Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Why asking Why is important, with Joe Quesada

Joe Quesada, courtesy Joe Quesada

Joe Quesada has been an award-winning artist, a self-publisher, editor in chief of Marvel Comics, and now the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment. Along the way, he's learned a lot, in particular, why asking "Why?" is one of the most important things you can do.

Read all about it over at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Chuck Klosterman, Cultural Observer of our Time

Chuck Klosterman's tenth book, Chuck Klosterman X, is out. It's a collection of his recent articles from GQ, Billboard, Grantland, and more. You can get a taste and read the interview with Klosterman at the mighty Los Angeles Times.

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

After 14 years of dinner, a store

Photo courtesy Rob Young
It took Rob Young at Borderlands Comics and Games 14 years of buying a man dinner to finally get a shot at owning his own store. He's made the most of it, and says his REAL job is "creating a memory" for customers, his staff, and himself. Read all about it at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bill Willingham goes sword-and-sorcery again with Lark's Killer

Art from Lark's Killer #1
Bill Willingham, a longtime Dungeons & Dragons and comic book vet, is returning to those sword-and-sorcery roots with Lark's Killer, the story off a teenage runaway who mysteriously winds up in a violent, medieval world.

You can read all about it over at Newsarama.

Jim McLauchlin

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

30 Years as the Dark Horse

Mike Richardson, courtesy Dark Horse Comics
It started with a teddy bear from his wife, wound through some lunch meetings, and ended up at a multi-million dollar publisher. Mike Richardson has seen a LOT since founding Dark Horse Comics 30 years ago and you can read all about it at icv2 here.


Jim McLauchlin

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