the most part, I have neglected some of the comics I’ve been working on.  This is obviously a huge bummer.  My Top 10 lists have also been neglected and for that I apologize.  To kick things back in gear, I’m taking a look at the best monthly comic books that I’m currently reading!  Hit the jump to see my list.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "Infomercialization"

It's all about promotion in today's all new Dear Dinosaur webcomic!  Looking to gain viewers, the Shadowy Board of Editorial Figures have commissioned a commercial for the advice column and, not surprisingly, insanity ensues!  Head over to to see the strip and then head back here for the official commentary.  It will be awesome!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "Celebrity Guest Star"

This week’s Dear Dinosaur is perhaps the most disturbingly sensual strip in the history of the webcomic.  Why, you ask?  Because it guest stars Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, the legendary Prince!  Aww yeah!  Head over to to check it out, then come back here to read the official commentary!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "Walk Out Closet"

Things get experimental in this week’s Dear Dinosaur!  This is definitely the most unconventional strip in the history of the series, so it is one that you totally do not want to miss!  Head over to and check it out.  While you are there, read some of the other great comics from the Two for One Crew.  You’ll totally dig it.  Then, when you get back, hit the jump and read today’s commentary!