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Comics Is Comics / Re: "Gimmicks and the state of the comics industryÖ"
« on: October 16, 2017, 06:09:39 AM »
Yeah, in some ways, it does seem that comic book industry is like the 1990s all over again... variant covers, weird crossovers, world-ending events. Although, the latter probably never went away.

And, I do like wrap around covers.

I do like that there's more types of genre in comics nowadays. I do like that there's more creator-owned comics. But, it does still look like Marvel and DC flood the rakes with the same old same old junk.

Comics Is Comics / Re: Allow myself to introduce...myself.
« on: October 09, 2017, 05:57:28 AM »
Welcome, Brendan.

Feel free to stop by YA CANíT ERASE INK.

YA CANíT ERASE INK focuses on the comic book industry from a professional comic book creator's perspective, including reflections on The Creatorís Bill of Rights, as well as discussions on comic book Creators' Rights by the likes of Scott McCloud, Dave Sim, Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, me and more.

Dave Sim shared his thoughts on my "Frank Miller got me thinking..." article. I posted Dave's letter on the Creators' Rights website.

Creator's Rights Discussions / "Frank Miller got me thinking..."
« on: April 26, 2017, 06:17:48 PM »
"Frank Miller got me thinking..."

I share some recent thoughts about comic book Creators' Rights.

Comics Is Comics / Hollywood Jesus just did a review of AN ACT OF FAITH...
« on: December 22, 2015, 01:05:42 PM »
Hollywood Jesus just did a review of my comic book, AN ACT OF FAITH...

"Nickerson does a wonderful job of telling his readers the story of the Ark, allowing these books to be great gifts, even for kids who maybe donít know a lot about the Bible. Combined with  characters that are easy to relate to, even if they are superheroes, and highly detailed drawings. Graphic Novels live and die by how the drawings add to the story and the An Act of Faith series does not disappoint. Characters are distinct and unique, and the world they inhabit is crisp and fun."

#anactoffaithcomic #comics

From Jeff Dee (Monkey House Games):

In 1979, Jack Herman and I wrote Villains and Vigilantes - a superhero tabletop role-playing game. It was published by Fantasy Games Unlimited, Inc. In 2010, we learned that FGU Inc. had been dissolved in 1991. By the terms of our agreement, the rights to the game were to revert to us in the event that the company ever stopped doing business. The company's old president had never informed us of his company's demise, and had continued to sell our game under a DBA as Fantasy Games Unlimited. We told him to cease and desist, but he refused, and we had to go to court. Our claim that he has no right to publish our game has been upheld, but he is still fighting us on the trademark to the name of our game. We need to win on that count too, else we'd have to change the name of our game which has had a big fan following since 1979. And we're running out of money. So, we began a GoFundMe to raise funds for our legal battle. If you would, please let other people who champion the rights of writers know about our fundraiser. Thanks!

Comics Is Comics / Another audio interview with Al Nickerson...
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:49:50 AM »
Andrew Rowland and I had a nice, lengthy discussion concerning comics and art. We talked about AN ACT OF FAITH, the comic book industry, working in comics, and my teaching about the art of making comics.

You can listen to the interview here or at YouTube.

Comics Is Comics / "Wake Up and Draw"
« on: November 29, 2014, 09:49:58 AM »
August 28th was Jack Kirbyís birthday! In celebration, Hero Initiative held their "Wake Up and Draw" day event. I was asked to participate. So, I drew Nemish-Man smacking a slimy-looking Skrull! At least, I hope that it's a Skrull. Hero Initiative posted my illustration on E-Bay for auction...

 All proceeds go to charity.



Comics Is Comics / AN ACT OF FAITH #9 now on sale!
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:39:13 PM »

AN ACT OF FAITH #9 is now on sale at iVerse Media.

I posted some preview pages to AN ACT OF FAITH #9.

Here's the solicitation for AN ACT OF FAITH #9:

AN ACT OF FAITH #9 is the second half of the two-part 'The Ark' storyline. In the 1980s, there were two failed missions to find Noah's Ark. On the first mission, Professor Jack led the super-hero team, the Protectors. On the second mission, the Protectors went without Professor Jack. The second mission ended terribly. For decades, Professor Jack blamed himself for the failed missions. Now, in hopes to make amends, Professor Jack takes Nemish-Man, Crusader Girl, and Kid-Cockroach to Mount Ararat to retrieve Noah's Ark once and for all!

Comics Is Comics / I was interviewed by Graphicly Christian...
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:27:07 PM »
I did an interview with the friendly folks at Graphicly Christian. We chatted about AN ACT OF FAITH, my career in comics, and Christian entertainment (or the lack thereof). It was a rockin' interview. You can listen to the interview here...

I posted the two-page "Comics is Comics" editorial from AN ACT OF FAITH #8. It contains a correspondence with Dave Sim concerning Dave's work as a comic book cover artist...

Here's a photo that was Tweeted by someone during the "Creator-owned Comics (vs. Corporate-owned Comics)" panel of myself, Michael Allred, and Kurt Busiek.

Special Edition: NYC was all about comics and seemed more creator-focused. Not too many publishers were there. I really enjoyed the convention.

It was great speaking with Fernando Ruiz, Cory Smith, Kevin Maguire, Russ Braun, Eric Talbot, and Michael Dooney.

The "Creator-owned Comics (vs. Corporate-owned Comics)" panel went very well. Plenty of folks showed up. Kurt Busiek , Mike Allred, and I discussed the possibilities of how digital comics and webcomics can be beneficial for creators (like not having to worry about printing bills and print comic book distribution). We talked about contracts, working with Hollywood, moving a property from one publisher to another, and how some comic book publishers frown upon their creators talking to one another. We chatted a bit about self-publishing and how time-consuming the business side of self-publishing can be. And Iím sure there were other things that we discussedÖ which escape me at the moment.

The Creator-Owned Comics (vs. Corporate-owned Comics) panel is listed on the Special Edition: NYC website with all times, location, and other info...

I have some updated information for the "Creator-owned Comics (vs. Corporate-owned Comics)" panel at the Special Edition: NYC convention. Kurt Busiek and Michael Allred will be joining me on the panel. (Hopefully, we can get more folks on the panel, as well.) Hereís the official info for the panel with location, times, and date:

Title: Creator-owned Comics (vs. Corporate-owned Comics)
Date: Sunday, June 15
Time: 3:00 PM Ė 4:00 PM
Location: Theater B

Speaker(s): Kurt Busiek, Michael Allred, Al Nickerson.

Description: There seems to be more and more comic books owned by the artists and writers that create them. We have Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and self-published comics. The creators that make such comics donít have to answer to an editor. They can write and draw the kind of comic books that they want to write and draw. This is much different than the work-made-for-hire comics that are being published by the likes of Marvel Comics and DC Comics.


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