Archive for November 16th, 2007

Nov 16 2007

New Sidebar Category: Writing Case Studies

I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

Hello. In addition to my normal articles on writing, I now have Writing Case Studies.  Each entry will review a book and then describe what writers should take away from what worked and what didn’t from the book.

This makes it a bit easier to describe problems/successes in characterization and plotting that might otherwise be abstract.

So far I have:

I’d really appreciate if you’d like to suggest any novels, particularly ones with superheroes or high fantasy generally.  I focus on those kinds of novels because they often have the same challenges and audience expectations as Superhero Nation.

  • Creating a world more or less by scratch
  • Making a fantastic world serious enough that people won’t hear your premise and groan
  • Combining action and non-action components into a workable whole.

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Nov 16 2007

Other Art Stuff

Published by under Art,Guns,National service

Proving that, when you have 10,000 Marines in one place and nothing to kill, strange things happen.

Marines Posing As Marine Logo

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Nov 16 2007

Agent Orange Quotes

Published by under Agent Orange

I fiddled with Photoshop for an hour before picking a filter that made the flag look like a set of hard pencil strokes. Click on the picture and you can see the whole thing.

Orange quotes revised

Some background knowledge that might help you understand his quotes:

  • Captain America’s SHIELD agency had flying cars until late in the 20th century, when the comic book writers apparently thought that helicarriers were cooler and more exotic. The Avengers have always had a lavish NYC mansion, complete with a butler.
  • Squids and devil dogs are slang terms for servicemen in the Navy and Marine Corps, respectively.
  • According to Ronald Reagan, the scariest nine words in English are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
  • 18 USC II § 3592 is the portion of US law that sets out some parameters for when the death penalty can be applied.

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