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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.
Thu, November 8th, 2012
- The Sweet Art of Short Stories
Ron Marz loves writing short stories, and he outlines the reasons he relishes the challenges they present, as well as showcasing exclusive art from several of his recent shorts.
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
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
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.