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!


Reaching for the Skylanders

Thu, December 11th, 2014

Ron Marz talks about the challenges of bringing the best-selling "Skylanders" franchise to comics, and writing comics aimed at kids.

On the Road Again, and Again, and Again

Thu, November 13th, 2014

Ron talks to his friend and artist Mike McKone, who has literally been living on the road since last year, traveling from convention to convention.

An Eye-Opening Passage to India

Thu, October 23rd, 2014

Back from an trip to Hyderabad, India for a comic convention, Ron writes about his experiences, as well as his impressions of the Indian comic scene.

Calling in the Firemen on Deadline

Thu, October 2nd, 2014

Ron Marz talks to his friend Anthony Williams about being a "deadline-saver" artist, and the effect it had on his comics career.

Scratching Itches, and Making Dreams Come True

Thu, September 11th, 2014

In light of his "John Carter: Warlord of Mars" gig, Ron Marz discusses pursuing what you love and exclusively reveals a new story due next year.

A Toast to the King

Thu, August 14th, 2014

As Jack Kirby's birthday approaches, Ron writes about discovering Jack's work, missing out on meeting him, and offers a way to toast the King of Comics.

Casting Two Different "Shadows" Over Innsmouth

Thu, July 31st, 2014

Ron Marz wrote four different comics that were released yesterday, and shows off some exclusive, alternative pages from one, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth."

Finding Your Other Thing on the Golf Course

Thu, July 3rd, 2014

After 20 years away, Ron Marz goes back to the golf course to find his Other Thing, his respite from writing.

Full Praise For My Better Half

Thu, June 12th, 2014

No column last week, because Ron's wife was out of town. This week, the necessity of having a partner who makes your creative life possible.

Casting a Glance Back at "StormWatch"

Thu, May 22nd, 2014

Receiving a copy of the new "StormWatch" collection from Jim Starlin jogs Ron Marz's memories of his own stint writing the title in its Image Comics incarnation.

Flying With My Father

Fri, May 9th, 2014

Ron reveals a very personal story he wrote about his father's life, war-time experiences and death from pancreatic cancer. Plus exclusive Rick Leonardi art.

Debuting "The Protectors," Chicago-Style

Thu, April 17th, 2014

Ron Marz's first comics love was with superhero teams, and he's recapturing that feeling in "The Protectors," debuting at C2E2, and shares exclusive art!

Writing Under the Influence

Thu, April 3rd, 2014

This week, Ron draws inspiration from an interview with "Community" creator Dan Harmon, and catalogs his own creative influences.

Learning a New Format, One Half Page at a Time

Fri, March 14th, 2014

Fresh off an acclaimed "Adventures of Superman" arc, Ron Marz explores the nuances of writing for the digital-first format versus print comics.

Different Artists, Same Page, Different Results

Thu, February 13th, 2014

Ron's offer for artists to draw a page of his creator-owned series "Shinku" resulted in an avalanche of submissions, and a wealth of interpretations. See them all!

Artistic Questions and Answers with Laura Braga

Thu, January 30th, 2014

Ron talks to Laura Braga, his artistic collaborator on "Witchblade," about her career, breaking into the U.S. market and being a woman in a traditionally male field.

Paging All Artists

Thu, January 23rd, 2014

Artists are not interchangeable pieces in the creative process, and Ron Marz offers up one of his script pages and invites any and all artists to submit their version of it.

Taking Storytelling Directions From the Boss

Thu, January 16th, 2014

With this week's release of a new Bruce Springsteen album, Ron Marz explores his discovery of Springsteen's work, and the influence of the Boss on his own writing.

Like Someone Drifting Away on a Black Sea

Thu, January 2nd, 2014

This week, in a very personal column, Ron Marz reflects on the recent death of his mother, who had suffered from Alzheimer's for the last decade.

Just My Imagination, Running Away With Me

Thu, December 5th, 2013

Ron talks to an art collector who is on a quest to collect all the original pages from a "Green Lantern Annual" that Ron wrote. What's so special about it?

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