Creating The Code 45 Graphic Novel During A Pandemic: A Series

The last 12 months have been a whirlwind combination of creativity, stress, uncertainty, chaos, and art. When Angela Hodge, Joe Ng, and I signed our publishing contract with Scout Comics just over a year ago, brought Josh Perez on board as colorist, and then decided we were going to launch… read more »

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Bringing Back ‘Bens’ For Code 45’s Early 2000s Montreal

One of the more enjoyable aspects of situating Code 45 in the recent past has been resurrecting my memories of Montreal landmarks that have long since been wiped from the city’s landscape. Of course, the term ‘landmark’ is open to interpretation. My own image of what Montreal was like when… read more »

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Loving The Unloved: 50 Cars Collectors Keep Passing Over

Over the past several months I had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with some of the most knowledgeable minds in automotive journalism in putting together a comprehensive list of cars, trucks, and SUVs that collectors continually overlook. For reasons related to provenance, the era they were built, or in many… read more »

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Embracing My Comic Artist’s Input Before The Pen Hit The Page Helped Improve Code 45’s Visual Impact And Narrative Flow

One of the things that has changed most for me creatively as we’ve moved through the Code 45 project is how I communicate with artist Joe Ng about the appearance of each comic book page. When we first sat down together to do Issue 1’s layout, we spent significant time… read more »

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Why Would Someone Blog About Every Star Trek DC Comics Issue? #9 – New Frontiers Chapter 1: …Promises To Keep

It’s finally here — the moment of reckoning where two timelines, movie and comic book, collide in a massive explosion of chronological chaos. DC Comics Star Trek #9 (New Frontiers Chapter 1: …Promises To Keep) is the first issue immediately following the theatrical run and comic adaptation of ‘Star Trek… read more »

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3 Thoughts About Improving The Kickstarter Experience After 2 Successful Projects

Earlier this week Kickstarter sent out a survey asking project creators like us what we liked and what we would improve about the entire crowdsourcing process. It was a fairly extensive set of questions, and it was clear that there are certain areas that their staff are focused on (particularly… read more »

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Why Would Someone Blog About Every Star Trek DC Comics Issue? #8 – Saavik’s Story Chapter Two: Blood Fever

DC Comics Star Trek #8 (Saavik’s Story Chapter Two: Blood Fever) picks up immediately where the previous issue’s cliffhanger left off, which means Saavik is doing her best to destroy the Enterprise using a ship she stole from Vulcan that, surprisingly, seems to be more than a match for one… read more »

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Vixen TD 21: Sportiest RV of All Time

A side-effect of the whole #vanlife craze has been that more traditional RVs are increasingly overlooked. This summer, I discovered a motorhome I had never even heard of, one that was obscure even during the era in which mammoth bring-it-all-with-you models were beginning their dominance of America’s highways and campgrounds:… read more »

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Why Would Someone Blog About Every Star Trek DC Comics Issue? #7 – Saavik’s Story Chapter One: Pon Far!

DC Comics Star Trek #7 (Saavik’s Story Chapter One: Pon Far!) gives readers their first taste of in-series character building with a deep dive into Lt. Commander Saavik, the half-Romulan, half-Vulcan officer who was the protégé of Mr. Spock. For once, writer Mike W. Barr builds on, rather than borrows… read more »

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