Archive for January 3rd, 2008

Jan 03 2008

9 Easy-to-Fix Problems with Superhero Design

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.

This article will help you design your superhero’s appearance for a comic book or novel cover-art. No matter what your style is, you can avoid these 9 mistakes that cause a superhero’s appearance to sink the story.

Common Flaws of Superhero Appearances

  1. The character’s appearance lacks a distinct theme.
  2. The character looks lifeless.
  3. He looks unrelatable.
  4. His appearance is inconsistent with his personality.
  5. His appearance is inconsistent with the story’s mood.
  6. His costume is too campy or demeaning.
  7. His appearance makes his secret identity implausible.
  8. The details of his appearance are inconsistent.
  9. He has too many accessories.

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Jan 03 2008

Texan Headline of the Day

Dallas Police, Officials Discourage Random Gunfire.”

Uhh… what were the Dallas police doing before?

On a side-note, I think the Dallas police will find that it’s easier to cut murders by reducing targeted gunfire.

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Jan 03 2008


Published by under Writing Articles

Michael Totten took a picture of this sign from Lima Company.

Lima Company sign, courtesy of Michael Totten

If Illinois’ performance in the Rose Bowl is any indicator, units also get attacked less if they look like Trojans.  

I think the geometry of fires is a set of rules and conditions related to several battalions operating in a close area.
No Marine has been injured in Fallujah for months, leading to interesting techniques to maintain troop alertness.

When Marines are around, it probably isn't just complacency

There are also some borderline-amusing stories about bizarre and dangerous strategies from Iraqi kids to get Americans to give them candy.  (Well, yes, making fake speedbumps on the road will get Marines to dismount, but…)

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