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Thu, September 11th, 2014 - Scratching Itches, and Making Dreams Come True
In light of his "John Carter: Warlord of Mars" gig, Ron Marz discusses pursuing what you love and exclusively reveals a new story due next year.

Thu, August 14th, 2014 - A Toast to the King
As Jack Kirby's birthday approaches, Ron writes about discovering Jack's work, missing out on meeting him, and offers a way to toast the King of Comics.

Thu, July 31st, 2014 - Casting Two Different "Shadows" Over Innsmouth
Ron Marz wrote four different comics that were released yesterday, and shows off some exclusive, alternative pages from one, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth."

Thu, July 3rd, 2014 - Finding Your Other Thing on the Golf Course
After 20 years away, Ron Marz goes back to the golf course to find his Other Thing, his respite from writing.

Thu, June 12th, 2014 - Full Praise For My Better Half
No column last week, because Ron's wife was out of town. This week, the necessity of having a partner who makes your creative life possible.

Thu, May 22nd, 2014 - Casting a Glance Back at "StormWatch"
Receiving a copy of the new "StormWatch" collection from Jim Starlin jogs Ron Marz's memories of his own stint writing the title in its Image Comics incarnation.

Fri, May 9th, 2014 - Flying With My Father
Ron reveals a very personal story he wrote about his father's life, war-time experiences and death from pancreatic cancer. Plus exclusive Rick Leonardi art.

Thu, April 17th, 2014 - Debuting "The Protectors," Chicago-Style
Ron Marz's first comics love was with superhero teams, and he's recapturing that feeling in "The Protectors," debuting at C2E2, and shares exclusive art!

Thu, April 3rd, 2014 - Writing Under the Influence
This week, Ron draws inspiration from an interview with "Community" creator Dan Harmon, and catalogs his own creative influences.

Fri, March 14th, 2014 - Learning a New Format, One Half Page at a Time
Fresh off an acclaimed "Adventures of Superman" arc, Ron Marz explores the nuances of writing for the digital-first format versus print comics.

Thu, February 13th, 2014 - Different Artists, Same Page, Different Results
Ron's offer for artists to draw a page of his creator-owned series "Shinku" resulted in an avalanche of submissions, and a wealth of interpretations. See them all!

Thu, January 30th, 2014 - Artistic Questions and Answers with Laura Braga
Ron talks to Laura Braga, his artistic collaborator on "Witchblade," about her career, breaking into the U.S. market and being a woman in a traditionally male field.

Thu, January 23rd, 2014 - Paging All Artists
Artists are not interchangeable pieces in the creative process, and Ron Marz offers up one of his script pages and invites any and all artists to submit their version of it.

Thu, January 16th, 2014 - Taking Storytelling Directions From the Boss
With this week's release of a new Bruce Springsteen album, Ron Marz explores his discovery of Springsteen's work, and the influence of the Boss on his own writing.

Thu, January 2nd, 2014 - Like Someone Drifting Away on a Black Sea
This week, in a very personal column, Ron Marz reflects on the recent death of his mother, who had suffered from Alzheimer's for the last decade.

Thu, December 5th, 2013 - Just My Imagination, Running Away With Me
Ron talks to an art collector who is on a quest to collect all the original pages from a "Green Lantern Annual" that Ron wrote. What's so special about it?

Thu, November 14th, 2013 - Something Burroughs, Something New
This week, Ron Marz announces two new projects that hold special meaning for him, Sunday strip-style adaptations of works by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Thu, October 31st, 2013 - Playing the Boycott Card?
With the "Ender's Game" movie in theaters tomorrow, Ron Marz says he's avoiding the film because of author Orson Scott Card's history of homophobia.

Thu, October 24th, 2013 - Diary of a Convention Visit
Ron shares his con diary from Cleveland Comic Con in a bonus column featuring a visit to the Superman house and time with Green Lantern collaborator Darryl Banks.

Thu, October 17th, 2013 - SWAPping Comics for Video Games
Ron Marz talks about spending some time away from comics, writing for Activision's "Skylanders: SWAP Force" video game and putting words in Patrick Warburton's mouth.

Thu, October 3rd, 2013 - Finding the Balance in Writing and in Life
This week, Ron Marz juggles answers to the question of how to properly maintain balance between your writing life and the rest of your life. Do you have what it takes?

Thu, September 19th, 2013 - The Kindness of Strangers
Fresh from the Baltimore Comic Con, and gearing up for three more convention appearances in the next month, Ron recounts some of the gifts he's received from generous fans.

Thu, September 5th, 2013 - A Few Thoughts About Ideas
This week, Ron Marz has some thoughts about ideas, including one particular idea that waited almost 20 years between origination and actual publication and the twists and turns in between.

Fri, August 23rd, 2013 - Off Model, On Our Own at CrossGen
This week Ron Marz talks about the unique creative freedoms of working for Crossgen, who did not have editors, and the "off-model" issues that resulted in some of his favorite comics.

Thu, August 8th, 2013 - Revealing the Secret Handshake Comics
This week Ron Marz breaks down an even dozen of his "secret handshake" comic books, single issues beloved by creators but that might not be as well known by readers at large.

Thu, July 11th, 2013 - My Unconventional Convention Story
With Comic-Con International: San Diego fast approaching, Ron Marz recounts one of the more... bizarre experiences he's ever had a convention featuring an unexpected dinner guest.

Thu, June 27th, 2013 - "Will You Read My Script?"
Aspiring writers often ask their favorite creators to read their scripts, and in his latest column Ron Marz examines the familiar question and provides an alternative avenue for feedback.

Thu, June 13th, 2013 - Super Anxious for "Man of Steel"
Just prior to seeing "Man of Steel" on the big screen, Ron talks about his near limitless affection for Superman as a character, including the thrill he felt writing several of his adventures.

Thu, May 30th, 2013 - Surfing a Wave of Triumph and Anguish
Looking back at the earliest days of his career, Ron revisits his time on "Silver Surfer" and laments the troubled history of "Dangerous Artifacts," a little-seen Surfer project with Claudio Castellini.

Thu, May 2nd, 2013 - A Day in the Writing Life
What's a typical day like for a working comic book writer? Ron Marz walks us through last Wednesday, when he was finishing a script, putting an FCBD issue to bed, prepping for C2E2 and more.

Thu, April 18th, 2013 - The Sublime Satisfaction of DIY
This week Ron Marz looks at the pleasures of DIY comic books and the sense of satisfaction that it engenders, specifically focusing on his early days and his new comic "The Protectors."

Thu, April 4th, 2013 - How Do You Know When It's Time to Go?
In light of recent creator departures from high-profile books, Ron examines the reasons why creators end their runs prematurely using his own work on "Thor" and "Superboy" as examples.

Thu, March 21st, 2013 - Suffering Through Stage Fright with "Doctor Strangefate"
This week Ron Marz looks back at the Marvel-DC mash-up, Amalgam Comics, and how his work on "Doctor Strangefate" with Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Kevin Nowlan gave him a case of stage fright.

Thu, March 7th, 2013 - Family Affair: Of Comics and Comrades
Recently returned from conventions in London and Seattle, Ron Marz discusses the upside of leaving family behind to travel to conventions so that you can catch up with and extend your convention family.

Thu, February 7th, 2013 - To Binge, or Not to Binge, That is the Question
With the entire first season of "House of Cards" available to stream on Netflix and the first "Ravine" graphic novel on sale now, Ron examines the increasing trend toward "binge" consuming.

Thu, January 24th, 2013 - License to Thrive
This week Ron Marz examines the stigma often associated with licensed comic book titles compared to company-owned books and the perils of dealing with licensors unfamiliar with the medium.

Thu, January 10th, 2013 - Writing Right... and Righting Writing Wrongs
To kick off 2013, Ron Marz breaks down his process for plotting a story including handy rules that make for better collaborations with artists and better reading comics in the end.

Thu, December 13th, 2012 - Welcome to My Fantasy
This week Ron talks about seeing "The Fellowship of the Ring" for the first time, his introduction to Tolkien and "The Hobbit," and his new fantasy series with Stjepan Sejic, "Ravine."

Thu, November 29th, 2012 - More Memories of Crossgen
Ron returns with more memories from his time at the ill-fated CrossGen Comics including the origins of titles, the mysterious office ghost and a prank played on artist Claudio Castellini.

Fri, November 23rd, 2012 - Giving Thanks for a CrossGen Thanksgiving
Ron takes advantage of the holiday season to look back on Thanksgivings spent with CrossGen Comics, leading him to recall other stories of the defunt company including a prank he played on then-rookie Steve McNiven.

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