Shelf Life

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Shelf Life

With over 20 years of experience in the comics medium, writer RON MARZ has done and seen it all. Having worked for Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Image and pretty much everyone else, Marz brings a unique perspective to his column, SHELF LIFE!

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Shelf Life: Hail Hydra? Embracing a Sense of Community Instead

Shelf Life: Hail Hydra? Embracing a Sense of Community Instead

While everyone fought about Captain America, Ron Marz was getting his creative batteries recharged by the comics community in Montevideo, Uruguay.

One Artist's Tale of Breaking In and Staying In

One Artist's Tale of Breaking In and Staying In

Current "Xena" artist Ariel Medel talks with his collaborator Ron Marz, and shares his circuitous journey breaking into the U.S. comics market.

Getting Reminded Why Comics are a Beautiful Gem

Getting Reminded Why Comics are a Beautiful Gem

A conversation with Richard Clark, a relative newcomer to comics, reminds Ron Marz what makes the comics business such a special one.

Is Twice Monthly Twice as Nice?

Is Twice Monthly Twice as Nice?

With DC's "Rebirth" titles impending, Ron Marz recounts his own experiences juggling scripts on comics that shipped more frequently than monthly.

Embracing an Annual Tradition

Embracing an Annual Tradition

New characters are sometimes born of editorial mandates, and Ron Marz recounts writing a trio of Marvel Annuals designed to satisfy that desire.

The Seven DOs and DON'Ts of Writing Comics

The Seven DOs and DON'Ts of Writing Comics

Ron Marz figured out a few things about writing comics over two-plus decades and compiled a list of things you always should and should not do.

To the Manor Born... Or at Least Relocated

To the Manor Born... Or at Least Relocated

Ande Parks is essentially staying at Hogwarts castle, and Ron Marz finds out how a Midwestern writer/artist wound up living like a king in England.

Laser Canon - Does the Story Matter if it Didn't "Really" Happen?

Laser Canon - Does the Story Matter if it Didn't "Really" Happen?

Is the Force still with you if your stories are no longer canon? Ron Marz examines what does & doesn't "count" when it comes to Star Wars continuity.

Trumpeting a New Writer's First Series

Trumpeting a New Writer's First Series

Ron Marz talks to rookie writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson about his path to breaking in with his new BOOM! series "Last Sons of America."

Putting "The Protectors" Motion Book Into Motion

Putting "The Protectors" Motion Book Into Motion

Ron Marz writes about this week's "The Protectors" from Athlitacomics, and his experience translating comic pages into Madefire's Motion Books app.

I Wielded the Power Cosmic!

I Wielded the Power Cosmic!

Ron Marz pages through the recent "Cosmic Powers" trade paperback, collecting Thanos-centric stories he wrote more than twenty years ago.

Telling My Father's Story on Veterans Day

Telling My Father's Story on Veterans Day

In a special Veterans Day column, Ron Marz shares a very personal comic story about his father, a decorated war veteran.

Comics Conning Their Way Into Libraries

Comics Conning Their Way Into Libraries

Comics were once were verboten in libraries, but some branches are now putting on their own comic conventions. Ron Marz talks to two librarians about the trend.

Signing Up for Signing Autographs for Free

Signing Up for Signing Autographs for Free

Ron Marz has signed a lot of autographs over his career. This week, he wrestles with the notion of creators charging for their signatures at conventions.

Review 101: Tools for Reviewing Comics

Review 101: Tools for Reviewing Comics

This week, Ron Marz reviews the current state of comic reviews, and suggests some needed improvements to raise the level of sequential discourse.

Happy to be Feeling like a Dum Dum

Happy to be Feeling like a Dum Dum

Ron Marz touches the roots of his writing inspiration by visiting an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan gathering, and asks for your help with big cat conservation.

The Writer's Guide to Working at Home

The Writer's Guide to Working at Home

Ron Marz has been working at home nearly all of his writing career. This week, he shares lessons learned about making "work at home" work for you.

Creating a Creative Sanctuary

Creating a Creative Sanctuary

Ron Marz writes about his recent tour of Pixar Animation Studios, and the huge injection of inspiration he received thanks to his visit.

Co-Signing for Co-Writing

Co-Signing for Co-Writing

Ron Marz avoided co-writing for most of his career, but two recent project have him rethinking his views on sharing the credits box.

Peeking Inside My Sketchbook - Part 2

Peeking Inside My Sketchbook - Part 2

Ron Marz continues a look at his personal sketchbook, with art by comics stars including John Romita Sr., Dan Jurgens, Ron Lim, Phil Hester and Stjepan Sejic.

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