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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 - 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.

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