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Fri, October 19th, 2012 - The Deadly Return of "Shinku"
Ron Marz and Lee Moder's Image Comics title "Shinku" returned this week, and Ron explains what happened to cause the long delay. Plus, exclusive art and a look at the official debut of the NSFW "Shinku" sizzle reel video!

Thu, September 20th, 2012 - Indiana Jones & the Life-Changing Experience
With "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on IMAX screens everywhere, Ron Marz looks back on his history with Indiana Jones -- as a fan and creator -- and how the franchise informs his visual storytelling.

Thu, September 6th, 2012 - Don't Feed the Troll
After Ron Marz and other creators teamed up to take down a misogynistic cyber bully last week, Ron takes a look at the nature of fandom, trolling, and strategies to deal with crazy.

Thu, August 23rd, 2012 - To Steal, Or Not to Steal?
People make mistakes in their youth, and this week Ron Marz looks back at one instance that still haunts him -- the time he almost stole -- and explains his thoughts on piracy.

Thu, August 9th, 2012 - Summer Sampler
Ron Marz muses on numerous topics including his current workload to abandoned projects, and what music he just can't stop listening to right now. After all, it's hot out there...

Fri, July 27th, 2012 - Searching for Answers Amid the Violence
In the aftermath of last week's Aurora shooting tragedy, Ron does some soul-searching over the violence found in his own work.

Fri, July 6th, 2012 - Ron's 10 Favorite Comic Runs
Despite the fact that he's not a fan of list articles, Ron Marz returns this week with a list of his favorite comic book runs of all time, including work by Howard Chaykin, Alan Moore, Jack Kirby and Matt Wagner.

Thu, June 21st, 2012 - What's Darryl Banks Up to These Days?
This week Ron Marz answers a recurring question by sitting down with frequent "Green Lantern" collaborator Darryl Banks to find out what's been keeping the artist busy in recent years.

Thu, May 31st, 2012 - The Noble Sacrifice of The Magdalena
With this week's release of the final issue of "Magdalena," Ron Marz looks back at the character and her latest series, citing the ups and downs, strengths and weaknesses it had over the past 2 years of publication.

Fri, May 11th, 2012 - Avengers, Assembled...Finally
Marvel's "Avengers" series holds a special and unique place in Ron Marz's heart, one which the writer explores before weighing in with his thoughts on the current big screen incarnation of the team.

Thu, March 29th, 2012 - Hope Springs Eternal, in Baseball & Comics
With Spring Training underway, Ron takes a look at the sense of betrayal when a franchise player heads for another field and shows it's not that different from the attachment we have for our favorite comic characters.

Thu, March 22nd, 2012 - Thinking About Inking
Ron Marz muses on inking, evaluating whether it still has a place in today's modern comic book industry, and also lets friend and inker Terry Austin opine about the legendary Joe Sinnott.

Thu, March 8th, 2012 - John Carter...of Marz
With Disney's big-budget "John Carter" hitting theaters this week, Ron Marz looks back on the influence Edgar Rice Burroughs' epic otherworldly saga - and the lovely Dejah Thoris - has had on his career and life.

Thu, March 1st, 2012 - The John Carter That Could Have Been
This week Ron Marz chats with comic artist, concept artist, fight choreographer and weapons instructor Rafael Kayanan about their mutual love of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the John Carter movie that almost was.

Thu, February 23rd, 2012 - Tearing Down to Build Up
Prompted by Lego destruction, Ron Marz examines the challenge of playing with someone else's toys when doing work-for-hire, and the balance between reverence and innovation.

Thu, February 9th, 2012 - Failure to Collaborate
What happens when creators on the same book just can't get along? Ron Marz looks at the collaborative nature of comic books and some of these reasons writer-artist pairings go awry.

Thu, January 26th, 2012 - The Art of Lettering
This week Ron Marz examines the often overlooked art of comic book lettering, sharing tips on how to create the best project and speaking with frequent collaborator Troy Peteri.

Thu, January 12th, 2012 - Branding
Ron Marz kicks off 2012 by examining the sticky situation of branding, and whether creators are helped or hindered by their ability to deliver work across multiple genres.

Thu, December 29th, 2011 - Hand-Selling "Shinku"
Ron shares the story of a fan actively helping sell his comic store owner on "Shinku," illustrating the power of fan activism and the problem with today's comic book market. Plus, an exclusive preview of "Shinku" #4!

Thu, December 15th, 2011 - My Desk, My Comfort Zone
This week Ron Marz opines about the desk at his home office, the comfort it provides, and the many other places he's had to write, as well as why they're all beneficial to the process.

Thu, December 1st, 2011 - Leftovers
Ron Marz brings his Thanksgiving leftovers to the table this week, sharing thoughts on a variety of topics that have been occupying space in his brain recently.

Thu, November 17th, 2011 - Keep Your Opinion to Yourself?
In light of Frank Miller's comments on Occupy Wall Street, Ron Marz examines political opinions and the slippery slope of fans not being able to separate a work from the person making it.

Thu, November 10th, 2011 - Honoring the Past with Joe Sinnott and Ramona Fradon
Ron Marz is back with stories from Joe Sinnott and Ramona Fradon's 85th birthday as well as a look at the Hero Initiative, a non-profit charity supporting comic creators in need.

Thu, October 27th, 2011 - Bernie Wrightson's Halloween
In honor of Halloween, Ron Marz looks at the legendary parties thrown by master of horror Bernie Wrightson, and the gathering of creative professionals that joined in the fun.

Thu, September 22nd, 2011 - So You Want to be a Writer...
Ron Marz is back this week with the advice he plans to give his daughter if she pursues her goal to become a writer. The ups, the downs and how to navigate the murky waters.

Thu, September 8th, 2011 - The 5 Ws and Comics
Ron goes all the way back to his college days to discuss the journalism principles that inform his comics writing -- the 5 Ws -- and how they pertain especially to #1 issues.

Fri, September 2nd, 2011 - Week of "Voodoo" - Part 4
All this week, Ron Marz goes behind the scenes of his upcoming DC relaunch title "Voodoo." Today Ron looks at the lettered pages and discusses the finer points of dialogue and narration.

Wed, August 31st, 2011 - Week of "Voodoo" - Part 3
All this week, Ron Marz goes behind the scenes of his upcoming DC relaunch title "Voodoo." Today Ron looks at the subtle details colorist Jessica Kholine adds to Sami Basri's pages.

Tue, August 30th, 2011 - Week of "Voodoo" - Part 2
All this week, Ron Marz goes behind the scenes of his upcoming DC relaunch title "Voodoo." Today he looks at line art from Sami Basri and explores the notion of acting in art.

Mon, August 29th, 2011 - Week of "Voodoo" - Part 1
All this week, Ron Marz goes behind the scenes of his upcoming DC relaunch title "Voodoo." In today's installment he takes a look at the script with layouts by Sami Basri.

Thu, August 25th, 2011 - The Simple Pleasures of the Quarter Bin
Ron Marz discusses the spinner racks of his youth and the mystery and allure of the Quarter Bin, praising the journey of finding new books. Plus a special tease regarding "Voodoo" #1.

Thu, August 11th, 2011 - The Women in Comics Controversy
This week Ron Marz examines the hot-button issue of female creators in comics, and cites what can be done to support them as well as some of his own experiences working with them.

Wed, July 20th, 2011 - Missing Out on the Party
In lieu of making the cross-country trek to Comic-Con, Ron looks at his history with the show and the changes he's seen over the years while encouraging attendees to spend some time at Tr!ckster.

Thu, June 30th, 2011 - Dr. Strangelunch, or: How I Learned to Have Lunch and Love the "Secret Defenders"
Ron Marz is back with a tale about how going out to lunch with your editor to discuss your current book can sometimes lead to an assignment you never asked for.

Thu, June 16th, 2011 - What's More Important: Story or Art?
Ron Marz asks - and answers - the age-old comics question regarding the importance of story and art, using Gibbons, Williiams and Kirby to prove that the two should work hand in hand.

Thu, June 2nd, 2011 - Taking Off the Witchblade
Today, Ron Marz announces that after writing over seventy chapters of the adventures of Sara Pezzini, he -- along with series artist Stjepan Sejic -- will be leaving "Witchblade" with the publication of issue #150.

Thu, May 19th, 2011 - Greatest Hits
Ron discusses returning to the world of Kyle Rayner along with artist Darryl Banks, describing the emotional attachment he has to the character after developing him from scratch in the pages of "Green Lantern."

Thu, May 5th, 2011 - No Time Like the Present
This week, Ron buys a guitar with the intent of learning how to play it and encourages others to stop thinking about taking on a new challenge and simply knuckle down and do it.

Thu, April 21st, 2011 - Be Careful What You Wish For...
This week Ron talks about "Thor," the book he always wanted to write, and exactly what happened when he got his wish. He also touches on some of his work on titles he wasn't as attached to going in.

Thu, April 7th, 2011 - Creator-Owned, Creator Risk, Creator Reward
This week, Ron Marz shines the spotlight on creator-owned comics and the risk and rewards they offer with an in-depth look into the creation of "Shinku," his new Image Comics title.

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