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What I Learned From Taking a Year off From Comics (And Why I Wish I Hadn’t)

12 Jan

Which is worse—moving in the wrong direction or not moving at all?

It’s a question that I recently heard on an episode of Scriptnotes, an amazing podcast about screenwriting (and just writing in general) and I’ve been mulling it over in my head ever since. The reason why the question struck such a chord in me is because I feel like I just spent the past year not moving at all, in lieu of accidentally moving in the wrong direction and now that I’m on the other side of it I have to wonder if it did me any good.

Probably not. But at the same time, it wasn’t completely worthless.

It’s not like I went into 2015 thinking “yeah, I deserve a break.” In fact, it was quite the opposite. I remember clearly what my emotional state was last New Year’s Eve. I had big things brewing, big opportunities on the horizon and a lot of lofty ideas about how I wasn’t even going to be the same person in a year’s time. Only one of those things ended up being true and not in the way I was imagining.

So why did I fall off the face of the comic world for a year? The answer is something that I think all comic book creators go through at some point in their careers.

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The Little Red Hen Syndrome

As a comic book writer, I often liken myself to the story of The Little Red Hen.  If you’ve never read the story as a kid, the Cliff Notes version is that this little red hen wants to make some bread, so she goes around the farm asking the other animals to help her out. She’s all up in their face like “Who will help me make this bread?” And nobody wants to help her.

So she goes about all of the labor by her own damn self. I mean, this chicken is straight up planting wheat for this bread. She’s harvesting and milling her own grains and shit. And every step of the way she asks the other animals if they want to help her out, but they don’t. In the end, she makes this delicious bread and all the animals want to eat it, but she’s like “Fuck off, this is my bread, I’m the only one who worked for it.”

I always liked this fable because it shows how something as simple and ordinary as a loaf of bread requires time, patience and hard work to create.  Before you can even make the dough a bunch of things have to happen: wheat has to grow, eggs have to be laid, yeast has to—yeast up or whatever it does. And as a comic book writer, I often feel like that little red hen, running around all like “Who will help me make this comic?”

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Find me at Detroit Fanfare this weekend!

23 Oct
Detroit Fanfare

Don’t miss Detroit Fanfare, one of the best comic shows in town!

This weekend is the big-one for K-Mo. It’s Detroit Fanfare season! This is one of my favorite shows to go to because the second year of the show was the first convention I ever had a table at.  If you like comic conventions with a dedicated focus on comics and comic creators, then you don’t want to miss this one! And for only $20 for the weekend, it’s practically a steal.

I am proud to say that I attended the first-ever Detroit Fanfare convention, but as a con-goer, not a creator. There I got to meet Stan Lee for the first time and I got to sit in on a live discussion of Write or Wrong by the incomparable Dirk Manning.  That was a game-changing convention in the course of my career and the very next year I was set up at Detroit Fanfare with my trusty artist partner, Jesse Hughes selling our very first issue of Science Girl.

This is my third year at Fanfare and though I won’t be premiering any new books this year, I will have plenty of copies of Science Girl and Saturday Morning Snack Attack! on sale. Come by, say hi and participate in the coolest convention in town.

Kids Read Comics 2013 – Kids Are Still Reading Comics

4 Apr krc_logo_horizontal

Kids Read ComicsGood news everyone!

Everybody’s youth oriented comic extravaganza, is returning to the Ann Arbor District Library this coming June 22-23! Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a librarian or just a comic fan, this is a great free event with lots of amazing creators and plenty of hands-on interaction.

Oh, and did I mention that I’ll be there, along with Mr. Plummy Press himself, Jesse Hughes? Well it’s official, so you don’t want to miss out! And while you’re at it, you might as well pick up a few copies of Science Girl: Double Feature too!

We’ll see you there! (And then off to Frita Batidos for dinner afterwards.)

Motor City Comic Con 2013 – I’m Going, Are You?

30 Mar Motor City Comic Con 2013
Motor City Comic Con 2013

Motor City Comic Con 2013

Just wanted to let you folks know that my beard and I will be attending this year’s Motor City Comic Con in Novi, MI. I’ll have plenty of comics for you to check out, including Saturday Morning Snack Attack!  and Science Girl: Double Feature. If that’s not enough to convince you to come out, then consider this– Mr. Marvel himself, Stan Lee  will be the guest of honor on Saturday. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know that there is a page out there on the Internet the lists both me and Stan Lee on it.

 

Excelsior!

Team Science at Kids Read Comics!

2 Jul
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Do you have kids? Do you know some kids? Are you a kid, either real or just at heart?

Then you’re not going to want to miss this weekend’s FREE comic convention Kids Read Comics, Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th at the Ann Arbor District Library.  I’ll have a table there along with SCIENCE GIRL artist Jesse Hughesso stop by, say hello!

We’ll be selling issues of our comics SCIENCE GIRL as well as handing out free mini-comics for the kids. We’ll also be debuting our snazzy new SCIENCE GIRL buttons, so stop by and show off your science love in style!

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