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: One Artist's Tale of Breaking In and Staying In

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Getting Reminded Why Comics are a Beautiful Gem

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Is Twice Monthly Twice as Nice?

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Embracing an Annual Tradition

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: The Seven DOs and DON'Ts of Writing Comics

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: To the Manor Born... Or at Least Relocated

Shelf Life: 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.

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

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Trumpeting a New Writer's First Series

Shelf Life: 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."

Shelf Life: Putting "The Protectors" Motion Book Into Motion

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: I Wielded the Power Cosmic!

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Telling My Father's Story on Veterans Day

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Comics Conning Their Way Into Libraries

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Signing Up for Signing Autographs for Free

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Review 101: Tools for Reviewing Comics

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Happy to be Feeling like a Dum Dum

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: The Writer's Guide to Working at Home

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Creating a Creative Sanctuary

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Co-Signing for Co-Writing

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Peeking Inside My Sketchbook - Part 2

Shelf Life: 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.

Shelf Life: Peeking Inside My Sketchbook - Part 1

Shelf Life: Peeking Inside My Sketchbook - Part 1

This week and next, Ron Marz opens up his personal sketchbook, exclusively showing off art that friends have created over his career.

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