- Posted by Johanna on February 17, 2007 at 10:05 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
I’m the last person to mention this, two weeks late, but Kevin Church’s advice on blogging is a must-read. Even if you’re not yet ready for your own WordPress installation on your own host (although it’s easy and professional), he raises issues you should think about in the long term. (Personally, I second his recommendation to avoid LiveJournal, and I’m not too keen on Blogger either.)
But mostly, pay attention to his comments on content. Blog regularly, blog authentically, and blog consistently. Whatever pattern works for you, stick to it; speak in your own voice, about what matters to you; and live up to your own expectations. The commenters have some good points, too, especially Tom Spurgeon’s reminder to break posts based on topic. Mike Sterling added some advice of his own (second section of the post). If you’d like to see my writing advice, it’s still here.
Speaking of the blogverse, best wishes to Ian Brill as he quits blogging in favor of writing for pay.
Kevin more recently pointed out the work of Katie Cook, which I suddenly adore. Sadly, there is nothing in her online shop, so I don’t know how to get more of it, beyond browsing the many pieces on her site. Just look at this lovely example of Wonder Woman pet-sitting! I love Ace’s little batwing flyer.
Back to advice. I heartily second Dirk Manning’s insistence that you can’t break into comics doing superheroes. Since it was posted at Newsarama, though, the followups are all “what do you know? you’re full of yourself” and “but that’s all I want to write!” It’s accurate and a good point for aspiring creators to take notice of, but if they were willing to listen to the smart advice, they wouldn’t be trying to make comics, bless their stubbornly determined hearts.
This essay on themes of motherhood in Atari Force is a substantial read and a good introduction to a wonderful series that I still miss. The “Hukka vs. the Bob” backup story mentioned in the comments is one of my top five favorite comics ever.
I’m going to have to check back in with the Fallen Angel series. JK Woodward’s painted art was very attractive, but it was hard for me to read as a comic story. Now comes word that Kristian Donaldson will be taking over with issue #15 to complete a story with some intriguing hinted-at guest stars, including Linda Danvers. Donaldson’s art was the best thing about Supermarket, and I’m curious to see how Peter David keeps teasing and taunting readers (in a good way). After that is scheduled a Shi crossover drawn by Billy Tucci, so it looks like the creativity will keep coming.