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Liefeld at Goodwill.

When I go to Goodwill, I often look around for Comic Books. I am no collector but sometimes you can find some real weird stuff, especially stuff I have never heard of. Such is the case with Vogue.


From her ComicVine page:

Nikola Voganova was forced to leave a pampered life in Russia at the age of 13 when she witnessed her father being killed by Alexander Stroika of the KGB. She was already at that time a world-class gymnast. At age 18 she was accepted into the Bloodpool program and shortly before her twentieth birthday she became a member of Youngblood.

Some time after having established herself in Youngblood, Vogue started an international cosmetics corporation, Vogue Cosmetics, using her fame to spearhead the launch.

Vogue eventually returned to Russia where she met her mother and brother, who had become a part of the Redblood program, and got her revenge on Alexander Stroika.

After the death of Riptide and the discontinuation of Youngblood, Vogue returned home to Russia

Vogue Cosmetics? Sure, I’d buy that. Oh, and she’s also a famous supermodel.

But truly, she had me at the cover baring the name “Rob Liefeld”. Though the famed artist and co-founder of image gets a lot of criticism for his unrealistic and over-the-top-kind-of deformed artwork, I am still fond of him. I grew up in the nineties and his work on Marvel’s X-Force, and later Youngblood, is part of my tweenage years. So, of course, I had to pick it up. Too bad the inside is a different artist. it is still very Liefeld-ish though and the dialogue is also very much on the nose. It’s kinda funny.

So yeah, there, I said it. I DO enjoy Rob Liefeld’s artwork and if I see more of his books in a bargain bin, I might, just MIGHT buy them, for cheap, at Goodwill… maybe.

Here are a couple pics for you to enjoy,




Je m’Elance.

Get it? It’s a bilingual pun.

In French, “s’elancer” means to “make haste” and it’s funny because I am currently looking for an artist on Elance.com hence the post title:”Je m’elance”.


It’s like that joke the UPS guy told me the other day:

Two cats are swimming across the English Channel. The first is British and is named “One, Two, Three”. The second is French and is named “Un, Deux, Trois”. Which one makes it across???


Answer is: The British cat makes it because “Un, Deux, Trois” Quatre, Cinq.

oh wait, it doesn’t work when you write it… the funny part is that when you say it out loud, it sounds like this:  “Un, Deux, Trois” Cat Sank.


So yeah, Elance.

So far, it has been a great experience. I posted a job offer and got tons of proposals from artists in return. If you’ve been following, you know I have had the hardest time finding an artist and Elance has been nothing short of a godsend. You can see their portfolio, work experience, and ratings from past clients. That is super helpful. You also send messages and files to the freelancers all on the site so that there is a record of everything were a dispute to arise. I quite like that.

So far so good.

Of course, I’ll tell you guys how it all turns out when I select a candidate and go through the whole process.



From 8 to 15 in one week.

A couple weeks ago, I put a post on Zwol.org seeking  a comic book artist for an 8 pages Comic Book story. I received many responses back and after much debate with myself I settled for who I believed to be the best artist for the job (and the price). I sent the artist my script and the following week he sent me a 15 pages version of my story where he added entire new sequences and dialogue. He had rewrote my script as a 15 pages story. I was flabbergasted,confused, and a bit hurt. I did not know how to react.

I might not be an Official Professional Comic Book Writer but I do have a couple stories published and I have worked with other artists. I enjoy collaboration tremendously and I am always looking forward to an artist’s opinion of my scripts. I take their feedback to heart and make the necessary changes. I love the back and forth and arguing about the best way of telling the story. I love the dialogue.

But this was no dialogue. This was not a collaboration and I knew it was something the artist and I could not get over and continue working together. I explained to him that I would have rather he gives me notes and let me handle the writing than do it for me. After all, how would he feel if I was to redraw his artwork without consulting him?

I did end our “collaboration” but still felt like maybe I was somehow in the wrong. Was I being too protective of my work? Too arrogant? Was he right?


First of all, I was not going to pay for a 15 pages story. There is no way. Second, he should have communicated with me before retouching the script and send me his notes. He did not communicate and that’s the biggest issue. I cannot work with someone who is going to do things their own way and not include me in the process. Comic Book making is always a collaboration (unless you do it all yourself and Kudos if you do).

Still in doubt, I turned to my peers for comfort and I cannot thank them enough. I will leave you with their opinions below.






Looking for an artist?

Last Monday, for the first time ever in the history of the world, I posted an add online asking for a ComicBook Artist. I just did a quick google search and ended up on Zwol.org

It seemed like a nice place with a bunch of posts similar to the one I was planning on creating. I took the jump and oh boy, I was not expecting such a great response. I am actually still receiving emails from artists sharing their portfolios and desired page rates with me. It’s great and it’s also a lot more work than I was expecting. What type of Art is best suited for the story I want to tell? And for how much? You know, because I am not made of money.

So yeah, I am right in the middle of all that and doing lots of triage and follow up questions. You can see my post right here.


Zwol is zwell.

Later that day, I was cleaning my bookmarks, getting rid of unused and useless ones when I stumbled onto this. Turns out I had already found and bookmarked a list of the best places to go to in order to find an artist/ collaborator. Funny enough, Zwol is not listed there.

I’ll let you guys know what happens with this new adventure, maybe next week, IF I have picked someone yet.


Through the desert and back for more.

After completing both submissions last week, it’s hard not to feel a little empty, a little depressed. After all, I pretty much worked on my Top Cow submission for 5 months straight on a daily basis. That has to leave a mark, an empty space, a hole to be filled… but with what?

Our 8th Wonder Press project was only 2 pages so, well, it did not take as much time…

Thankfully. I have an ongoing go-to writing project that I was working on before the Talent Hunt. It is my go-to writing Scrivener project, a world I know I can go back to anytime and have fun writing and discovering as I move forward into my first pass at it.

Still, I have to figure out what’s next. What project can I add to my writing portfolio? Well, here it is.

I have a pretty cool 8 pages story that I am currently reworking and I need an artist to draw it. Once completed, I will put it in the hands of the editors at the September Rose City Comic Con so that they remember me. I make it a yearly habit so that they get used to seeing my (handsome) face.

All I need now is an artist. If you are interested or know someone interested in working on a Comic Book involving King Arthur reincarnated as a hobo, send me a link to your portfolio and your desired page rate.


Artist Wanted.

I have been looking for another artist to work with for a little while now. and by little while , I mean MONTHS!

It’s not that I don’t want to work with Nick anymore, I love working with Nick. I just wish I could work with somebody else, get a different experience and write something different for a different style. I also simply have the time to work with several artists since writing takes nearly as long as drawing does.

I got in touch with people I met at Starbucks, emailed people I have met online and even met people through common friends. It seems that I always hit a brick wall though. Some never answer my initial email, like it’s hard to say NO or something. Others just stop communicating along the way, they stop answering emails, etc…. they are basically some fucking slackers and I fucking hate it.

Anyway, I figured that this time I’d put a flyer at the Art Institute near my work. I have yet to get any emails…I am actually thinking of going the Craigslist route.

What do you think of my flyer?




Talking to strangers

I know your parents probably told you not to talk to strangers, but this week, I want to encourage you to do the opposite.

The other day, I was going to my local Starbucks so that I could refuel for work when I saw someone drawing a famous DC character. This person, whose name I will not disclose, was drawing pin ups, headsets on. This person looked deeply enthralled in their work. I admire that.

I hesitated. Should I interrupt them?

Then I realized this was an opportunity. I had a choice to make. I could walk away and keep going with my day or try and make something happen here at the risk of getting rejected. It’s a lot like trying to pick up a date.

I stood on the other side of the small table and put my hand out in order to make my presence be known.

“Hi”, I said. ” These look great!”

“Thank you”, said the stranger.

“Do you also draw Comibooks?”, I asked.

“Yes. yes, I do!”

“Would you mind if I give you my card? My name is Nico and I write Comicbooks. I am always looking for new artists to work with. You can go check out my website”, I said as I handed him my card.



We are now set to meet up and talk about a possible collaboration.

So, yes, my advice for you this week is to take a risk and go talk to a stranger. The worst thing that might happen is that you will be rejected….which is good practice for a writer.



As much as I like doing the Photoshop thing for the Activist and such, I have to face the fact that it will not help me get published. Most professionals I have talked to agree, it is NOT publishable.

The thing is I want to get published, and in order to do that I need a seriously talented artist with whom to collaborate. I need someone publishable.

Can you help me find the ONE? Are you IT?

If you are, we would do short- shorts ( 3 pagers), pitches, and submit our work to Dark Horse and especially Image. I also know a couple freelance editors we can talk to.

Though I am open to work with anyone, I would prefer someone Portland-based. Not just so that we can meet face to face, but because I would love to tell pdx-based stories.

Important fact: I can’t afford to pay you the hundred of $$$ you so rightfully deserve but I can buy you lunch and coffee. Plus you get my eternal gratitude which is priceless.

If interested, check out some of my work below. You can contact me by email: nizambard@yahoo.fr

The Activist