Monday, March 20, 2017

Blazing a Trail with a New Venture

Mike Marts, courtesy Aftershock Comics

Mike Marts has been around the block in the comics biz as an editor with Marvel (three times!), DC, Acclaim, and even a stint at Wizard. He left he warm embrace of the known for something new and different at Aftershock Comics and you can read all about it at

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Building a 100,000 attendance Comic Con

Phoenix Comicon, photo courtesy Phoenix Comicon

Matt Solberg went from the world of political campaigns to comic conventions, and created a doozy—The Phoenix Comicon, which now gets a yearly attendance of more than 100,000 people.

How'd he do it? There were may steps along the way and lessons learned. Read all about it at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How even big names use crowdfunding

Dave Johnson wants your money, but only $1 at a time. Bill Willingham will take $1 to $10. Greg Pak gives you LOTS of options. And ALL these peeps give you something VERY cool in return.

Crowdfunding in the comics sphere ain't just for the "trying to break in" crowd. Lots of established creators are doing it as well. You can read about what they're doing, and more importantly the "where" and "how," over at Newsarama.

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What Happens when "Geek" and "Nerd Become Cool?

Ming-Na Wen's Twitter avatar
Linguist Charles Harper Webb tells us that "language bends to use." And so what happens when "geek" and "nerd," once all-purpose put-downs, become hip and happening marketing buzzwords?

We tell you right here over at Enjoy!

Jim McLauchlin

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

100 Fascinating Comic Book Facts!

Did Stan Lee write standing up? Which comic artist used to keep one foot in a bucket of ice water to keep himself awake on overnight deadlines? What famous Superman cover original was pulled out of a trash bin moments before the garbage man came? And why are artists drawing on bowling pins?

You can find out these answers, plus 96 more over at So durned big, we hadda run it in three segments! See Part 1 here, Part 2, and hey, bring it on home with Part 3.

Read it today; you'll be glad you did!

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, January 2, 2017

Joe Quesada, first-time director

Some of Joe Quesada's storyboards for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Artist, editor, and current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has just dipped his toe in the directing pool with a four-minute short for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read all about the skills he took in and the lessons he took out over at Newsarama.

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Patrick Brower after 17 years and 400 square feet

Patrick Brower of Challengers Comics
After 17 years in the retail trenches, Patrick Brower and his business partner, Dal Bush, decided to go it on their own. They opened Challengers Comics in Chicago, and after some learning curve and conversion of 400 square feet, the store took off.

Read Patrick's story here at the mighty

Jim McLauchlin