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: 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.

Shelf Life: Links in a Long Chain to Make a Career

Shelf Life: Links in a Long Chain to Make a Career

Ron Marz likens a career to links in a chain, tracing a current project's connections back two decades to a football game, then gives advice on forging your own chain.

Shelf Life: Fond Farewell to a Friend: Remembering Herb Trimpe

Shelf Life: Fond Farewell to a Friend: Remembering Herb Trimpe

Ron Marz writes about the unexpected passing of his friend and longtime Marvel artist Herb Trimpe, and makes a plea for comics to do a better job of honoring its elders.

Shelf Life: Finally Closing on Broadway

Shelf Life: Finally Closing on Broadway

As DC Comics winds up its time in New York City and heads west, Ron Marz recalls his time spent at the offices, and the people who made it feel like home.

Shelf Life: Mistaking Researching for Writing

Shelf Life: Mistaking Researching for Writing

How much research is too much for your writing? How much is too little? Ron Marz brings his years of writing experience to bear on the question.

Shelf Life: Crossing More CrossGen Stories Off My List

Shelf Life: Crossing More CrossGen Stories Off My List

Ron Marz dips into his trove of CrossGen tales to spin a few more yarns of the late, lamented publisher, and show off some lost art.

Shelf Life: Voyaging to Mars, with a Co-Pilot From India

Shelf Life: Voyaging to Mars, with a Co-Pilot From India

Ron Marz talks with Indian artist Abhishek Malsuni, his "John Carter: Warlord of Mars" collaborator, about his career and breaking into US comics.

Shelf Life: Custom Comics - Creativity for Commercial Consumption

Shelf Life: Custom Comics - Creativity for Commercial Consumption

This week, Ron Marz writes about an aspect of creating comics that's not often discussed -- custom comics, including his current project for Panasonic.

Shelf Life: Reaching for the Skylanders

Shelf Life: Reaching for the Skylanders

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

Shelf Life: On the Road Again, and Again, and Again

Shelf Life: On the Road Again, and Again, and Again

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.

Shelf Life: An Eye-Opening Passage to India

Shelf Life: An Eye-Opening Passage to India

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.

Shelf Life: Calling in the Firemen on Deadline

Shelf Life: Calling in the Firemen on Deadline

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

Shelf Life: Scratching Itches, and Making Dreams Come True

Shelf Life: Scratching Itches, and Making Dreams Come True

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.

Shelf Life: A Toast to the King

Shelf Life: A Toast to the King

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.

Shelf Life: Casting Two Different "Shadows" Over Innsmouth

Shelf Life: Casting Two Different "Shadows" Over Innsmouth

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

Shelf Life: Finding Your Other Thing on the Golf Course

Shelf Life: Finding Your Other Thing on the Golf Course

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

Shelf Life: Full Praise For My Better Half

Shelf Life: Full Praise For My Better Half

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.

Shelf Life: Casting a Glance Back at "StormWatch"

Shelf Life: Casting a Glance Back at "StormWatch"

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.

Shelf Life: Flying With My Father

Shelf Life: Flying With My Father

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.

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