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Growing up, Robbie had a small number of close male friends, but he had a ton of female friends. Maybe because he had an older sister, or he took after his father, but he was incredibly comfortable with girls from an early age. While Brooke and Marianne were his two closest companions, he and Kira […]

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Three Quarters Down

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We managed to hit the end of the third quarter on Thursday, and suddenly, it feels as if the 2023-24 is flying by. Normally, the third quarter feels like a slog, but not this year. I love that the administration gives us the day after each quarter for grading, so this was a welcome three-day […]

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My Farpoint 2024 Schedule

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Here comes the first con of 2024! Farpoint marks the first regular con that I attend to start afresh. With the Hunt Valley Inn now a cherished memory, the show relocates to the DoubleTree by Hilton in Pikesville, MD. I’ll be hustling there right after school because I have my first programming item in the […]

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MICA Influences

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I am a child of the Silver Age. My touchstones and reference points are the DC and Marvel Comics of the era and the myriad of smaller publishers who populated the Bronze Age. When I lectured this past week on writing dialogue, all my visuals came from those eras, which was fresh to the students. […]

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Where’s Above the Ground 2?

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By now, we should be talking about Above the Ground 2. After all, I wrote it during the summer of 2022, which was due in late 2023. So, what happened? My co-writer, Matthew Medney, separated from Heavy Metal as 2023 opened, and he spent the last year working on various projects as a writer and […]

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Gearing Up for Semester Two at MICA

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Adding Making Graphic Novels at MICA definitely made for some tiring weeks, but I was genuinely energized as I worked with the students on their 30-page stories. Only two flamed out, which is not a surprise. But, those who finished the work delivered some strong stories or chapters in their larger works. We were blessed […]

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It was 40 Years Ago Today…

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I’ve thought about this column long before the “How long have you been in comics” meme began circulating on social media. After all, today is a very special day for me. It was 40 years ago that I officially joined the staff at DC Comics, where I would stay for 16 wonderful years (returning a […]

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The Year in Reading

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According to Goodreads, I read 229 books this calendar year, slightly over my goal of 215. The official breakdown is: Audiobook – 17 Paper – 18 eBook – 11 Graphic Novel – 181 Was it an exceptionally good year for my reading? Reviewing the list showed the usual highlights but not as many as in […]

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So, What Kind of Year has it Been?

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My 2023 New Year’s Resolution was to write at least one blog a week, and I failed at that miserably with just 30 out of the hoped-for-52. Looking back, 2023 wasn’t a bad year. There were certainly highlights and, thankfully, a few low points. So, I guess you could call it a good one. Turning […]

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Listen to my Latest

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Deb and I have been long-term listeners to CraftLit, a marvelous podcast that blends literature with fiber arts. Normally, every week, we get a podcast containing a chapter or two of a public domain classic with host Heather Ordover providing commentary and analysis, helping us grok the material. She also discusses whatever crafty things are […]

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Farewell to the Hunt Valley Inn

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In 1981, I was invited by my pal Howard Weinstein to join him at a Maryland-based show called Shore Leave. I drove down to the Hunt Valley Inn in Cockeysville, and it was so wonderful I have been coming back steadily ever since. Today, the hotel, part of the Marriott chain, closes. I have no […]

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